The Matzav Shmoooze: From a Proud Non-Superbowl Watcher


Dear Editor,

Tonight, I am proud to say, I won’t be watching even a second of the Superbowl. I am really proud of it. I love America, but what a nutty country we have that people make a religion out of a football game played by two teams that most people don’t even root for or know anything about.

This year, again, most of the ads have been released beforehand, so you don’t need to watch the broadcast for the over-hyped commercials. You are able to catch them all online.

I won’t even get into the bitul zeman, hashkafah and tznius issues.

The whole Superbowl is a sham, though it keeps people off the streets and crime and traffic are way down during the game. So I guess it is not worthless, but dumb it is.

Any other proud non-watchers out there?

Y. M.

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  1. The interesting thing is that I agree with you despite the fact that I do watch the SB every year. For me it’s a great social event wrapped around a football game.

  2. I watched it years ago in my youth (Miami Dolphins 1970’s, Dallas Cowboys, etc.), but over time took a different path, outgrew it, and haven’t done so for many years now.

    Ditto re following baseball and other pro sports.

    • That was before my times. Bob Griese and Larry Csonka? My performance in January 1983 Superbowl was nothing to write home about. Our offense sucked that game. The Redskins played a lousy game as well, mind you. John Riggins was so overrated, it’s pathetic. He had 38 carries. Woopee. The great Joe Theisman was asleep as well.

  3. While a Jewish man is mechuyev to learn Torah every free moment, a non-Jew should be busy with sports. There should be more superbowl games and other sports games more often.

  4. I am glad that you feel special because you are not doing something that other people enjoy. I, for one, am proud that my sense of self-worth is not so fragile that I need to write a letter telling everyone how I am not going to watch a game.

  5. I’ve actually watched just about every super bowl since way back, but missed last year’s due to a bar mitzvah….and looking back, I don’t feel like I missed out on anything! That being said, I decided to try it again. Anyone up for learning Megillah daf 12-16 in Lakewood from 6:15 to 10:15 tonight?

  6. I am old. I watched all my superbowls. I woke up and the score was final.

    Hashem said fold of Israel is well.

    No mile missed. My head feels better.

  7. Only the יודע מחשבות can judge. For someone like me, it’s easy to not watch- it does not attract me. The real question is not about superbowl watching but about how each individual deals with non-Torah items that particularly appeal to that persons nature.

  8. אַל תַּעַן כְּסִיל כְּאִוַּלְתּוֹ פֶּן תִּשְׁוֶה לּוֹ גַם אָתָּה:

    Mishlei 26:4


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