Do We Need a National Holiday on the Day After the Super Bowl?

Super Bowl Holiday Even the most naive sports neophyte who doesn't know a touchdown from a tailgate will probably have some contact with the Super Bowl. No one can resist a good Super Bowl party -- inside where it's warm and cozy, with lots of great food and beverage, excited people and wildly creative commercials.

With all that partying and late night carousing on Sunday, the Monday after the Super Bowl has become one of the least productive work days of the year. Last year, 1.5 million Americans didn't show up for work the next day at all, and an estimated 4.4 million showed up late. Then there are all the people who do show up on time who are fuzzy, drowsy and blurry-eyed.

Let's make it official

It's little wonder that some people like Joe Sports Fan, who writes a humorous column for Bleacher, are calling for a national holiday the Monday after the Super Bowl.

He says the only sports-related event that is likely to cut down productivity even more is "the first two days of NCAA tournament. While NBA games usually happen at night, many of the NCAA tournament games are played in broad daylight while we're at work, and the tournament involves so many teams that anyone who follows college basketball is bound to have a dog in the fight, or at least money on some of them. All day long people check the Internet or other news sources for updates. And then there's the guy who's running the office pool; he and everyone else involved in that are especially busy that day."

But the Super Bowl is even bigger in some people's minds. Timothy Lavin of The Atlantic suggests, "Given that the average private-sector worker in the U.S. receives only six paid holidays a year, an extra day off would hardly dent our national productivity. But more importantly, Super Bowl Monday could serve as a rallying point for reorienting our public understanding of sports and fighting the scourge of obesity. Dedicate the day to a midwinter festival of amateur athletics, and use it for things like volunteering to help Special Olympics kids, playing in community basketball and flag-football tournaments, and competing in charitable 5Ks and triathlons."

It's almost a lost day, anyway

Diane Pfadenhauer of the website Strategic HR says, "Let's calculate all of the people who will talk about the game on Monday, all of those who will surf the net to look for Web coverage and those who will call in sick. Then we'll add a calculation for lost productivity for discussions, football pools and the like which will take place prior to the game and tally that all up. Gee, with all this loss of productivity -- why don't just make it a federal holiday?"

The British claim that Oct. 26 is the least productive day of the year because depressed staff around the country struggle to come to terms with the dark nights closing in. They claim that researchers found productivity will drop by 50 percent that week, and 8 percent of their workers even admitted to phoning in sick because they were so depressed at the thought of going to work amid the shorter, darker days.

Should the day after the Super Bowl be a national holiday?
Yes1 (33.3%)
No1 (33.3%)
I really don't care1 (33.3%)

But what happens in Great Britain, with its population of a little over 61 million, on Oct. 26 pales in comparison to what happens in the United States, with it's more than 300 million inhabitants, on Super Bowl Monday.

What do you think? Should U.S. workers get a national holiday after the biggest game of the year for this all-American sport? What about banks and mail services? Should they get holidays too? Who knows? If enough people weigh in in favor, it just may happen.

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Mike F

The superbowl usually ends about 11pm edt. The average workers gets up at 7am. That 8 hours sleep. If you need to get drunk while watching the game SUFFER. I will NEVER support a HOLIDAY for people that feel drinking while watching a game on tv needs a holiday.

February 05 2011 at 1:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Why not have the Super Bowl on Saturday instead of Sunday.

It is at night so people are off from work by the time it starts.

Why do we need to give a bunch of drunks a holiday.

If they weren't drinking then they wouldn't need a day off.

February 05 2011 at 11:17 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

What would we call it, National Hangover Day?

February 05 2011 at 10:30 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
barbara martinez

That's just stupid. 1st Why have 2 weeks in between the Conference Championships & the Super Bowl? 2nd Either have it Saturday or make it a day game on Sunday like most of the NFL games are played.

February 05 2011 at 8:12 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Why not move it to Satuday? I would love to enjoy the Super Bowl-but I have to be at work at 7am Monday and care about my job and patients.
I hate to miss out on a great time and Saturday would be a much better time to have the game and oh yes,,,a PARTY too.

February 05 2011 at 7:56 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Please. I worked at Delphi. The union had a "rolling holiday" They chose to take it one year as Super Bowl Monday. ( We had 78% absenteeism the year before) The LAZY sses got the Monday off. Now that the company went out of business there is no need to make it a holiday. They have EVERY monday off. And bitched about their jobs going to China. The country is going out of business next.

February 05 2011 at 7:28 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Wow! I'm an avid NFL fan. I grew up in Pittsburgh and am still an avid Steelers fan. But there comes a time to seperate fun from responsibility -- something I learned growing up in Pittsburgh. Work hard and party hard but don't let the other interfere.

February 05 2011 at 2:48 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I don't know about the rest of the country but in South Florida quite a few of the bigger restaurants are closed on Super Bowl Sunday. SuperBowl Saturday makes perfect sense to me. So what if a few people drank too much. Just being able to rest the next day, makes perfect sense, and most wives would love it to clean up after the party.

February 05 2011 at 2:19 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Carter Benedict

Just another excuse not to work America... and we wonder why other nations are surpassing us in production and education. How about after the two week break having the Super Bowl on Saturday and then all the drunks could rest on Sunday and still make it to work Monday? By the 64% yes vote it shows me that more people are concerned with sleeping in than having a job.

February 05 2011 at 12:21 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Since there are 2 weeks between the conference championships and the Super Bowl, why don't they just have the game on Saturday night. Prime Time and almost everyone is off the next day anyway. Also, if they go to an 18 game schedule, the Super Bowl may be the day before President's Day, then it already is a national holiday.

February 04 2011 at 11:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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