POEM: Super Bowl Sunday

Super Bowl Sunday

Guess what I herd
It’s Super Bowl™
Quite coincidentally on Sunday
And I’m not sure who’s playing who
Perhaps the Cowboys and Indians
Or the Lions and the Christians
The eternal weather
Its just
A little gamey
Or THE GAME
Either weigh
Teeming
It’s all-American
Only more so
Unlike baseball
Hear the greatest fans
Are on the bench
Couching their devotion
In hyperbole
Still
Ever hoping that
The game
Is more interesting
Than the commercials
Praying for a comeback
If only we can just stop ’em!
The incessant commentary of the retired
Mature men
Alternatingly offensive and defensive
Only sew I’m tolled
And sow I will
Endless possibilities
Each with much deeper rootings

As you might have guessed by this poem, I’m not much of a fan.  I don’t necessarily have an inherent problem with .  I do see obsessions as a big part of the playbook to distract people from the real issues in their .  As some mild catharsis, this may be fine.  Nonetheless, I suspect that for the millions of Americans who spend following second only to , this probably doesn’t represent a healthy in . Of course, if people are actually playing , I find this much more worthwhile. Unfortunately, we have bred a spectating American more than a participatory one. may not be able to stand (and may have to settle for sitting on the couch) without living vicariously through celebrities.  I suspect that if alien anthropologists visited , they would likely conclude that and/or making were the leading religions, outdistancing traditional faiths.

I don’t think that it is an accident that one of the most violent American sports, football, is among the most hotly contested among its fans.  This strikes me as not too far removed from fomenting in the run up to when Team is scheduled to go up against loathsome Team Anybody Else.  is one thing; world is another.  For instance, has anyone else wondered why the World Series in baseball only includes U.S.!  Such blind and American makes the world a more dangerous place to live.

I do rooting for underdogs, so you can reliably guess which team I’d root for, even if I’m not even aware of the game. So, whether it’s Team Tweedle Dee or Team Tweedle Dumb, you may just find me silently somewhere else…

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