I have just learned via rnb_capricorn's LJ that the Indianapolis Colts are going to the Super Bowl. On some level, I think that's neat/interesting, quite an accomplishment worth noting. They worked hard for it.
On an entirely different level, what this means is that I'm going to get barraged with stuff about it all week and expected to act like a sports fan whether I am one or not; and this I just cannot stomach. Yesterday in church, we were told that we were supposed to stand up, find three people, and say, "Go, Colts!" What, I ask, does this do to bring people into a spirit of worship? And how does it build community? It only builds community with sports fans and makes the rest of us feel like, "Here we go again. We're supposed to pretend to like what we don't like because everybody's doing it." It was extremely awkward for me; and now I know that it's going to continue for the next two weeks. My small group is meeting for a "Super Bowl party" on February 4. I now wonder if what this means is that the entire group will be glued to the TV... My memories of Super Bowl Sunday are just plain negative... When I lived in the upper story of an apartment house and the people in the bottom watched the game, the entire house shook when they stomped and hollered when their preferred team scored. I am so thankful that my parents don't do this, and I'm not looking forward to the madness that will be going on over the next two weeks.
It doesn't help that I'm expected to act like a civilized human being regarding my own interests, celebrate my own accomplishments with reasonable levels of quietness, etc. If people can stomp and shout because the Colts score a touchdown, I'm gonna stomp and shout because I score an A on a theology paper, for crying out loud!