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Super Bowl Sabbathday

Rusty - January 29, 2009


If not, why not? Is it because it’s the Sabbath and watching football is breaking the Sabbath? Or is it because you just don’t care about football? Or is it because your ward/stake has a horribly-planned meeting and you’re too obedient to skip out?


  1. I would have watched it for the football if the Chargers had made it, or if I cared about either team in the Superbowl. But even still, the Boss will be there. And you can’t not watch the Boss.

    Comment by Sam B. — January 29, 2009 @ 8:39 am

  2. No, because I don’t have reception on my TV, and going out to watch the super bowl would be breaking the Sabbath.

    Comment by Matt W. — January 29, 2009 @ 8:40 am

  3. Don’t care about football, but I do love the commercials. That said, they’re available on the Internet these days, and I ain’t skipping meetings to watch them.

    Comment by Bro. Jones — January 29, 2009 @ 8:45 am

  4. Sam,
    He’s never been my Boss. Courtney Cox, well, now there’s another story…

    Totally. Any fun that is in my own home is Sabbath-friendly, though if it’s outside of the walls of my house, no such luck.

    Bro. Jones,
    Does that mean that you have meetings scheduled? How do you feel about a leader who obviously schedules a meeting over the Super Bowl? (and I truly mean that question sincerely, knowing that you don’t care about football I suspect your answer differs from someone to whom football is important)

    Comment by Rusty — January 29, 2009 @ 8:55 am

  5. you will all burn a slow death in Hell for watching the Super Bowl. And after you are good and toasty, you will be forced to dance like Justin Timberlake in front of your own mother for eternity.

    Comment by sam — January 29, 2009 @ 9:10 am

  6. Sorry, I won’t watch it because I find Football extremely boring.

    Comment by Ian M. Cook — January 29, 2009 @ 9:18 am

  7. I won’t be watching the Super Bowl because I don’t like football all that much. If I did like football, I would probably tivo it to watch at another time because I think watching it on Sunday would be breaking the Sabbath.

    I’ve been invited to two different Super Bowl parties that I’ve politely declined the invitation to. The most awkward one was from one of my (LDS) classmates. I didn’t give a reason for turning it down because I didn’t want to come across as self-righteous or judgmental. I recognize that Sabbath observance is a personal matter and that I’m a bit stricter than most.

    Comment by Keri Brooks — January 29, 2009 @ 9:43 am

  8. Oh I will be watching. I am married to a non member who considers sports his religion. Then again, I would watch if I wasn’t married to him too :-)

    Comment by britt — January 29, 2009 @ 9:45 am

  9. I think football is a less-than-ideal sabbath activity but I watch anyway. I’m a rebel that way.

    Comment by Tom — January 29, 2009 @ 9:55 am

  10. Nope. Coverage doesn’t start until 12:00 a.m my time.

    Comment by Peter LLC — January 29, 2009 @ 10:01 am

  11. Monday, that is.

    Comment by Peter LLC — January 29, 2009 @ 10:02 am

  12. I don’t care about the NFL, and for me there are things I consider more important to do on Sundays.

    Comment by Ben Pratt — January 29, 2009 @ 10:15 am

  13. Not to sound “holier than thou” but a minute’s television viewing on the sabbath is a minute that could be devoted to doing what the Lord tells us to do on that day.
    No football for me and my family.

    Comment by Bruce in Montana — January 29, 2009 @ 10:40 am

  14. Our neighbors are from AZ and invited us over to help cheer for the Cardinals. Do we use it as a missionary opportunity and watch it with them even though we normally don’t watch TV on Sundays? After all, building friendships is an important part of sharing the gospel, right. They know we have church in the morning so we can’t use that excuse and somehow “we don’t watch TV on Sundays” doesn’t sound like the kind of response that would get them interested in taking the missionary discussions.
    We told them we wouldn’t be making it, but we’d love to have them to dinner sometime. What would you do?

    Comment by Toria — January 29, 2009 @ 11:49 am

  15. I don’t know if it’s that great minds think alike or if you stumbled on my own blog entry, but I’m one of those guys that doesn’t care much for football, but makes it a point every year to watch the Super Bowl. It’s such an event, what with the 7-layer dip and the commercials and the chance to woof! woof! with friends, that I never miss it.

    Years ago, when I was the YM president, we’d have a “special activity,” going to the home of a brother with a big screen TV and watch the game. A former Atlanta Falcon was in the ward at the time, and for 2 years we invited him as our guest of honor and on-hand commentator. It was awesome. Perhaps some in the ward might have been tempted to burst in, and turn over the buffalo wing platters and barbecue chicken pizzas with righteous indignation, but I hadn’t heard one single peep of disconcertion.

    Comment by David T. — January 29, 2009 @ 11:54 am

  16. If coverage starts at 12 AM Monday for Peter LLC, then it starts for me about 2 AM Monday. So no.

    And where I live, the Sabbath is on Friday and Sunday is in the middle of the week. (I bet a lot of people are going to be coming into work Monday morning totally bleary eyed, though!)

