With today being both Sunday and a defacto national holiday, I don’t want to take too much time away from doing nothing by doing, well, anything — but I just wanted to take the opportunity to throw my helmet in the ring and say the Monday after the Super Bowl should absolutely be a day off across the country. I’m not the first to suggest this, by any means, but I totally agree with the sentiment.
If you think three Mondays off in two months (with Martin Luther King Day and Presidents’ Day) is too much, all you’ll have to do is this:
Hold the Super Bowl on the Sunday before President’s Day.
This scenario is actually quite plausible. But I can also see several arguments against this, which I’ll now argue away:
a) That’s the weekend of the Daytona 500!
No biggie. The affiliation is a loose one. Since the race is usually held the second OR third Sunday in February, I see no reason why the Daytona 500 could happen the week after the Super Bowl (especially should the Pro Bowl be played the week before the Super Bowl). For the apparently huge portion of the country that enjoys the Daytona 500, it”d be a nice pair of weekends, not unlike Christmas falling precisely week before New Year’s.
b) Mid-February? That’s awfully late for a Super Bowl. Rectify that.
No problem. If the NFL is serious about moving to an 18-game schedule, and judging by how profitable football is, I see no reason why it wouldn’t be, that right there would fill in the two weeks that, for instance, this year lies between today and President’s Weekend Sunday fourteen days from now.
I’ve read that if the NFL does switch to 18 games, they would come out of the preseason which stretches on for four pathetic weeks in which starters dip their toes in to see if they remember how to play, then coaches pull ‘em to give an arsenal of backups their only game time of the whole season (barring injury, of course). I’m sure everyone’s used to the calendar flipping to August and training camps starting, but if you were to put that off for two weeks, things at the back end will fall seamlessly into place, PLUS you have a whole nation chomping at the bit for the season to start. Or, you might just hold two more weeks of practice, it doesn’t really matter.
c) Doesn’t that demean the Presidents for whom the day has been so honorably dedicated?
Not as much as you might think. It used to be just “Washington’s Birthday.” Then Lincoln got involved, still does in some states, so for most of the country the sanctity of their birthdays has already been compromised somewhat by forcing them to share a day of celebration. And if two things can be celebrated that day, what’s one more?
…Especially when that one more is so utterly American. People gathering to drink too much, eat too much, watch TV, stare at advertising, ogle women, and somewhere in there, watch championship sports? There’s probably nothing more American than that. And if that’s America, that’s also the nation that Washington fought for, and Lincoln kept together.
Super Bowl Sunday IS togetherness.
It’s filled with the holiday spirit.
It totally merits a day off from work for observation… and sleeping in, Bloody Marys, drinking lots of water, eating leftovers, lazing around, cleaning up, and so on, and so on, and so on…