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The Effects of Super Bowl Holiday There's a Decrease in Depression as Game Loses Interest
[Southland Edition]
Los Angeles Times (pre-1997 Fulltext) - Los Angeles, Calif.
Date: Jan 23, 1989
Start Page: 6
Section: Sports; 3; Sports Desk
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Expectations of excitement, fed by media hype, have created what amounts to a new American holiday on the day the Super Bowl is played, according to Loren Coleman, an expert in psychological aspects of sports.

Unfulfilled expectations of joy and excitement are known to cause depression around traditional holidays, Coleman said. Some figures, while not statistically significant, also suggest higher suicide, suicide-attempt and homicide rates on Super Bowl Sunday and immediately afterward, he said.

Though the day's importance may be fading, "Super Sunday" maintains its psychological holiday status, particularly among the millions of American males who are likely to watch the game no matter how lackluster it promises to be, said Coleman, who planned to go to a movie instead of watching Super Bowl XXIII.

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