Hosting a Super Bowl Party

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Back in my pre-fatherhood days, I/we would regularly host or attend Super Bowl parties. For the last 5 years (since we had kids), a party that would run from roughly 5p-10p made no sense.

But times have changed: the kids are older, with friends whose parents are Patriot fans; we have a house (as opposed to a 1BR apartment) with enough room to have a multi-room party (one room for pure football watching, one for kids playing or watching kid shows, and one for pure gluttony/chatting). We even could manage to put the kids to bed at halftime which would likely be around their normal bedtime.

So good idea? Bad idea?

For me, the key is having the pure football watching room, the room where you go to watch the game. I know that there are quite a few fellow Dads who are hard-core Pats fans like me. And I like having friends there to celebrate and/or agonize with, not to mention just to talk about the nuances of the game.

Thoughts, suggestions?
 

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I think it's a mistake. Watch the game with your older children who have earned the right throughout the regular season. Maybe invite a good buddy over too.
 

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Parties are awesome. I hosted 10 of my friends this past weekend for the Championship games. Ordered wings, pizza, and salads, put out M&M's, chips and other garbage food. That said, it was only dudes aged 25 to 45 and there was only one room where we hung out, but the games were watched with interest. It was a blast. I do it every year.

Throw a party, they are fun.
 

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Always a good idea to have a Super Bowl party and, like you, I demand that there be a room dedicated to the game. My wife and I used to host a party every year, but that trend has slowly died off. We used to have all of the food spread out in the dining room, and people could get food on commercial breaks if they are hard into the game like me. Often you would have wives/girlfriends hanging out in the kitchen area where there was music playing, but the game could still be heard. I think a secondary social area is mandatory to avoid being stuck in a room with some guy's annoying wife who talks over the game for 3 hours.
 

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Damn, I thought you were inviting us all.

I'll echo other sentiments, parties are awesome, when attended by likeminded fans. I like the idea of having a pure football room. Let the casuals take over for halftime then put the velvet rope back up for the 2nd half.
 

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If you have the room and like minded people to hang out with, go for it. I had a friend who used to own a big house who used to throw huge SB parties. His downstairs "mancave" was where the serious fans went to watch. Volume up loud and everyone paying attention. Room upstairs, off of the kitchen was where more casual fans went to watch. Sounds much like what you have to offer. I'm not huge on the kids aspect, but totally understand that they can/have to be part of the picture.

I watched the game that shall not be mentioned over there and never went back. But my son has also grown up during that time. And while I love watching games with my friends, I simply cannot look him in the eye and say, "I'm going to watch with friends". And these SB parties generally entail some mild debauchery, and I can't expose my kid to that.
 

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don't invite people that don't regularly watch football / don't care for the patriots / will otherwise make wisecracks ("ha ha ha tom brady deflates footballs lol wocka wocka cheaters!").

sorry; i can't watch patriots games around non-patriots people. just murders the atmosphere and makes me a really irritable person.
 

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don't invite people that don't regularly watch football / don't care for the patriots / will otherwise make wisecracks ("ha ha ha tom brady deflates footballs lol wocka wocka cheaters!").

sorry; i can't watch patriots games around non-patriots people. just murders the atmosphere and makes me a really irritable person.
I caught lightning in a bottle for XLIX attempting just that. The keys were that the group was fairly small, they all knew that paying close attention to the game was important to me, and no one was a jerk. People asked good questions, refrained from snark, and even enjoyed watching a really great game in a sport that they otherwise wouldn't have cared at all about.

That said, I recommend against trying this at home. I think I got very lucky.
 

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I hosted a party during Black Sunday for about 20 or so people. I was the only Pats fan (had moved to DE about a year before) in a room full of Eagles/Ravens fans who all were rooting for the Giants.
Normally a calm person, I completely snapped in the 4th quarter on my then-friend who had spent the entire time complaining about the (free) food and booze I had provided. Since then, I don't host when the Pats are involved.
 

