How Super Bowl parties, the Olympics and other gatherings bond families across generations

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  • EightOhOne St. George, UT
    Feb. 5, 2018 12:52 p.m.

    Hats off to all you proclaiming your intentions to not watch the Super Bowl, so awesome!! So cool that you can stand up for your principles and tell everyone about it. Keep on, keeping on!! As for me and my house, we will (and did) watch the Super Bowl PROUDLY!!

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    Feb. 4, 2018 7:44 p.m.


    No LDS policy states that the Superbowl violates the sabbath as far as I know. With Mormons, free agency is paramount and the Lord nor the Church will punish you for not acting as the Pharisees of old regarding the strict observance of the law. However the sabbath day was created to partake of the sacrament and refrain from everyday worldly things so you can bolster your spiritual self for the coming week. "The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath" as the New Testament teaches. So observance of the Sabbath day refreshes you, refines you and helps you deal with the clutter of the world. The Lord never forces -- only invites.

  • Cool Cat Cosmo Payson, UT
    Feb. 4, 2018 6:18 p.m.

    Interesting to see all the comments here, those criticizing those who participate, others criticizing back in return. Seems to me a microcosm of our society, ironically.

    I for one would rather not participate, but that's my choice. I don't pretend to tell others how to live their lives or their religion (or no religion at all).
    The best part of being an American is that we can do as we please, or share how we feel about it either way.

    Thanks DeseretNews for providing a forum for just that. May we all have a wonderful Sunday, spent as we best see fit, and also respect others and their choice to spend it as they wish.

  • Meckofahess Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 4, 2018 9:13 a.m.

    Predictably, many Mormon readers were quick to criticize the idea of watching something on the Sabbath Day regardless if it promotes family unity and bonding. I know of a few Mormon families that wouldn't think of watching something like the Super Bowl on the Sabbath Day. Those same families have children that have stopped being active in the church (no Missions, no Temple marriages) and their family togetherness is weak at best.

    In my opinion, getting together on the Sabbath Day as a family (even watching an occasional sporting event) is deeply important if it helps to cement family relationships and family togetherness.

    I find this rush to be judgmental of others whose "sins" might be different than one's own to be less than Christ like and not in harmony with what I learn each Sunday in my Mormon ward. I don't want to be in the "Celestial" kingdom if my family isn't there with me!

    Go Patriots!

  • Amazed Bountiful, UT
    Feb. 3, 2018 4:32 p.m.

    Being invited to the Swamp - the price of entry was the ability to, while standing tall, wet the side of the garage, was a great time for myself and "The Sharks". I time to share stories, enjoy the boys cooking, roughhouse until it turned into a fist fight. It lasted until they left on missions (in spite of the game/party being on a Sunday) - or got married. Wouldn't trade it for #11 Alex Smith and 5 first round picks! The SB party has since been a time for my family and friends, complete with some of the most spectacular food to be eaten on a paper plate, anywhere in the World. Sure some of us work around the 3 hour block - others worry? not so much. The Olympics have been the same - including scrapbooks with pictures from 2002. It's a shame that USA Soccer is such a mess as an organization - because World Cup/Mundial would be the ultimate event with my family and friends. Congrats to the victors and those left last to clean it up!

  • Elsleuith Eagle Mountain, UT
    Feb. 3, 2018 2:39 p.m.

    The sabbath comes first for me. I would much rather gather with the saints than watch TV. My wife is way more beautiful than any of the ads, I don't need junk food; and I'm 71 and all my numbers are good.

  • Vermonter Plymouth, MI
    Feb. 3, 2018 1:36 p.m.

    I watch with family and friends unless it conflicts with church meetings. To me, it is a community event, and I am part of the “community” of the United States.

    To those who view watching the Super Bowl as violating the Sabbath, that is their personal choice. I’ve never heard any of the 12 or 1P address the subject of merely watching the Super Bowl. Sometimes, I think some Mormons end up actually “divorcing” themselves from their community by confusing being “out of the world” with being “not of the world.”

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    Feb. 3, 2018 1:15 p.m.

    From 1967 to 2015 I watched every Superbowl. I haven't watched an NFL game in 2 years since they turned anti-flag anti-anthem and anti-America. I shut off the NFL for good and I haven't missed it. This league miscalculated the American people who care more for their war hero's than some overpaid football player and their phony political drama. Principle is more important than players. I won't watch this Superbowl either. Looking forward to baseball spring training however- The players are more patriotic and intelligent and honestly I don't miss the violence of football anyway. I hope the NF L goes away for good eventually. Some things just don't matter anymore.

  • One Angry Salebarn Worker Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 3, 2018 12:29 p.m.

    Sabbath day and the NFL football extravaganza are at sharp odds with one another. But its fun listening to Mormon football fans justify their NFL Sundays to everything antithetical to Sabbath Day observance.

  • Sion Knoxville, TN
    Feb. 3, 2018 12:00 p.m.

    The biggest US corruption in our history just gets exposed and DN front page story is about Super Bowl parties? Where is the journalism here? Of course, you will deny my post.

  • BYU NATION Salt Lake, UT
    Feb. 3, 2018 10:57 a.m.

    I also will not watch the super bowl mainly because it is played on the Sabbath. No one in my family will watch it either.

  • Victor Salinas Mexico, 00
    Feb. 3, 2018 10:49 a.m.

    Best tradition in my family is keeping the holiness of sabath. Funny how some try to rationalize and justify the contrary.

  • worf McAllen, TX
    Feb. 3, 2018 10:07 a.m.

    My addiction to the NFL is over and this will be the first Super Bowl I will not watch or stand for.

    Shame on Democrats and NFL football players who will disrespect the National Anthem.

    America comes first!

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Feb. 2, 2018 10:51 a.m.

    The superbowl is a one off, with friends or relatives together in someone's living room sharing congealing deep fried food and beer. Many never really engage in the game even as much as they might in the commercials, the food and the company.
    I prefer the Olympics and the World Cup, because they're weeks long events. Some you watch at home, some if you go out to a pub, and over the competition different stars and nations arise and have their moment. It's real reality tv, not the fake stuff.
    They're different experiences, but both have their charm.

  • PLM Kaysville, UT
    Feb. 2, 2018 9:33 a.m.

    Since the Superbowl is always played on the sabbath, I choose not to participate. There are so many holidays and other meaningful events that seem more appropriate for a faith-based people. The 4th Commandment says "Remember the sabbath day to keep it holy", read Doctrine and Covenants 59 too find out why.