Analyzing the Super Bowl Super Bowl LIII aired Sunday February 3rdat 6:30 pm EST, but the ritual surrounding it didnot begin with the game, instead the football game during the Super Bowl appeared to be mostly background noise and a reason for people to gather with food and drinks. The gatheringof individuals at the house of a coworker crossed all social boundaries, extending to include various ages, people of various religions and backgrounds, and both genders, though there weremore males engaged in the actual gameplay than females. The Super Bowl appears to be an event concerned more with socializing and commercial marketing than the sport of football. When analyzing the Super Bowl the predominate features included the individuals around me, the food present, game commentary, and the halftime show. Throughout the event people walked in and out of the room that was playing the actual game on television and participating in various social activities including other recreational games. While the vast majority of these games paled in comparison to the skill shown on television and were fueled by alcohol and camaraderie rather than dedication to a specific sport, the competitiveness level seemed to be about par. The competitiveness went outside of games and into conversation as Rams and Patriots fans intermingled and the big question of ‘who is going to win’ was asked. Sport, in this context provided a method for stress release and friendly competition, and acting, as Coakley states in “Sport in Society: Inspiration or Opiate”, a functional part of society. The individuals present for the event did not make up a single small section of American culture.
Food was highly prevalent and made primarily up of prepackaged snack foods. When looking at the food present compared to the food football players are expected to eat William Arens’ “The Great American Football Ritual” explains why this may occur.