I have always been a sports fan, and growing up, I watched just about every major game played in Major League Baseball, college basketball, the NFL and the NBA. After getting married, I didn’t watch quite as many games, but continued to intermittently follow the different leagues and also added golf to my viewing habits. But now that I lack a TV, I only watch Major League Baseball (really, only the Reds) over the Internet.
However, when I initially got rid of my TV in late 2007, I quickly came upon a quandary: how was I going to watch the Super Bowl? My wife had no interest in the game, so we couldn’t really go to a Super Bowl party, and I wasn’t going to leave my family just to watch a game I didn’t care that much about, so in the end I missed the game. I admit: it felt a little weird as it seems as if EVERYONE watches the Super Bowl and that it is practically a national obligation. However, I didn’t really feel like I had missed anything that important and when the Super Bowl came around last year, I barely noticed it. This year the same holds true.
What I discovered, however, is how many people do NOT watch the Super Bowl. You would think that almost 100% of all Americans watch it, but in fact less than half watch even a few minutes of it, and only about a third of Americans view it at any one time on average. So actually more people do NOT watch it than do watch it, and they all seem to go about their lives just fine.
So if you are planning on watching the Super Bowl, enjoy the game! But if you have no plans to see it, do not feel alone – you are actually in the majority.