Monday, February 6, 2012

Staying Connected...Through Football!

Although we live in Spain and we LOVE it, it is nice to commune with our fellow Americans, even if we have to do it across the big blue ocean.  This was third Super Bowl that has taken place since we've lived in Spain, but its the first one that we've watched live.  It's really tough to watch prime time sporting events that take place on the east coast of the United States when you love in Madrid because they don't even get started until midnight.  The Super Bowl always takes place on a Sunday night, so that makes it even harder because the kids have to get up and go to school on Monday and they don't do it all on their own.  So each year, I have begged off, until now...

I told the boys that if they got everything ready for school and ate dinner before we went to church AND  went to bed right afterwards (we like to attend 7pm mass on Sunday nights), then I'd wake them up at midnight so they could watch the game live.  As a military family, we watch American broadcasts on American Forces Network.  According to Wikipedia, "The AFN worldwide radio and television broadcast network serves American service men and women, Department of Defense and other US government civilians and their families stationed at bases overseas, as well as U.S. Navy ships at sea. AFN broadcasts popular American radio and television programs from the major U.S. networks. It is sometimes referred to as the Armed Forces Network. AFRTS, American Forces Network and AFN are registered trademarks of the U.S. Department of Defense."  AFN does a great job of keeping us from getting too homesick.  Many of the most popular programs and sporting events are shown love or the next day.  We really appreciate it too, because all the programming is donated by broadcasters.

So while the shows are the same, there is one major difference...No Commercials!  Normally, this is a good thing, but when it comes to the Super Bowl, you do kind of feel like you are missing out a bit.  Still, the kids really enjoyed waking up in the middle of the night and watching the game.  It was a good one, for sure, and our team won!  Content with our victory, we were all back in bed by 4am  for three more hours of shut eye. Can't wait to do it again next year!  Hasta luego...

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