Today’s edition of Sunburn is a brief one.
That’s because, like my father, Peter J. Schorsch, would argue, the day after the Super Bowl should be a national holiday. Better yet, as our friend David Johnson suggests, the Super Bowl should be played on the Sunday of Presidents Day Weekend.
That’s insane, you say?
Not a bit. It’s already a de facto holiday anyway. The Workforce Institute started tracking work absenteeism on Slumber Monday following Super Sunday and, guess what? People already treat it as a holiday.
For this year’s Super Bowl, the Institute estimated more than 16 million Americans plan to take off today. That’s down from 17.5 million in 2020, but with so many people working at home now, it’s still a significant number.
A possible reason for the reduction is COVID-19 and the campaign against large Super Bowl parties. There have been multiple warnings for weeks about such gatherings’ potential consequences, but we also know that many people will ignore those.
About 4.7 million people say they will call in sick, even though they aren’t. More