Super Bowl solidarity

Amid political and economic rancor, Big Game is welcome respite

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Not everyone is a football fan, certainly. But there are a lot of reasons why the Super Bowl has become what may be the most widely shared cultural event this
country has outside of national holidays.

Indeed, some are saying Sunday’s game was the most-watched event in the country’s history. You can bet it was at least one of them.

For one thing, Super Sunday has certainly become a good excuse for a party – in the dead of winter and with nary a big holiday on the horizon.

In addition, just about every other sport has become international in scope. Football is uniquely ours – so much so that a book and a documentary series both call football America’s Game.

And, as opposed to other team sports, the championship is decided with one game rather than, say, the best of seven – channeling all the focus on that one event.

Football also inspires more rabid fan passion than many other sports, and that translates into loyalty.

Another thing that professional football has going for it is that the 32 teams’ owners long ago decided that they have common cause in mutually beneficial competition. They share revenues among teams and cap player salaries, so that teams in smaller markets have a chance to compete for talent with the New Yorks of the league.

Despite a few strike years, the owners and players also have found common cause in labor peace – even as they aggressively have taken on issues such as banned substances, player safety and aberrant behavior.

The result is a highly competitive, often unpredictable product that has inspired the term “any given Sunday” – meaning that on any given Sunday, either team might win. Moreover, in recent years especially, Super Bowls have been close contests that have come down to the last few plays.

On Sunday, the Baltimore Ravens raced to a big lead before a power outage at the Superdome seemed to rejuvenate the favored San Francisco 49ers, who mounted a furious comeback. Baltimore withstood the surge to record a nail-biting 34-31 win.

Even that outcome might have been good for the sport. The 49ers have won five championships in the Super Bowl era; it’s nice to see someone else hoist the trophy, as the Ravens have now for only the second time.

And, of course, the Super Bowl has become big business. The cost of advertising time for the broadcast is beyond sky high, at about $4 million for 30 seconds. Because of that, advertisers work hard to appeal to viewers and even entertain them – and Super Bowl commercials have become nearly as eagerly anticipated as the game itself.

While chicken wings are said to be the most popular Super Bowl party food, they’ve got plenty of competition. The grocery stores and pizza joints were hopping Sunday.

It’s a great time any year, but Super Sunday may have been more of a useful diversion than usual this year, after a very contentious presidential campaign and the difficult politics and financial wrangling that quickly followed the November election.

Now if only we could get Republicans and Democrats to sit next to one another the way Ravens and 49ers fans did.

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shrimp for breakfast 02/04/13 - 11:38 pm
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I didn't watch it.

After the Falcons lost in the chapionship game I couldn't bear to see another team take their place.
I don't know what the big deal about the blackout was.
I've blacked out in New Orleans before myself.

myfather15
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myfather15 02/05/13 - 02:07 am
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San Francisco had several

San Francisco had several second half comebacks this year, especially since Kapernick took over as QB; he is going to a good, if not great one. So the comeback had nothing to do with the blackout. There was no blackout against Atlanta, and they did the same thing there. But I couldn't have been happier to see an excellent football game, which is was. The results were also good in my opinion, as I did not want San Fran to win. Great game and good results.

myfather15
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myfather15 02/05/13 - 02:36 am
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Now.......

In reference to your last sentence; did I miss something? Did the Harbaugh brothers call each other names? Did John call Jim a racist bigot homophobe? Did Jim tell John that he hates old people and wants them all to die? Did Jim do a commercial with John pushing granny off a cliff? Did they call each other disgusting names because they are rich? Did they claim each other hates poor people? Did Jim Harbaugh call John a racist because his quarterback is white?

Did one of the coaches try to get the other team to play without pads or any form of protection? Did the NFL outlaw helmets being worn during the game, unless you're a person who doesn't follow the rules; then they just ignore your violation?

Did the NFL believe one team was too fast; therefore they tied their legs together? Did one of the coaches draw up a 1500 page bill about financial assistance to the losing team for consoling their mental pain; while on page 743 writing himself a cool 5 million dollar bonus for being such an awesome coach?

