The World's Largest StageSubmitted by US Wealth Napolitano on January 30th, 2019
The Super Bowl is the largest stage for any kind of venue anywhere. Playing in it must be surreal. Going to it, according to friends who have been, is like Las Vegas for Football. But my favorite part is knowing that wherever you go, the game will be shown and you can pick and choose your venue from the comfort of your couch to a big screen at the Bellagio Sports Book in Vegas.
Curious to know how The Nap Team spends their Super Bowl? Be curious no more as we each share one of our favorite aspects of this crazy day now in its 53rd year.
By: John P. Napolitano, CFP®, CPA, PFS, MST
I’d consider myself an avid sports fan, but I must admit that between the behavior and egregious salaries being taken down by some players you wouldn’t want to introduce to Mom, I’ve become a bit jaded. In fact, if the sports scene wasn’t so BOSTON Centric for the past couple of decades, I probably wouldn’t remember who won last year’s championship in any sport.
I would often host something on most super bowl Sundays, and plan for a week how to engorge my visitors with goodies. But that made Monday so tough that we have morphed into something completely different. For the past several (at least 5) Super Bowls, we go out. It is stunning to see just how empty the bars and restaurants are on that day. The past two Super Bowls took us to Loon Mountain in NH for some skiing and a mountain pub Super Bowl party with complete strangers. What a blast!
This year I’ll be headed west, to Las Vegas, to attend an educational conference that starts the day after Super Bowl Sunday. I’ll be there early enough to get in some steps and then find a seat to watch the game.
Joan could be the lucky one. Although Granddaughter Ellie Rose won’t remember the game, there is a good possibility that Joan will be lucky enough to spend time with Ellie and be in the perfect state of mind to watch what should be a very good, albeit stressful game.
By: Alex Weiss, CFP®
One of my favorite Super Bowl traditions was when I was in high school. From 2001 to 2005, the Patriots started what is now a dynasty and my group of friends were VERY superstitious. Not only did we watch all the playoff games at the same house, but we all sat in the same exact seats every single time. Needless to say it worked and it was a ton of fun. Somehow we even had the local paper do a write up of our group which was feature in the local paper shortly after the 2004 Super Bowl. My favorite part of the entire tradition was we drove our cars around the neighborhood and honked our horns (to make sure we woke up everyone to let them know they won the big game).
By: Tom Fletcher, CFP®
No matter who plays in the Super Bowl, it has always been an important tradition for the Fletcher household. As you’d expect, the significance of this day rises exponentially when the Patriots are a participant in the game, which has often been the case lately.
Family Super Bowl game day traditions include consuming mass quantities of my wife’s homemade chili and cornbread, watching hours of recorded pregame programming, especially the very cool NFL Films series and if the Patriots are once again in the big game, wearing either a Patriots sweatshirt, cap or at least using a Patriots beer cozy to keep a beverage of choice cold. Or if I’m feeling really superstitious, I’ll combine all three of the latter.
I’ve been told (repeatedly) that I take viewing the game too seriously. I admit I often don’t win the most popular viewer (MPV) award with all the fans of my household (or really, any of the fans) but my preference is absolutely no Super Bowl parties. I’ve been to several in my day. Yes the food is good and it’s fun catching up with Joe, Mary, Jill, and their little dog Toto too, but there’s an important game to watch here folks. I’ve been to Super Bowl parties in the past where the host actually changed the channel mid game to watch who knows what, or the background laughter and commentary on the cheese dip drowns out the sounds of the game. Once I recall the TV even had a technical difficulty. We all stared at a blank screen as the seconds ticked by. This is an absolute no no. Also, and I know I’m stepping onto thin ice here, I really don’t care for the funny commercials or the half time extravaganza. Nothing more than a distraction. Lastly if the Patriots play, it’s required to DVR the game. This way, when they win, I can fire up the recording a month or two later and rewatch the victory from start to finish. Go Pats!!
By: Jenn Kovalski
When the Patriot’s season begins, it’s “GO TIME” in the Kovalski house. When the Patriots are in the Super Bowl, it’s “GO TIME DEF-CON TB12”. We are not a ritual or superstitious family, unless it’s about or has anything to do with the Patriots. Playoffs, the AFC championship and the Super Bowl is not the time to wear any new Patriots gear, no- you stick with the old, tried and true, even if it has queso dip stains on it and was accidently once used as a rag when my father checked my mom’s car oil. My mom is having a Super Bowl party this Saturday so we don’t hurt my uncle’s feelings (and a few other individuals who have been detected as jinxes) when we have a closed viewing party and they ae subsequently left off the guest list to watch the actual Super Bowl on Sunday.
Yes Pats fans love our team, and we love winning, but have you ever actually seen one of us during a game? It is a painful experience, things are said, yelled, thrown. An unnamed man in my life briefly yelled for Julian Edelman to retire after the recent near punt reception debacle (he took it back by then professing his admiration for Jules in OT). It’s stressful and even painful being the best. I was sore after the AFC championship!
We usually have great food for the game, and it goes untouched until half time (depending on how we are playing) or until after the game when it’s celebratory or to eat our feelings of disappointment. A rabid fan himself, Tom Fletcher is mulling getting a Patriots themed tattoo pending a win. Sketches are welcome. GO PATS!
By: Tom Schulte
I have no dog in this fight. My girlfriend, Khrista was born & raised in Los Angeles and undoubtedly still sour from this past World Series’ result. Conversely, New England and its inhabitants are much more pleasant the week following a Super Bowl win as opposed to a loss—I’m in a pickle. Regardless of my personal situation upon the crowning of a champion, I stumbled across a pretty neat experiment, which has yield accurate results over the past 15 Super bowls: Madden NFL simulations. This well-known video game franchise is built upon a MASSIVE amount of data, thus they are able to simulate and try to predict actual games. As an example, in 2015 the Madden simulation predicted the exact score of the Patriots win over the Seahawks. Furthermore, it predicted Tom Brady as the Super Bowl MVP, the exact number of touchdown passes he would throw (4), and miscalculated his passing total by only 7 yards (prediction was 335 yards, Brady threw for 328). Of the last 15 Super Bowls, Madden’s formal simulation has been correct 10 times. As for Super Bowl LIII: *drumroll please...* the simulation predicts a LA Ram comeback for the ages, won with a Todd Gurley 5-yard touchdown run to end the game for a final score of 30 – 27.
Other notable stories:
• Aaron Donald is named Super Bowl MVP.
• Goff & Brady both throw two touchdowns and one interception.
• Julian Edelman is the game’s top receiver with 8 catches, 104 receiving yards, and 1 touchdown.
• Sony Michel is the game’s top running back with 103 rushing yards and 1 touchdown.