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To paraphrase Hank Williams Monday Night Football intro before he was canned ( for a hate-filled racist anti-Obama rant).   Yes, it is that time of year again for the celebration of that corporate gluttony called the Super Bowl.  Don't get me wrong, I love football, but the sport has long since taken a back seat to the real meaning of the Super Bowl.  It has really  become the time for corporate America to show off.  Follow me over the orange goal-line......

It is bad enough that there is no way average Americans could afford a ticket to the game, that right is reserved for corporate sponsors and hedge fund guys.  They used to be confined to the luxury boxes, but now just a seat in the stadium is a luxury. No, 99% of Americans will be confined to their living rooms where they will watch the game on that big flat screen bought on Black Friday.  On that screen they will be bombarded with cutesy commercials extolling various corporate products that we must consume if we really want to feel a part of society.

It really has become a gaudy affair complete with godawful half-time shows that usually last an eternity. To be honest I find the whole thing to be obscene, especially when there has been such a concerted effort on the part of the 1% to stick it to the less fortunate 99%.  There is something almost Roman Coliseum gladiator -like about it.

I remember back in the 70's and even the 80's it was a football game that happened to have a little extra flair to it.  Now , it has become increasingly unwatchable. It's a real shame too, because this game with Denver and Seattle should be one of the best match-ups in recent memory.  

And another thing, why does there always have to be such a military theme to the proceedings? Do we always have to have a military fly-over of our most powerful jets.  I think the world has seen enough of those.

Will I watch the game ...yes.  Will I enjoy it...not as much as I did twenty or thirty years ago......

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  •  Tip Jar (9+ / 0-)

    " We're all here for a spell, get all the good laughs you can."................Will Rogers

    by tvdude on Thu Jan 30, 2014 at 08:07:11 PM PST

  •  Football? Feh! (4+ / 0-)

    I live in Chicago...

    Float like a manhole cover, sting like a sash weight! Clean Coal Is A Clinker!

    by JeffW on Thu Jan 30, 2014 at 08:11:51 PM PST

  •  You'd rather, maybe, that they fly over a few... (1+ / 0-)
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    LinSea

    drones?

    /snark

    Conservatism is a function of age - Rousseau
    I've been 19 longer'n you've been alive - me

    by watercarrier4diogenes on Thu Jan 30, 2014 at 08:27:35 PM PST

  •  Your diary reminded me of this article... (10+ / 0-)

    ... in Sports Illustrated this morning:

    You cannot walk to the Super Bowl this year. It is against NFL policy. You cannot have someone drive you to the Super Bowl and drop you off. Again, against policy. You cannot even take one of New York City’s famous and plentiful taxis. Want to grill some burgers in the parking lot? Against the Law of Goodell. Instead, head inside MetLife Stadium for a $15 kale sandwich.

    Why, you ask? Why have I been transported to this hellish dystopian spectacle as imagined by a vegan corporate attorney for Bank of America? Where has my beautiful, grimy football gone? Don’t these skeeving suits make enough money hawking commercial slots to the penile-compensation pickup truck shadow economy? (“Erection lasting longer than four hours? That’s just the hemi power rubbin’ off, fella.”)

    As a kid, I walked to see my first (and only) SuperBowl, SuperBowl IX in 1975.  It was held in Tulane Stadium in the heart of uptown New Orleans.  Joe Kapp and the Purple People Eaters v. Terry Bradshaw and the Steel Curtain.  It was fricken' freezing by New Orleans (46 degrees F) standards and the seats sucked (tickets were $20.00).  But if I remember correctly, I was able to get a hot dog, some peanuts, a coke and a hot chocolate and still have money left over from my $5 allowance.  How I wish that I could remember the halftime ceremony - A Tribute to Duke Ellington played by the Grambling State University marching band accompanied by Ellington's son Mercer.

    Looking through the bent backed tulips, To see how the other half lives, Looking through a glass onion - John Lennon and Paul McCartney

    by Hey338Too on Thu Jan 30, 2014 at 09:28:42 PM PST

  •  I like pro football, but hardly ever watch the (1+ / 0-)
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    Tinfoil Hat

    super one.

    Far too much self congratulatory bullshit, and I hate those old players looking smug in tuxes. And, as I find, most people in the stands are "guests" of big corporations...very few actual people.

    This just might be a good game, but I think I will just get a few minutes here and there and I don't care who wins...although I will watch the next one the Eagles are playing...

    Oh yeah, and lets end the tax exempt status for the Corporate NFL...that's REAL bullshit if ever I saw any.

    Bring me the head of Geraldo Rivera.

    by old mark on Fri Jan 31, 2014 at 04:22:29 AM PST

  •  Average Americans can't afford to go to this game. (1+ / 0-)
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    Roadbed Guy

    It is bad enough that there is no way average Americans could afford a ticket to the game, that right is reserved for corporate sponsors and hedge fund guys.  

    ehhehe he he he     Yes in deed.

    This is one game that will have lots of pain and suffering and icy cold hands and feet.  In the seats.  

    hehhehe

    Kind of nice knowing those super expensive tickets are being bought by the entitled, and around halftime I will be looking at them, thinking,   I hope you are cold.  

    At some point, each one of them might for one tiny second, think to themselves,   Oh man, that guy outside the 7-11 begging for change must be freezing.

    " With religion you can't get just a little pregnant"

    by EarTo44 on Fri Jan 31, 2014 at 04:59:48 AM PST

    •  As a counterpoint, really why *should* an (0+ / 0-)

      AVERAGE American be expected to be able to attend?

      Really, isn't the entire thing a celebration of excellence?  Well beyond the pay grade of the Average Joe out there??

      To me that's not a problem

      What is a problem is all the saps out there who continue to watch on TV, thus perpetrating the entire charade.

      Sadly, for the record, I'm one of them.  At least in 2 out of 3 years if the historical record holds.

    •  Temp for the game Sunday will be closer to 50 (0+ / 0-)

      than freezing...

      We just ain't consistent up north here...

      Bring me the head of Geraldo Rivera.

      by old mark on Fri Jan 31, 2014 at 08:28:59 AM PST

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