No, you will never see todays politicians sit down like this. How can you sit down with a group of people that are nothing more than LIARS. The Truth doesn't abide in them and they will say anything to further their agenda. They call people disgusting names, for nothing more than political gain. There is a group of people in this Country who want nothing more than to bring sanity back to this Country, but they are lied about and demeaned. There is a group of people who want to bring HONOR and INTEGRITY back to this Country and its children, yet they are told they are racist, bigots, homophobes, sexist and the list goes on.

There is a group of people who STILL want to do whats RIGHT for this Country, yet they are told they are Bible and gun huggers; violent people who care nothing about the safety of children. There is coming a time when this will no longer be tolerated. That group of people will one day say "I've had enough!!"

No, I fear the days of reconciliation are past. There won't be many more days of bipartisonship; and with people who would use such tactics as those above, why should there be? No, I wouldn't stand by and take it. On a daily basis I would be telling them exactly what Boehner told Reid a few weeks ago.

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Jon Lester 02/05/13 - 02:40 am
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Public policy should not be about team sports,

and that's exactly why I'm a political independent. The last election called for a stark choice between all of two candidates for president, and I made mine, but that doesn't mean I'm all in for the administration's entire agenda.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 02/05/13 - 05:47 am
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Sports make sense. Politics

Sports make sense. Politics not so much.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 02/05/13 - 07:41 am
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From a progressive

From a progressive perspective I'm just disappointed there was a winner-it doesn't seem "Fair". Maybe they should "share" the trophy-or at least give the loser their better players. Perhaps they should "ban" the game because of all the injuries, violence, and deaths. Talent "redistribution" seems to only way to address the talent disparity-you know the 1% vs the 99%. We need to legalize all the sports doping because science will always build a better human and solve all our problems-sorry Tebow you have to drop the faith-gotta keep church and football separate-somthin' in the constitution. Ah the progressive mindset.

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Jane18 02/05/13 - 09:12 am
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Republican, Democrats, Independents

3 parties................democrats will always win. There is no such animal as an independent thinking democrat!

Bizkit
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Bizkit 02/05/13 - 09:16 am
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Surg Neurol Int. 2012;3:135.

Surg Neurol Int. 2012;3:135. doi: 10.4103/2152-7806.103542. Epub 2012 Nov 16.
America, guns and freedom: Part II - An international perspective.
Faria MA Jr.
SourceDepartment of Neurosurgery (ret) and Adjunct Professor of Medical History (ret.), Mercer University School of Medicine; President, www.haciendapub.com , Macon, Georgia, USA.

Abstract
The need for reducing gun violence is discussed along with the necessity for citizens to assume some responsibility for protecting themselves, their families, and their property from criminal elements because the police cannot physically be everywhere to protect us all of the time. The problem of sensationalization of gun crimes by the media, multiple shootings by deranged individuals, accidents with firearms, suicide rates, and children with guns are discussed.The relationship of civilian disarmament in the context of tyrannical governments and genocide are also explored. Incidents in which liberty has been extinguished because firearms have been banned and citizens have been disarmed by increasingly oppressive governments, and the converse, countries where freedom has been preserved by armed citizens are also described. We conclude that guns in the hands of law-abiding citizens deter crimes, and nations that trust their citizens with firearms have governments that sustain liberty and affirm individual freedom. Governments that do not trust their citizens with firearms tend to be despotic and tyrannical, and are a potential danger to good citizens - and a peril to humanity.

Data and facts make science so interesting and logical. Progressive feel obliged to attack on constitutionl right with bans, education, background checks, etc, yet another freedom like voting-ID, education, background who needs it. So logical.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 02/05/13 - 10:14 am
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There are some articles by

