Here’s a cut of a letter to the editor from the local newspaper, discussing the halftime show of this year’s super bowl….

“What would be “nice” turned out to be vulgar, ugly and excessive.  There was enough electricity used to light up a small country for a year; the noise produced would reach the Man in the Moon and give him a headache; the feeling of frenzied grasping for more outrageous and more outlandish and more shocking was evident in both entertainers and audience.  The final straw for the camel’s back was the deluge of confetti at the end of the game. How many tons of paper were cut up, bagged up, hauled up and opened up to drift down to cover every surface?”

The final straw for the camel’s back was the deluge of confetti at the end of the game.

My thought on this?  Let me see.  We can watch 90 men in uniform getting paid at least a good half million.  We can watch thousands pay a good couple hundred bucks each to attend the game.  We can watch the game on broadcast TV thanks to multi-million dollar commercials.  We listen to announcers filling air time with all kinds of drivel about what shoes to wear on this kind of turf.

We watch a game in which penalties can be refused (can you imagine someone in baseball saying “Struck you out?  Ah, that’s okay; we’ll give you extra pitches.  Stay at the plate.”), it’s logical to waste time.  There needs to be a two-minute warning to tell the teams that the game is almost half over or over.  We watch college drafts to see which no name player will get paid millions of dollars for not having done anything professional yet.

And the people in the quote from my hometown paper are worried about confetti cleanup?

There are bigger problems with professional sports than halftime maintenance fees.  The salaries are crazy – out of line, exorbitant – call it what you will.  Our media spends hours and hours doing pre-game shows… AND even covering the college drafts.   We have cheerleader squads with their own sexy calendars.  We buy food and drink at the stadiums that not only costs and arm and a leg, but probably a clogged artery or two.

So maybe if there’s anything good out of the quote I cite here is that it gets us to look at how maybe professional sports are just a bit too much.  I would love to see us spend the same amount of time and energy on our education, on our cities, on our arts, and on our citizenry.

But, some folks can’t see the forest for the trees, I guess.  Let’s see what happens.

 

 

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