Yesterday morning, during my morning commute, I was listening to Bob & Tom, as I often do. During the show, they cited an article (or a poll, I’m not sure which) stating that an estimated 7 million people will call into work on Monday, the day after the Superbowl.
For years now, I’ve had an issue with the Superbowl starting so late on Sunday. It starts at 6:30, and with the extra time allotted during half-time for the half-time show, the game is normally over around 10:30. When I was a young man without children, this didn’t bother me. Now that I’m a little older (yeah, well I’m not that eld – bonus points if you know what movie that is from), it bothers me that I go to bed so late and also that my children stay up so late just to finish watching the game.
Obviously, 7 million other people have a problem with it, too, as they will be calling into work
with a hangover sick the day after Super Sunday.
I used to think that they should start the game earlier, but that would inconvenience the folks out on the west coast. So the $64 million question is this: why not move the game to Saturday?
Think about it. College football is over so there’s no conflict with any collegiate games. There might be some college basketball or even NBA games during that time, but the NFL shouldn’t care about that. They are competitors. The game could still start at 6:30. Then fans could stay out and party because they wouldn’t have to rush home to jump into bed so they’d be well-rested for work or school. Also, there wouldn’t be 7 million people calling in on Monday.
It makes so much more sense than making the day after the Superbowl a national holiday, which I’ve heard suggested on a few radio stations. If this were to come to fruition, we all could stay up and watch the game, and wouldn’t have to rush to be anywhere afterwards, and wouldn’t be dragging ass if we happened to go anywhere the next day.
What do you think? Should the Superbowl be played on Saturday?