Each year, millions of people look at Super Bowl Sunday as a chance to get together with family and friends, watch some football, chuckle at commercials and eat a ton of food.
“Super Bowl Sunday has become a huge part of our culture,” said Daniel Thayer, 24, of Aberdeen. “I'd say it's pretty darn close to a holiday for some people, especially if their favorite team is playing.”
Although Thayer's favorite team, the Minnesota Vikings, isn't playing today, he said he'll still make rounds at several parties.
“Since the Vikes aren't there, I don't have a lot of interest in the game,” he added. “But I have plenty of friends who are 'Packer Backers,' so I'm looking forward to giving them a hard time when Green Bay goes down. And eat up their food.”
Brian Lassiter, 22, and a student at Northern State University, said a good Super Bowl party starts with a big screen TV.
“You can't watch the big game on a small TV,” Lassiter said. “You have to go big! How's it going to look having eight or more people over watching the game on a 19-inch TV? That would be lame.”
Lassiter's girlfriend, Andra Burke, 21, doesn't think the TV is all that important. For her, being social and having a good time with friends are key.
“I'm not at all into football,” Burke said. “I couldn't tell you what nickel defense is, or what that little red flag means that coaches throw. Super Bowl parties are fun because it gives me an excuse to meet up with my friends. Plus there's always tons of food.”
For Jacob Thompson, 18, of Aberdeen and his family, food and fellowship is their No. 1 priority when it comes to Super Bowl Sunday. Thompson said each year his parents host a Super Bowl party that includes family and neighbors.
“We go through a lot of food too,” Thompson said. “It's like Thanksgiving, but with finger and junk food.”
Thompson said his father, Joe, makes his Joe Montana's nacho guacamole every year.
“The entire block loves his guacamole,” he added. “And the only time he makes it is for the Super Bowl. Two years ago, we went through three trays of it. It's that good.”
Thompson said several neighbors and their children from his block usually attend. On average, the house is pretty full for the big game and less than half are true football fans, he added.
“I think it's the food and socializing that really draws nonfootball fans to the Super Bowl,” Thompson said. “Everybody can enjoy Super Bowl Sunday.”
Super Bowl recipe:
Joe Montana's Nacho Guacamole
·4 ripe, fresh Hass avocados, seeded, peeled and diced.
·2 medium tomatoes diced.
·2 jalapeno peppers, seeded and finely diced.