And sadly all I can think about is I hope all those people who are attending have had their measles vaccinations. Frank Bruni pointed out this morning that the centers of population where people forego their kids vaccinations is in affluent communities (steeped in pseudo science) with this great quote that applies to more than just the choice not to vaccinate:
You can be so privileged that you’re underprivileged, so blessed with choices that you choose to be a fool, so “informed” that you’re misinformed
Reminds me of some Facebook posts posted by the usual suspects.
But there is more! Pro-team cheerleaders are using this focus on football to lobby for employment rights and fair pay. It certainly is a job and they deserve to be paid like any other job, even if the profession is to appear to be a bimbo sex symbol. Athletic dancers for sure, but sex symbol is a must. It is the perfect balance for the game, sex and violence. Let’s not kid ourselves about the art.
And like professional baseball, who are the New England Patriots or the Seattle Seahawks? Hometown boys holding up the honor of their town? Hardly. Highly paid professional hit men is more like it. So in reality, it is a fantasy to say they represent the hometown. They are a gang of highly paid athletes who went to the highest bidder and we hope that is our team.
And many of them will pay a price for our entertainment in brain damage resulting in loss of cognitive function, increased aggression, and quite possibly suicidal thoughts. But forget that, have you seen Friday Night Tykes? Kids as young as six are now head butting each other. A survey of NFL players showed that if they played contact football before the age of 12, they were 20% more likely to show signs of brain damage than their already brain damaged compatriots.
The part I like best is that somehow their winning for us makes some kind of a statement about us. My team won! We are number one! Oh, and I can’t afford a ticket to the game, any game. But somehow I feel pride in their winning as though it says something good about me. That would be followed by drinking and burning cars in the hometown I love so much.
Okay, okay, it is better than gathering on a Sunday and talking politics. While there can be violence and aggression in sports among the fans, usually nobody gets killed (except sometimes). And in sports there is always next season while in politics, it is take no prisoners. Besides some of those players you hate so much might get traded to your team and be your next best friend. That never happens in politics.
For me, I don’t care. I kind of really like the guy (Marshawn Lynch) who would not play the game (of sideshow) and was only there so he wouldn’t get fined. In a way he had a fix on this whole circus that most of us are missing. What is really important today is the food (I love good hot wings), and the commercials. Both say something about us as a civilization which may be that we will not long endure.