Feb 6, 2012 - By Steven R. PeckWhat makes a national holiday? A presidential proclamation helps, or an act of Congress. But sometimes it just happens until one day we realize what we've got.
So make no mistake: Today is a national holiday, even if it isn't listed as such on the calendar.
For many millions of Americans, Super Bowl Sunday is anticipated as much as Christmas, and the Monday after can resemble the start of a new year.
The day probably has many more "observers" than Martin Luther King Jr. Day or Presidents Day combined, and that might go for Memorial Day as well. And unlike say, Labor Day, there is no doubt about how the holiday is supposed to be celebrated.
Economic and social analysis has shown that more people get together for a specific, positive purpose on Super Bowl Sunday than almost any other day of the year. It's a day off work for most of us, and while Super Bowls Sunday isn't the holy day that Easter Sunday is, we all know that many fans invest a measure of devotion and faith that bears a strong resemblance to religion. Few days see more feasting and fellowship.
And Thanksgiving? Just talk to a fan of the winning team Monday. You'll see lots of thanks being given.
Five years ago we wrote a poem of sorts about Super Bowl Sunday. Enough time has passed since then that it's time for an update -- with sincere apologies to real poets:
There have been 45 Super Bowl games before today, each with winner -- Packers, Packers, Jets, Chiefs, Colts, Cowboys, Dolphins, Dolphins, Steelers, Steelers, Raiders, Cowboys, Steelers, Steelers, Raiders, Niners, Redskins, Raiders, Niners, Bears, Giants, Redskins, Niners, Niners, Giants, Redskins, Cowboys, Cowboys, Niners, Cowboys, Packers, Broncos, Broncos, Ravens, Patriots, Buccaneers, Patriots, Patriots, Steelers, Colts, Giants, Steelers, Saints and Packers.
And there have been 45 losers before today as well -- Chiefs, Raiders, Colts, Vikings, Cowboys, Dolphins, Redskins, Vikings, Vikings, Cowboys, Vikings, Cowboys, Rams, Eagles, Bengals, Dolphins, Redskins, Dolphins, Patriots, Broncos, Broncos, Bengals, Broncos, Bills, Bills, Bills, Bills, Chargers, Steelers, Patriots, Packers, Falcons, Titans, Giants, Rams, Raiders, Panthers, Eagles, Seahawks, Bears, Patriots, Cardinals, Colts and Steelers.
We've seen Lomdardi's D, Starr to McGee, and Broadway Joe's brash guarantee. Stram the ham, the Unitas watch, Cowboy cool and Garo's botch.
Bradshaw, Swann and Mean Joe Greene, Steelers among best ever seen. San Fran's rise, Miami's fall, Riggo's run was tops of all. Marino bows to Frisco's Joe. A TD for Fridge, but Sweetness? No.
Elway falls three years in four, while Montana takes two trophies more. Norwood's miss a cruel fate, and Bills go on to lose four straight.
Steve Young gets his, and Emmitt, too. Who'll forget Favre's wild yahoo? The Pack was back for one great year. Elway's two wins sealed great career.
Warner's Rams were a sight to see. The Ravens won with crushing D. Tampa Bay sent Oakland down, and Brady's Pats thrice won the crown. The Steelers rode the Bus to theirs, and then the Colts beat down the Bears. The Giants had been left for dead, but Tyree caught pass against his head.
The Steelers put 'Zona on the mat, and then the Saints called out 'Who 'Dat?'R00;It was Packer time again last year, and today the Giants and Pats are here.
Forgive the doggerel. Enjoy the game. And happy holiday.
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