School on Monday Would be Better if Super Bowl Sunday Was on Saturday.

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NFL-SBMy longest title, for one of my shortest blogs.

I don’t have time to write because I have to get ready for a Super Bowl Party like the rest of the 301,139,947 people in America (Google it). This isn’t even counting our new friends from Canada.

My theory is that school and businesses suffer greatly on the Monday following the Super Bowl. If you don’t know why, you are attending the wrong Super Bowl party.

This coming week I can guarantee that every newspaper and news website will have a story on the lost amount of work hours and money that is directly related to people being tired (it is a family blog after all) from the effects of a Super Bowl Party.

I think I have a solution to this that will save everyone a lot of wasted time and money.

Make Super Bowl Sunday, Super Bowl Saturday.

Its genius lies in its simplicity.

I am surprised that corporations haven’t forced this on the NFL. If they have the game on Saturday, everyone is still going to watch and have a party. Who wants to miss a new million dollar commercial involving monkeys, Clydesdales, or Justin Timberlake?

Having the game one day earlier will help curtail people from calling in sick on Monday (no subs please), or showing up to work and accomplishing nothing but taking Advil and drinking coffee.

Schools will accomplish more with more focused employees, less sick days being used, and students who are not as tired.

So when the NFL finally makes the change to Saturday, remember you heard it here first.

Better yet, maybe schools could make Monday the official Super Bowl Holiday and I could have a four day weekend (I haven’t forgotten you Snow Day).

The fact that in America, we arbitrarily move holidays to ensure longer weekends drives me crazy. If it is important enough to celebrate, it is important enough to keep on the actual date (thanks for letting me get that off my chest). Enjoy the Super Bowl and cross your fingers for a commercial with talking monkeys. The best commercial will be posted on the front page of (where currently there is one about monkeys).

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8 Responses to “School on Monday Would be Better if Super Bowl Sunday Was on Saturday.”

  1. diane
    on Feb 3rd, 2008
    @ 11:27 am

    Because of the Ice/Snow Day on Friday (yea !), some colleagues and I will have to finish scoring the NYS ELA standardized tests on Monday (boo!).

    Calling off work is not an option – wouldn’t be fair to team members or a very fair and (usually) understanding principal (sign!).

    Plan to eat, drink and be merry, but in moderation. The sacrifices we make in the name of professionalism…


  2. dari07
    on Feb 3rd, 2008
    @ 12:26 pm

    I totally agree!!!
    we would still watch, but monday wouldn’t stink as much

    i can’t wait for the superbowl though
    the giants will win:
    it has been preordained

  3. nrb5
    on Feb 3rd, 2008
    @ 1:26 pm

    The next commercial will have to be pretty good to be better than the “Pediatric Version” of the “Trunk Monkey”! I am still laughing…

  4. Jesse G
    on Feb 4th, 2008
    @ 6:32 pm

    Or, instead of putting all the pressure on the NFL, we could put some pressure on companies to stop mandating physical presence in the office on Monday morning (or any day, for that matter). People might still want to work on the Monday after the Super Bowl – just not at 8:00 a.m. Enter ROWE (Results-Only Work Environment). Find out more about ROWE and its creators at

  5. Dave Bircher
    on Feb 10th, 2008
    @ 2:13 pm

    How true , how true. This year our very own Saskatchewan Roughriders won The Grey Cup and it was reported that work absences were quite high on the Monday. It would make sense that the games be played on a Sat. I would be very willing to try it!

  6. Dave Bircher
    on Feb 11th, 2008
    @ 8:55 pm

    We may have to initiate you to the CFL. Check out and for more on Canada’s team.

    Enjoying you blog. You are on my roll.

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  8. Joe Miller
    on Feb 7th, 2010
    @ 9:03 pm

    I’ve thought for a number of years that the Monday following the Superbowl should be a holiday. I mean really, what’s more important, some day honoring a bunch of dead Presidents or the Monday following the biggest single sporting event in the world? (I’m not counting the World Cup because when I watch soccer, it’s two guys running around chasing a ball and the rest are standing there acting interested. How is that a sport?)

    That said, if local school districts are supposed to represent local values/interests, I think it outrageous that the Indiana Dept. of Ed. won’t allow Indianapolis schools to delay 2 hours. Let’s be decent and realistic and acknowledge a significant event for the local community. They are not asking to cancel, just postpone the start so kids (and parents and teachers, bus drivers, secretarys, etc.) who are out too late can get a decent nap in before school. I wonder, what kind of meaningful learning will take place? I wonder, what will the attendance rate will be tomorrow in Indy?

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