Who are we kidding? I am "the Danbury man" but don't run off, this is a worthwhile petition.
For decades we've read study after study, after study proving that business productivity comes to a screeching halt the Monday after the Super Bowl, it's a tangible problem.
I've heard other propose solutions like moving the kickoff time to earlier in the day, or moving the game to Saturday. The NFL will never give up on the branding they've built with the words "Super Bow Sunday" so moving the day won't happen. They also won't give up a "prime time" TV slot at night so that is out.
The only reasonable solution to this, is to make the Monday after the Super Bowl a national holiday. This is not without international precedent, entire towns and cities shutdown before, during and after big "football matches" around the world. Here's an excerpt from a 2014 New York Times article about Brazil's obsession for soccer:
"Brazil has taken it to another level. Across the country, schools public and private have scheduled midyear vacations so they could start before the tournament’s inaugural game, on Thursday. Banks are set to close early, slashing their hours almost in half. Hospitals must stay open, but doctors have been routinely rescheduling nonemergency appointments so they have no commitments when Brazil is playing."
The Super Bowl has an average viewership of 112+ million people. According to NFL.com, Super Bowl LVI had the highest viewer rating share in the game's history. Nielsen says 90% of all people using a television during the event, were watching the Super Bowl.
It starts later, every year, we're all watching, we're getting nothing done the following day, and it's time to take action. We are problems solvers in the United States of America, so let's solve this problem. Sign my petition to make the Monday after the Super Bowl, a national holiday.
CT Governor Ned Lamont Made a Surprise Visit to Danbury Yesterday
Hey look, it's the Governor of the great State of CT, walking our Danbury Streets. Yes, the Governor was in town yesterday to meet with Danbury residents and business owners. I was invited but not able to attend. I asked Former Danbury City Councilman and Former Mayoral candidate Roberto Alves if he'd share some photos and he agrees. Alves took it a step further and provided me with an outline of how the day went. I wanted to know why the Governor was there? Who was in attendance? Did the Gov seem accessible to our residents? Alves answered all those questions, his answers are below in quotations.
Exclusive Photos, Videos, and Interviews on the Set of New Milford Horror Movie
"Candlewood" is a horror film that just finished filming in New Milford, CT. This is how the filmmakers described the project on their Indiegogo:
"Candlewood is the first movie of three in the psychological/horror feature film franchise. A blended family moves from the city to a small town in Connecticut, where a local urban legend adds chaos and terror to an already fragile family dynamic. The staunch patriarch, who desperately wants his family to not see him as a failure but as the father that did everything, he could to keep his family together through difficult times. Candlewood follows a family leaving New York City for a simpler life in the country town of New Milford, CT. The haunting and mysterious true stories of missing hikers near a popular state park, Lover's Leap, coupled with the town of Jerusalem sitting at the bottom of Candlewood Lake gives credibility to our narrative. We bring to life the struggle of good vs evil and what happens when lifelong, outdated traditions are challenged."
A while back I got in touch with the folks behind the movie, invited them on the I-95 Morning Show with Ethan, Lou and Dave and talked about the film, and shooting in New Milford. We spoke with Director Myke Furhman and Writer/Executive Producer Victoria Flores-Argue. During that discussion, I demanded to be in the movie, telling the duo that I have some experience acting on TV shows that never actually made it onto TV. Against all odds, they did invite me to participate and I visited the set on October 20th to shoot a scene that is important. I was extremely nervous and I had zero idea of what I was in for. Below are some insider moments from my day on-set and from others.