You are our most important-
You cause parties.
burgers and wings and barbecue and ribs
(which, really, should only be summer foods)
and chips and dip
with elaborate cakes and treats.
You cause anger and joy
in equal measure.
Fans scream at the TV
for different reasons-
pain and exhilaration
in the same sound.
extolled and excoriated
in the same breath.
You are a unique day in our nation.
You bring our nation together
as the enthusiastic, sports loving, energetic
people that Americans are.
Our nation, the good and the bad,
is encapsulated in this day.
Tomorrow will be painful, sure.
Hangovers, depression, extreme tiredness.
Potentially, the least productive day all year.
But tonight, for the Super Bowl, for you,
And we won’t regret it.