Saturday 10 December 2016

Off The Ball: A beginner's guide to watching the Super Bowl

Michael McCartney

Published 03/02/2016 | 02:30

If you make it through the never-ending half-time break, you're home free. The musical act this year is Coldplay, so that's unlikely to be any help (PA)
If you make it through the never-ending half-time break, you're home free. The musical act this year is Coldplay, so that's unlikely to be any help (PA)

It’s that time of the year. Your annoying friend has been banging on about it since September, and you’re finally willing to acquiesce and give American Football a chance.

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The Super Bowl is usually the first port of call for the NFL curious so Sunday night is your annual chance. If you can get through the obvious pitfalls, it could change your life. But you’ll need a plan.

The first challenge is staying awake. The game starts at 11.30pm, and while you will be gung ho about battling through, by the fifth ad break, you will start to falter. Don’t be a hero, get a pre-game nap in.

The next is pacing your food and drink intake. Super Bowl rookies often get their beers and nachos into them before kick-off. It’s a long night. You’ll need several pick-me-ups.

Distracting yourself during the stop-start nature of the game is your next issue. Getting into arguments on social media by trolling more knowledgeable fans should keep you going here.

Lastly, if you make it through the never-ending half-time break, you’re home free. The musical act this year is Coldplay, so that’s unlikely to be any help. This is a problem. Often by the second half, you’ve forgotten the score and which team is which. You’ll need some serious willpower, but get through the pain once and it’ll be worth it for a lifetime. MMcC

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