Why Isn’t The Monday After The Big Game a National Holiday?
The big game is coming up February 5 and it still amazes me every year that the following Monday isn't a National Holiday. No, I'm not just looking for a day off...well, okay kind of. Actually, it really does surprise me. Even people that don't watch sports will tune in at least for a little while.
Whether it's for the commercials, halftime show, checking on the score or just to check and see if it's over yet. That little game that takes place every year that people watch and hold parties for, doesn't get one of those special next day is a holiday day. It's not that people haven't tried. I was looking into starting a petition, but seems a lot of people have already done this.
Here's what I found out. If you're like me, you aren't gonna like it.
First off, it is really hard to make a national holiday. It needs to be approved by congress and it takes a lot of money as well.
According to The Washington Post:
A Congressional Research Service report found that federal holidays cost taxpayers about $200 million per day (and that was back in 1999). This was part of the argument against the establishment of a Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, which came into effect in 1983 only after Rep. John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.) introduced it during every session of Congress for the better part of 15 years.
Of course the real problem in my eyes is the fact that even if by chance we could get Monday after the "big game" as a National Holiday. Who really would benefit? You know who...the banks and government workers. Us little ol' bustin' our bums everyday average American Joes and Janes will be at work. Grab a tissue because it's sad but true. Even though studies show that our productivity will be very, very low on the Monday after the game.
Unfortunately, the only way we'll get that day off will be to take it as a vacation day or call in sick, but no one will believe you. Just sayin'.