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A teen is petitioning to get the Super Bowl moved to Saturday, and he kind of has a point

Many people, like New York teen Frankie Ruggeri, think that having the Super Bowl on a Sunday is a bad idea. As Ruggeri argues, you end up staying up late on Sunday night to watch the game, making it harder to get up for school or work the Monday morning after. But unlike most people who opt to suffer through the Monday morning post-game hangover at work, Ruggeri is putting his money where his mouth is and started a petition to get the NFL to change Super Bowl Sunday to Super Bowl Saturday.


Ruggeri got the idea after talking with his family about the playoffs. "Why not have a kid say, 'How about the Super Bowl be on a Saturday?" Ruggeri told CNN. So far, over 23,000 people have signed Ruggeri's petition on Change.org.

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In addition to making it easier to function on Monday, Ruggeri thinks that the NFL would get more money and more people would travel to the Super Bowl if it took place on Saturday. "It will get more money and get more visitors to the game. The NFL will get more television views because most government jobs have off. have to more children to enjoy their beloved game on TV or at venue. Most of your playoff games are on Saturday. Probably have to prices because more visitors will go, [sic]" reads the petition.

Ruggeri actually did his research on the issue, and found the stats to support his argument. A 2019 survey conducted by The Workforce Institute found that more than 17 million US employees might miss work the day after Super Bowl LII. Another study published in the New England Journal of Medicine looked at Super Bowls between 1975 and 2001, and found that there was a 41% increase in automobile accidents following the Super Bowl.

People may hate that the Super Bowl is on Sunday, but it doesn't stop them from watching it. Even with the Sunday slot, the Super Bowl is still responsible for nine out of the 10 most-watched television shows in history.

The NFL has also previously stated that viewership is stronger on Sunday evenings. "That [idea] has been around for a long time, people have talked about that," NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said when discussing the issue on The Kyle Brandt Football Experience. "The reason we haven't done it in the past is simply just from an audience standpoint. The audiences on Sunday night are so much larger. Fans want to have the best opportunity to be able to see the game and we want to give that to them, so Sunday night is a better night."

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In 1961, Congress passed the Sports Broadcasting Act, which set the precedent for professional football games airing on Sundays. The law blocked the broadcast of professional games played on Fridays and Saturdays during high school and college football season so that the NFL wouldn't poach the interest in high school and college football.

CBS Sports proposed a compromise, put the game on the Sunday before Presidents Day. "Most people have that Monday off, so you get all the fun of a Saturday night Super Bowl, but with the game being played on a Sunday," CBS Sports wrote in 2018.

For now, the Super Bowl is remaining on Sunday, but if you want to be the change you want to see in the world, you can hop on over to Change.org and sign Ruggeri's petition.

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We all know that small acts of kindness can turn into something big, but does that apply to something as small as a pair of socks?

Yes, it turns out. More than you might think.

A fresh pair of socks is a simple comfort easily taken for granted for most, but for individuals experiencing homelessness—they are a rare commodity. Currently, more than 500,000 people in the U.S. are experiencing homelessness on any given night. Being unstably housed—whether that’s couch surfing, living on the streets, or somewhere in between—often means rarely taking your shoes off, walking for most if not all of the day, and having little access to laundry facilities. And since shelters are not able to provide pre-worn socks due to hygienic reasons, that very basic need is still not met, even if some help is provided. That’s why socks are the #1 most requested clothing item in shelters.

homelessness, bombasSocks are a simple comfort not everyone has access to

When the founders of Bombas, Dave Heath and Randy Goldberg, discovered this problem, they decided to be part of the solution. Using a One Purchased = One Donated business model, Bombas helps provide not only durable, high-quality socks, but also t-shirts and underwear (the top three most requested clothing items in shelters) to those in need nationwide. These meticulously designed donation products include added features intended to offer comfort, quality, and dignity to those experiencing homelessness.

Over the years, Bombas' mission has grown into an enormous movement, with more than 75 million items donated to date and a focus on providing support and visibility to the organizations and people that empower these donations. These are the incredible individuals who are doing the hard work to support those experiencing —or at risk of—homelessness in their communities every day.

Folks like Shirley Raines, creator of Beauty 2 The Streetz. Every Saturday, Raines and her team help those experiencing homelessness on Skid Row in Los Angeles “feel human” with free makeovers, haircuts, food, gift bags and (thanks to Bombas) fresh socks. 500 pairs, every week.

beauty 2 the streetz, skid row laRaines is out there helping people feel their beautiful best

Or Director of Step Forward David Pinson in Cincinnati, Ohio, who offers Bombas donations to those trying to recover from addiction. Launched in 2009, the Step Forward program encourages participation in community walking/running events in order to build confidence and discipline—two major keys to successful rehabilitation. For each marathon, runners are outfitted with special shirts, shoes—and yes, socks—to help make their goals more achievable.

step forward, helping homelessness, homeless non profitsRunning helps instill a sense of confidence and discipline—two key components of successful recovery

Help even reaches the Front Street Clinic of Juneau, Alaska, where Casey Ploof, APRN, and David Norris, RN give out free healthcare to those experiencing homelessness. Because it rains nearly 200 days a year there, it can be very common for people to get trench foot—a very serious condition that, when left untreated, can require amputation. Casey and Dave can help treat trench foot, but without fresh, clean socks, the condition returns. Luckily, their supply is abundant thanks to Bombas. As Casey shared, “people will walk across town and then walk from the valley just to come here to get more socks.”

step forward clinic, step forward alaska, homelessness alaskaWelcome to wild, beautiful and wet Alaska!

The Bombas Impact Report provides details on Bombas’s mission and is full of similar inspiring stories that show how the biggest acts of kindness can come from even the smallest packages. Since its inception in 2013, the company has built a network of over 3,500 Giving Partners in all 50 states, including shelters, nonprofits and community organizations dedicated to supporting our neighbors who are experiencing- or at risk- of homelessness.

Their success has proven that, yes, a simple pair of socks can be a helping hand, an important conversation starter and a link to humanity.

You can also be a part of the solution. Learn more and find the complete Bombas Impact Report by clicking here.

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