I was with some friends last week and the topic of Super Bowl parties came up. For a long time now I’ve thought the concept of a Super Bowl Party was an oxymoron. But, as a regular Super Bowl Party invitee, I’ve been too timid to express my observation.
Every year thousands of people visit thousands of other peoples’ homes to eat, drink, and watch a football game. My issue with this concept is you can go to a party or you can watch the game, but watching the game at a party is decidedly difficult. You inevitably have the stalwart fans glued to the television. They tend to snag places up front near the screen and intently focus on the action. Then, you have the not-so-rabid fans who watch, but at the same time they converse about anything and everything. Then, you can throw in the commercial watchers who could care less about the game but want to rate the ads and the next day see how their opinions jive with America’s. Finally, you have the people who have absolutely no interest in the game or the commercials. They stand or sit in the back and converse oblivious to how their conversation may make watching or hearing the commercials, much less the game, impossible.
And back up front the people actually interested in the game try with limited success to hear the commentary over the cacophony of chatter from the other three groups.
“Do you think it’s okay if we bolt at half-time and go home to watch the game?” one friend asked. “Maybe we should just get together here and actually watch the game,” commented another.
I’m not sure what their final choice will be. I’ll find out on Sunday evening. I’ll be sitting up front and if they’re not there, I know just where they are.
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Since 2004, Peter Post has tackled readers' questions in The Boston Sunday Globe's weekly business etiquette advice column, Etiquette at Work. Post is the co-author of "The Etiquette Advantage in Business" and conducts business etiquette seminars across the country. In October 2003 his book "Essential Manners For Men" was released and quickly became a New York Times best seller. He is also the author of "Essential Manners for Couples," "Playing Through–A Guide to the Unwritten Rules of Golf," and co-author of "A Wedding Like No Other." Post is Emily Post's great-grandson. His media appearances include "CBS Sunday Morning," CBS's "The Early Show," NBC's "Today," ABC's "Good Morning America," and "Fox News."