In the wee hours of Monday morning seventeen Peace Corps Volunteers in Morocco gathered together at a café, especially open for them, to watch Super Bowl XLIV live, in Italian. Upon the tables, strewn with empty coffee cups and backgammon and Connect Four sets, the flickering lights of the stadium in Miami shown as the Indianapolis Colts fell to the New Orleans Saints. The five-second lag between audio and video, not noticeable when the commentary was in Italian became perturbing as ‘The Who’ took the stage, their mouths moving to words they hadn’t sung yet.
The game ended at 3am, and the PCVs walked back through the deserted streets, having shared one of the unique facets of their culture with the few groggy regulars of the café, who stayed to see what all the fuss was about. However, those regulars missed out on one of the best traditions of the Super Bowl. The whole game was shown commercial free.