Opinion: Will we need a super substitute?

Commentary by Terry Anker

The Super Bowl is now behind us.  Plays have been made, heroes elevated and shadows cast.  The football history books have been adjusted. The wags have had their chance to comment — and comment some more. The T-shirts have been printed, distributed and sold.  The commercials have been seen — and seen, and seen.  Regardless of one’s favorite in the big game, few can argue that it did not deliver. It was exciting to the end. It zigged and zagged.  It lived up to its hype. Even the halftime show met its lofty buildup!

But now that the nacho sauce has been cleaned from the davenport, and the beer cans recycled, many have already started planning for next year. A bigger TV? Perhaps. Maybe we won’t invite the in-laws again. Maybe we must. The food, the sofa, the guest list — all are being considered and reconsidered. Who will play almost doesn’t matter. Sure, it would be best if our own Indianapolis Colts took the field. Certainly, they will give their all to take us there. But regardless, most of us will gather again with friends, food and a television to commune with the football world.

It is a tradition. We remember the good times, and bad, from years past. We relive our experiences together and bond in our common memories. Yet, football, like everything, has its detractors. Legitimate concerns are being raised about concussion risks and a variety of other matters. Some indications are that young kids are not taking up the sport, preferring instead soccer or other activities. Will it still captivate our attention and dominate the ratings in the years to come? Who knows? If not, will we find a super substitute for a super tradition? As long as we are doing it together, whatever the game, we can learn the rules.

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