The Super Bowl, although not technically a national holiday, is actually one of the most celebrated days in American history. As we have learned from the philosophy of Nietzsche, things such as music and especially sports bring together a community where we all become what he refers to as “primordial one.” It doesn’t matter what your religion, race, gender, sexuality or age is; when your team gets a touchdown we all celebrate (or cry if you are rooting for the other team). It’s this togetherness that whether happy or sad that makes The Super Bowl one of the most highly anticipated days of the year.

In 1922, the National Football League (the NFL) officially debuted. In it’s infancy, the champion was determined by nothing more than the seasonal record. Eleven years in 1933, it was determined that there would be a championship game between the top two teams in the league. In 1960, the American Football League was formed. There tenure was short lived (less than a decade) but still managed to rival the NFL. Before the two leagues merged, for three seasons 1967-1969, the best team from each league competed against each other in the first three Super Bowls. The teams then merged and the first official “Super Bowl” as we know it wasn’t until 1972. It was referred to as “Super Bowl IV” in reference to the aforementioned 3 Super Bowls that happened when the leagues were separate.

Super Bowl Sunday is considered one of the most important days of the year. Even the casual football fan watches The Super Bowl. Advertisers take advantage of this tremendous opportunity and put out some of the best advertisements of the year. NBC is currently seeking $4.5 million for a 30-second spot during Super Bowl XLIX. There are people who just watch The Super Bowl for the commercials!

But promoting consumer spending and watching men hit each other over a ball is not what Super Bowl Sunday is all about. The holiday is about spending time with your family and loved ones. Everyone has his or her own Super Bowl traditions. One aspect of the Super Bowl that everyone can agree upon is the food. Tailgating has become an integral part of the Super Bowl Sunday experience. Every daytime talk show is promoting some sort of recipe for Super Bowl Sunday: Buffalo wings, Crockpot chili, chips and dip, the list could go on forever.

Even though the day marks a healthy competition between two of the best football teams of any given year, and their fans, it really does bring people together in a way that no other day of the year can. Holiday or not, it’s time to sit down with the family and enjoy some quality time together.