The Big Game is everywhere from the tip jar to the classroom this week, and it’s a battle. You can’t shake it even if you try. I turned on the TV Friday morning and even Hoda and Kathy Lee were talking about it, albeit the conversation was about the commercials, but still. And it wasn’t just because the frenzy is right outside their studio windows. Whether you are a fan or not, the Big Game just seeps into every part of your life. The first question asked this weekend to friends and acquaintances alike will undoubtedly be, “Who do you like?” And you HAVE To Choose.
It’s even worse for those who bleed Bronco orange and blue or Seahawks green and blue. Prime example: I bought a coffee at Starbucks the other day, but instead of their usual tip jar down in front of the register, there were two battling tip jars — one of each side of the register sporting “Go Broncos” and “Go Seahawks.” I know what you’re thinking; you want to know which jar had the most money. So did my kids. They actually wanted to dump it out and count it, but you didn’t have to. It was obvious. Park City isn’t that far from Colorado, and the Broncos were easily winning the battle.
Then there’s the grocery store. Of course they had your normal Valentine’s Day cupcakes and brownies, but they also had a huge section of over decorated Bronco cakes and Seahawks cookies. Oh, and the frosting shades of blue, orange and green were spot on! They were for sure going to leave a mark on the mouth that chose to bite em, but they were beautiful. This particular display had yet to really be picked over, so I am giving this battle a straight up tie. The winner is every person that goes all out to have fan and team specific desserts. Love that.
Now I know there is a lot that can be learned through the sport of football. For example, my brother learned multiplication through different scoring scenarios. And just Friday, my husband and I went into my daughter’s second grade class as volunteers for reading time with her teacher who LOVES sports. She went through three books, asking my daughter if she’d read them. Skye responded yes to the first two, and then we all looked at each other with our eyes lighting up when she remarked, “Well we haven’t read the Super Bowl book yet.” We couldn’t wait! And so we excitedly sat down and learned about the first Super Bowl and how the event got its name — Super from one of the owner’s kids bouncing a super ball, and Bowl from the shape of the stadium … inspired by the Rose Bowl. We were taking in football knowledge left and right, and the kids were loving it. Even the little girls in the group that knew nothing about football. Another classroom really got into it when their teacher held a team party. And my niece has a teacher who LOVES her Seahawks. She wants all of her students to cheer for the team with a bird on their helmets so much that she gave them some motivation. If the Seahawks won their playoff game, they didn’t have homework for a night; if they made it to the Super Bowl, they didn’t have homework for 2 nights; and if they play their hearts out and win the whole thing, they don’t have homework for a week. (Don’t get too upset, they are in 3rd grade and the kids are loving it. Plus their learning about teamwork.) I guarantee my shy little niece will be screaming her heart out for the Seahawks and will never forget the game because of it. Ah, the joy in team spirit!
So as you’re preparing your dips for the Big Game today, think about where you’ve seen the battle? Check out what the people in line around you are wearing, the stickers on cars at the gas station, the food on your grocery store display. Watch the commercials, listen to conversations around your water cooler. This is more than just a game. It’s a societal event.
No matter if you never follow football or you’re a die-hard team fan, this weekend’s event will provide something for everyone. So gather together and make the most of the entertainment. For me, I’ll just say GO Broncos … remember, you have to choose, and I want to see Peyton win at least one more. Enjoy the Big Game!