The day of the Super Bowl is probably the most anticipated day after Christmas.
Watching teams match up for an entire season — just to make it to the very end for a Super Bowl title, ring and trophy — makes people nail-bitingly anxious.
Add Fantasy Football, Super Bowl boxes and team pools to the mix, and almost every fan is marking off his or her calendar until Sunday comes.
As an avid football fan, I look forward to the Super Bowl every year.
But, it’s not only the football game that gets me.
Sure, I love watching a great matchup, and this year, Carolina and Denver are the best of the best.
But, there are so many other things I look forward to on Super Bowl Sunday:
1. The Food
It’s no secret Super Bowl parties bring the greatest snacks.
If this weren’t true, there wouldn’t be 100 Pinterest boards dedicated to “Super Bowl Snacks.”
Every person dedicates the weekend to building epic football-themed entrees and delicious finger foods.
It’s a day where it’s actually celebrated to veg out on your couch with plates piled high with greasy, fried and unhealthy food.
Any day that glorifies food and laziness is a holiday made just for me.
Last year, I went over to my boyfriend’s best friend’s house.
His parents had put out the most amazing spread, including lasagna, steak and lobster tails.
It was actually mind-blowing.
Whether you’re watching the game at a friend’s house or going out, there’s no denying the food to come will be absolutely mouthwatering and incredible.
I mean, what’s better than seven-layer dip?
I rest my case.
2. Day Drinking
The Super Bowl gives a whole new meaning to Sunday Funday.
Sure, we’re all fans of brunching on Sundays and regretting it the next day when we crawl to our desks at work, but Super Bowl Sunday is epic.
It’s a day when the beer is flowing, and nobody judges you for the number of drinks you inhale during the game, even if you’re chugging a beer bong before half-time comes around.
3. The Half-Time Show
Every year, the NFL snags the hottest names in music to perform at the half-time show.
Some of my favorite performances were from Super Bowl half-time shows.
The last time I got to see my favorite band, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, perform was at a half-time show just a few years ago.
It was insane.
Each year, the shows get bigger and better.
I mean, who can really forget when Beyoncé blew out the electricity at the Superdome? Or when Justin Timberlake whipped out Janet Jackson’s entire boob?
Or just last year, when Missy Elliot made her much-awaited comeback?
There’s always something to remember.
4. The Commercials
In the advertising world, the Superbowl is the most wonderful time of year.
Seventy-eight percent of Americans watch the game just for the ads. Companies know this, and so they ramp up their campaigns just for this time.
When Apple first launched its revamp, there was no better place to display it than during the Super Bowl.
Even though it was over 30 years ago, it’s still known among media and advertising moguls as one of the greatest commercials in history.
The best commercials are always shown during the Super Bowl.
So while you’re reaching for your fourth beer, your eyes will be keyed in to see what Budweiser has in store for us this year.
Hopefully, it's another puppy-owner bromance.
5. An Excuse To Party With Friends And Family
Any time a big event rolls around like this, everyone gathers together to celebrate and have a great time.
The fact that it’s on Sunday is even better because everyone is usually off from work.
They really have nothing better to do than sit around and recover from the weekend.
Super Bowl Sunday is just another excuse to throw an epic party for your friends and family.
You get to invite everyone over or go to someone’s house, and you can just enjoy each other’s company.
The Super Bowl is full of heated debates, tons of laughs and never-ending food.
These things always make for a great time.