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I threw one for the second Giants game. Big mistake.

Too much on the line to have a good time. I'll be shut in my office, watching and posting on SOSH and eating a gross amount of peanut M&M's.
 

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I watch Pats Super Bowls (and most playoff games) rocking back and forth on my couch in a semi catatonic state with my sphincter tight enough to turn coal to diamonds. I can't imagine hosting or going to a party.

Then again, I hosted an impromptu post blizzard SB watching party when nobody could leave our neighborhood when Peyton finally delivered on his childhood dream to deliver a Super Bowl to the Saints. It was awesome, as was my jambalaya.
 

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How old are the kids? Sounds like they are still fairly young and not really into game yet. Adding more kids into the mix may mean more supervision is needed.

As for parents, like minded is the key. Nothing worse than someone trying to talk about local gossip while you are trying to focus on the game.


If you do have one keep it small and know who NOT to invite.

You may need a third area for casual adult fans.
 

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I've watched the past two playoff games with two friends at a bar, but I have two five year old boys and I wanted to make sure that they watched Tom Brady in the Super Bowl while they had the opportunity. So I invited those two plus two more guy friends to my house for the Super Bowl this year. I warned them all up front that we'll be watching with kids. We're all in our forties and three of us are parents of kids five or younger. I imagine those two are happy for the break in parenting regardless of how my kids behave. This core group watched every game of the 2003 and 2004 baseball playoffs together as well as having watched most of the Patriots Super Bowls

I'm going to pick up a bunch of Town Spa pizza and some Trillium.

Whether or not it is a good idea to host a Super Bowl party with young kids, I can not say.
 

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I say go for it.

If you've got space for your kids to be kids, then do it. My dad's friend threw killer Super Bowl parties throughout all of the 90s and they were great memories. I was older than your kids are now, but there were kids younger than me, and everybody had a great time.

The key is space, supervision and inclusion. Space for the kids and the casual fans (some of whom could maybe help out with the kids, if need be). If your kids are going to sleep by halftime, have space for other people's kids to conk out. Even if it's just sleeping on your bed. Space for the hardcore fans who want to watch the game. Supervision for the kids. Inclusion, get everybody into the game as much as you can. A five year old's attention span is going to be limited and rightly so, but maybe some soft Patriots footballs and stickers and stuff like that for all the kids attending, so they have a momento. Loan out your unworn Pats gear to people so they can support the team. $1 prop bets/predict the score for the casual fans to keep their attention. Maybe a half-time vote for best commercial so far or something like that.

Oh and tons of food.
 

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Had a party for the second Giants SB. Not going to do it again. I had a couple families over for last weekend's game as well, and that was a mistake. I knew going into it, though, because they have kids and aren't Pats fans. They are neighbors in a new neighborhood that I had not gotten a chance to meet, and it just kind of came together at the last minute. I need to watch that game again.

If you invite a good crowd, have the food set up ahead of time, and set one room as football only, it should be OK, though.

I will be watching the game by myself in the basement.
 

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So it was all you dickheads who had super bowl parties that resulted in the two losses to the Giants?

Since SEA-DEN, we've rescheduled our annual ice-fishing trip for the superbowl. Seven close friends, all Pats fans, and one 17 year old kid who's a Giants fan because his grandfather sucks (but he knows we'll all beat his ass, so he doesn't agitate). Malcolm Go was my most enjoyable football game of all time because of that dynamic.

But I threw a huge party in 2007. There is nothing worse than cleaning up after a big party after a loss.
 

