What is it about "The Big Game" that always necessitates the consumption of massive amounts of calories - usually in the form of pizza, chips and dips, etc.? You know, Nathan and I watched the State of the Union address last week, and it never occurred to me that I was obligated to prepare a feast for the occasion. Or what about the Democratic debate? No food accompanied that event. But a big football game - for this, the recipe websites, the food blogs, and the food shows on television will all devote their time and best food efforts for several weeks.
The truth, I believe, is that football is so boring that people have to compensate with junk food. The pizza, the corn chips and queso dip, the chicken wings, the beer - all these things are much more exciting than a bunch of guys standing around, a bunch of guys running, some guy grabbing a ball, a bunch of guys falling all over each other. (Repeat sequence for several hours, periodically interrupted by commercials notably more interesting than the game itself.)
Really, there's a lot of boring stuff on TV every day. Not just football games - basketball games! Soap operas! Medical dramas! All these things should have the boredom flushed out of them with food, glorious food.
Really, the only things on television that are palatable without food and drink to wash them down are probably The Office, Monk, NCIS, and Bones.
For everything else, I prescribe one of two options:
1) Numb yourself with 1,200 calories of junk food
2) Turn off the television