by Cayce McCarthy. Arts and Entertainment blogger.
Two big seasonal traditions will be taking place this weekend. The first tradition will be the celebration of Groundhog’s Day with Punxsutawney Phil and the second is the biggest game for professional football, the Super Bowl. One tradition is older than the other while the Super Bowl marks the end of the pro football season and Groundhog’s day predicting the end or continuation of the winter season. But both traditions always take place in the month of February. Even though people might have to endure a longer winter according to Phil sports fans can look forward to March Madness and baseball season when football ends.
This Saturday thousands of locals in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania will gather at Gobbler’s Knob to see if Phil sees his shadow or not. According to the tradition if he sees his shadow there will be six more weeks of winter, however, if he doesn’t see his shadow spring will be on its way. Also, according to the holiday’s history, February second marked the halfway point between the winter solstice and spring equinox. The first Punxsutawney Phil was chosen back in 1877 by the editor of the Punxsutawney Spirit newspaper, Clymer H. Freas who was inspired by a local group of groundhog hunters to form a groundhog club with Phil as the official weather-predicting mascot. There’s a live feed of the event available on the club’s website.
Sunday night is the night to see the Patriots play against the Rams at the LIII Super Bowl football championship game. The game will be played at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia. This is the first time that this stadium has held a Super Bowl after opening in back 2017. The game kicks off at 6:30 p.m. ET and can be viewed on the CBS channel and on the CBS sports app. Good luck to both teams this Sunday. I know I’m mainly looking forward to the commercials and the half time show this Sunday night.