Normally I tune out all the Super Bowl hype about three days before the actual game, but this week I wish life had a pause button so Super Bowl week could last as long as I wanted it to. The Green Bay Packers are in the Super Bowl and I am soaking up every single interview, feature story and TV segment about my favorite team.
I’ve noticed a few Tweets already expressing fatigue from all the Super Bowl hoopla, and it’s only Tuesday. C’mon people! Enjoy this! Do you really want to go back to the real world so quickly? The real world means sports coverage that consists of midseason NBA trade talk and debating who will be the Yankees setup man. I don’t know about all of you, but I’d much rather hear about the Packers in the Super Bowl for 24 hours each day.
I was 14 the last time the Packers were in the Super Bowl. Obviously, I remember everything about the game, but I don’t remember much about the buildup. I wasn’t able to process or comprehend just how amazing having your favorite team in the Super Bowl is because I was only 14 (and the Internet, Twitter and 300 ESPN channels weren’t readily accessible yet).
Now I have Twitter running in the background at work and the NFL Network to complement a smorgasboard of ESPN networks. Every time I look at my computer screen I’m seeing Tweets about the Packers and the Super Bowl. When I get home at night I turn on the TV and watch people talking to or about Packers players — in HD, on a big screen — while I eat dinner. Before bed I wind down by reading an endless amount of features, op-eds and blog posts about the Packers in the Super Bowl. I enjoy all of it.
To be fair, it’s been a crazy week at work. When I get home, I haven’t had much energy to do anything else besides catch up on the Packers. Today we even had diversity training at the office. Diversity training during Packers Super Bowl week is torture. It’s what Hell must be like. Perhaps if I wasn’t so busy during the day, I wouldn’t feel the need to immerse myself in Packers coverage when I get home. But I doubt it.
Look, I get just as sick of sports stories getting beaten to death as the next person. It’s annoying. But the Packers don’t take over the sports world for an entire week very often. I plan to enjoy it while it lasts.——————