Super Bowl Traditions

The Super Bowl brings out deep set American traditions.


Jeffrey Beall

With the Patriots' 13-3 victory over the Los Angeles Rams, quarterback Tom Brady clinched his sixth Super Bowl win in 2019. Photo used with permission under creative commons.

Cole Mertz, Source Editor

The Super Bowl captivates millions of Americans every year, bringing in massive viewership. The eight most viewed broadcasts in the United States are all claimed by football’s biggest stage, capping out at 114.4 million in viewership. Only three other events crack the top 20. What makes these numbers even more impressive is the phrase that follows these staggering figures: “nobody watches the Super Bowl alone.” Many students find this expression to be true.

“[We] have a party and hang with the boys,” senior Cameron Messer said.

The commonality of Super Bowl parties is only met by the slightly more controversial world of sports betting. Whether it be on who wins, the score of the game or even how many times the coach throws his clipboard. This year an estimated six billion dollars will exchange hands in the name of the event, more than the GDP of a small country such as Fiji or Montenegro.

“I always enjoy making side bets to make a little extra money and add some flair to the game,” an anonymous source said.

Things can also get a little heated between fans, tensions ride high and passions come burning through. The Patriots are coming into the Super Bowl on a run that has set them in NFL history, having won 11 straight divisional titles. Their quarterback, Tom Brady, has more Super Bowl appearances than any other team as a whole. On the other side of the coin, there are the Rams, a young team who made it through on a highly controversial call. In storybook fashion, they will face the veteran Patriots under the leadership of the youngest coach to ever participate in the Super Bowl in tandem with one of the youngest active quarterbacks in the league.

“I want Tom Brady to win this year and every year he is still in this league because that empire shall live on,” Messer said.