A time of reflection for sports fans

Super Bowl 51 aired Sunday, February 5, 2017 / mailtimes.com.au

Super Bowl Sunday has come and gone. The 51st championship game lived up to its expectations, from being arguably that greatest Super Bowl of all-time to Lady Gaga’s halftime performance.

First off, the pop star singer coming down from the roof, to her doing flips between the wires holding her in the air, to her dropping (throwing) her mic and proceeding to catch a football lived up to past halftime shows, even if it is your least favourite part of the game. I’m not a Lady Gaga fan, but I can say I was watching from start to finish.

The Super Bowl commercials, which were reportedly priced at $5 million for a 30-second spot, had some humour and some meh moments. I’ll give the commercials themselves a C+ grade (from a Canadian who was able to watch the American telecast).

The game itself? Well, for football fans, or a sports lover, the game was more than what one could expect. Obviously for the people who hate to see New England and Tom Brady win, it wasn’t fun but no one can hide from the fact it was a must-watch game.

Like we saw in the 2016 National Basketball Association Finals and the 2016 Major League Baseball World Series, no lead is safe. In the NBA, the Golden State Warriors blew a 3-1 series lead; in the MLB, the Cleveland Indians blew a 3-1 series lead; at Super Bowl 51, the Atlanta Falcons blew a 28-3 lead by allowing the Patriots to score 31 unanswered points.

Now that the 2016/17 NFL season has closed, it’s the time for sports fans to weep. For the next little while sports are on a level of boring, basically until April. Around the time the MLB season opens up, and the NHL and NBA season begin to wire down ahead of their own playoffs. Some fans will find excitement through sports like tennis and curling, but at a major event level, sports take a backseat for the next two months.

So now what? What do sports fans do for the next little while?

For some sports fans, and I’m being dead-honest, The Bachelor is still ongoing and will be for a few more weeks. If you are a sports person and completely against the show, ignore this. For the one’s that are into the (allegedly non-scripted) show, it creates a similar sense of intensity that sports bring. Some sportswriters — and a lot of them are into this show — have joined The Bachelor pools, as if to be playing fantasy sports.

However, admittedly The Bachelor isn’t for everyone. Although this could be a time to catch up on movies or TV shows. Or if you are a fan of a sports team (or multiple teams) who continue to frustrate you because of a history of losing, this is a time to bring your blood pressure back down and regain some years back on to your life.

For the opposites, people with no interest in sports, this is the time of year to enjoy very minimal sports talk around you. More importantly, it’s a time to sympathize with sports fans. We are in a time of withdrawal as we look elsewhere for entertainment. We sports fans will leave you alone for the next couple months, as long as you leave your ‘sportball’ jokes to the side.

Sports fans are spoiled, especially after this past year. It’s unfortunate that slow times like these come, but I think they’re good for everyone, sports fan or not. Sports will probably continue to be spoiled once sports traffic picks up again, but dang was 2016 good.

 

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