8 February, 2016. 15:45
ERROL PARKER | Editor-at-large | Contact
FOR SOME IT’S THE biggest sporting event of the year. For others, it’s the embodiment everything the terrorists hate about Western culture.
But for sports fans around Australia, the Super Bowl is unique.
Some have even taken the day off work to watch the spectacle, further compounding the negative effect America is having on our economy. But it’s all worth it, according to business content marketing associate team leader, Mickey Peacotton.
“My life lacks any variety what so ever,” said the Sydney office worker. “So when an opportunity like this comes around, I tend to throw my support behind a team. This year, it’s the Denver Panthers!”
Mr Peacotton has also confessed to following teams he doesn’t know a thing about in other sporting non-events, like the Sydney to Hobart Yatch Race and the Stawell Gift.
“I was gutted when Team Ragamuffin lost out to Commanche this year,” he said.
“Samesies when Hugo Lugo won the Bill Howard Handicap. I was so happy.”
Australians love to throw their support behind the underdog. A point made clear during last year’s NRL Grand Final. But there’s a soft spot in our nation’s heart for the Denver Panthers.
That’s unlike our British cousins, where just broadcasting the game can get you thrown in gaol. After UK audiences were exposed to Janet Jackson’s nipple during the 2004 halftime show, lawmakers made watching the sporting event an act of treason.
It doesn’t seem to matter who wins the Super Bowl this year, it’s already been a major commercial success for Channel Seven, who bought the rights to the NFL final after Jarryd Hayne’s pseudo-inclusion in a team.
As the match enters its final moments, the free world collectively holds their breath.
More to come.