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The superintendent of the Pittsburgh public school system has already decided that city schools will run on a two-hour delay on Monday, because the Super Bowl means a "late night" for the students and teachers. I can't decide if I should be happy about this or not.

My initial reaction is that if the adults of America have to be at work the morning after the Super Bowl, then these punk high school kids can drag themselves out of bed and get to that bus stop, too. The game should be over by 9:30 or 10:00 p.m., which isn't that late. Even some of the dorks routinely stay up until 11 on a school night.

And we're talking about a football game. It's not like we're witnessing the moon landing here. This is not like the Obama inauguration. This isn't even like the O.J. verdict. Get up and get your lazy selves to home room.

There may be a few hardcore young Pittsburgh Steelers fans out there who legitimately need that day off, especially if their team loses, and I respect that. But they can take the day off on their own. I went to high school with a guy who needed the day off of school after Francisco Cabrera singled home Sid Bream to beat the Pirates in the 1992 NLCS. I respected that.

But the more I think about it, the more I think we might look back on this and see it as the first step towards everybody getting the day after the Super Bowl off of work. It seems to have lost a little bit of steam the last couple of years, but the movement to make the Monday after the Super Bowl a national holiday is still out there. Visit for more information.

When everyone gets the day off, then I'm okay with school kids getting the day off. And even though in my particular line of work, I'll never have that day off, I'm fighting for the rest of you. You deserve that day off to sleep off your hangover and read Shutdown Corner all day.

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