By Hendrik Sybrandy
As the Super Bowl approaches, one fantasy football website has started a petition to create a national holiday on Monday, the day after the big game.
The owner of 4For4.com believes that particular Monday in February has become so unproductive for American businesses that a day off is in order.
“I would endorse it,” said Colin Lee, a Denver football fan on Friday. “I mean, I like the idea actually. I think it’s pretty good. I don’t think we have too many holidays.”
Studies show 1.5 million Americans who aren’t ill call in sick on the day after the Super Bowl. Millions of dollars in “unproductive wages” are paid to workers whose heads are still in the game.
“I don’t want to get up and go to work in the morning,” said Aaron Trench. But when asked if he planned to answer the call on Monday he nodded. “I am and I will and my productivity will go down.”
Madeline Boyd said she supports the idea of a new holiday.
“I think it would be even more cause for celebration,” she said.
But Richard Nye said a 12th federal holiday would simply be one too many.
“I don’t think that it would deserve that type of honor,” he said.
Organizers of the petition drive hope to gather 100,000 signatures in the next few weeks to present to the White House. 13,200 signatures have been collected so far.