Super Bowl Saturday?

Area residents have mixed feelings on moving the Super Bowl to Saturday

February 04, 2012|By CALEB CALHOUN |

Hagerstown resident Jorge Zambrana has to be at work between 6 a.m. and 8 a.m. every Monday morning, so when the Pittsburgh Steelers played in the Super Bowl last year, he had to accept that he would be tired going to work the next day.

“I was happy to be able to watch the game, but I had to stay up late and get up early the next day,” he said one day last week. “I know a lot of people that would want to take the day off if their team was in the Super Bowl.”

Zambrana, 36, who is a driver for FedEx, said that he would like to see the Super Bowl moved to Saturday.

“It would be much better for the fans,” he said. “You can watch the game and then celebrate without having to worry about waking up to go to work.”

The Super Bowl has been played on Sunday every year since it began in 1967, moving into the prime time slot on television in 1978.

The kickoff is set for 6:30 p.m. today. The game itself can last about four hours after commercials and the halftime show. No Super Bowl has gone to overtime.

Michael Guessford, owner of Always Ron’s Restaurant in Hagerstown, said he thinks the game should remain on Sunday because it is tradition, and fans enjoy it more.

“When people come here to watch games, they seem less into NFL playoff games that are on Saturday than they do Sunday,” he said. “Saturday is more college football day. People get into a regular schedule of college games on Saturday and pro games on Sunday.”

The BCS National Championship in college football was on Monday night this year.

Hagerstown resident Michelle Walsh, 47, said she also thinks the game should be on Saturday to make life easier for workers and children in school.

“I have a 9-year-old, so Monday’s a school day, and we can’t enjoy the (Super Bowl) parties because I have to make sure he’s in bed by 8:30,” she said. “If you have to work on Monday, and you want to enjoy a few libations during the Super Bowl, Saturday night just makes more sense.”

Walsh said she thought the roads could be safer from drunken drivers if the Super Bowl was on Saturday.

“If someone’s at someone’s house on a Saturday night, they might be more likely to spend the night there if they don’t have to work Sunday morning,” she said. “If they’re drinking at someone’s house Sunday night, they might have to work in the morning.”

However, 1st Sgt. Kevin Lewis of the Maryland State Police said he did not think that the Super Bowl on Saturday would be much different than Sunday.

“We do have extra patrols out Saturday and Sunday, but there would probably be the same number of people on the road if the Super Bowl was on Saturday instead of Sunday,” he said. “There is more traffic from people coming home from traveling Sunday evening, but there is more local traffic on Saturday.”

Lewis said that because a state trooper has to be on the clock every day, it does not make a difference to him which day the Super Bowl is held.

Wanda Dorsey, human resources director for Brethren Mutual Insurance, said that the Super Bowl being on Sunday does not affect the work environment Monday.

“We don’t have lots of people taking off, and if they are staying out late, they can take their paid time off,” she said. “It’s their paycheck.”

Dorsey said she did not think workers seemed more tired or less productive after the Super Bowl.

“It doesn’t make any difference to us,” she said. “Some people are able to go to bed late and get up early.”

William Pratt Jr. of Hagerstown said it did not matter to him what day the Super Bowl is held, but if he had a choice, he would prefer Sunday.

“On Sunday, people are more relaxed and laid back,” he said. “But I’m retired, so to me, every day is Sunday.”

According to Nielson Media Research, 21 of the top 45 prime-time network telecasts since 1964 have been Super Bowls.

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