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Gentry’s Critique of Beyoncé: Yes, indeed: what if they HAD flown the Confederate Flag at the Superbowl? (I might have watched, for one thing)….

Listen to some profound words of truth and fairness by a VERY smart guy:

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Anyone who knows me even slightly would know that I’d rather have four root canals than watch a professional football game all the way through (all four quarters). I have hated the fanaticism of football religion ever since I was a kid. And I do mean both “World” Football and American Football. But Super Bowl? It actually inspired me to work on the Sabbath just to separate myself from the television glued crowd. I consider Football worship to be one of the ultimate and worst forms of degenerate depravity in the service of the collapse of Western Civilization, and insult to Christianity, a glorification of money and sex and non-European peoples…. and this is just the beginning of what I think of Football and Super Bowl Sunday. I’d say that football is exactly one-notch up from pro-rape rap music.

Karen Delcourt Kachar
Karen Delcourt Kachar Whoa!
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Jeff Crow
Jeff Crow Wow! I take it u feel passionately about this topic. lol

I sort of hear ya on that…but remember, football was created by the opposite groups you’re upset about. And the greatest teams are still from the 70’s-90’s as are the greatest players. It’s th…See More
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Charles Edward Lincoln
Charles Edward Lincoln I was a kid in the 1960s, becoming a teenager in the 1970s, in Dallas, and so I remember Tom Landry and the Dallas Cowboys very well. But I saw then what I see now: obsession with sports has replaced Church on Sunday (did you know that most Church services in the 16th-19th centuries began in the afternoon, and sometimes lasted three to four hours? The Germans were the ones who took it the farthest, preaching from 10-4….

Talk about a sacrilegious impossibility now… I feel like this is parallel to a discussion one might have about Neo-Con vs. Palaeoconservative Ideology. 1970s football of the era of Nixon and Kissinger and Reagan….being the Neocons…. Organized sports originated and developed almost simultaneously with Big Corporations in America and England.

The concept of team playing is psychologically consistent with corporate suppression of individual as opposed to group enterprise.

The first “teams” were rowing teams at Harvard and Yale in the 1840s. I confess I did some rowing in my Ivy years…. Good arm exercise, I miss it…

But PROFESSIONAL SPORTS didn’t really come into vogue until the late 19th Century—the Robber Baron Era—Fed by Government Contracts and Subsidies like gigantic land grants and resource “Concessions”…. monopolies in other words….

And professional football was a creature of the 1950s—the birth of television, the heyday of Madison Avenue advertising. The football franchises and leagues…. all creatures of the televised world, all intimately evolved with advertising and taking the minds and leisure hours away from thinking about God and positive politics or social conscience—Public Issues—Professional Sports are a creature of Consumerist Society—Re-read Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World….

Man…. I do feel passionately about this issue.

Sports ARE ten times the Opiate of the Masses—Religion inspires people (sometimes) to behave in a moral way and do very good things. Sports from the Golden Era of the 1970s-1990s you’re talking inspired O.J. Simpson to get an A-grade model beauty for his white wife and then kill her….. and get acquitted of murder on the criminal charges anyhow….

Professional Sports was part of the master plan to integrate society in the 1950s and break down the race barrier, to degrade women as mere sex objects (cheer leaders, “pseudo prostitutes” as Joss Whedon had one of his characters say in an early season of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” in the 1990s).

The salaries paid professional sports stars is one of the sources of false dreaming in the U.S.—- people want something for nothing, every guy wants to be a multi-millionaire football star, every girl wants to be a Kardashian hanging out with one….

So do you think I’m wrong about any of these perspectives? If so, tell me…
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Jonathan Whiting
Jonathan Whiting Southern men would rather go home and watch a football game than work to regain our Soveriegnty from the U.S. Government. This is why we are not free.
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Charles Edward Lincoln
Charles Edward Lincoln I tend to think that was the PURPOSE of football—Sundays used to be a day to reflect on right and wrong, on the difference between good and evil in private and public life. Now it’s a day for men to chug beer and wish they had million dollar salaries which require no thinking….and get them laid twenty times a day if they are so inclined…..

