Opinion

It’s Time We Gather and Break Garlic Bread

FlickrSuper Bowl XLIX in 2015 was the most viewed Super Bowl in history with over 114 million viewers.

It’s been a rough year. A lot has been going on recently with the impeachment of the president and the spreading of certain diseases. With the Super Bowl this Sunday, it’s the perfect time to gather with friends and family to catch up and stuff your face with finger food. 

This will be the 54th year the Super Bowl has aired and the first time in 50 years the Kansas City Chiefs are making an appearance, according to the National Football League website, and they’ll play the San Francisco 49ers. Super Bowl IV was the last time the Chiefs played for — and won — the Vince Lombardi Trophy. The 49ers more recently appeared in the Super Bowl in 2013 and lost to the Baltimore Ravens.

There isn’t much on the line for Chicago sports fans so this is a good opportunity to just enjoy the game and start conversations with people around you while the game is on. Super Bowl parties are a good excuse to have people over if visitors aren’t something you’re used to — a perfect time for loners to socialize with people in person. 

About 98 million people watched the Super Bowl last year, which is a decline from the 103 million viewers in 2018, according to Statista, a global data platform. The program’s viewership has been declining since it peaked in 2015 with over 114 million viewers. 

Over the past couple of years, there has been a lot of talk surrounding politics and controversial issues. Football hasn’t been exempt from this due to the U.S. National Anthem protests that have surrounded players, coaches and even the president. 

However, the Super Bowl has been a classic American tradition for more than half a decade and although we still have a lot of issues to sort out, these days we need to take any opportunity to gather as people. Not as Democrats, Republicans or any other group — political or otherwise — but as people. 

Whether it’s a conversation about how your team is doing, the commercials or a totally unrelated topic, use this opportunity to further dive into relationships with those around you or form new ones. 

The game, which takes place on Sunday at 5:30 p.m., will be aired by Fox Sports. Viewers can check this list of Fox affiliates to see which channel will air the game.

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