I'm not a sports-watcher; but that doesn't stop me from having an opinion. I think that the Superbowl is a social event. And, as such, there's often drinking along with it. Honestly, I don't think that people use it as an excuse to drink. (Unless they use social events as an excuse to drink.)
Nah, for me and the people around me, it's not just an excuse to drink. Sure, you might not be as into the teams in it if YOU'RE team isn't in it, but I don't think that's how it is completely.
That being said, I hope the Patriots send the Giants home crying, especially old man Coughlin. I just don't like that guy. And I wish we could've gotten Niners/Patriots, but maybe Niners get their chance next year.