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Super Bowl LI: 5 Reasons To Watch

Super Bowl LI: 5 Reasons To Watch

Super Bowl LI is almost upon us (that’s 51 for those not great at Latin).

On the 5th of February, the New England Patriots will face off against the Atlanta Falcons in Houston, Texas. It is arguably the biggest sporting event of the year, but how many people outside of the US really watch it?

To be fair, the NFL has millions of fans all over the globe, with four official games per year being played in the UK, but it still feels a bit weird that the winners of this game are crowned “World Champions” when it’s not an international tournament.

There are actually quite a lot of complicated things about American Football, but the Super Bowl is sporting entertainment at its best. Here are five good reasons for you to take notice of the Super Bowl this year:

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1. The Half-Time Show

    Beyonce, The Who, Katy Perry, Bruce Springsteen, and Madonna. These are all performers of recent Super Bowl half-time shows. The NFL pulls out all of the stops when it comes to making the Super Bowl a big deal and the half-time act is always a global superstar. Prince and The Rolling Stones are just a couple of the other names that you might be familiar with too.

    At this year’s Super Bowl, Lady Gaga will be headlining the half-time show. With the interval between games extended to thirty minutes for this game only, don’t think this is just a quick couple of songs and then the performer running off before all of the football players come rolling back out. No, this is basically a mini concert featuring amazing choreography, spectacular light shows, and usually at least one similarly famous surprise guest.

    Come for the game, stay for the half-time show!

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    2. Super Bowl Adverts

    People new to American Football will be entertained by much more than just the game and the amazing half-time show. The Super Bowl is also an event where advertisers shill out the most amount of money per second to air one of their commercials. A 30-second segment at Super Bowl LI will cost $5 million.[1]

    As you can imagine, only the affluent companies can afford this kind of marketing budget. With the Super Bowl ads being such a big crowd pleaser, the companies showing them really go to town here. Many of the ads shown live long in the memory and go down in advertising folklore. You might just find out that you end up enjoying the commercials more than the game itself.

    3. The Sheer Sporting Prowess On Show

      American football is an unbelievably complex sport that most observers will never be able to fully grasp, and that includes Americans who have been brought up playing it. What is very easy to grasp, however, is just how physically gifted these men are.

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      American football is a fast, violent game. It may not be one that is to everyone’s tastes, but in every single game there are multiple moments of brilliance that will leave even the uninitiated wide-mouthed, Odell Beckham Jr’s prime time catch being an extreme example of this.

      4. You Don’t Need To Know What’s Going On To Enjoy It

      As mentioned already, American football is a very complex sport. This doesn’t really matter on Super Bowl Sunday. The whole spectacle is just such amazing fun that all you need to do is choose a colour and then sit back and watch the mayhem.

      It’s no coincidence that Las Vegas reports its biggest day of the year on Super Bowl Sunday. It’s a sport that brings the whole of America together; with the two teams normally being so evenly matched, it’s an event that you can enjoy even if you know nothing about the game.

      If you are already a fan, the whole immensity of the event will rekindle your own love of the game and leave you dreaming that next year might just be your team’s year.

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      5. We All Need A Distraction From Reality

      The Super Bowl is sport at its most sleekly commercialised fun. On the one had, this isn’t necessarily a great thing. On the other, it is just a few hours of good old fashioned entertainment.

      With so much of the news out of America nowadays being so divisive and downright upsetting, the Super Bowl can act as a little reminder that Americans really know how to have fun too.

      Watching the Super Bowl won’t change the world, but it will allow you to enjoy yourself for a little while. The weighty matters of life must be taken seriously, but we also all need to find some time to kick back and enjoy ourselves sometimes as well.

      Additional Image Credits:

      Beyoncé via Pete Sekesean; football players via Pete Sekesean

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      How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

      How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

      Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

      You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

      Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

      1. Work on the small tasks.

      When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

      Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

      2. Take a break from your work desk.

      Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

      Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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      3. Upgrade yourself

      Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

      The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

      4. Talk to a friend.

      Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

      Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

      5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

      If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

      Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

      Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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      6. Paint a vision to work towards.

      If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

      Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

      Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

      7. Read a book (or blog).

      The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

      Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

      Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

      8. Have a quick nap.

      If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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      9. Remember why you are doing this.

      Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

      What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

      10. Find some competition.

      Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

      Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

      11. Go exercise.

      Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

      Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

      As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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      Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

      12. Take a good break.

      Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

      Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

      Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

      Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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