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5 Reasons to Watch the Super Bowl (Even If You Aren’t a Football Fan)

Super Bowl XLVIII (48) is fast approaching, and on February 2nd over 100 million people will gather around their televisions to watch the game. The Super Bowl is consistently the most watched television program every year. That being said, there are a lot of women out there who aren’t football fans.  Often times, women will feel peer pressure to watch the game or be forced to watch it by their friends. Does this sound like you? While I, as a pretty typical guy, enjoy watching football, but I know the game itself often isn’t interesting for women. So I’ve come up with a list of reasons as to why you should watch the Super Bowl even if you aren’t a football fan. 

1) The Commercials:

Since the Super Bowl is the most watched TV show every year, air time for commercials is ridiculously expensive. According to USA Today, a 30 second commercial during the 2012 Super Bowl cost $3.5 million on average. For that amount of money, companies like Doritos and Bud Lite attempt to come up with elaborate and often hilarious commercials that are memorable even years later. Usually the day after the Super Bowl, everyone swaps stories of their favorite commercials. You definitely don’t want to miss out. Check out some of the best commercials from last year’s Super Bowl here

2) The Halftime Show:

The halftime show, like almost everything with the Super Bowl, is over the top. The show is elaborate with lots of lights, choreography, and even fireworks. Ever since the Janet Jackson “wardrobe malfunction,” the NFL has begun to bring in more pop acts. Last year, Beyoncé headlined the halftime show and was joined on stage by fellow Destiny’s Child members Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams. What makes the Super Bowl halftime different from any other concert is the on stage collaborations. This year, Bruno Mars will be headlining the halftime show and will be joined on stage by the Red Hot Chili Peppers. You aren’t ever going to see this combination anywhere else but at the Super Bowl. Here is a video of Beyoncé’s halftime performance from last year. 

3) Food!

Super Bowl parties are quite common, and when groups of guys (and girls!) get together to watch the game, there’s usually food involved. Often, it’s pretty typical “guy food” like pizza, chicken wings, chips and dip- but there’s always a lot of it. Now you may not be the biggest football fan ever, but what person in their right mind would pass up free snacks? Not you! So if you’re invited to a Super Bowl party by one of your guy friends, grab a couple girl friends and go eat their food. Trust me, they will be too distracted by the game to worry too much about how many chips you steal. 

4) Guys:

Another good reason to watch the Super Bowl is that guys watch the Super Bowl. This is good news because if you get invited to a Super Bowl party, the ratio of guys to girls will be extremely favorable to you. Now, you’ll have to be wary- guys watching a football game tend to not focus on many other things while the game is on. Usually all the conversation is centered on the football game. So it will probably be difficult to get a guy to talk about something else for very long. That being said, you could still strike up a conversation by asking a couple questions about the game. (Also, it might be a good idea to read this article I wrote previously about sports-watching etiquette.) Doing this, you might be able to get someone’s number and if that doesn’t happen, you could still chat with cute guys. Either way, it’s a win-win. 

5) The Players:

I have it on good authority from one of my fellow Her Campus writers that women enjoy seeing brawny men in skintight pants. Though this isn’t why I watch football, if any of you are fans of that, you’re in luck! Football players wear skintight pants as part of their uniform. Each team has 11 men on the field for every play. While not all of them look amazing in tight pants, like the 300+lb offensive linemen, there are several other guys on the field who are in very good shape and quite muscular. (Unless you’re into offensive linemen, which is cool too.) So you have a situation in which 22 sweaty, muscular men try to beat the crap out of each other for about four hours. Wow… Football doesn’t sound quite as manly when described like that. I should probably go do something manly like drink beer or build something to forget about that. 

The Super Bowl isn’t just a football game. It’s so much more. It can really only be described as an event. Even though you may not like football, there are still a fair number of things to keep non-football fans entertained throughout the whole experience. It’s a great American tradition, it’s incredibly entertaining, and it’s usually a good football game as well. So don’t miss out!


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I am a junior at the University of Pittsburgh majoring in Psychology and minoring in Political Science. I love writing and I have an opinion about virtually anything. I tend to write a lot about relationships and I try to add my unique male perspective to Her Campus. I enjoy listening to music, standup comedy, watching sports, and reading. 
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