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Would host one if I could - game starting at 11:30pm GMT kind of throws a wrench in things though. My wife suggested that we have a delayed party the next night for friends that are interested in NFL - and ask everyone to avoid finding out the score. I tried hard not to laugh (she's a Bill's fan and was over here for one of the Dal - Buf SBs and remembers going into work the next day depressed and absolutely no one knowing a thing about the game so she thought it would be possible - I've told her the world has changed)

My routine is to watch until halftime (usually 1:15am or so - SB XLIX was a very quick 1st half IIR so it was barely after 1am) and then get up before work to watch the 2H. Worked for XLIX! Still remember waking the house at 6:30am when #21 made his destiny - it was live to me!

But I digress. A SB Party would be a fantastic luxury so my advice is if you can do it right (and it sounds like you have the right idea with the 2 - 3 room splits) then go for it. Just don't tell me what happened until ~ 5 hours after the game ends...
 

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don't invite people that don't regularly watch football / don't care for the patriots / will otherwise make wisecracks ("ha ha ha tom brady deflates footballs lol wocka wocka cheaters!").

sorry; i can't watch patriots games around non-patriots people. just murders the atmosphere and makes me a really irritable person.
I hosted a party for the 49ers first super bowl and it was all 49er fans until one guy showed up, normally really likeable and all, who said he'd be the only Bengals fan. Guy was born and lived in SF all his life up to that point, so that was a surprise. The party went fine, but I'm a Patriots first guy so no big panic when the Bengals came back for a while. Pats super bowl? I wouldn't do it. I can get real surly when it doesn't go well.
 

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don't invite people that don't regularly watch football / don't care for the patriots / will otherwise make wisecracks ("ha ha ha tom brady deflates footballs lol wocka wocka cheaters!").

sorry; i can't watch patriots games around non-patriots people. just murders the atmosphere and makes me a really irritable person.
I live in Florida so a lot of fans of other teams. I agree with the above. The crowd will make or break the party, not the outcome, not the wings, not the TV size. If you don't have a good crowd you basically are signing up for:

1. Spending all day getting ready.
2. Spending lots of money on food and beer.
3. Watching the biggest game of the year with a room full of people who are rooting against your team.
4. Celebrating alone if the Pats win.
5. Getting to clean up all the garbage left behind.

It sounds ludicrous, but I have been there.
 

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The invite list will be all (or almost all) Patriot fans.

I think we will take the suggestion of having one TV for the casual fan, and by that I mean those who are more interested in the commercials than the game. Then put the kids in the playroom with a projector showing kiddie shows (off a laptop running Netflix). The kids can pretty much have at it in that room -- watch TV, play with toys, whatevs, without bothering adults. Kids will be mostly 5 and 6 year olds, but there may be a few older siblings who want to watch the game.

We will do a pot luck thing so that all can share a bit in the food/beverage prep/provision/cleanup.

I like the idea of prop bets. Better than running the classic box layout, especially considering the number of non-serious fans??
 

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I've embarrassed myself enough times that I now just watch alone with one buddy from my home town. My wife gets the craziness and just gives the space.
 

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There is a family in our neighborhood that hosts football parties. We all pitch in. We stay for the first half for late games and then watch the rest at home as our girls are 8 and 10. They really don't care about football. No cleanup that way also!
 

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Simple rules for the game in my experience:

Have two/three rooms, both with TV's, one for people really interested in watching, one for others and a computer setup elsewhere with some netflixy thing on for the kids that lose interest.

Atlanta creates no negative here, I love Matty Ice and they have been my favorite NFC team back to before the dog abuser days and if anyone is a true Atlanta fan in New England they are from Atlanta as the post-vick years dumped all the bandwagoners and true fans are always welcome at my house.

Push the kids outside tons during the day leading up to the game, get them to exercise and spend the day outdoors. Much better for all involved...

Invite more people than can fit well, that forces the non-interested into the other room and removes the other BS conversations from the football room to the banter room.

Make Melatonin Pizzas for the kids(kidding...).

Have plenty of beer, limit hard alcohol. One power puker can in fact nearly ruin a superbowl(data pulled from SB49).

Tons of food, start party hours before kickoff with tailgating and or Bonfire(my preferred method).

