tonight’s game… from a non-fan.

I’m going to say this twice… here and at the end: If this post starts a riot, down it comes. But really, I think it’s pretty non-offensive.

All I’ve heard about for weeks is tonight’s big game. Has everything else in the world ceased happening? I was surprised the local news took a break to give a weather forecast last night between otherwise constant talk of said big game.

As a lifelong New Englander [PLEASE do not throw things at me], I should be used to this by now. But it’s excessive. I do not need to know how long it takes the Patriots to get from the sidelines to the locker room. Seriously, I shit you not… that was on the news.

A few days ago, I was watching non-football-related tv and they broke in with a special report. I thought, oh fuck, what has a-hole president done this time? But it wasn’t that. It was a Tom Brady press conference. Dear god… seriously. I mean, dude, I wanted to see that Apple Cinnamon Muffin recipe on The Chew.

The thing is… I’ve never been into sports much. I played a few as a kid, but as a spectator? Nah. I’ve always been part of a non-football family… as a kid and an adult.

Despite so many people around here being total fanatics, part of the reason I don’t get so involved in the sports hype is that it’s fucking stressful! Why do we care so much? It’s not like we’re on the team (unless some professional athletes happen to be reading this… haha). It’s not like we get a payout (unless you’re a lucky gambler). [Hmm… maybe I should look into that.]

Yet if I start to watch, I start to want my home team to win, and I get super tense. Seriously… what the hell happens to people (including me)? I don’t know, but when the home team is in the SuperBowl, it’s kind of impossible not to get sucked in. I’m a total bandwagoner.

[And I have to add this: the half-time show? I LOATHE Justin Timberlake. Why him? Ugh. Gross. He has a seat on my plane-crash plane. Hmm… I should post about that sometime. ]

But forget all that…

I can tell you why I really like to see the Patriots win games. It’s very simple.

Eighty-seven cent coffee.

Every time the Pats win, Dunkin has 87-cent coffee the next day. The number is obviously not random. Rob Gronkowski does Dunkin ads up here… 87 is his number. Too bad they couldn’t get Brady to do the ads… his number is 12. That would kick ass.

I do have a question, though, for everyone except the three or fewer people out there who actually want the Patriots to win…

I get that you’re sick of NE winning all the time, but would you be sick of it if it were ‘your‘ team winning so often? I shouldn’t assume, but I’m thinking the answer is no.

People hate the Patriots. Like, violently in some cases. I don’t care… but I am sick of hearing it… and honestly, it makes me feel like I can’t admit I live here for fear that people won’t like me anymore. That’s how intense it is.

I hope you will all still be my friends no matter who you want to see win this thing.


As promised… I’m going to say this again: If this post starts a riot, down it comes. I think we’re all adults here. Probably. 

About what sandra thinks

Sandra is a writer, sometimes blogger, poet, artist, emotional disaster. She thinks far too much and sleeps far too little. Sandra lives in the Northeastern U.S. but dreams of an oceanfront home in Italy, but she would settle for a non-oceanfront home in Italy. She loves books, brutal honesty, coffee, and the color black. She hates insincerity, beer, whipped cream, and facebook. And she is uncomfortable talking about herself in the third person.
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49 Responses to tonight’s game… from a non-fan.

  1. Donnalee says:

    I’m not so much a sports fan myself, and just like it when people play well, with dignity and skill. Maybe that disqualifies me from being a sports viewer these days. And yeah, Justin Timberlake–he never happened in my world, except for molesting Janet Jackson at the superbowl years back. I found that to be bullshit.

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  2. I’m no Pats fan, but I don’t hate them. It gets a little fatiguing, seeing Brady or Bellichik every time I turn on Sportscenter, but I don’t care who wins tonight. Now, if my team won the way the Pats do? Fuck no, I wouldn’t be sorry about it. It ain’t bragging if it’s true. 😃

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  3. Is there a game of some sort on today? Will it sort World poverty, or disease, or violence, or mental health issues? Who is Justin Timberlake?
    Am I from another planet?
    Answers on a postcard please!

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  4. Tom says:

    My favorite part of the Super Bowl is the inverse of most football games where one needs to run and do things during the commercials so that a spectacular play won’t be missed.

    This evening I will make sure no commercial is missed and get things done during the game itself. Although I really want to see Chris Long get to Brady as often as he can.

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  5. sorryless says:

    I love this!

    And yes, I am a HUGE sports fan. I promise not to riot.

    I never did understand that whole “We” thing sports fans give you when talking about their favorite team. I’m like . .”Oh, I’m sorry . . I missed where you were on the team!” lol.

    Eighty seven cent coffee! That’s a home town win!

    Love the post, Sandra.

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  6. sorryless says:

    And another thing. Personally, I think Super Bowl commercials have jumped the shark. It used to be fun, and kitschy. Now it’s like they try too damn hard. . .

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  7. ghostmmnc says:

    We might check in a time or two to the game. We aren’t really football fans of any teams. My husband is a golfer, so that’s what’s on here most all the time, including right now. As for the half time…most times just awful, and I don’t like JT either. Now, if it was JT (James Taylor) I might want to watch. The commercials are all stupid, too. Just my opinion on it all. 🙂

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    • I don’t think I could handle watching golf… it’s so boring! I did enjoy the Coldplay half-time show but I love them so in my eyes, they can do no wrong. The commercials aren’t usually good anymore. There was a time… years ago… when there were some good ones. But now… blah… 🙂


      • ghostmmnc says:

        Yep, golf is so boring to me, too! All the men in my family, Dad, Uncles, Cousins, were all golfers, so I know more about golf than I ever wanted to know. haha! Way back in years, the half time shows were pretty good, like you say, and so were the ads. I don’t like sports, and now aren’t the Olympics coming up? At least their opening ceremonies are interesting. 🙂

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  8. gigglingfattie says:

    I’m not into sports very much either, aside from hockey that is. And really, only if I’m going to a live game. I lived at the rink when I was in high school but it’s been YEARS since I’ve been to an actual game. Surprisingly, I’m always around soccer families though – guys I’ve dated, my work family. It’s always been soccer. I was into football for about 3 months in grade 9. But only because the really hot guy with the red jeep with cow-print fuzzy seat covers was the captain of the team.

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    • I guess if you’re Canadian, you have to like hockey. LOL I went to high school football games when I was in hs… but that’s because everyone went to hang out there. I never paid attention to the game itself. Soccer bores me and I’m so glad my kids were never interested!

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      • gigglingfattie says:

        Lol this js a rumour!! Apparently you dont HAVE to like hockey as a Canadian. Ryan Reynolds doesn’t like it. But if you don’t then we just get to mock you haha.

        HS football games aren’t as big here as they are in the USA. I do remember that in grade 9 our team won whatever it is that they win at the end of the season. I went to that game with some friends but I never learned to understand how to play so I just cheered when they did lol

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  9. Marquessa says:

    I’m only here for the chicken wings, soda and to see what Justin T will do…though I still remember how he threw Janet under the bus!

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  10. I hear you. I live in CT so also sad about missing out on the DD discount, but other than that, I was rooting for the underdog this year and I’m glad the Eagles won because the whole Patriots fever needs to be taken down ten notches around here. Sheesh.

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  11. Hunida says:

    “I mean, dude, I wanted to see that Apple Cinnamon Muffin recipe on The Chew.” hahaha!

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