Personally, I could care less about the Superbowl, or football. However, Ravi is a big football fan, and from September to the Superbowl (and a few pre-season games in August) Football is an omnipresent part of life, even if his favored team (the Miami Dolphins) don’t make it into post-season.
For my non-American readers, the Superbowl is the final playoff game of the American Football season and determines the winning team for that season. It comes after 16 regular season games and is the third round of play-off games. The Superbowl is always played on a Sunday night, and most shows don’t bother putting up new episodes against it, as even people who aren’t football fans tend to watch the game for the commercials (the most expensive and occasionally memorable commercials…and once shown at the Superbowl are rarely ever shown again, except on youtube) or the halftime show (always a big name act…this year Black Eyed Peas, Slash and Usher took the stage)…or just because.
It’s pretty common for a group of friends to gather at someone’s home and watch the game together.
In Singapore, with the time difference (and DST, which we don’t observe) the 6:30pm Sunday night game was on at 7:30am Monday morning. As it happened, Ravi had a half day that he could take off, and we decided to host our own little Superbowl party. Two couples came over, and rather than wings and beer we served fresh squeezed oj and pancakes (among other breakfast foods). We were able to watch the game via streaming over the internet and a clever gadget that hooks my laptop to the tv.
It was one of those moments where we could bring a little bit of the US to Singapore, and it was lovely.
And of course, there was this…