Last weekend was Super Bowl weekend!
Moving to California you will soon find out what the “Super Bowl” is. American Football is one of the most popular sports in the U.S. and the Super Bowl is the major American Football sporting event in the country. Wikipedia defines the Super Bowl as:
“The Super Bowl has been the championship game of the National Football League(NFL), the premier association of professional American football, since 1967. It was first played on January 15, 1967 as part of a merger agreement between the NFL and the then rival league, the American Football League (AFL)”.
In other words, when the Super Bowl is on, the streets are empty, the shops are empty and every American watched the finals with his/her family and friends at home or at organized Super Bowl parties. The spirit of the people is incredible. A week before the match people in the office dressed up in the office team shirts.
This year 2010 New Orleans played against Indiana and New Orleans won for the first time in Super Bowl history. As you can imagine the fans were ecstatic and they said, Mardi Gras will go on for a year now. It is partly so huge, because New Orleans is still fighting to recover from the dreadful effects of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Apparently this huge event will be very good for the spirit and the economic development of the New Orleans area.
But the most amazing thing is that the Sport organizers managed to link the sport with advertisement. Every year the best ever commercials are played in the breaks. Companies pay tons of money to get a spot into the Super Bowl time. This means whole families or even generations watch this event together, partly for the commercials and partly for the sport. Check out some of the commercials on youtube.
Tips & Insights
- Try to watch this event with an American family, it will be an experience
- or… plan a weekend away, places will be quiet : )