Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Super Bowl Monday?

If the Super Bowl is held on Sunday, then what do you call it if it is held on a Monday?  I propose we call it the Muper  Bowl.  That way we keep the alliteration that NFL executives were obviously going for when they came up with the whole Super Bowl Sunday name.

Since the time change in Sydney is fucking ridiculous (16 hours ahead of Miami; 19 ahead of Los Angeles), I ended up watching the Muper Bowl LIVE at 10:30AM… on a Monday… at an American bar in the CBD… slightly drunk.  Now, 10:30 on a Monday morning is a bit early to pound down a few beers, but that didn’t stop me.  Sadly, they didn’t have the same great commercials that they do in the States, but we drowned our sorrows over that with a few more Coronas and then went to the beach to soak up the sun.  So it turned out ok.

For the Oscars - those were at 12:30 in the afternoon on Monday here this past week - I stayed home and watched the ceremonies, but what is going to happen when I get a job?

Can I treat the Muper Bowl and Oscars like American holidays – as important as Thanksgiving – and demand that my future employer give me those days off to celebrate (with pay)?  Or am I doomed to have to run out to the bar on my lunch hour to watch part of next year’s Muper Bowl, get sloppy drunk, come back to my desk at 1pm, and make some giant mistake which causes the company to lose a ton of money?  Or will I have to sneak into the break room during the Oscars and pretend there’s something in my eye when I start tearing up because Sandra Bullock won Best Actress?  OMG what if there’s no TV in the break room?!?!?!?

If the entire state of Victoria declares a public holiday for a horse race (seriously, they do), then I think the Muper Bowl and Oscars should be paid public holidays for me and other American expats.

Who wants to help me negotiate my employment contract?

Also, who wants to give me employment?


  1. Is Paul Hogan's birthday a national holiday as well?

  2. No, no. It's only a state holiday here in New South Wales.

  3. So when you went to the bar to watch the Muper Bowl, were there a lot of other people there? Just curious what the amount of interested people is there.

  4. There were tons, actually! Most of them were Aussies who were cheering at all the wrong times, and a handful of Americans (we talked to a few American guys who were on vacation). Outside of that bar, however, most Aussies care about the Muper Bowl as much as Americans care about cricket.