    And I don’t care about football anyway. But I do like the opportunity to eat junk food while watching TV.

    Comment by meems — January 29, 2009 @ 11:56 am

  17. I voted “yes.” College football is my fave, but I’ll watch any good football game, college or not. And like David T. said, the Super Bowl is such an event! We typically get together with another family in the Ward and make it into a big family event. It’s a wonderful, wonderful Sabbath activity this way. The kids play together, we end up chatting a lot, eating some food … ahhh, can’t wait!

    Comment by Hunter — January 29, 2009 @ 12:08 pm

  18. I’ve never un derstood the philosophy that says watching football is a violation of the sabbath, especially with regard to big games like the superbowl. I think it all depends on how you approach it.

    For me, it is an activity with family and friends that is very sabbath friendly. It think it would be a bad idea to watch football every sunday, or to watch it instead of attending meetings, or instead of being with your family, but if you love football and make it a family activity, I say go for it.

    Personally, if I wasn’t Mormon, I would be a member of the Church of Football. And it would be the one true church on the face of the earth. In the name of Vince Lombardi, amen.

    Comment by MCQ — January 29, 2009 @ 12:22 pm

  19. If Brother Reid were on the sidelines, or Brother Heap playing tight end, or Brother Hoge still at running back, or even Brother Gordy Gravelle still on the offensive line, then it would be justified. Sort of a “priesthood fireside.”

    Otherwise, it’s just another waste of time. (Not that I’m immune from doing that. Res ipsa loquitur.)

    Comment by Mark B. — January 29, 2009 @ 12:50 pm

  20. Last year my family with 2 of my married daughters and their families had a big super bowl party. My unm arried daughter’s boy friend plays in the NFL. I could not attend because I was in trnasit for a business conference which started the next morning. Around half-time our stake president made an unannounced visit at our home because I had been his home teacher and always came on the first Sunday of the month. I never did ask him his re-action to the party.

    Comment by Steve — January 29, 2009 @ 12:51 pm

  21. All you football watching heathens are going to roast in heck and I, for one, will be happy about that, since it will prove that justice is being done.

    As for me and my house, we will spend the entire afternoon the way we spend every other Sunday afternoon, reading scriptures and thanking the Almighty that we are not like unto all of the rest of you sinners, wasting the days of your probation on someting as frivolous and lightminded as watching sports on TV with friends and family.

    Comment by Prudence McPrude — January 29, 2009 @ 1:18 pm

  22. no tv/ no interest

    Comment by marta — January 29, 2009 @ 1:24 pm

  23. i’m like marta, no tv/no interest. buuuut… my non-member/anti parents have invited us over and my husband likes football enough. we’ll take the kids, eat good food, visit with my parents, and use it as a family-togetherness time.

    now, we did turn down an invite from my inactive in-laws. their watching will include lots of beer, hard liquor, and f-bombs. totally different venue than watching it with the grandparents.

    Comment by makakona — January 29, 2009 @ 1:57 pm

  24. The Super Bowl is this Sunday?

    Fast Sunday?

    That makes the choice of music I just received for the meeting a bit ironic.

    “More Holiness Give Me,” and “God Be With You Till We Meet Again.”

    Comment by Researcher — January 29, 2009 @ 2:25 pm

  25. Dear Prudence…

    Won’t you come out to play?

    Honestly, I can’t believe you said “heck.” Even Jesus said “hell.”

    Hell! Hell! Hell!

    Go ahead, try it. You’ll feel better.

    Comment by David T. — January 29, 2009 @ 3:05 pm

  26. No interest in football.

    Comment by ESO — January 29, 2009 @ 3:32 pm

  27. Actually, if you need to fly somewhere, this Sunday evening is the time to go. I remember flying to Utah a few years back on a Sunday evening. We stopped somewhere–Detroit or Cincinnati–the flight there was sort of normal, mostly full. But the second part of the flight, to SLC, was almost completely empty. Best flight I’d been on in years. Everybody was home watching some inconsequential football game.

    Which does remind me, the snow looks pretty good at Alta right now. Hmmmm.

    Comment by Mark B. — January 29, 2009 @ 4:39 pm

  28. When I was a student at BYU, Christ Evangelical Church in Orem used to put on a big Superbowl party for BYU and UVSC/UVU students every year. Lots of fun, fellowship, and three different flavors of spicy burgers, and at half-time we would have someone deliver a testimony talk, usually a former BYU athlete. Which also means we missed Janet Jackson’s boob. I adored these gatherings.

    I think people who say “no” to Superbowl gatherings because it’s the Sabbath miss out on a great opportunity for fellowship and a chance to reach out to people who like sports but don’t regularly attend church. I won’t tell you you’re wrong, but I think you are missing out.

    Comment by Bridget Jack Meyers — January 29, 2009 @ 6:15 pm

  29. I’m bishop of my ward and I cancelled all afternoon meetings, I ordered a mexican food platter from my favorite restaraunt, and I will be watching with my wife, brother, and 4 boys. Go Cards! Oh, and I feel no guilt whatsoever. I am usually busy at least 12 hours on the Sabbath doing the Lord’s work for my ward, I am going to spend one of the few free Sabbath afternoons a year being with my family and enjoying a great American tradition.