Enjoy the ride, we have been on an incredible ride for the past decade+, one that will likely never be repeated. Win or Lose this team and group has been amazing, one of the most fun rides I've seen in the Patriots run and arguably the best season I've watched as my kids have finally grown enough to understand greatness.

Tear it apart as you will, that's my rough outline. Only thing that could make this better is 5-10 inches of snow between now and then to get the sledding dialed back up for the pregame festivus.
 

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The invite list will be all (or almost all) Patriot fans.

I think we will take the suggestion of having one TV for the casual fan, and by that I mean those who are more interested in the commercials than the game. Then put the kids in the playroom with a projector showing kiddie shows (off a laptop running Netflix). The kids can pretty much have at it in that room -- watch TV, play with toys, whatevs, without bothering adults. Kids will be mostly 5 and 6 year olds, but there may be a few older siblings who want to watch the game.

We will do a pot luck thing so that all can share a bit in the food/beverage prep/provision/cleanup.

I like the idea of prop bets. Better than running the classic box layout, especially considering the number of non-serious fans??
A fun thing for prop bets is a whole bunch of over/unders and 50/50 bets (from serious things like winning margin, total points, 1st half points, passing yards, whether both teams score on 1st possession, etc to less serious ones like length of national anthem, coin flip, coin flip winner, Whether or not Lady Gaga will sing 'Bad Romance' as her 1st song, Whether she will say the word 'Trump', 'President' and/or 'small hands', whether Belichick's hoodie will be blue, etc.). You give each person a chit with the prop on one side and their name on the other and have them put it in one of 2 coffee cans for each bet. At the end empty all winning coffee cans and count out the winner. Point is it gets the serious and non-serious fans alike interested and engaged just a bit more.
 

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My view is that having a party, regardless of the number of guests, is great as long as

- the viewing crowd is as focused on the game as you are; for me that means no non-game related conversation, and total immersion, during the action

- your hosting duties during the game will not require you to miss any of the game

- there are no fans of the other team or haters of your team present

- there will be no kids invited who will require your attention
 

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As an unrelated aside, I coach my son's now 14U baseball team and this will be the 4th year we'll be doing a Super Bowl Sunday themed hitting contest as part of their indoor winter workouts. Rather than the usual tee and soft toss stations we break into 2 teams each representing the SB contenders and pitch live BP in cages. I chart each hit and award points for line drives, oppo hits, etc. The kids love it.

The hard part is dividing the team according to their allegiances. I'm not in NE so Pats won't dominate tho 12-14 yr olds are notorious bandwagoners and there's no Falcon connection in Maryland, so it could be hard picking out the Falcons hitters this year.
 

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They need to move the damn game to Saturday so people can properly enjoy it.

That being said, like going to the movies, watching the Super Bowl is best done alone the older I get.
 

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I find Super Bowl parties are a lot of fun when your team isn't involved. But if you're a hardcore, avoid having a party unless everyone else is hardcore.

For the suckiest game that ever sucked, I had a big party with a bunch of couples over. Pure hubris on my part. It was OK for most of the game because I just couldn't fathom them losing and so wasn't nervous until very late in the night. I had run a gambling questionnaire (who wins coin toss, who scores first, what company has first commercial at halftime, etc). Right after the game ends, one of my friend's wife yells excitedly "Bud Light! Let's see who won the pool!!!!!!!!!"

I almost threw the money at her, because the thing I cared least about in the entire fucking world at that point was who won the fucking questionnaire pool. I still don't like having her in my house to this day.

So, in other words, if the Patriots losing is going to ruin your night and make you want to murder the world, it might be best not to have anyone around who isn't on that same wavelength.
 

