Whether it’s the football, the commercials, the halftime show or some combination of it all, most of us likely will watch the Super Bowl.
The Sunday, Feb. 2, game between the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos is expected to draw more than the record 111.3 million viewers who watched the 2012 Super Bowl, which would make it the most-watched TV program in U.S. history, wrote Brad Adgate in a Jan. 28 contributed article on Forbes.com.
Advertisers keen on those millions of viewers spent about $4 million for 30-second spots.
Superstars Red Hot Chili Peppers and Bruno Mars, a recent Grammy winner for Best Pop Vocal Album, will perform in the halftime musical extravaganza.
So, if Sunday’s Super Bowl figures to be one of the largest entertainment events of 2014 — multiple media outlets have written for years about naming the “Day After the Super Bowl” a national holiday — then it is one great excuse to party.
With that in mind, there are some important DO’s and DON’Ts when it comes to attending or hosting a Super Bowl event, particularly this year with the Broncos competing.
■ DO attend a party.
If you aren’t invited to one, then throw one because the Super Bowl is a fun, social setting, and the Broncos don’t make it every year.
Make sure you DO know what type of party you want.
If you and most guests want to watch and hear everything then DO NOT create an environment with the potential for constant interruptions. Small children can be loud and DO NOT care if the Broncos just picked off Seahawks QB Russell Wilson in the end zone. Decide ahead of time if small children are invited. If so, DO provide them entertainment options and DO NOT be upset if they get loud.
■ DO make a pregame play list with music exclusively from Colorado and Washington artists. There are many choices: Jimi Hendrix (Wash.), Nirvana (Wash.), OneRepublic (Colo.), The Lumineers (Colo.), The Head and the Heart (Wash.) and Big Head Todd and the Monsters (Colo.) are just a few options.
■ DO have at least one TV that works. DO NOT walk in front of it during the game unless it’s an emergency.
■ DO serve good food and drinks. If you’re an overachiever, build this Super Bowl Snack Stadium on Buzzfeed: buzzfeed.com/emofly/how-to-build-a-snack-stadium. (Then take photos and email them to me because I need to see it!)
DO serve items that can be munched on for hours (Velveeta and Ro-Tel, seven layer dip, veggies and ranch) or items with Colorado or Washington ties. Orange Crush soda — Orange Crush was a nickname given to Denver’s defense years ago — local wine, beer or lamb are good Colorado options.
Washington is known for its coffee, salmon, Dungeness crab, Redhook beer and wine varietals Riesling or Cabernet Sauvignon.
DO NOT expect to prepare everything yourself. DO delegate to guests. DO have everything ready before the game starts.
■ DO show up early. Even the national anthem is must see during the Super Bowl. This year’s performer is lyric soprano singer Renee Fleming.
■ DO NOT drink and drive. Not only is it selfish and dangerous, it’s illegal. A representative from Colorado State Patrol’s Fruita office said his troopers will increase patrol all weekend in the region.
DO have a plan if you happen to have one drink too many.
■ DO have a room or space dedicated to people uninterested in the game where children, spouses, or significant others have something fun to do. DO NOT try to have conversations with people watching the game about things completely unrelated to football. In addition, DO NOT ask questions about football repeatedly if you do not understand the game. On the flip side, DO NOT break down every play as if you know more about what’s going on than the players and coaches.
■ DO cheer loudly for your team. DO NOT get upset if people aren’t rooting for the same team as you.
DO NOT let the outcome of Sunday’s game dictate your emotions and the way you treat other people for the foreseeable future. You aren’t more upset or happy than the people on the field. Sorry. You aren’t.