NBC is taking the bold step of offering this year's Super Bowl online, via the NBC Sports website. It is smart since almost everything is streaming, and the computer is a big part of the way we watch things nowadays. But to watch the New York Giants and New England Patriots on such a small screen is not the viewing experience that you want.
Eventually, computers are going to have screens that equal the size and quality of a plasma television screen. There are some out there right now, but you have to be loaded with cash if you want to get one.
Right now, though, the television is still the best way to take in everything that the Super Bowl has to offer. Remember, this day is not just about the game. It is about the atmosphere in the stadium, the commercials that will air and drink in the moment.
Perhaps NBC has something special planned for the Internet viewing audience, and you will be able to watch all the commercials, but you will be missing out on everything else that you need to make sure that this is a game that you are talking about the next day at work.
Tom Brady and Eli Manning are going to have a great back and forth battle. There will be highlight reel catches, amazing moments, defensive wizardry from Jason Pierre-Paul, dazzling spin moves from Wes Welker, shots of Bill Belichick doing whatever it is Bill Belichick does on the sideline.
The only problem is, you won't be able to appreciate it all because your computer is going to have to buffer to keep up with the action and the lag will put you behind everything else going on. You are going to hear the neighbors screaming because of what they just saw, and it will make you wonder what you missed.
When the game is over, do you want to risk not seeing Dan Patrick and his perfect hair hand out the Super Bowl trophy because of a weak Internet connection? It will be another three years before you are able to see him give the Lombardi Trophy to someone, it's not worth it.
The idea of streaming the Super Bowl is a good one, no one can deny that. But to not watch on the television, particularly a big screen, will be to miss out on everything that this game and this day encompasses.