I am finding it really, really hard to get excited to watch the Superbowl tomorrow. At work I told the guys that if they wanted to watch the game, I would provide some chips, dips, and beverages for it. They told me they appreciated the sentiment but no thanks. Someone asked if I was working, they would put the game on for me, when I said it was another staff who didnâ€™t like football, they almost sounded relieved.
On the contrary, Grey Cup Sunday is a HUGE day at the shelter. Scores are announced, sides are chosen, and the kitchen and the staff put on a pretty good party for the guys. I did some â€œmarket researchâ€ this year for the Superbowl and the response was, â€œI was pretty excited about last years game but I canâ€™t get pumped up about Arizonaâ€. In other words Arizona has been bad for so long, no one really cheers for them or against them. They just kind of exist but not much else.
Thatâ€™s okay, some of the guys suggested we go all out on Saturday nights when the NHL playoffs start. I have to admit that sounds like a good idea. Of course the best part of the suggestion was this, â€œWell we could do that right up until the NHL messed around with the finals scheduling when there are like three months between the games 2 and 3 and we have all forgotten what ice even looks like.â€
While the Superbowl may be the biggest global event, it canâ€™t compare the passion and excitement that the Stanley Cup playoffs bring across Canada (as long as a Canadian team is still playing). I think Grey Cup Sunday is bigger across Canada as well. Of course it doesnâ€™t help that there hasnâ€™t been a lot of hype for the game and like I said before, no one really hates the Arizona Cardinals (why would you, they are good for some easy victories most seasons) and unlike the Detroit Lions, they donâ€™t even have much of a fan base (other than Rick Bennett). Oh well the NFL Draft is only 84 days away.