The Super Bowl to an International Student

As an international student, even in my second year, there are still quite a few things I don’t understand about the US. I don’t understand the Fahrenheit scale, I have no idea how much I weigh in pounds, and I still haven’t gotten used to the portion sizes here. But what tops this list of incompetence is my ignorance of American sports. I’m not a big sports fan in general, but I am especially clueless when it comes to American sports (Baseball is like Cricket, right?). So, with the Super Bowl right around the corner I can feel my incompetence intensify. Here is a (very) short list of things that I have learnt about the Super Bowl thanks to the Friends Super Bowl specials and not much else.

  1. There’s food…and lots of it.

Like most American celebrations, the Super bowl is accompanied with lots and lots of food. And I for one am not complaining. I may not understand much about this day, but I can appreciate good food when I see it. Also, apparently there’s a seven-layer dip of some sort.

  1. The commercials

As one of the most watched events of the year, the Super Bowl attracts some of the most interesting and innovative commercials. Since I don’t plan on watching the Super Bowl, it’s unlikely that I’m going to watch these masterpieces live, but I might end up spending some time looking them up on YouTube just to stay in the loop.

  1. The half-time show

Madonna_Halftime_show_(6837585429)I understand the concept of half time in the world of sports but I am a little confused as to why it turns into a full-fledged concert during the Super Bowl. But, I guess why not?

  1. Football
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Despite all of the other distractions, the main event of the day is the actual game. As I have (recently) learned, the game of American Football (yes, the word American is necessary, football to me is soccer to you) this year will be played between the Patriots and the Seahawks.

  1. Last, but definitely not the least: The Puppy Bowl

8445970934_1343d410e0_oEvery year, Animal Planet puts up its “Super bowl counterprogramming” in the form of the Puppy Bowl. It is essentially just lots of puppies playing in a model stadium that mimics the Super Bowl. So if, like me, you are completely oblivious to what’s going on in the actual Super Bowl, the puppy bowl is a good way for you to spend a few hours while still enjoying the food and festivities that come with the Super Bowl!




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