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||Sacking the SuperBowl....
Sacking the SuperBowl
The SuperBowl is a media event that includes pre-game
entertainment, a star-studded half-time show, celebrity interviews, a week of media
blitz, and unprecedented commercial extravaganza. There is also a
The SuperBowl hype starts weeks early so that everyone can have an
opportunity to stock up on beer, snacks, and T-shirts with the
name of their favorite team or player. A few people actually
watch to see the football game, but most people watch primarily to
see the newly produced commercials.
The SuperBowl attracts a larger viewing audience than any other
television program. Because it is a prime time sporting
event, it is considered family entertainment. People complain
actively when they think prime time programming is not suitable
for children, which make sponsors nervous. People do not complain
about violence in football, however, especially if a member of the
opposing team is being sacked.
The reason that people like to watch the SuperBowl on
television is because they cannot get tickets to the game. Tickets are
distributed by a lottery method and not through regular ticket agents. However,
parties are not allowed on SuperBowl parking lots, and that's the main reason
for going to an actual game anyhow.
Companies spend millions of dollars to sponsor commercials during
the SuperBowl because of the large audience watching. This is
another one of the reasons why the SuperBowl is considered
important. It promotes crass commercialism and is good for
the American economy.
SuperBowls are popular for a number of reasons, but women like
them mainly because they signal the end of the football season,
which means husbands can return to doing activities other than
spending the weekend in front of the television set. Parents
like the SuperBowl because it teaches children valuable lessons
they can use later in life like how to read Roman numerals and how
to tackle other kids on the playground.
Some people attend SuperBowl parties to watch the game with
friends. Such parties are especially popular with members of
fantasy football leagues. Playing fantasy football is a new macho
pastime whereby league members pick players from various teams to
form an imaginary team. Scoring is based on points for yards run,
passes completed, and touchdowns scored. Only a computer can
understand who actually wins.
The SuperBowl traditionally uses Roman numerals for naming the
games. We are not sure why but think it has something to
with gladiators and stadiums. They do not use Roman numerals for
scoring, thank goodness. Even a computer could not figure
The media hype starts even before the final two teams that will
play in the SuperBowl have been determined. The SuperBowl winners receive
rings that cost $5,000 each and a $25,000 trophy for the team. The
losers receive jewelry too. Women do not receive rings or trophies for
putting up with a season of football.
The SuperBowl is held in various cities, which bid on the
opportunity to have it because of the publicity and the tourism that it creates.
It used to be held at the last of January, but lately it has been on the
first week of February instead. The reason it was moved to February is
because this is closer to Valentine’s Day and gives men the
opportunity to buy something romantic for the woman in their life
to try to make up for ignoring them for seven months.
The main thing to remember about the SuperBowl is that there is
actually a football game involved. Promoters are working
hard on eliminating that distraction and just going to four quarters of prime time commercials with
media blitz, pre-game activities and an extravagant halftime show.
Copyright 2005 Sheila Moss
Nashville, TN 37219
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