January 27, 1995 in City

Super Bowl Is More Than Just A Game Pro-Super Bowl It’s The First Sign Of Spring

By The Spokesman-Review
 

Super Bowl Sunday is as uniquely American as General Norman Schwarzkopf, rock ‘n roll, and the 1956 Chevy.

It’s King Kong versus Godzilla, the seventh game of the World Series, Survival of the Fittest, New Year’s Eve at Times Square, and the Power Ball lottery rolled into one.

The victor on Sunday (and this 49er fan is partial) deserves the book contracts, advertising endorsements, rap videos and all the other spoils. It will be the best football team in the world.

And I mean FOOTBALL team.

We’re not talking about a bunch of skinny guys with big thighs and strange surnames kicking a round ball for hours without scoring. That’s soccer and it belongs in Brazil.

“Mean Joe” Greene, Lott, Csonka and Riggins played in this game. Names of the Super Bowl’s dominant teams conjure images of America’s colorful past: Packers, Steelers, Cowboys, 49ers. These players and teams embody the American philosophy: Success follows those who work hard and sacrifice.

Super Bowl Sunday isn’t just a game, though.

It’s a celebration.

One billion fans worldwide will tune in Sunday to see if the Mother of All Halftime Shows lives up to its billing, if new commercials trotted out by sponsors are worth a million bucks, and possibly a good football game if the Chargers are up to the task.

Many will invite friends and family over to share new dip recipes, chips, sandwiches, soft drinks or a few brewskis, and five hours of old-fashioned camaraderie.

It’s Thanksgiving without turkey and cranberry sauce.

Football Widows certainly have a lot to be thankful for. The Super Bowl has enough pageantry to make it bearable. And they know when it’s over they’ll get their husbands back for all those honey-do chores that have been piling up since September.

Couch potatoes who have suffered withdrawals since college football ended are thankful for a reason to go on living. Super Bowl Sunday helps them get by until basketball’s Final Four in March.

Forget Punxsutawney Phil.

Super Bowl Sunday is the first real sign spring is near. Beaches and blue skies are ahead.

Now, we need to find a way to cancel February.

MEMO: For the opposing view see the story under the headline: “Super Bowl is a state of the art packaging Anti-Super Bowl Super hype, boring game.”

The following fields overflowed: SUPCAT = COLUMN, EDITORIAL - From both sides

For the opposing view see the story under the headline: “Super Bowl is a state of the art packaging Anti-Super Bowl Super hype, boring game.”

The following fields overflowed: SUPCAT = COLUMN, EDITORIAL - From both sides

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