I'm rather hit and miss when it comes to watching the Super Bowl. I like football well enough but I'm not a die-hard. I got burned out on too many boring, shutout Super Bowls that most people would have turned off had it not be the Super Bowl (all rise). And as a half-hearted Colts fan (your sympathies are appreciated), I don't really have a preference for either team. But I am most definitely watching the Super Bowl this year for three reasons.
1. I just like football. It's far and away my favorite sport to watch for a number of reasons. For one thing, it's possibly the most truly team-centered sport. It's possible for one star player to carry a team in baseball or basketball. But football just doesn't work without a collective effort. Football’s a little nudge in our individualist society’s side, hinting that teamwork still matters.
2. It's one of the few elements of our culture that still honors masculinity. Hard work and hard hits are exalted rather than frowned upon. Incidentally, I think this explains two things. It partially explains why the sport is so popular. It's a little remnant of something that is lacking in most people's lives. But it also explains the attempts to tone-down the sport. After all, we can't have people start thinking that hard work and hard hits are okay.
3. And this is the real reason - my fiancée’s family is having me over to watch it. And they have good food. :-)