There is only one occasion in which consuming beer, hot wings, nachos, pizza and more beer is entirely acceptable and applauded. It’s one day when sitting on the couch and swearing at your television is a rule. And it’s one proud moment when Americans come together to celebrate an unofficial holiday: Super Bowl Sunday.
Super Bowl Sunday is practically a religion for many students and professors. There are sacred beliefs, rituals, experiences and social bonds that take place on this special Sunday.
And the general belief for Castleton College students this year: the Patriots will win.
Out of nine students interviewed, seven wanted that outcome.
“My favorite part of the Super Bowl is when the Patriots win,” said sophomore Troy Tracy.
Professor Stephanie Wilson shared the same enthusiasm.
“Let’s welcome the Patriots to the Super Bowl, whoop whoop,” said Wilson as she raised her arms in celebration.
Other students, including junior football player George Busharis, senior Conor Gibeault and sophomore Breannon Meuse, also want to see the Patriots win.
“Pats all the way,” said Meuse excitedly.
Sophomore Castleton football players Chris Terry and Christian Procida were already making plans last week for the big game that was still two weeks away.
As the video game NCAA Football 14 was playing in the background, Terry laid out the day.
“This year, all the boys are getting together and setting up the projector in Castleton Hall … we’ll probably order pizza, we’ll have wings and beer,” Terry said.
“I know I’ll be wearing my Richard Sherman jersey,” said Procida proudly as he held up a blue and green Seahawks jersey with number 25 on it. “And I think here the game will be more intensified because we’re in New England, and the Pats fans are getting on my nerves. You can definitely write that down.”
Gibeault has his own ritual too; a 30 rack of Bud Light.
“It has to be Bud Light, no liquor, only beer,” he said.
But sophomore Suraya Malee isn’t as excited about the game as others.
“I’m not a big football fan I guess, I don’t mind going to the games here because I have friends on the team. I think it’s better to see it live … I just don’t really follow it,” said Malee.
Meuse shares similar feelings. Although she watches the Super Bowl every year, she doesn’t particularly watch it for the game.
“I’m more of a bandwagon fan … I like the social part and the performances and commercials,” she said.
Procida on the other hand watches the game more intently than most, to learn from it and critique it.
“I view the game differently because I know it and play it. I have a different perspective,” he said.
It’s clear Castleton is gearing up for the Super Bowl.
“Everyone gathers together, there’s people, food, beer; it’s just a fun experience to share with friends,” said Terry.
“It’s like a holiday for Americans,” said Wilson.