The Super Bowl: To Watch or Not To Watch?

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super bowl (Photo credit: sinosplice)

Well, this weekend we’ll all see the Super Bowl. Or will we?

To be honest, I forgot it was this weekend until someone pointed it out to me.

[By the way, sometimes some say “I didn’t even know it was on” as a way to demonstrate that they too “enlightened” a person to pay attention to such “boorish” matters. Me? I admit to being simply unobservant.] 🙂

Generally, my family does not watch it. It’s not that we think football is somehow inherently evil (it’s not) or that we’re against watching television in general (we’re not). We’re just not “football” folks and tend not to care too much.

At the same time, we’ve been to a few Super Bowl viewing events that were a lot of fun–and by “a few,” I mean two. One was at the house of some close friends (that was the infamous “wardrobe malfunction” Super Bowl) and another was with some Church brethren who’d put together a Super Bowl viewing party where we spent more time fixing my wife’s table router than watching the game (though the whole event was a lot of fun, and the fact that I didn’t have to buy a new router was just icing on the cake).

There have also been many occasions in which I tuned in here and there, especially as the game is winding down, and have seen some amazing plays. I may not be a “football” guy (what do they call their scores? Homeruns? Royal Flushes?), but I do enjoy seeing people perform at their best and at the limits of human ability, and championships of all stripes and sizes tend to display exactly that. I enjoy giving my children the chance to see that, as well.

And while I can’t stand the “must buy things” mentality of our society, I do enjoy the creativity that goes into some of the Super Bowl television commercials–when, of course, they aren’t dirtied with sexual innuendo, or advertising a movie for which even brief clips make me want to scrub my eyeballs clean, etc. [By the way: This year’s Super Bowl has set a record in advertising sales and, assuming those paying the exorbitant prices for those TV spots aren’t completely incompetent, this adds to the evidence that the report of television’s demise has been greatly exaggerated.]

After the previously (parenthetically) mentioned 2004 Justin Timberlake/Janet Jackson fiasco, watching the halftime show is something I can almost guarantee we will not do (the halftime show over at the Puppy Bowl is often much more enjoyable). And speaking of that “wardrobe malfunction” moment, if I recall the entire halftime show that year was completely horrific, immoral, and simply disgusting. The fact that everyone focuses on those few fractional moments of Ms. Jackson’s indecent exposure instead of the complete moral cesspool the entire performance represented says something about our society, methinks.

Our Spokesman Club meeting will be over by lunchtime on Sunday, leaving everyone free to make their own choices: skip the game, watch the game, or switch back and forth.

What about you? Let me know in the incredibly exciting poll below!

9 thoughts on “The Super Bowl: To Watch or Not To Watch?

  1. obeirne

    Being Irish and not into American Football I won’t be watching. But when the equivalent in Irish sport – say, Gaelic Football or Hurling All-Ireland Finals, the latter being the oldest field game in the world and can make American Football look like a game for sissies – I would be an off and on watcher, but if my home county of Donegal was involved in the Gaelic Football Final I would probably watch the whole game. As for the agression in sport, I am utterly opposed to such behaviour, unforunately it is something that appears too often in all sports. If you are curious about either Gaelic Football or Hurling you could trawl the internet for footage of All-Ireland Gaelic Football or Hurling Finals. I would suggest the latter if you would like to see a spectacle of skill, speed, dedication and athleticism, but bearing in mind that it is an amateur sport and the patticipants are unpaid..

    committment and athleticism

  2. Howdy Ya’ll, Having an AFC and an NFC football team here in Texas; and, having one of those teams win 5 (or is it 6 ?)superbowls; I admit I have given much interest to watching the superbowl on at least 5 or 6 occasions. The rest of the times; I can take or leave it; unless its to accomodate being with some brethren, or other family, who have invited me and my wife to be in their homes for “feasting and fellowship” which will always be PRIME TIME to me!

  3. John from Australia

    In regard to the winner of this year’s superbowl, below is part of a post, earlier in the week, to a financial website forum here in Australia:

    Dow Jones up 5.24% in 2011, history was suggesting, especially with the Pittsburgh Steelers in the superbowl, a target of around 4.19%.

    (In 2009 Dow up 18.81%, Steelers in superbowl, the target was 15.98%).

    Steelers not in the 2012 superbowl, but hope is not lost as the Patriots are. Coach Belichick and quarterback Brady of the Patriots in 2012 will be attempting to match the fourth super Bowl win of the Steelers coach Noll and quarterback Bradshaw in 1980.

    If the rise in the Dow of 2012 was to be in the ballpark of 1980 that would be in conflict with the suggested Future Watch top of the Dow around say 13,667 to 13,790 in 2013 – history would suggest that the October 9, 2007 high would not be topped before the next great depression.