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I love Super Bowl parties. I haven't held one in many years (haven't had a large enough place since college), but now go to a fellow Pats fan's place in SF every year. Here is the key to a perfect watching experience:

Everyone is in the living room together watching the game, getting food during commercials and the non-die hards have a different space to hang out if need be. However, it is necessary to have a bail out room. For example, during the Pats-Hawks Super Bowl, I left the room with about 6 minutes left in the 4th and went into the basement to watch the game alone. I was able to pace, scream and generally act like a deranged lunatic in complete privacy. After Butler's pick, I was able to triumphantly return to the living room.

Remember: always have a safe room.
 

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Would host one if I could - game starting at 11:30pm GMT kind of throws a wrench in things though. My wife suggested that we have a delayed party the next night for friends that are interested in NFL - and ask everyone to avoid finding out the score. I tried hard not to laugh (she's a Bill's fan and was over here for one of the Dal - Buf SBs and remembers going into work the next day depressed and absolutely no one knowing a thing about the game so she thought it would be possible - I've told her the world has changed)

My routine is to watch until halftime (usually 1:15am or so - SB XLIX was a very quick 1st half IIR so it was barely after 1am) and then get up before work to watch the 2H. Worked for XLIX! Still remember waking the house at 6:30am when #21 made his destiny - it was live to me!

But I digress. A SB Party would be a fantastic luxury so my advice is if you can do it right (and it sounds like you have the right idea with the 2 - 3 room splits) then go for it. Just don't tell me what happened until ~ 5 hours after the game ends...
I had a SB party for XLI (Colts-Bears) when living in the UK and it actually worked well. The guests arrived at dinner party-type hours, my ex and I had a chili cook-off, and everyone knew it was a "Super Bowl" party but were not expected to stay for the game unless they wished to. So, we had a nice dinner/cocktail party, then everyone left except one fellow USA-er who stayed for the first half, then he left, my ex went to bed, and I watched the rest alone, which was fine with me. (Plus as a postdoc I didn't have set work hours; I used Slingbox to watch a lot of Red Sox games end after 3AM local time those years.)
 

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Host it when the Pats aren't in the game.

You want to watch the game, the replays, getting pumped, getting pissed, not making sure there's enough guac, or the ice is running low.

At most invite a couple/ few trusted serious football fans..
 

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I keep tut-tutting at all you guys who watch alone. Lighten up a bit, having a party is fun. More fun than grinding your teeth in a dark room, alone.

Then I remember that I had zero interest in watching Super Bowl XLVII with anybody. I called my dad at halftime and at the end, that's it. And I'm still angry about the final drive.

I had a SB party for XLI (Colts-Bears) when living in the UK and it actually worked well. The guests arrived at dinner party-type hours, my ex and I had a chili cook-off, and everyone knew it was a "Super Bowl" party but were not expected to stay for the game unless they wished to. So, we had a nice dinner/cocktail party, then everyone left except one fellow USA-er who stayed for the first half, then he left, my ex went to bed, and I watched the rest alone, which was fine with me. (Plus as a postdoc I didn't have set work hours; I used Slingbox to watch a lot of Red Sox games end after 3AM local time those years.)
Super Bowl parties are a thing here now, although home parties are still really rare. It seems like just about every decent-sized town has at least one bar staying open, and London has dozens of options. It's really cool, there really weren't more than a handful 6-7 years ago.
 

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I have hosted two Super Bowl parties. SB 42 and SB 46. Suffice it to say, I am never hosting one again involving the Pats.

That said, Super Bowl parties are a blast.
 

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I'm the biggest curmudgeon in the world while watching an important game. Even if I'm surrounded by Pats fans, there'll be a dumb observation, someone being way too optimistic/pessimistic about the outcome, and a million little things that will make my blood boil. So I'll grab some beers and watch it alone, in a way that allows me to vent, pout, or cheer at complete peace. Whenever the Pats aren't involved, I always put together a little something to watch the game and it's a blast, though.
 

