Over the last 20 years Sky have brought numerous fantastic self-promoted innovations to the football viewer, all in the name of making football bigger and better than ever before, but none are more timeless and successful than Super Sunday.

Perhaps I’m just a sucker for the endless hyping of the Premier League, but when I see a Super Sunday coming up I know I’ll be watching. Every couple of months the scheduling fates collide and throw up two mouth-watering clashes, then Sky whack them back to back on a Sunday and that’s it. Six hours of my day are locked down and I know there will be absolutely no need to leave the house.

The question ‘what are you doing this weekend?’ is instantly met with ‘well on Sunday I’m watching the football.’ It makes absolutely no difference what the weather’s like - why would you need to know when the pre-match build starts at one and the pundits round it all off at 7? It’s a glorious medley of sofa sitting, split up only by jumping up and down with delight, burying your face in your hands and the occasional pee.

Sunday is traditionally a day of rest so I have no qualms with the lie-in, late breakfast and build up routine. Bring on the completely over-the-top half hour of endless adverts and montages, at one o’clock on a Super Sunday I’m ready to soak it all in. Build build build, I’m not going anywhere. If it’s a glorious day outside I might open the back door, maybe.

I face the row of pundits, responding as though I’m in the studio, agreeing, contesting, scoffing, even laughing with the banter with a worrying over-familiarity. ‘Oh Jamie! How could you! Hahahaa..’ (Seems surprisingly camp reading that back!) I’m in the zone and it’s a great place to be.

Sky do a fantastic job of getting you excited about teams that you don’t support, playing games that won’t necessarily matter at all in the long run. Every game is HUGE, every decision is HUGE, even every advert is bookmarked with epic Sky voiceovers and shots of crowds going mad. It’s impossible not to get sucked into Sky’s distorted world in which football matters more than everything else put together.

At the end of it all, six hours later, you realise that you’ve actually just watched two football matches, not the most important events of all time. There’s also a high chance that next weekend you’ll do the same again, but there’s no time to dwell on that. Just have some dinner and settle back into that sofa groove. Match of the Day 2 starts at 10.

When I’m not watching football you can find me on twitter http://twitter.com/#!/philipwroe tweeting about guess what….

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  • shooy
    3 years ago

    Sad bastard! Do you work for Sky’s marketing team?

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  • Andy
    3 years ago

    Ok I suppose for those of you who never get closer to football than your remote control. You should buy a ticket and support a team instead of helping to ruin the game by being one of Sky’s armchairs. The stupid kick off times are a nightmare for the real supporters and the fault of people like you.

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    • Morgan
      3 years ago

      I lived in Cornwall up til 4months ago. Still managed a couple of games a season to see Spurs. Now live in Scotland. If you cant be arsed to make it there on a sunday. You are less of a real fan than someone that makes a couple of games a year, with that kind of trip. Yet you think I should lose the right to see my team play on TV. You are an idiot. The game isnt for 40,000 people, it is for millions

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    • Greekos
      3 years ago

      So the real fans are the ones who get tickets. Well I suppose there is only close to 40,000 real fans. The rest of us who cant afford it and have to go to the pub and watch the games were not important to the success of the club at all. How short sighted are you??? Climb out of your own arse please!!!

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    • Scott
      3 years ago

      Some of us work weekends and cant regularly go see our team. so were less of a fan than u are.

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      • Morgan
        3 years ago

        Yet he cant be arse to go on a Sunday. Cause thats a manor hardship isnt it. “Oh Im a huge fan, but only on a saturday!”

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  • Andy
    3 years ago

    Support your local team instead, if you are just another hanger-on of Man Utd, Chelsea, Man City or whoever happens to be doing well on the telly. You’re not a supporter (supporting something means paying money and making the effort to go) unless you attend matches. Buying a bit of merchandise with a fashionable badge means nothing, anyone can jump on the bandwagon.
    ‘The rest of us who cant afford it and have to go to the pub and watch the games were not important to the success of the club at all.’
    Can you explain how going to the pub to see the games is important to the club please? It’s only important to Sky and the brewery, idiot!

    As for you ‘Morgan’ – As a season ticket card holder, I’ve supported my (Premier League) club home and away, Wembley included, any day of the week, for probably longer than you’ve been alive. You’re a bit thick, I can tell that from the quality of your writing.

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    • Morgan
      3 years ago

      Support a local team?? You really are an idiot. I was born in Tottenham. My whole family is Tottenham. Even if I was born there, its a family thing. I moved for a lot of reasons. Your not a supporter unless you attend matches?? So you want clubs to has a 30-50,000 fans. Clubs would do well off that. The fact I will drive 1200 miles to watch a game and you moan about watching sunday rather than saturday gives the impression I am more of a fan than you will ever be. You need to look at yourself and realise you are nothing but a short sighted fool. As for the manor of writing, there is nothing wrong with it. As for my age. You really have no idea.

      But if you want your prem league team to have a few thousand fans, go ahead. You wont be PL for long.

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      • Andy
        3 years ago

        ‘Manor’ of writing?? No need to say any more about that.
        You miss the point.
        This short sighted fool who’s been attending matches for decades can see what the future is for football – no need for any paying supporters at all, income at the gate is trivial compared to what can be made from TV and merchandising.
        All that is needed from inside the ground is a bit of ‘atmosphere’, easily done by the sound technicians,and just swap the seats for more corporate boxes for higher revenue.
        Actually, why bother having twenty teams at all when the viewers are only interested in two or three, the rest are just there to provide entertainment for the masses by being beaten.
        Even today Radio 5 invited calls from listeners, to debate the Chelsea manager’s comments suggesting that clubs like his could put their reserve teams into the Football League.
        (Why not put three, four teams each in?)
        In Spain the clubs negotiate their own TV deals, not their league administrators as in the PL, and that is why Real and Barce have such spending power and have recently dominated. It won’t be long before Man Utd, Chelsea et al demand the same powers in order to compete, if they’re refused they’ll leave the PL and form their own league with like-minded european clubs. Won’t happen? That was how the PL was formed as a breakaway from the Football League in 1992.
        OK, so you’re a supporter, Morgan, if you travel those distances to watch your team. Good for you for occasionally doing it. Don’t expect the same loyalty to you from the club, however, and especially not fom the players (ha! what they must think about idiot supporters like you and me).
        Sure, it’s nice to be able to see your team from time to time but the game is being destroyed by TV as I’m sure the majority of true supporters would agree.

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