Super Bowl Monday | Donnie Does World

Super Bowl Monday | Donnie Does World

Super Bowl Monday is my favorite Chinese holiday. Hands down. Super Bowl Sunday in the states is fun until the game ends around 11:30PM and the festive atmosphere of your Super Bowl party is soon replaced by a sense of dread as everyone realizes all they have to look forward to now is a hungover Monday morning commute. In China, it s different. First of all, two out of the four years I ve been in Shanghai the game has coincided with the Chinese New Year break, so everyone is in the mindset that once they sip that first pre-kickoff beer at 7:25AM, the party doesn t technically have to stop until the fireworks do, which could go on for awhile. However, herein lies the beauty of the holiday: even when Super Bowl Monday falls on a work week, most of my friend s bosses (regardless of whether those bosses are Chinese or foreign) seem more than willing to give them the day off work for cultural obligations. I recently talked to a Chinese Patriots fan whose boss let him out of work to watch the game, which is pretty much the equivalent of a European or American asking for a day off of work for for Chinese New Year.

Ya not gonna happen. Super Bowl Monday is special; it s an experience truly unique to NFL fans living in Asia. Now I m no anthropologist, but I can t think of a single festival or Discount Holidays © holiday anywhere else in the ENTIRE WORLD that is only observed on a Monday morning. It s a phenomenon that takes the gloomiest time of the week and turns it into something glorious. When you show up at a bar at 6:45AM to see a pack of smiling faces lined-up around the corner for a 200RMB all you can eat and drink deal, it s hard not to feel all warm and fuzzy inside. What s more, when the game ends at 11:30AM, you have the rest of the day to celebrate if your team wins, blow off steam if your team loses, or just wander the streets drunk if you re a degenerate alcoholic who jumps at any opportunity to day drink. It s wonderful.

However, I must admit I have seen the early start of the festivities backfire at least once. Take 2013, for instance, when the Super Bowl actually fell on Chinese New Year day. This coincidence, coupled with the fact it was the most boring Super Bowl in NFL history (so most fans were already more interested in drinking than watching football), led to a perfect storm of debauchery, as drunken fans that would normally be ending their Super Bowl celebrations at 5PM, kept the party going all night in order to partake in the Chinese New Year festivities. My memory of that night is pretty hazy but I m pretty sure I saw someone whom I had watched the Super Bowl with earlier that day being hog-tied by police and carried off of a roof. Some people just can t handle Super Bowl Monday I guess.

On my first Super bowl Monday, I watched as my team lost in heartbreaking fashion (F*CK YOU ELI) and on what looks to be my last Super Bowl Monday, I watched as they snatched victory from the Jaws of defeat.

When I leave China I may forget what I did on every Chinese Valentine s Day (to be fair there are like six of them) and I may forget what I was doing every Tomb Sweeping Day, but the memories I ve made on Super Bowl Mondays will live on forever .I ll drink to that.

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