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The problem with parties as a Pats fan is it's hard to find a group that doesn't have a couple people rooting against your team. A friend had a movie theater in her basement, which was an awesome spot to watch a game the Seahawks Super Bowl, obviously, but every damn play people were rooting against the Patriots and talking about our cheating ways. I'd rather watch in a smaller group.
 

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Kids are the problem. Kids love for adult attention and a room full of catatonic adults is like a crack den to a kid. And not all parents share the opinion that their kid laughing and giggling and asking who each player is 17 times is a royal pain in the ass.

5-ish years ago, I scored 3 bottles of amazing wine. It was a thank you gift from a guy I had helped out on a few purchases and it was a massive over gift.....each wine was over $200, all were in their drinking prime. So my wife and I researched the hell out of the wines and spoke with a few vendors, and invited 4 other couples - people we had dinner parties with very regularly - for a great, 7 course
meal.

We supplemented with a case of expensive wines, but the focus was on building to each of the great bottles. The entire evening was presented as "kid dinner at 6, then kids disappear at 7:30 for the start of the meal." One couple even got a sitter as they knew their kid could be a PiTA.

It was a fucking nightmare. Two of the kids started to do that "mommy, I don't feel well" shit that precedes a miraculous recovery as soon as attention turns their way. The one mom, a physician, told her daughter she was fine and wasn't to come downstairs again. Cool. But the other one's mom sat her on her lap and let her daughter become a part of the evening. Which led to her brother coming down and wanting to do the same. Which led to other kids coming down and asking how much longer, shit like that.....we even had two kids demand that they sing a song. And these are all pretty good kids and parents who had been to our house multiple times.

Don't do it. Have the party for next year's Eagles-Jaguars Super Bowl, and as the third kid comes in to complain about some bullshit in the first two minutes of the game, raise a glass and say "thank you RBYB. Godspeed sir."
 

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If you are a maniac for big games like I am, you want to watch this in the comfort of your home where you will have control over: 1) audio volume and source, 2) interruptions, 3) food, 4) drink, 5) other costs, and 6) antagonistic shit said to you (see also (1)). Also, you won't be judged for being the maniac you are.

If you insist on hosting or attending a party, you should be ready to handle all of the above because you have made your bed now lie in it.
 

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50/50 with real rooting fans is about impossible unless its Jets/Giants, and fuck that party.

I hosted a SB 42 party and live in suburban NJ-and its was mostly Giant fans, and fuck that party too.
 

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sounds like you've thought it through., and as long as everyone plays along, and you dont need/like to watch alone, it'll be fine. Especially these days since you can rewind your TV in case of a distraction. (Besides, karma says that if you pay a small amount of attention during the game to your kids -- it is just a football game, after all-- you will be rewarded.

One suggestion that's served me well....put a radio in the bathroom with the game on, preferably one that turns on when the light does. (if you have a light fixture with an outlet....). its a thoughtfu; gesture that guests will appreciate.
 

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Kids are the problem.
Kids, not even once.

The bad thing about the SB is that while it won't be super late when it ends, it's still going to be like 10:30. So going to work the next day would suck if you go out or go far for a party.

I'm sure the roads will be empty on Monday up here, which is nice.
 

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I don't get this. Parties are more fun when the rooting interest is split 50/50.
This is true, to a certain extent. Unfortunately, you cannot always rely on people to have basic court awareness. Maybe it's only a problem when you're having people over that you know, and you can be assured they won't act like a dick. But all it takes is one douchey fan, or a real sensitive one to ruin the night.

I've learned that I need to stay in the comfort of my own home, especially if the Pats are in it. I like to yell and scream. I clap real loud on 1st downs and big stops. I even squeal sometimes (the flea flicker the other night and the Edelman/Dola hook up against Baltimore to be specific). I almost feel like I'd have to check myself if there were fans of the opposing team in the room. It's totally unnecessary, but just how I think I'd feel. I don't think I'd want to hear someone going nuts if Brady throws a back breaking pick late in the 4th quarter.