Super Bowl Sunday 2014: How Geeks Love #SuperBowlXLVIII

Super Bowl Sunday is here. The football fans get set for a great game, but what does Super Bowl Sunday mean to the geek culture? — It’s Super Bowl Sunday. A major sports day here in the U.S. The Seattle Seahawks are facing off against the Denver Broncos at 5:30 p.m. Central Time. Do geeks love it? More geeks than you think are big time into the Super Bowl. I’ll admit I’m one of them. And so is our co-founder John C. Dvorak. Here’s his Super Bowl Sunday chili recipe — and a John C. Dvorak piece he ran last year on NFL quarterback plays, one of this geek site’s top hitting pieces ever.

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Everyone makes predictions about the big Super Bowl Sunday game. My prediction is that I’ll mention football on my Google+ page and draw rants from our European, Indian and Asian readers arguing that American football isn’t football at all. Rather, they’ll say “real football is soccer.” What’s up with that?

It’s geeky of me to complain about this — and geeky of them to take issue with the word “football.” What is it about geeks and precision, anyway?

I also wonder, sometimes, whether the geek culture at large cares more about the zillion-dollar commercials than the actual game. But that’s pointless, when you think about it. Two weeks before the game, any smart geek has already found  leaks of the forthcoming commercials and shared them all over Facebook, Google+ and Twitter.

Here’s the Microsoft Super Bowl 2014 ad …

Video credit: Microsoft Super Bowl Ad via YouTube

Speaking of social, there’s always the hashtag watch on major events like this one. So do be on the lookout for the hashtag #SuperBowlXLVIII. I’m sure the tweets and posts connected to that tag will be quite interesting and they will have precious little to do with the football game at hand. For example: “I expected more from Budweiser than this sappy commercial. #SuperBowlXLVIII.”


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How often will the tech be scrutinized for the big game? That’s what I want to know.

The cameras used in the games are always employed beautifully for gorgeous HD shots. But there’s more tech behind the scenes.

For instance, you’ve got to wonder how attendees will stay on the free Wi-Fi. You’re looking at approximately 60,000 fans or more sharing a network. What tech will keep those smartphones on the decent download and upload speeds they’ll need for sharing selfies and Instagram shots to go along with the hashtags?

Of course, no streaming of the game will be allowed from mobile devices this year. Sadly, the NFL has already taken care of things on that score.

On another note, hopefully the NFL made better contingency plans for disaster this year —  and we won’t have a repeat of last year’s power outage at the game. Remember that?

For this geek, the Super Bowl is kind of a sad day because it’s the last real day of football season. As my social profiles state, I’m 33 percent geek, 33 percent dork, 33 percent nerd and 1 percent TBD. Somewhere in that 1 percent TBD is a former athlete and football player who loves watching the physical greatness displayed on the field. As a cord cutter, I love it, too.

I’ll be enjoying the game via the Fox Live Stream and tossing it over to my television via the Chromecast. Couple that with a few slabs of meat and some beer and you have a one happy Ant Pruitt. 

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