Tips to enjoy Super Bowl Sunday

Sean Hastings, Sports Editor

Super Bowl Sunday is right around the corner and even if your favorite team is not playing in the game, I can bet you are pretty excited for the game.

The Carolina Panthers are looking to finish of a remarkable season, one that no one could have expected from them, losing just one game in the regular season.

The Denver Broncos and Peyton Manning will look to trump the league’s top team from the regular season.

The Super Bowl is usually the most watched television program each year. 114.4 million people tuned into last year’s game.

Now you can’t expect that every person actually really cared about the game.

There is so much build up for the Super Bowl. One of the best parts of the Super Bowl is the commercials.

Businesses spend millions of dollars for a 30-second advertisement during the big game. Last year’s average was close to $5 million according to

A couple of commercials that I look forward to at least, is the Doritos commercial, all of the beer ads, and even the car commercials pull off some funny ones.

It just blows my mind how much they’ll spend to get their ad to play during the Super Bowl. 

I remember I was younger and not in college, my family and my neighbors would print out a list of questions like, “what will be the first beer commercial,” “what will be the first car commercial,” “what will be the first fast food commercial,” etc. That is just another fun way that people can get involved in the Super Bowl.

Of course money is involved with this! Put a dollar on a question and it can become pretty competitive.

I’m sure everyone has done “squares” where you pick a square on a board and your square will correspond with numbers on the top of the board and the side.

The numbers will represent the last number in each team’s score. If at the end of a quarter your numbers match up, you win money. Squares usually cost about $10-$20. That is just another fun thing to do if you have a large group of people.

Some people will only like to focus on the game, and that is fine too.

The talk is that the Panthers are going to continue their domination and defeat the Broncos.

For me, I would like to see the Broncos win.

Not because I hate Cam Newton and all of the dancing he does after touchdowns, I actually love his celebrations, I have always just liked Peyton Manning.

Speaking of Peyton Manning, there is some talk that he might retire because of what he said to Patriots coach Bill Belichick after the AFC title game.

He told him “this might be my last rodeo.” Manning says he was not referring to retirement, but what a way to go out, a Super Bowl Champion.

Cam Newton has led the Panthers on an incredible journey this year, and with a lot of haters to go along with it.

This is his chance to prove that his team is the real deal.

I can imagine there are not many Panthers and Broncos fans on campus so the result of this game isn’t going to impact anybody too much.

I only know of two Panthers fans on campus, and do not know a single Broncos fan, although I’m sure there are some out there.

It all just comes down to one night where almost everyone is doing the same thing whether they care for a winner or not.

The Super Bowl is always fun, from the parties, to the money games, and just watching two great teams go at it. The Super Bowl is basically an unofficial holiday. Have some fun this weekend.

Sean Hastings can be reached at 581-2812 or [email protected]