Super Bowl Monday - should it be a national holiday?

Super Bowl I MVP Bart Starr tosses a pass against the Kansas City Chiefs.
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I’ve seen every Super Bowl – from the very first and the second involving the Green Bay Packers on my grandmother’s “new” color television to Super Bowl XLVII on our digital wide screen.

Technology has changed over the past 47 years, as has the game of football. Five of those Super Bowls have been very special, with one of those five, Super Bowl XXXII being the downer. But for every football fan like me, each and every Super Bowl Sunday is special – a fun day of high expectations, food, friends and the end of a national season that has included everything from Vince Lombardi to blackouts.

We love the day, but hate the day after – Super Bowl Monday. How much work have we really gotten done over the years as we’ve stood around talking about Vince Lombardi’s final game in Green Bay, Joe Namath and the Jets dominating the Colts, Brett Favre, Reggie White and Desmond Howard bringing the title – and the trophy – back to Titletown, and of course Aaron Rodgers and the Packers’ incredible Super Bowl-winning run in 2010? And those are just some of the games we’ve cared about.

There have been so many other Super Bowls that brought us much entertainment … and late nights of watching replay after replay. We just simply can’t get enough.

So, now it’s time to make Super Bowl Monday a national holiday and you can help make it happen. Helped along by, all you have to do is head to this site, make an account, and sign the petition. As of Saturday, Feb. 16, there were just more than 17,000 who had signed the petition – there’s got to be 100,000 signees for consideration, so there’s a way to go by the Feb. 23 deadline. Check it out and tell your friends, if you’re so inclined. If not, just get ready to head to work Super Bowl Monday like we’ve done for the past 47 years.

Here’s the reasoning put forth by on the White House petition page:

In 2012, an estimated 111 million American citizens watched the Super Bowl, making it the most-viewed television broadcast in history and one of the largest location-independent gatherings of American people to date.

We at Fantasy Football petition the Obama Administration to consider declaring the Monday following Super Bowl Sunday a national holiday. By doing so, the Obama Administration can promote camaraderie among the American people, keep the streets safer for our children on Sunday night and Monday morning, promote a productive workplace when work resumes on Tuesday, and honor the most popular event in modern American culture.

I wouldn’t mind having Super Bowl Monday off. How about you?


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