Why Do You Watch the Super Bowl?

Yeah, I’m not sure about the title, either. But it’s better than the no-title post of last time, right? Uh, right? (why do I hear crickets?)

In any case, if you watch the Super Bowl, why do you watch it?

Is it because you’re a huge sports fan and will watch any old game? Is it because you love football? Is it because you think the quarterback is cute?

Not surprisingly, this last one is why I watch football, and how I choose my favorite teams. What is surprising is how well choosing a winning team by the color of their jerseys or the cuteness of their quarterback works when you’re betting in the football pool at work. I’ve won it more than once.

What can I say? I live in a gambling town. We bet on everything, mostly because we’re the ones you don’t see at the casino.

In any case, I have no interest in the two teams playing this year (though I’m sure my peeps back in New York and Boston are excited). I’m not a huge sports fan anyway, but I have big plans. I will, absolutely, be watching the Super Bowl.

But I’ll be watching strictly for the commercials.

The good commercials will be poignant, or hysterically funny, or silly. They won’t necessarily have big name stars in them. My favorite commercial from last year’s Super Bowl, with the kid dressed up like Darth Vader, struck a chord with me because this is what my four-year-old looked like on Christmas Day, and has worn nearly every day since:

The Vader who lives in my house. And don't mind the mess behind him... It was Christmas. It's usually much, much worse.

Vader’s big in my house. A kid thinking he’s using The Force is…uh…not unusual. So, yes, I still chuckle to myself when I think about this commercial.

But I digress. I have a point, and it relates to writing. I swear.

The commercials are the secondary characters of the Super Bowl. (See, there it is!) Of course the main attraction is the game, but finely crafted, clever commercials are important, too. There should be no switching channels on game day, or fast-forwarding through commercials on the DVR. Nope, on game day, we all sit down and watch.

That’s what good secondary characters should do—keep the story moving and keep the reader engaged. Your main attraction should be hero and heroine, but a good story will provide a reader with secondary characters who are strong enough and developed well enough to keep a reader engrossed in the story. I mean, we’ve all read stories where we’ve skipped through the talkie-talkie with the BFF to the next scene with the hero/heroine.

Maybe we even groaned when the BFF shows up at the house.

I know I’ve done that, and recently.

A good secondary character will speak to the readers. They’ll be people the reader will want to know more about. Once the story is over, these may be the people that the readers are clamoring for.

“Write this guy next! I have to know what happens to him!”

You see, these are the characters people talk about after the story is over. Just like they talk about the commercials after the game.

After all, I might not even remember who played last year, but I still talk about the Darth Vader commercial.

So, for everyone, HAPPY SUPER BOWL SUNDAY!

Meggan Connors’ first book, The Marker, is available at AmazonBarnes and Noble, and at Soul Mate Publishing.

She would love to hear from readers (or anyone else. She gets lonely.) She can be found at www.megganconnors.com, on Facebook, and on Twitter @MegganConnors.


About Meggan Connors

Mother. Wife. Author. Teacher. Really, really bad soccer coach.
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18 Responses to Why Do You Watch the Super Bowl?

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  2. revrosevan says:

    I will definitely be watching the Super Bowl, Meggan. I love professional football, and although I’m not a big fan of either team this year, I will be rooting for New York. But the Super Bowl commercials are absolutely worth watching–just like a good secondary character.

    BTW, Darth Vader and STAR WARS go with boys like peanut butter goes with bread. My boys are 16 now, but man, they loved STAR WARS from the first moment they saw it. I guess that doesn’t just apply to boys, though–I did, too, when I saw it for the first time way back in 1977. 🙂

    Enjoy game day!

    • Yeah, boys and Star Wars are made for each other. The best compliment I think I’ve ever gotten was when my son said, “Mom, you look beautiful. Like Princess Leia.”

      I was wearing neither a gold bikini (I’d blind someone, for sure), nor a long white robe, nor side buns, but it made me smile all day.

  3. I LOVE that Darth Vadar commercial too. Being the mama of two jedi knights myself, it always tweaks my heart strings. And I very much agree – it comes down to how hot the quarterback is (Brady!!) and the ‘secondary character’ commercials. Great post!! Tracy

    • Brady is cuter, it’s true (except for whatever he was doing with his hair earlier this season. That was just wrong). And the jerseys are better. It should be Pats all the way.

      But I have a thing for the Manning boys. So I don’t know who I’m rooting for yet.

  4. Lia Davis says:

    I do watch the Super Bowl every year. And yes, I watch it for the commercials. 🙂

  5. B.J. Scott says:

    Great post and excellent post about secondary Characters. Leave them wanting more is a great philosophy. Will be watching the game even thought my team is not playing. Yep, I am one of those women who love football. But the Colts are not playing so will be cheering for the other Manning.

    Enjoy the game ladies and the commercials

    • I like football. I like it best when we can actually go to the games, though. Granted, it’s been nine years since we’ve done it, but last year M and I got two tickets to a bowl game for free, and couldn’t get more. So M took the boy to his first game. He did great for about an hour. 🙂

  6. I will definitely be watching! My team (New York) is in it this year, no I don’t follow football regularly but I do keep an eye on it to see what’s happening 🙂
    Great secondary character advice! They are just as important to the story as the main characters.
    BJ the manning brothers are really two of the main reasons I pay attention to football 😉

    • Yeah, I usually know what’s going on in football-land, but I only watch certain teams. I was going to boycott the big game this year (No Niners! So close! It’s a travesty!), but got invited to a party, so I’ll definitely be watching!

      • B.J. Scott says:

        My hubby is a niners fan too. He was pouting when they lost, but watched the game. I love going to the real games too but have only been to Canadian football games and they have one less down. We were in Hawaii on our honeymoon the weekend of the pro-bowl but decided to pass and went to the zoo instead lol.

  7. I’m watching for one reason: The New York Giants. 🙂

  8. Casey Wyatt says:

    Hands down – that Darth Vader commercial was my favorite. I don’t watch the Super Bowl because I’m not a big football fan. I’ll be watching Downton Abbey tonight. Hubby, on the other hand, will be watching the big game. His team is the Bears (even though we’re New Englanders). I know he’s rooting for the Patriots.

  9. Natasha Tate says:

    Great blog, Meggan! I’m impressed that you were able to integrate Star Wars, motherhood, the Super Bowl and writing all in one post. That requires some serious skill!

    As the mother of boys, I totally get the Darth Vader wannabe antics. Consider yourself warned: it takes YEARS for them to grow out of their obsession, if they ever do. My youngest (fourteen already!) came home just yesterday talking about his latest Star Wars marathon and what he’d do if he had The Force. It was hard for me to pay attention; I can only sustain interest in the “what ifs” of the Force for so long before my eyes start to glaze. I suspect super powers are to boys like romance is to women. And after listening to my boys hypothesize on imaginary skills no human can ever claim, it makes me glad to be a woman!

    Enjoy your Super Bowl party! I won’t be watching, as revisions await!

    • The Star Wars stories are hard to take. However, I can convince boy child to do things by saying, “You know, I think what made Luke Skywalker such a great Jedi is that he would do X. If you want to be a Jedi…” Whereas girl child doesn’t fall for any of that!

  10. kathy says:

    I’m a Pro football fiend. And in the last couple of years have added the NBA. Like I have time for that! i LOVE the commercials too. But I really do watch whatever team is playing, and always feel as if I have a stake (I play in four fantasy leagues too). Pathetic!!!

    BTW? My husband is not a sports fan. Go figure.

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