Super Bowl Xxxv: A Community In The Making

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Every year, for the past 35 years, on the last Sunday in January a football game is played. It involves two football teams "" the bast of the best, for that game season. This past January 28, 2001, it was a game between the Baltimore Ravens and the New York Giants, Super Bowl XXXV. A friend of mine invited me to a party for this specific game and although I normally don't watch football games (because I have little interest in them), I decided to be open-minded and accepted his invitation, hoping it might be a positive experience. But after watching the game I was told that it had been a terrible one. The Ravens dominated the Giants with a score of 34 to 7. There wasn't too much excitement involved. My experience did not seem to be positive at immediate glance, but it did prove to be enlightening. By observing the football game, I was able to realize that the practice of the Super Bowl contributes to the making of a specific kind of community.Upon arriving at the Super Bowl XXXV party I felt a huge sense of gathering between myself and everyone else. This sort of gathering had been going on for 35 years. It was a ritual, where people would come together and share a common interest. Everyone was at this party for a reason; they all wanted to be there. The main purpose for having this party is to watch the football game. They all had an interest in the Super Bowl. This was what brought them together: together in a literal sense, that their bodies were all in the same room; and together in a psychological sense, that they all shared a common interest, they had that connection that gave them an easier basis to bond. It is this process of coming together that forms a community. A community is "a group of people living together as a smaller social unit within a larger one, and having interest, work, etc. in common." (Webster's New World Dictionary) The audiences of each Super Bowl have, in common, an interest, which makes them a community. With the occurrence of Super Bowl XXXV a community is being built upon.Before the game had even started, the cooler full of beer was placed right next to the couch. One thing that seems to be necessity at all Super Bowl games is beer. Why is this? It seems to create a more relaxed environment. Since the Super Bowl is seen as a social gathering, alcohol becomes associated with social interaction. This could be a main reason why people tend to arrange most social gatherings with alcohol, because it is associated with having group fun. Those that watch the Super Bowl "" this community "" would consider it a necessity to have alcohol at gatherings and celebrations.There were cheerleaders along the sidelines of the football field. A question that I would often ask myself, through the course of the game, was: is there any significance in the existence of cheerleaders? Every now and then they would be shown enthusiastically encouraging their team. They wore tight tank tops and skirts, and their colors corresponded with that...

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