Posted by: Calmseas (Mike) | February 1, 2009

Super Hype!

Would you believe that I have absolutely no interest in this middle-of-the-winter, uniquely American spectacular that we call the Super Bowl? To begin with, who decided to play a football game smack in the middle of hockey season anyway? Time was when football was played only in the fall.  Way back when, the only risk of a snow-covered field would be in Green Bay, Wisconsin—and that could as easily occur in September as it could in late November.  I can remember back to when the professional football season first spilled into December.  Old-timers then thought that this was just plain nuts!

How can it be that an American male in this day and age is not interested in the Super Bowl? It is, after all, the Golden Globes of the gridiron, the Pulitzer Prize of pigskin,  the most spectacular spectacle of sportsdom.  For sports types, it is nothing less than the holy grail itself (eat your heart out Indiana Jones).

I actually had no idea who was playing in this year’s extravaganza until I accidentally heard a couple of guys talking about it last Friday morning.  I had to be the only person in America who didn’t know who the two Super Bowl contenders were.  Even my five-year-old granddaughter could tell me who is in this game; they took a survey of sorts in daycare to try to pick a consensus winner for the group of daycare kids.

Fact is, I have no affinity at all for any sort of professional sports. The pro athletes are all (well most of them anyway) overpaid, self-indulgent, uneducated whiners with the morals of an O.J. Simpson (he played sports, right?). If the truth be known, however, I’m probably just jealous of their pay grade.

So, what will I be doing this evening during the Super Bowl?  You’ve got to be kidding.  I’ll be watching the big game, of course.  To do otherwise would be, well, un-American.

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