For most fans their team is not actually playing in the Super Bowl on Sunday. It will be more about the food, the festivities, and the spectacle than it is about the actually game. The neighborhood Super Bowl party has become the biggest thing in this country, more people watch than any other event in America.
Many of us will be attending a Super Bowl party with a few people who aren’t entirely focused on the actual game or who don’t follow football or sports in general. If you are not lucky enough to have a significant other that watches football, you are going to be faced with explaining some things during the big game.
So with that in mind, here are the answers to five Super Bowl questions your non-fanatical significant other might ask at the party.
1. What is that thing on Drew Brees’ face?
This is actually a good question. When I first saw the scar on Brees’ cheek I wondered what it was. The answer (via Wikipedia) is that it’s only a birthmark. That was anti-climactic.
2. Why is the game in Miami again?
Fair question, since the Super Bowl was held in Miami just four years ago. Your answer here is pretty basic: The host city has to be able to handle a large influx of visitors and it has to be nice in February. Who wants to be in Green Bay or New York in early February when it is surely cold? Also, Miami is a great city to visit, and they have perfected handling these large events so it is much easier to do it there.
3. Why is Peyton Manning pointing and shouting terms like “Oscar 45″?
Possible question from a casual fan who has never noticed Peyton Manning hopping around behind the line, pointing at the opposing team, and yelling at everyone before each snap. You don’t want to go into too much detail here about audibles, hot reads, and blitz packages. All you simply need to say is “he is telling everyone on his team what to do, Peyton is smart almost like a coach on the field”. If you go into details about football terminology he/she is going to look at you like you’re crazy.
4. Why The Who?
The NFL is still in shock from Nipplegate when Justin Timberlake decided to help Janet Jackson show her breasts to the world. Ever since then, they have gone with safe older acts for the most part to ensure the show does not get too raunchy. The TV Networks received a bunch of complaints from parents who seemed scared to explain to their child what a breast was.
5. Isn’t that Reggie Bush, didn’t he agree to marry Kim Kardashian if they won the game?
Yes that is Reggie Bush, and you must not have seen the interview. When asked Reggie said that it wasn’t true faster than you can turn on the light in a room. He made it abundantly clear that he was not going to propose if the Saints won the game, too bad for her since Chloe wrapped up Lamar Odom in what a mere six weeks.
6. I thought Tony Dungy was the coach of the Colts?
This is only an extreme case I think most people know that Tony Dungy retired, but if you’re faced this take a deep breath and realize you like them and won’t know anything about the event you are going to with them next week. Tony Dungy retired last year to spend more time with his family, he felt it was a calling of his faith and that he could do more for society if he did not coach. I think it was a courageous decision to leave those millions of dollars behind, don’t you agree?