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Enjoy Sunday’s big football day

Super Bowl LV is like no other — ever.

We’re thrilled by the excitement — after all these years and decades — the big game still generates a buzz like nothing else. And this year, the year of our pandemic, did not snuff out that enthusiasm. Having a quarterback with the confidence of a veteran Super Bowl player like no other helps.

Not only do we have the “old guy” hoping to bring it home for his new team facing off against the youthful exuberance of the ‘young guy,’ but here’s something really cool.

After all these years and all these great games, for the first time ever, one team will have the home- field advantage. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be playing in Raymond James Stadium, which will have 22,000 fans, less than one-third its 75,000-seat capacity. Eleven months into the pandemic, many are confident they’ve learned enough to hold a big event safely, although entirely different from before.

What bigger event is there than the Super Bowl? Although it will not be exactly normal, it still will be. Created in 1966 as the “First AFL-NFL World Championship Game,” it often was referred to as the “final game,” or the “championship game.” For those who love trivia, the name adopted that year was at least in part inspired by the name of a toy, an ultra-bouncy orb called the “Super Ball.”

But just as we can fill a stadium — or at least gather a decent crowd — safely, we’ve learned how to keep kids safe in schools the same way we keep fans safe in stadiums and funseekers safe in world-renowned amusement parks.

Enjoy the Super Bowl this weekend in your family circles, and stay safe, distanced, masked and hands washed often. There’s light at the end of the tunnel, and, hopefully, 2021 will be our year when we defeat the pandemic and begin enjoying life more fully again.

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