New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady celebrates after defeating the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI (file photo).

COMMENTARY: Super Bowl Sunday hasn’t been the same

At around 6:30 Sunday evening, the Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots will kickoff Super Bowl LII, marking an end to another great NFL season.

But the NFL just hasn’t been same for me without with my dad on the couch next to me.

I lived in South Florida all my life before moving to Lake City back in December of 2014. Up until the point I went off to college at the University of Miami, I never went to any Super Bowl parties and neither did my dad. It basically became a tradition to watch and enjoy the game together in the comfort of our own home.

No one yelling obnoxiously at the television. No one hogging the dip. No one inviting that weird neighbor over that nobody really likes.

Just him and me for 18 years.

Then, when I went off to college, I decided to keep the tradition going. I had great friends at UM that I could have watched the game with but I said to myself, “hey, how many more years will I actually get the chance to watch the game with my dad?”

So for all four of my years in Coral Gables I hopped into my Honda Accord and headed back up north to watch the game with the one person who made me fall in love with sports in the first place (and the reason why I got into sports journalism to begin with).

He got me involved with soccer and baseball when I was only six years old and later basketball when I was old enough to register for the nearby city league. Unfortunately for me, I wasn’t talented enough to play in the NBA but I figured sports journalism was a good alternative to continue something I fell in love with.

Writing this column goes all the way back to my dad handing me cleats in Kindergarten.

My point is, if you have the chance this Sunday, go over to your dad’s place and plop down on the couch next to him to watch this year’s Super Bowl. Not all of us will have the chance to do so and I promise you’ll cherish the experience. He will too.

I know I’ve definitely missed it.

An earlier version of this column appeared in the Feb. 1, 2015 edition of the Lake City Reporter. Contact Jordan Kroeger at (386) 754-0421 or at

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