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Kristen Howerton is a professor of pyschology and mom of four children within four years via birth and adoption. She's been blogging at Rage Against the Minivan as a coping skill since 2006. In the spring of 2010, Kristen lost her long and passionate battle against the minivan. It now sits in her driveway covered in crushed cheerios and remnants of her self-esteem.

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I Don’t Care About the Big Football Game

By Kristen Howerton |

This weekend is Super Sunday, if you weren’t already aware of it. (FYI: The NFL forbids us to refer to “The Big Sunday Football Game” by its actual name, for trademark reasons. It also forbids us to look The Big Game in its super eye, or to stand too close to its super presence.) Anyway, last year I paid attention to the Game because Beyonce. This year? I’m just not interested. Actually, I’ve never really been interested. The only sports I really ever got into watching was cheerleading. What? IT’S A SPORT.

If you want me to get excited about a Big Televised Event, then give me the Tony Awards.

But admitting you don’t like football in today’s culture is almost like admitting you don’t have indoor toilets: It’s so counter-cultural it makes people suspect something’s off about you. But today I’m going public. I couldn’t care less about football. I’m not interested in the Super Football Competition. Here’s why:



I Don't Care About the Big Game

It's boring.

Say what you will about the complexity of the game or the athleticism of the players, but all I see is a bunch of guys in enormous padding running into each other and knocking each other down. Then they get up, preen and strut a little, and stand around for about 40 seconds before they do it again. Seven seconds of knocking-around, then 40 seconds of standing around. FASCINATING.


What about you? Are you interested in “The Big Superish Game”? Am I missing out on something for not getting the appeal of huge men knocking each other around and causing long-term brain injury for sport?

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6 thoughts on “I Don’t Care About the Big Football Game

  1. ericka says:

    I feel the same way. I get soooo much done when there is sports on the tv, because I realize 1) how much it bores me, and 2) I ha e better things to do with my time.

  2. Christine says:

    As a kid I also found the game boring, but then I learned the rules, went to college at a school with a sports program (Go Stanford), befriended athletes, and learned to love the game and love my team, which includes supporting former Stanford athletes that have gone on to the NFL and NBA.

    Simply put, it’s a fun hobby, and although I am concerned about concussions and other physical impairments that former athletes deal with, I continue to watch and support the players that make the choice to support themselves in this way. And, as a woman, it is an invaluable skill set to have knowledge and genuine interest in a sport which men have an overwhelming interest in, and it is quite empowering to be able to talk football at the average level of a man my age.

    At the end of the day, your reasons can be easily applied to other hobbies and entertainment, so why not just say you don’t like football and leave it at that?

  3. Christine says:

    I really want to read your comments for each of the pictures but it’s not letting me scroll through them! I can imagine though that it will mirror my sentiments exactly (and I’m glad I live in Canada where it’s not such a big thing….although my in-laws may disagree with that)

  4. Justin Morgan says:

    You “couldn’t care less.” Not “could care less.” That would imply that you are actually capable of caring less.

  5. Carly says:

    Yup. I usually watch the High School Musical marathon on Disney channel that day…

  6. KateC says:

    We only live about 2 hours from Seattle and we like football so we will be watching the game. That being said, we are not regular watchers of football (don’t have TV) which I am thankful for since our 4 yo is a little too fixated on the sport and I don’t really want to encourage it too much – a double standard I suppose but it happens.

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