Arts & Culture / Mosaic / January 30, 2013

Finding alternative activities to the Super Bowl

Super Bowl Sunday has arrived. This annual, popularized football event, often claimed to be the most watched American television broadcast of the year, will transpire on Sunday, Feb. 3 and many sports-fanatics are excited. However, some people are not fanatics. Fortunately for these people, there are things to do on Feb. 3 whilst not watching the Super Bowl.


Celebrate Cordova Ice Worm Day

Every year during either the last weekend of January or the first weekend of February, the civilians of Cordova, Alaska celebrate their ice worms with a festival that has gained national recognition and attention. Events include the election of an Ice Worm King and Queen and a parade. Book a flight to Alaska, or celebrate this acclaimed holiday in the comfort of your own dorm room by visiting.


Celebrate a belated Groundhog Day

It’s never too late.


Watch the Puppy Bowl

Every year on Super Bowl Sunday, Animal Planet hosts the Puppy Bowl, which is a mock football game involving several shelter puppies. This year’s starting lineup includes Aberdeen, an Australian Shepherd Mix who is “saving to buy a sailboat;” Brandy, a Pit Bull/Collie Mix, whose “favorite comedian is Canine O’Brien;” and Hunter, a Boxer who “plans to go into politics,” among others. The event will be watched by football fanatics and dog lovers alike.


Enjoy the food:

Super Bowl Sunday has been regarded as the second biggest day for food consumption, Thanksgiving Day being the first. Enjoy the chips, pretzels and pizza. On Super Bowl Sunday, carbohydrates are a food group and the only one that matters.


Start studying for finals now

Because everyone else will be crowded around the television, no one will distract you from getting a head start on that term paper.

Learn to knit, pick up the banjo or update your scrapbook: You’ve always wanted to, and today’s the day. Carpe diem.


Don’t hate the player, hate the game

Football may not be your thing, but if you’re from San Francisco or Baltimore, Feb. 3 is a good day to appreciate your hometown and the players in it.


Take advantage of the fact that everyone will be watching the Super Bowl

Go to the caf without having to stand in line. Go to Founder’s Lab and do a different homework assignment on a different computer. Find some other like-minded non-athletes and play Sardines in the library. Today, Knox College is yours.


Watch the Super Bowl without watching the Super Bowl

The football game is notorious for its hilarious commercials — a reason in itself to watch the Super Bowl. Also on the list of events for the day is a performance by Destiny’s Child. It’s 2001 all over again.


Watch the Super Bowl 

If all else fails, turn on the Super Bowl XLVII New Orleans at 5:30 p.m. Central Standard Time on CBS. No one will ever have to know you did.

Kate Mishkin
Kate Mishkin is a senior majoring in English literature and minoring in journalism. She started working for TKS as a freshman and subsequently served as managing editor, co-news editor and co-mosaic editor. Kate is the recipient of four awards from the Illinois College Press Association for news and feature stories and one award from the Associated Collegiate Press. She won the Theodore Hazen Kimble Prize in 2015 and 2014 and the Ida M. Tarbell Prize in Investigate Journalism in 2014. She has interned at FILTER Magazine, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and WGIL radio and the Virginian-Pilot.

Twitter: @KateMishkin

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