Super Bowl attraction brings in extravagant celebrations

January 29, 2018 — by David Koh and Rahul Vadlakonda

Students share their Superbowl traditions and celebrations.

The tradition stems from superstition for their favorite team: sophomore Raj Janardhan’s family will throw a Super Bowl viewing party if the Patriots aren’t playing.

If their beloved Patriots are playing, which they seem to do almost every other year, the family gathers around their outdoor TV, offering their own analysis and opinions on the gameplay.

The family is often tense and apprehensive — from his corner of the couch, Janardhan sips ginger ale as he watches, speaking only to comment on plays and referee decisions. More often than not, arguments ensue, since each member of his family holds strong opinions on the Patriots’ ideal options.

“He’s really obsessed,” sophomore Brian Zhu said.

In non-Patriot years, however, Janardhan watches with a small group of his friends. Because he and his family are less invested, the mood is lighter and more relaxed.

“It’s a fun time,” Janardhan said. “We have a nice big party, eat nachos and talk about plays.”  

Other avid fans of the Super Bowl in Saratoga have taken similar measures to celebrate and enjoy the event.

Junior Christian Ingster invites 35 other people to his house each year on game day for a massive potluck.

“Everybody brings food and beer, and we cook burgers and hot dogs,” Ingster said. “And we all crowd around the TV and scream at it, especially if the Packers are playing.”

For Janardhan, the best part of watching the Super Bowl is watching the clash between the two top-tier teams. Even if his favorite team isn’t competing, Janardhan enjoys the complex plays and passes that occur during the game.

The Super Bowl, for him, is often bittersweet.

“It’s the last game of the season,” Janardhan said, “and seeing the game and seeing the two teams play on the highest level — it’s unbelievable watching some of the throws and receptions.”

Ingster’s reason for celebrating is much more simple.

“It’s the party,” Ingster said.