February 1—Saint Brigit’s Day (Brigit of Kildare), February 2—Candlemas or Presentation of the Lord Jesus in the Temple (now only remembered as “Groundhog Day”)—but February 3 is the real Religious Holiday in US—SUPER BOWL SUNDAY! Panem circensesque….

Has it really already been six full weeks, the first intercardinal of the year 2013, since the world was supposed to end on December 21, 2012?  Some predict (I would say pray for) a major disaster this weekend, another 9-11 to catapult us into yet another war.  I certainly wouldn’t be surprised—Sandy Hook and the Batman shootings not having had quite sufficient effect yet….sufficient effect to inspire Americans to surrender the ragged shreds of their last constitutional rights….  

I make no secret of the fact that I love New Orleans at the same time that I do not completely share in all its vices.  I love the French Quarter, but I do not drink (“well, hardly ever”), having burnt the candle at both ends (unrelated to Candlemas) a little bit too much in my undergraduate days here at Tulane and my early graduate career at Harvard.  I do not miss getting drunk even one little bit, but take great glee at watching all the unwashed masses get plastered all over town here, most especially on Bourbon Street (talking of unwashed masses—it’s not JUST an expression you know—most of those folks are…..unwashed is just putting it mildly.  

But drinking itself is a ritual of as much ancient dignity as Dionysus and the Eleusinian Mysteries, Bacchus and Comus, or even of Jesus at the Wedding in Cana, or Jesus at the Last Supper.  There is ONLY Vice and no ancient dignity, however, in Football or the Superbowl, or the hundreds of thousands who have converged on New Orleans to watch two rows of (mostly) black men wearing gigantic amounts of padding and helmets crash into each other like two rows of opposing tractors (without any mud).

And this is the true high holiday of America’s Great Unwashed—Superbowl Sunday—and the masses have poured into New Orleans.  Some cynics think that Obama might want to use this occasion to stage another “False Flag” simulated terrorist event this Sunday (1) to finally light the fire under a possible war with Iran and (2) to wipe out a good number of White, Football Loving Red State Republican Rednecks who’ve come to the Big Easy to drown their sorrows and forget Obama has been tragically elected to a second term.  

I have previously compared the unending parade of slightly demented, drunken and debauched revelers on Bourbon Street to the mediaeval “Wild Hunt” or “Night Riders” processions known from history (and ethnohistory, notably Carlo Ginzburg’s brilliant “Night Battles.”  But there is no conscious awareness of anything except booze and flesh, alcoholic intoxication and sexual arousal, on Bourbon Street today, and these are the “values” celebrated by the Football Religion, especially but not at all limited to SuperBowl Sunday in that most unholy modern Coliseum or Circus Maximus: the New Orleans Super Dome.

We plainly live in a new era of Bread and Circuses, every bit as brutal as the Ancient Roman and futuristic Hunger Games models… I have despised Football my entire life and don’t mind saying so ESPECIALLY when I see this town invaded by the teaming hoards of seemingly brain dead football fanatics.  I don’t exactly know how the religion of football fulfills the needs of the people EXCEPT as grotesque gladiatorial entertainment.  

My grandfather Al preserved an idealized notion of what football was and represented until he died.  I don’t think he quite fully realized, or if he realized he simply could not accept, how totally different modern professional football was and remains from the completely amateur college football of his youth, of Harvard-Yale and Army-Navy games that were the center of all educated attention.  For my grandfather, American Football represented ideals of teamsmanship and strategy—“military tactics” writ small and peacefully (by comparison), with no corrupt politics intervening.

But the economic corruption of football is directly akin to the corruption of Christmas and everything else.  Only money, only corporate profits, seem to matter in America (or anywhere in the “developed” world) anymore.

But to my mind, the worst feature of the “Religion of Football” is that it occupies the minds of the great majority of people in this country and so permits them to avoid learning, focusing, on the grim and horrible realities of life here, of the decadence of absolutely everything.  Yes, Football is Modern Corporate Religion, nothing more but certainly nothing less.  A religion of Welfare and Entertainment run amok.  The people here for the event will all go to worship in the Superdome (while Tens of Millions Watch at Home) and pray for ….. more corporate profits to support the Socialist Government?