Sunday is an unofficial holiday across the country, with almost every person in America having some interest in Super Bowl Sunday.
Some people are cheering for the Patriots or the Eagles, but millions more will be engaged because of the commercials or Justin Timberlake’s halftime show or the 7-layer dip at the Super Bowl party.
In Las Vegas, an estimated $150 million will be bet on the game, but that pales in comparison to the $4.7 billion expected to be wagered throughout the country.
And yet, what will take place Sunday in Minnesota will not even come close to the atmosphere in Oxford, Mississippi on a Saturday in September, or Baton Rouge, Louisiana in October or Auburn, Alabama in November.
That’s because the passion of college football can’t be matched at a venue where most people in attendance are there simply so they can say they know some corporate big-wig who could get them a ticket.
Timberlake is great, but he can’t match the Million Dollar Band when it comes to building excitement for the actual game.
I’ll be watching and enjoying the Super Bowl Sunday just like most everybody else. But I’ll also be counting the days until college football begins again.
For Threaded Fasteners, I’m Randy Kennedy with Nuts and Bolts of the Game.