EDITORIAL, SPORTS — January 31, 2018 at 3:45 pm

Super Bowl Monday should be a holiday

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) holds up the Vince Lombardi Trophy during the post-game ceremony for Super Bowl LI after the New England Patriots defeated the Atlanta Falcons 34-28 in overtime on Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017 at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas (Anthony Behar/Sipa USA/TNS).

With all eyes on the field, the biggest spectacle in all of sports is on, and everyone is glued to the screen. In January 2017, Kraft Heinz promoted its policy of relieving employees of their duties for the day after the Super Bowl — a trend some companies have begun to follow across the United States.

While the Super Bowl is widely viewed as a useless reason to cancel work by efficiency preachers, others view it as a day used to recover and recharge after a long night.  A 2016 survey by an employment and workplace investigator at Workforce Institute expects 16.5 million Americans to call in sick the day after the Super Bowl.

The U.S. has many holidays that businesses will respect and relieve their employees of work for the day. For example, Americans observe holidays that honor Martin Luther King Jr.’s impact on racial equality, religious holidays honoring the Jewish new year or the birth of Jesus. All are just some of the reasons Americans get to reflect by not going to work, so why should we not get a national holiday to watch some guys being dudes by playing some good ol’ pigskin tossing around on the biggest stage in America.

According to CNN, it is estimated that 114 million people watched the 50th Super Bowl in 2016. About 98 percent of the Super Bowl viewers are watching from North America, and 75 percent of American households had the game on.

A Super Bowl party is an American tradition in which people get together, have fun with friends, see who can make the best buffalo chicken dip and watch one of the greatest sports spectacles on Earth. While the game of football is extremely intricate and detailed, a party is quite the opposite. Meant to be a good time, people gather to party and watch the game in between.

A recurring theme to watch out for while driving home Super Bowl night is drunk drivers. According to a study done by the California safety officials, there was a 77 percent increase in alcohol-related accidents on the roads on Super Bowl night, and the four Super Bowl Sundays between 2009 and 2013 contributed 294 fatal or serious crashes in California alone. Specifically in San Diego, alcohol-related accidents on the road rose 117 percent.

Safety is imperative, and especially being on the road when accidents are more likely to happen, one might consider staying at your party longer to avoid the rush. A common tip among party attendees is “maybe wait 15 minutes so the traffic calms down.”

Of course, people go to parties with people they enjoy hanging out with. One may not have had a night out in a while, and the party is a great chance to enjoy a well deserved break. So, why not stay longer? Obviously staying out means less sleep, which leads to a steep decrease in productivity the next day.  

If 75 percent of American households have the game on, and 50 percent of those Americans stay later at whatever Super Bowl party, that means there is a probable chance that a large fraction of employees are sleeping at their desks. So, why not give everyone a day to recover and get a proper night of rest before coming back to work?

After some more conversation, this might be the point when one would start thinking about leaving. Driving home or calling an uber seem to be the only two options. Since it is a popular night to go out among citizens, ride-sharing apps have surged prices. No one wants to pay more for the same service, so why not drive.

Depending on how far one might be, it can take a walk or a 20 minute drive home. So now, it is late; everyone is tired and dreading work the next day or depending on how long people stayed, the same day. So, why not cancel work? It would allow for safer exits from the function as well as decrease the accident rates due to a spread out “leaving time,” and since America has not had a holiday in awhile.

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  1. Bonnie Hardaway

    This retired Texas teacher of history and journalism mourns for your losses and loves your spirit of activism to counteract what has been inflicted on your school. I have two ideas for responding to the NRA and the politicians they control. One is based on a First Amendment right, and the other is economic. Neither is costly or would require you to travel, and they could generate tons of media coverage. Please contact me at my email address. I would love to brainstorm with you.

  2. The students of MSD high school are providing critical attention to the issue of this country’s irrational gun issues. Please keep up the intensity as you press forward in keeping attention focused on what must be done. It was clear that you wisely recognized that the fact guns that are capable of killing so many people in such a short is the immediate problem. In listening and watching I have not heard it stressed that in these horrific events the shooter bursts on the scene with his weapon loaded and firing. Even had several openly or concealed armed persons been nearby Nicholas Cruz would have been able to kill many – perhaps a few lives might have been saved but it is doubtful. In the Aurora shooting in Colorado the shooter bought a ticket , slipped out the exit door and propped it ajar, armed himself in costume, bullet proof vest and helmet, burst into the darkened theater and began firing. Would it have helped if every person in that theater had been armed? At Sandy Hook Adam Lanza fired at the locked door to the school, burst in and committed the unbelievable. No number of guns within the building could have stopped him. We can’t have persons in our schools, churches, theaters, holding weapons as if they are guarding a prison yard. Pound away on the fact that no one of any age should have access to those kinds of weapons, except perhaps at a firing range if that is something they enjoy. Eighteen year olds in the military do, of course, use such weapons but when they become civilians they do not. I am a great grandmother who taught school for 30 years and I know how very dangerous it would be for a teacher to have a gun in his or her pocket, purse, desk, or cabinet. Besides interfering with a productive learning atmosphere, there is no doubt that at some time a “resourceful” student ( in my case it would have been a fifth grade boy ) would find a way to access that gun. I’ve already read about two instances of teachers” guns accidentally discharging at school. Getting the AR15s .AK47s, any gun that is capable in 4 minutes of killing 20 children and 6 adults as happened at Sandy Hook must not be available to civilians. I will pray that your intensity and courage grows as you gradually assimilate all that has happened to you that should never, ever have happened. (In my 4th sentence I meant ‘such a short time is the immediate problem) You very young adults- yes, adulthood has come too soon- make all of us so proud.

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