There are some articles by health care providers also concerned about people knee-jerk reacting to Sandy Hooks. But to be fair the problem with gun ownership is suicide-especially our youth. Studies examining education and prevention indicate these methods have not been effective in our youth. Wikipedia has an article on Violence and how the WHO suggest reducing violence in our society. Much of their suggestions are related to social-cultural but also alcohol, gun, and knive control. It is a mix that will likely offend both progressives and conservatives . "Evidence shows strong relationships between levels of violence and potentially modifiable factors such as concentrated poverty, income and gender inequality, the harmful use of alcohol, and the absence of safe, stable, and nurturing relationships between children and parents. Scientific research shows that strategies addressing the underlying causes of violence can be effective in preventing violence. Examples of scientifically credible strategies to prevent violence include nurse home-visiting and parenting education to prevent child maltreatment; life skills training for children ages 6–18 years; school-based programmes to address gender norms and attitudes; reducing alcohol availability and misuse through enactment and enforcement of liquor licensing laws, taxation and pricing; reducing access to guns and knives; and promoting gender equality by, for instance, supporting the economic empowerment of women.[4]" But this is the UN supported WHO and some will likely discredit their neutrality.

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soapy_725 02/05/13 - 11:10 am
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The winners were the producers !!!
Unpublished

Just another reality show. Complete with a blackout. Drama. Drama. The interest was going south. But hey, reports are that it had the highest viewer rating of all time. Of the areas polled including Baltimore and San Fran. LOL LOL The only thing missing was another heart rending review of Manti T'eo tragic life. We expected Manti to be the guest commentator.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 02/05/13 - 11:57 am
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Sports

Like a zillion others, I watched the game. I think it is sad though that we put so much energy and hype into a game, when a majority of these "loyal" fans can't name their senators or congressman; or have a minor clue about what is really going on in Washington.

The NFL, NHL, NBA, and MLB could evaporate tomorrow and life goes on. That crowd in Washington can sink us all.

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Darby 02/05/13 - 05:24 pm
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"I've blacked out in New Orleans before myself."

You picked a GREAT place for it. Love that town...

Darby
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Darby 02/05/13 - 05:26 pm
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"The NFL, NHL, NBA, and MLB could evaporate tomorrow....

and life goes on. That crowd in Washington can sink us all."

Thanks (I think) for injecting a little reality into this thread.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 02/05/13 - 06:27 pm
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The document is a "white

The document is a "white paper" that was given to members of the Senate Intelligence Committee in June 2012, according to NBC News, which obtained a copy of the document.

It is not an official legal memo, which authorizes policy and remains classified, but it does summarize the "legal framework" for conducting a drone strike on any American citizen living abroad who is a "senior operational leader of Al-Qa'ida or an associated force."

[READ: City in Virginia Becomes First to Pass Anti-Drone Legislation]

The language it uses implies the government does not need "clear evidence" connecting such a person to a plot against the U.S. in order to use a drone strike.

"The condition that an operational leader present an 'imminent' threat of violent attack against the United States does not require the United States to have clear evidence that a specific attack on U.S. persons and interests will take place in the immediate future," the memo reads.

More american citizens will be assasinated without due process. Let's just hope that next years SuperBowl won't be a target.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 02/05/13 - 07:49 pm
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Sandy Hooks was a terrible

Sandy Hooks was a terrible tragedy. The Huffington Post and other outlets attest from 2004-2012: Meanwhile, U.S. drones are killing children and terrorizing families abroad. Earlier this year, the Bureau of Investigative Journalism found that 176 children have been murdered in Pakistan alone. And along with drone attacks, an average of 4.8 children are killed per day in Afghanistan where earlier this year, a U.S. sergeant is reported to have killed 9 children. Will these murders be deemed worthy of our thoughts and prayers, or even our news headlines?

Darby
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Darby 02/05/13 - 11:55 pm
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As soon as I see the words, Huffington Post, Moveon.org, or....

DailyKos, I stop reading.

And anyone with a grain of sense would too. You're certainly not going to get anything resembling reality or objectivity there....

Darby
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Darby 02/05/13 - 11:58 pm
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"Let's just hope that next years SuperBowl won't be a target."

Hey, I loved that movie. The terrorist attack using the Goodyear blimp. It was awesome!

Bizkit
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Bizkit 02/06/13 - 08:28 am
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The quote is from a

The quote is from a conservative site so I found in a progressive one too-Huffington so Tech wouldn't just ignore it as Faux news.

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