After the carnage had taken place and the men had went home for the night, I had a chance to reflect on what had just taken place over the span of 5 hours. Chaos, pure unadulturated chaos, and I loved it. that was the best superbowl party I have ever been apart of, and it happened at my house. We had 58 Jr High guys attend the event. Each one of them being dropped off by their mom or dad bringing some sort of amazing delicasy that their parent had prepared for them. The night started off with a little backyard football and ended with 50 guys yelling defense only to come up short in the end. At one point in the evening, the entire house was shaking because of a touchdown scored by the cardinals with 2 minutes left. We had video games, chili, soda, junk food, and a lot of smelly people stuffed into one house. I really would not have wanted to have been in any other place. The highlight of the night was halftime. No, it was not Bruce, it was Milk. The milk challenge to be exact. We had six competitors and finished with six gallons of milk half full and the other half on the ground. It was awesome (video to follow soon).
One thought hit me though while the party was in full swing. MyMom leaned over to me and said, “there are a lot of people here, don’t they have something at their church going on for the superbowl?” I laughed about it, then I thought about it. Now maybe the church was not having parties becuase of the rule of no superbowl parties at churches (that rule has changed now, you can have the party, but can’t call it a superbowl party). But as I thought about it, I wondered, why aren’t these guys with their youth groups. Now maybe they chose the 7/8th grade mens bible superbowl party over their “the party that we can’t call a party” but I am not that confident that people would want to come to my house for a party. Really, I think there were no superbowl parties going on at churches. Is that a false assumption? I know some churches did small group parties, but what about the ones were everyone gets together and meets at the church and watches it on the big screen? Are those not in style anymore?
Another troubling thing for me was the fact that (I am not patting myself on the back here) if i did not have my party what would these guys have done? I guess they would have stayed home with their parents and I would have watched it with my parents.
I guess what I am getting at here is, are we losing community because it is to much of a hassle?