Lawrence resident Manuel Cabrera, 40, also said it does not deserve national holiday status. “I think it’s a great event, but ... a lot of those things (holidays) are for fallen heroes, these (athletes) get paid a lot of money.
“Save the holidays for the heroes,” Cabrera said.
Still, Cabrera shared an allegiance with other New England fans against Denver: “I want Seattle to win, but I think Denver’s gonna take it.”
Merrimack College student Katelyn Sinclair said she will probably watch the game because it’s unavoidable.
“All my friends will be hosting parties so I am sure I will end up watching it,” she said.
When asked who she is rooting for, she said, “the commercials.”
“I’m totally watching for the commercials and that’s it. I love them,” she said.
Her friend Anna Bacala is watching out of love for the game.
“I don’t really care if the Pats aren’t in it,” she said. “I love football. I watch every year.”
Bacala said she is rooting for the Broncos.
“I’m not a Pats fan so that’s why I want them to win,” she said. “I am not upset at all the Pats aren’t in it.”
Abby Qualters agrees that the Super Bowl has become a national holiday of sorts.
“It’s a fun day for everyone. People have parties and watch even if you’re not a fan,” she said. “I usually always watch the Super Bowl, but if the Red Sox aren’t in the World Series, I don’t watch.”
Reporter Sara Brown contributed to this report.