Super Bowl season is upon us. If you’re among the population that won’t be tuning in because you just don’t care who wins, chances are you will be looking for something fun to do this weekend.
There’s no need to sit home alone and feel bad about your lack of enthusiasm for the game (unless sitting at home alone is on the top of your wish list). We’ve got a few suggestions to make your Super Bowl Sunday both entertaining and relaxing, without ever having to look at the television or the party guests eating themselves into food comas.
By the way, for those of you who can’t wait until the big game, you’ll probably want to head to our NFL content here.
From easy restaurant reservations to ways to keep yourself entertained, check out our anti-Super Bowl ideas. Remember, just because you’re not a football fan it doesn’t mean the day can’t be all about you.
Check out these ten Super Bowl alternatives in the list at the top of this article, then tell us what you will be doing on game day in the comments section below.
Get the best seat in the house
Do you have a favorite restaurant that’s nearly impossible to eat at unless you wait an hour for a table? Show up on Super Bowl Sunday. Chances are you’ll be one of the only people in there dining, and if you don’t like the table in the center of the room they offer you, you won’t look rude asking for the empty booth in the corner.
Shop in peace
Everyone who has planned a party for the big game has already done their shopping. Supermarkets will be like ghost towns, and Walmart stores will be virtually deserted. Don’t overspend, just enjoy the peace and quiet of a quiet day at the store. Added bonus: Since everyone is at home watching the game, you won’t stand in line, either.
Change the channel
No, we don’t mean take the remote control away from your guests. That would be pretty dangerous on game day.
If you’ve got a second TV (and who doesn’t), sneak away and put on some classic TV reruns. Better yet, get into the sports spirit by watching the Puppy Bowl on Animal Planet. Or, catch a reality TV show on demand and watch people go through colossal fumbles in front of the world.
Go help others
Every major city in the US has a soup kitchen or homeless shelter that would appreciate extra hands. Use this free day to give back to others, and you will feel like a new person. If you’ve never volunteered somewhere before and you’re not sure what to do, just walk in and ask if there is anything you can do to help for a couple of hours. Remember, there are millions enjoying the game today, but there are just as many suffering.
Catch the commercials
If you don’t want to miss out on the commercials during the Super Bowl, but you can’t force yourself to watch the actual game, you have an alternative. Check out YouTube, where you will find the majority of this year’s commercials available for viewing. By watching all the ads, you will be able to participate in water cooler conversations the next day about which ones were the best.
In this photo, singer Britney Spears takes part in a Pepsi commercial that aired during a previous Super Bowl game.
Tie up loose ends
Got a library book that was supposed to be returned a month ago? Go drop it off in the return box. Are old clothes piling up that you’ve been meaning to get rid of? Bag them up and find a donation box to leave them in. Tired of the way your furniture is arranged? Move everything around, then move it again until things look perfect. Today can also be the day you knock several items off your “Honey-Do” list. Now, go fix that leaky faucet!
Get a good night’s rest
Chances are, many of your co-workers will be coming into work late Monday morning. Those who do arrive on time may be suffering from the world’s worst hangover.
Make a good impression on your boss by coming in bright eyed and ready to go, because you had a solid 8 hours of sleep the night before.
Curl up with a good book
If you’ve sent your significant other off to a party, now’s your chance to grab (or download) that book you’ve been trying to find the time to read. Add a glass of wine into the mix, and you’ve got the perfect afternoon of silence and relaxation.
What’s playing near you?
If a good movie opened this past weekend that you’ve vowed to check out once the buzz dies down, there’s no better time to grab a friend and catch a good flick. You’ll likely have your choice of seats, and a mid-movie popcorn or bathroom run will only take you five minutes.
Make your own party
If you’ve got a couple of friends who aren’t into watching the big game, throw your own party. Make fattening and extravagant snacks, serve lots of beer, chips and wine, and have a blast! You don’t need to even turn the TV on, but if you must, tune into something you’ve seen before. That way, if the wine starts to affect you, you won’t be feeling like you’ve missed something.
Bonus idea: Make your own drinking game while watching something.