NYR #14

January 31, 2009

I have a confession to make- I may not watch the Super Bowl. Yes, that’s right, you heard it here first- a man is openly admitting that he did not plan his entire week around the most important game of the year. I expect some repercussions from this admission. In fact, I was openly ridiculed at work when one of my co-workers asked me who I was rooting for and I had to ask him who was playing. The news spread like wildfire through my office and by noon I couldn’t find a single person in the Pentagon who was unaware of my inadequacies- to include the Subway employee from Istanbul who just happened to be wearing a vintage “One for the Thumb” Steelers T-shirt.

Truth is, I haven’t watched an entire football game in 8 years and, if you do the math, you’ll figure out that’s about the time that Mack was born. I don’t think that I am any less complete. I don’t feel a gaping hole in my life for having missed so many collegiate and professional football games. Maybe I should. Maybe somewhere along the line I missed a life altering game or maybe even just a single play that had I watched my life would be richer and more fulfilled. I kind of doubt it. Personally, I believe the hours logged watching Josh and Drake, Sponge Bob and I-Carly have had a much greater impact on who I am and what I’m all about. Because when I watch one of these shows I’m normally sandwiched between two little boys who think it’s super cool that their Dad can imitate “Patrick Starfish” better than anyone they know.

That being said, we may watch the commercials- Cayden thinks they’re hilarious and once he gets laughing you can’t help but join in.

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Paul Bury posted the following on February 2, 2009 at 1:08 am.

Shane,
I support you not watching the super bowl. In fact, I didn’t watch it either. I was spending time with my daughter and her new Nerf Guns from Christmas. As I go in to work tomorrow, I’ll try to sound like I watched it so I don’t get raged on.
P Bury


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