    I have no problem with people abstaining from the Super Bowl because of no interest in football, but all the “holier than thou” comments reminds me of a story from the recent David O McKay biography. Elder Joseph Fielding Smith (I think) was talking to Pres. McKay about choosing not to eat chocolate to avoid forming bad, addictive habits, to which Pres. McKay responded something like “Oh Joseph, you’d take all the joy out of life!”

    Keep the Super Bowl, keep the joy!

    Comment by Christian — January 29, 2009 @ 6:21 pm

  30. One of my favorite Super Bowls was at college with two teams (Raiders/Bucs) none of the six in my apartment cared for (including two who had no care for football in general). Our Stake Pres. scheduled a priesthood mtg at that time that had nothing to do with ANYthing. It was a “see if you’re obedient” meeting. So we responded by getting Papa Murphy’s, chips, dip, pop, and the whole works and stayed home, trying to invite other guys in our apartment complex to come join us rather than go to the meeting.

    Let the good times roll! For tomorrow we die!

    Comment by Bret — January 29, 2009 @ 7:52 pm

  31. I pay attention to the commercials and make food.

    Comment by JA Benson — January 29, 2009 @ 9:11 pm

  32. My ability to pay attention to a whole season of football, or even a game has seriously declined with age. That said I do make an effort to watch the one game every year. I will be hanging out on the couch with my four sons Sunday afternoon.

    Comment by TStevens — January 30, 2009 @ 6:48 am

  33. Bishop Christian (no. 29), where is your Ward? And can I join?

    I loved the DOM quote. Do you happen to recall where that quote is from (the Prince book)?

    Comment by Hunter — January 30, 2009 @ 10:34 am

  34. Becuz the Supurbowl is evul.

    Comment by Scott — January 30, 2009 @ 7:51 pm

  35. I’d rather be at my family’s Superbowl party than my husband’s family’s traditional monthly home evening, for which my husband and I have the lesson. Whoopee…

    Comment by T — January 30, 2009 @ 8:29 pm

  36. The quote is from the first couple of chapters of the McKay book, but if I remember correctly it was John Widtsoe he was speaking to and was based somewhat on the fact that Widtsoe’s wife had been outspoken about a strict interpretation of the WoW

    Comment by Rick — January 31, 2009 @ 9:25 am

  37. p.23:

    “And so, he gently chided Apostle John A. Widstoe, whose wife advocated such a rigid interpretation of the Word of Wisdom as to proscribe chocolate because of the stimulants it contained, saying, “John, do you want to take all the joy out of life?” But he didn’t stop there. At a reception McKay attended, the hostess served rum cake. “All the gusts hesitated, watching to see what McKay would do. He smacked his lips and began to eat.” When one guest expostulated, “‘But President McKay, don’t you know that is rum cake?’ McKay smiled and reminded the guest that the Word of Wisdom forbade drinking alcohol, not eating it.”

    During intermission at a theatrical presentation, his host offered to get refreshments: “His hearing wasn’t very good, and I got right down in front of him and I said, ‘President McKay, what would you like to drink? All of our cups say Coca Cola on them because of our arrangement Coca Cola Bottling, but we have root beer and we have orange and we have Seven-Up. What would you like to drink?’ And he said, ‘I don’t care what it says on the cup as long as there is Coke in the cup.’” McKay’s point was simple and refreshing: Don’t get hung up on the letter of the law to the point where you squeeze all the spirit out of life.

    Comment by MCQ — January 31, 2009 @ 10:07 am

  38. I just posted on this as well, remembering all the times others would sneer at those who would watch the Superbowl (or the times I did back in my Molly days). Surely you could spend your Sunday on more worthwhile efforts! (funny, because I thought there were six other days in the week…?)

    I haven’t followed football in years – since the 49ers were any good (sniff. Joe Montana). This year my four-year-old son is aware that there’s a big football game tomorrow so hell yes, we’re having a party. It’s a small family only thing, but we’re making a big deal out of it.

    If it meant skipping church either in whole or in part, we’d probably do it (though it doesn’t mean that this year). My family has just gone through years of not having daddy around due to school and work, and this is the first year he’s here. Spending fun time as a family is much more important to us.

    So yes, football it is :D

    Comment by Lisa — January 31, 2009 @ 3:33 pm

  39. Lisa, I think you mean “sniff. Steve Young.” Since the 49ers were certainly good, even great, during his tenure.

    Comment by MCQ — January 31, 2009 @ 6:59 pm

  40. I’m sorry for posting off topic, but you’d don’t appear to have a public e-mail address link on your blog and I wanted to make sure you’d seen the article I posted a few days ago on links between LDS and Yes on Proposition 8.

    If you recall, you and others suggested such a link wasn’t there and.. ..well I think the donation of Alan Ashton alone, speaks for itself.


    Please comment, your insight is valued.

    Comment by Jim Gardner — February 2, 2009 @ 5:59 am

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