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My FiOS Super Bowl

As a devoted football fan, I have always had mixed feelings about the Super Bowl. On the one hand, it’s the pinnacle of the football year and the culmination of 21 weeks of dedicated TV watching. (That’s not counting the pre-season, of course. Does anyone watch pre-season games?) But on the other hand, it’s hyped to the point where it’s more about the half-time show than the players on the field and you almost want it to be over and done with.

However, this year’s Super Bowl was different. Instead of going to a party or a friend’s house, we decided to watch the game at home; just my family, some visiting relatives, and a delicious spread of chicken wings and guacamole. It also meant that most of us could sit there with our computers and iPads on our laps, constantly checking the Super Bowl buzz on Facebook and Twitter.

For me, social media has become a constant companion as I watch TV, an entertaining and informative lifeline to friends, colleagues, and a small army of Twitter buddies. And on Super Bowl Sunday, social media was rocking, with every catch, dropped pass, and curious refereeing decision the subject of overwhelming Twitter commentary. But of course, the unique nature of the Super Bowl shone through, with Beyonce’s performance creating more social media chatter than Colin Kaepernick or Joe Flacco could ever hope for!

It was right around the second half Superdome blackout that I suddenly gave thanks for Verizon FiOS. With two HDTVs, three or four computers, and who knows how many tablets and smartphones, everything just kept humming along with crystal clear pictures and blazingly fast speeds. We even managed to record our very own FiOS triple play moment when my mom called (no social media for her!) to ask why all the players were standing around instead of playing football!

Despite the hype – and the 35 minute delay – I would definitely mark down this year’s Super Bowl as a big success. Maybe it was having my family around me; maybe it was the great food and wine; or maybe it was knowing that my bed was just a flight of stairs away. Whatever the reason, I think we have started a trend: from now on, it’s home-based Super Bowls, with family, friends, and FiOS.

(The Online Mom LLC receives a fee for participating in certain promotional programs for FiOS. All opinions are my own.)



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