Tag: Super Bowl

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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I think most of you saw the play.  Cam Newton takes the snap in the shotgun, with 4:16 to go in the 4th, trailing 16-10.  Its 3rd and 9 at the Carolina 24. Von Miller strips the ball, and Cam hesitates in going after the loose ball.  Here is the video: Preview Open

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The Definition of a Humorless Scold

 

Taking a time out from yesterday’s sports holy day, I had to point out that our friends at NARAL dutifully used their tweet to let us know which Super Bowl commercials were acceptable to enjoy (along with tips on how to enjoy them). They obviously long for a regime where they’d perform this function in an official, government-sanctioned capacity backed by force of law but, until then, they can practice. Here’s the commercial that earned their ire:

NYT: Is It Wrong to Watch Football?

 

19524079-mmmainIn the hype leading up to Super Bowl 50, many journalists are asking whether football should be watched at all. The Cleveland Plain Dealer offered the headline “Football and its unavoidable violence is becoming a moral dilemma,” while USA Today and the CBC ran two different stories sharing the title “Is it immoral to watch the Super Bowl?”

The New York Times held a colloquy on the issue, inviting two former NFL players and two laypeople to answer the question, “how can fans enjoy watching a game that helps ruin players’ lives?” I’m quick to dismiss elitist sniffery at the simple joys of blue-collar entertainment, be it the proliferation of chain restaurants or the love of shoot-’em-up movies, but the Gray Lady’s coverage was more balanced that I had expected. Below are brief excerpts of each argument.

Markus Koch:

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Well, I thought I was ready. Last week, oldest daughter (off at college) called and asked what I was doing for the Super Bowl. I told her I was going to simply order some Papa John’s pizza, and watch the game on the big screen TV in the basement StadCave.  When she heard “Papa John’s”, […]

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As anyone could tell by my avatar that I’m a Packers fan. It took quite a few days of yoga and meditation to get me back to state of semi-normal after the Packers handed the Hawks the NFC championship win. I was torn as to which team to back for the Superbowl. I can’t stand […]

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Yes, they did choose Katy Perry to perform at next year’s Super Bowl. They seem to alternate between geriatric rockers that make you worry they’ll break a hip on stage and autotuned bimbos that make you worry they’ll lose some vital article of clothing. IMHO, the last decent performer they had was Tom Petty. So […]

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