We asked Halston Media readers how they enjoy Super Bowl Sunday. Here’s what they had to say.
Will You Watch the Super Bowl?
The Super Bowl is more than a football game. It’s a spectacle enjoyed by savvy and clueless sports fans alike, as they bond together over commercials and half-time performances in a party setting. The Super Bowl is responsible for 18 of the Top 24 television broadcasts in United States history.
Unsurprisingly, 95 percent of our readers said they will be watching the matchup between the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers. Just one person said they will not be watching the Super Bowl. Why? “I am just there for the food and company this year,” the respondent said.
Who Will You Root for in the Super Bowl?
No local teams made it to the Big Game this year, but more than 80 percent of readers will have a rooting interest Sunday: 52 percent are supporting the Chiefs; 29 percent are pulling for the 49ers; and 19 percent do not care who wins.
Mike Lacko, of Somers, said he is rooting for the Chiefs because of their head coach, Andy Reid. Though Reid won a Super Bowl as an assistant coach with the Green Bay Packers, he has yet to lead a team to a title: “Andy Reid deserves a Super Bowl Ring!” Lacko said. “One of the best coaches to coach the game.”
Sally Bereton, of Mahopac, is also rooting for the Chiefs. “My son lives and works in Kansas City, Missouri,” Bereton said. “He doesn’t live far from the stadium.”
A few others said they are rooting for the Chiefs because of their assistant coach Dave Toub, a Mahopac High School graduate. Someone said they are rooting for the 49ers because of Katie Sowers, an offensive assistant, who is the first female coach to make the Super Bowl.
What Is Your Favorite Part of the Super Bowl?
Most respondents (71 percent) said the game is their favorite part of the Super Bowl, followed by commercials (24 percent) and the half-time show (5 percent).
Do You Make Any Wagers on the Game?
In addition to having a rooting interest, almost half (48 percent) of respondents said they have a financial stake on the outcome of the game. While some bet point spreads or prop bets, perhaps the most popular form of betting on the game are Super Bowl “boxes” or “squares.” People pay money for squares on a 10x10 grid. Once filled, the columns and rows are randomly assigned a numerical value (1-9).
In most Super Bowl squares, a winner will be determined at the end of the first quarter, second quarter, third quarter, plus the final game score. The winner is decided by looking at the last number in each team’s score and then matching those digits on the grid to see where the squares intersect.
What Is Your Favorite Food to Eat/Make During the Super Bowl?
No Super Bowl party is complete without food. Respondents said their favorite foods to eat during the Big Game are nachos, chicken wings, pizza, hot dogs and chips.
“Each year, my dad and I make huge meals and this year we are doing lobster macaroni and cheese,” said Mike Lacko, of Somers.
Sally Bereton, of Mahopac, prefers, “A bunch of different appetizers.”
Another respondent said they make football-shaped cupcakes.
Should the Day After the Super Bowl be a Holiday?
For many, the worst part about Super Bowl Sunday is going to work the next morning after a night of excitement, over-indulging, and staying up late.
Sixty-two percent of respondents said the day after the Super Bowl should be a holiday.
Jennifer Travis, of Mahopac, said, “On the East Coast, the game goes too late for us to fully enjoy it. I would love the next day off.”
Lisa Loc, of Yorktown, agreed: “Who wants to go to work after all that fun? Plus, we could use another holiday!”
Eric Gonzalez, of Yorktown, is in the minority. “You need to be responsible,” he said.
What Is Your Favorite Super Bowl Memory (Game, Play, etc.)?
Jennifer Travis, of Mahopac, said her first memory was “the first year I was able to host a game day party in 2018 with my best friends.”
Mike Lacko, of Somers, and Eric Gonzalez, of Yorktown, share the same favorite memory: “The Giants destroying the Pats’ perfect season,” Gonzalez said.
What Is Your Favorite Super Bowl Commercial?
Budweiser is the king of Super Bowl commercials, according to Halston Media readers. One person said Doritos commercials are usually a hit, and another said their favorite was “Mean” Joe Green’s Coca-Cola commercial.
What Is Your Favorite Half-Time Performance?
Lisa Loc, of Yorktown, said the infamous Justin Timberlake and Janet Jackson performance is her favorite. “It’s still talked about!” she said.
Jennifer Travis, of Mahopac, prefers “any classic rock show.”
Maroon 5’s performance is a favorite of Somers’ Mike Lacko.