Seven Things to Do Instead of Watch Super Bowl 2017

It's a conflagration of disinterest.
It's a conflagration of disinterest.
Sunday is the Super Bowl, as most of us know…and many football fans in Denver just can’t muster up the desire to see the spectacle this year. (If you’re one of the few Falcons fans in town, good luck on Sunday. If you’re one of the ever fewer local Patriots fans…well, what does it feel like to embrace the Dark Side?)

Let’s just agree up front that there’s no shame in skipping a game that’s being played by one team you don’t care much about and another that you actively despise. So what else is there to do this Sunday, to take advantage of the smaller crowds? Lots of things — but let’s start with these seven.

click to enlarge Drinks first, then food.  Gotta lay an alcoholic base. - ERICA FIRMENT AT FLICKR
Drinks first, then food. Gotta lay an alcoholic base.
Erica Firment at Flickr
7. Do Brunch
On any average Sunday, you’d be hard-pressed to find a seat at a good brunch place in the late morning, especially at city favorites. This week, you should have no problem, but choose your purveyor of all things omelets, waffles and burritos carefully: nothing with too many big-screen TVs, and definitely not anything kid-friendly, either. You want a place with bottomless mimosas and a Bloody Mary bar, and hours that stretch late into the afternoon.  Brunch is one of the great joys of Sunday, so take advantage now, while most of the people who normally crowd these places are either running to Argonaut or Googling the recipe for seven-layer dip.

Steven sometimes played God at the office, too. - DENVERCENTER.ORG
Steven sometimes played God at the office, too.
6. Witness An Act of God
No, not some sort of poetic justice happening to the New England Cheatriots; we're talking about the hugely popular play at the Garner Galleria Theater. Steven Burge (full disclosure: He’s a Westword alum) took on the lead role in late January and will continue through April 8, but there’s no better time to get out and support the arts than when the Great American Football and Nachos Bacchanal is going on.

5. Run the SuperBowl 5K
Or, you know, walk — like the rest of us casual participants. In any case, this is one of the few ways for a true Broncos fan to still celebrate the home team: Not only does registration get you entered into a drawing for two pre-season Broncos tickets, but you’ll get that warm and fuzzy feeling when you stay loyal to your team. And you’re done well before noon, so you can spend the rest of the day playing Madden 17 and eating Doritos straight from the bag.

click to enlarge That's not empty space; that's room for imagination. - ARANAMI AT FLICKR
That's not empty space; that's room for imagination.
Aranami at Flickr
4. Hang Out at the Library
Denver has more than its share of beautiful libraries, from the smaller Carnegie branches (Woodbury, Smiley, Park Hill and others) to the downtown Michael Graves-designed modern Central Library. If you haven’t visited your local library (or have never seen some of the branches), do yourself the favor while crowds are relatively sparse: Celebrate both literature and architecture.

Keep reading for more ways to avoid the Super Bowl.

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Teague Bohlen is a writer, novelist and professor at the University of Colorado Denver. His first novel, The Pull of the Earth, won the Colorado Book Award for Literary Fiction in 2007; his textbook The Snarktastic Guide to College Success came out in 2014. His new collection of flash fiction, Flatland, is available now.
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