    But anything is possible in the Global Government Bailout Bubble.

    So despite Romney losing in South Carolina he is still the preferred candidate for the Republican contestant for President in 2012, as per the betting on Intrade.

    But while Intrade has Obama as the likely presidential winner Romney is given the benefit of the doubt, at this stage, as history suggest, that if the next great depression will begin soon, it would be in a Republican administration and that a former governor that ran and lost in 2008 would be the next American President.

    But then history rhymes until it doesn’t.

    (While not part of the post, a secondary rhyme would have an Obama win with 1936/37 as the rhyme; but instead of the Roosevelt recession of the Great Depression less severe than the Hoover recession, the Obama recession would be more severe than the Bush recession; though the Bush recession is not considered as part of a Great Depression; this rhyme is more concerned with time-lines).

  4. John Wheeler (Johanan Rakkav)

    I voted “no”. I’d watch only for the commercials if they were only creative and not creatively tempting toward the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life… not to mention the financial arm and a leg.

    Have a good day. (Love the borrowed graphic, by the way.)

    Michael O’B: You are probably right, but I’ll be less skeptical about your assessment after you get on the field and face down a whole line of guys weighing about 300 lbs. each. They wear battle armor for a reason. 😉

  5. Michael O'Byrne

    John Wheeler: Hurling players have only begun to wear protective head gear in recent years, but not for the body. They use a hurley, a ” weapon ” somewhat similar to a hockey stick, using it with skill, yet sometimes almost as a weapon. Sadly participants have lost eyes or their sight in one eye through accidents or deliberate fouls. Rugby another game at which the Irish excel, both professional and amateur, is played without protective gear and there are heavy-weight and somewhat lighter athletes involved. Some of my first generation American cousins who have seen both games were very impressed. One first-cousin played American Football for Notre Dame whilst a student was sought by professional teams to join them and couldn’t believe the robustness, for want of a better word, of the game. And he now has great respect for players of hurling. Check it out sometime.

  6. I agree with both Michael Obeirne and John Wheeler! Gaelic football is a pretty rough and tumble sport. In retort to John’s comment, they would probably say “we DON’T get to wear armor” :). Then again, a 260 lb NFL linebacker who runs like a deer would do very well at Gaelic football.

    Way back when, we used to play “combat football” in the (American) army. It was almost exactly like Gaelic football, except that you had 30 guys and two balls in play at the same time. It was chaos, I never played myself, because there was just too many injuries.

  7. Norbert

    I can take or leave watching Superbowls, depending on life circumstances at the time. My estimation is viewing about a half a dozen give or take in my 50 odd years. Would the nay or yeah change if Tebow were playing?

    Anyhow I have a memory that sticks out about the Superbowl, one segment done by the 60 Minutes news program several decades ago.

    They examined how some players would perform specifically designed moves (as much thought when into them as a martial arts discipline) to look like “accidents”, but are premeditatively executed to have a high probablity to injure (violence) the opposing player.

    From my point of view I don’t have very much of a problem with the mechanics of the game, however I do have a rather big problem with not knowing the intent of those playing it professionally.

  8. Thanks, Norbert, and I agree. I know that there are similar kinds of actions planned and executed in other sports, as well, and they are just as wrong. Certainly not what we would call “good sportsmanship.”

  9. Michael O'Byrne

    Steve, You are probably right in saying that a ” 260lb linebacker who runs like a deer could do very well at Gaelic football “, but I would add hurling, rugby and Australian Rules football. Gaelic football is certainly becoming a game for the bigger men, but there are very few men of the size we see in American football. Even in international rugby men the size seen in American football are rare. A major difference between Gaelic football, hurling, rugby, Australian football and American football is that fluidity of movement is more marked in the first four – there isn’t as much stop-start episodes in them. All of them are pretty physical as American football is, but none of them wear body armour. Of the first four Australian Rules is by far the most agressive, but when watched it gives the impression that it is a combination of Gaelic football, rugby and American football. The latter is a professional sport and a version football called the Compromise Rules is played between Ireland and Australia. The Gaelic football team players, all amateurs, have held their own against hardened professionals in terms of victories. But hurling is the historic game of Ireland and is recorded as having been played 2000 years ago and is regarded as the fastest field game in the world. If anyone is interested in knowing what it is like they should come to a Hurling All-Ireland Final which are held in September or purchase a video or videos of previous finals – and indeed could do the same with Gaelic football. A look at Australian Rules football finals are certainly worth a look too. All of the games, including American football, are sporting spectacles if they are played in the spirit of sport and are to be commended, but unfortunately too often foul play spoils what therwise would be enjoyable events.

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