Is the Super Bowl Overrated or Just Misunderstood?

Erin Edmon, Staff Writer

The Super Bowl is a highly controversial topic for many people and one that tends to excite. It is a well-known fact that millions across the nation make big plans for that one Sunday night a year where they get to watch grown men tackle each other and throw a ball around.

The Super Bowl is also known for the warnings that come with it: don’t drink and drive, don’t light off fireworks, and, if you’re someone more vulnerable, don’t leave your house because if the wrong team wins, there could be riots.

Although no one would disagree with the principle of a bonding American pastime, perhaps these rituals have gone too far. Not only is the game itself nearly intoxicating for many, but the mix of alcohol and gambling that comes with it is downright ridiculous, as some may see it. A game is no excuse for grown people to throw tantrums.

“I think the Super Bowl is definitely overrated,” commented Esmeralda Lopez, junior.

On the other hand, football could be seen as a great unifier. What better to fix the increasingly apparent problem of our nation’s declining nationalism than to party?

“As a form of entertainment, [the Super Bowl] is useful,” said Jason Coutts, Physics teacher.

Almost everyone has some sort of opinion on the Super Bowl, whether that opinion is anything from total apathy to pure childlike thrill. Despite the valid points on each side of this great debate, it is unlikely that the Super Bowl will ever decrease in fame as one of our nation’s greatest sources of entertainment.