I had to pick up a friend in Jersey City before the Super Bowl, so I was a little late getting to the restaurant at which my friends were watching the game. I actually missed the first quarter, which is fine with me as I wasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t a fan of either participant in the game, and three quarters was plenty of buildup for last nightÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Glee episode.
As I drove past numerous food and liquor establishments, I looked in windows and saw the game in every single one. I also saw it through the curtains of houses while listening to it on the radio. There are certain times you know pretty much everyone in America is doing the same thing, and the Super Bowl is probably the foremost among those times.
If I understood the ratings correctly, over 70 percent of American televisions were tuned to the game. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s the whole package — the advertisements, the food, the halftime nonsense, an excuse to throw a party, the need to fit in. If you like football, obviously the game itself is a draw, but if you donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t, you still need to know who wins for the sake of history and pop culture. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s sort of like a Presidential election.
And I got to thinkingÃ¢â‚¬Â¦
What happens if it all disappears?