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The date was February 3rd, 2002. For many New Englanders, it was an intense and historic day. After all, it was the day on which the New England Patriots would face off against the St. Louis Rams in Super Bowl XXXVI. This Massachusetts native was unmoved by the excitement. As a college senior majoring in […]

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The Super Bowl: A Data Point on the Re-emergence of Roman Decadence

 

A friend of mine recently lent me a book called The Social Results of Early Christianity, by C. Schmidt, Professor of Theology in Strasburg. The impetus for the book, written in the 19th century, was an essay contest proposed by the French Academy “to trace the influence of Charity on the Roman World during the first centuries of the Christian era.” The first third of the book is devoted to describing various facets of Roman society and culture as they existed at the appearance of Christianity.

The parallels of pre-Christian Roman culture to the ethos of secular Western culture in our own age are numerous. Chapter 3, section 5 addresses the “Occupations of Slaves. Actors. Gladiators.” The Super Bowl, with its garish halftime show, represents a unique confluence of the actors and gladiators in American entertainment. Schmit’s description of the state of Roman entertainment I found especially pertinent:

With impeachment, the Iowa Caucuses, the State of the Union, and a Democratic debate on tap this week, grab a stool and join us for the fun. Today, Jim and Greg quickly sum up the Super Bowl and then dive into three crazy martinis. First, with closing arguments coming today in the impeachment trail of President Trump, they groan as reports emerge that House Democrats may be poised to pursue another impeachment effort this year depending upon what type of testimony they might get from John Bolton. They also point out that Andrew Yang might have the best political instincts in the Democratic presidential field after admitting he’d seriously consider pardoning Trump if that were ever an issue. And they have fun with reports that former Secretary of State John Kerry was overheard discussing what it would take for him to mount a serious candidacy at this point.

Chiefs Defeat 49ers in Super Bowl LIV

 

At the start of the fourth quarter, the San Francisco 49ers lead the Kansas City Chiefs 20-10. Then they decided to relax. The Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs roared back with 21 unanswered points, winning the game 31-20.

Congratulations to coach Andy Reid, and all the loyal Kansas City fans who have waited 50 years to get back to the Super Bowl.

The weekend is almost here! Kick it off right with the Friday Three Martini Lunch. Join Jim and Greg as they celebrate the United Kingdom finally exiting the European Union Friday. They also discuss the latest impeachment news and how Democratic senators have already decided that Trump won’t really be acquitted unless they get to call new witnesses at the trial. They’re left scratching their heads as Democrat John Delaney ends a two-and-a-half year presidential campaign just three days before people finally start voting. And in a Super Bowl pitting the 49’ers and the Chiefs, Jim still finds a way to root against the Patriots.

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As most of you know, the Super Bowl is on Sunday. Here’s a quote for the end of the season (I didn’t sign up for today’s QotD, so this is an extra). As the 1966 season approached, George Allen was the Los Angeles Rams’ new coach, but George Halas was still steaming. Halas had won […]

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Subliberal Advertising

 

While watching TV advertising, I often get the feeling I’m being lectured to.

The Super Bowl yesterday was a series of lectures with this message: “As often as we’ve tried to educate you people out there in flyover country, you remain resistant to our efforts to civilize you. We continue to detect traces of racism, misogyny, and xenophobia in your makeup; so it’s our moral imperative to disabuse you of those ideas.”

What—the Patriots LOST the Super Bowl? It’s gotta be…the RUSSIANS! I want an investigation right now!

A look at the legal aspects of the ongoing Memogate vs Russiagate battle with renown legal scholar David Rivkin;

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Are Brady and the Patriots going to romp all over the Eagles? Or does the Eagle defense find a way to mitigate Brady and score just enough to win? Close game or blow out? High scoring or a defensive battle? I have no love for either team. Actually I can’t stand both. But Tom Brady […]

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Rod Serling to Narrate Remainder of American Experiment

 

Are things getting weirder? Brexit was only a mild shock: polls are often wrong, at least when conservative ideas prevail. Trump’s victory was a bigger surprise but again, polls, the echo chamber of the punditocracy, etc. But then there was the Super Bowl. And the Academy Awards. (Note to Meryl Streep: at least the Super Bowl stuck the landing.)

You don’t have to be a football fan to see that the 2017 Super Bowl was great entertainment. It was no She Devil, but still … Lady Gaga’s halftime performance was fantastic, although I didn’t appreciate her divisive “one-nation-under-God” rhetoric.

Taken individually, each of these events is remarkable. Collectively, it’s as if John Wayne removed a thorn from God’s paw or something.

Trump’s O’Reilly Super Bowl Interview

 

Fox News released an excerpt last night of an interview of President Donald Trump by Bill O’Reilly that will air before the Super Bowl tonight. In it, O’Reilly asks Trump about Putin, noting that “Putin’s a killer.” Trump then responds, “There are a lot of killers. We’ve got a lot of killers. What do you think–our country’s so innocent?”

This is not different from things that Trump said during the campaign. In a December, 2015, appearance on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Trump made a similar statement. When host Joe Scarborough said that Putin “kills journalists that don’t agree with him,” Trump replied “Well, I think that our country does plenty of killing, too, Joe.” Later in the interview Scarborough asked Trump if he condemned the killing of journalists. Trump said, “Oh sure. Absolutely.” I wonder if O’Reilly will ask the president a similar follow-up question. I hope so.

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By now, most have heard or seen about the Audi commercial during Super Bowl LI.  Some have probably read this critique of it as well.  Like the author of that article, I believe the target of the ad wasn’t women, but the dad. More importantly, but not mentioned in the article is the rising trend […]

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