February 7, 2016

A Super Bowl Compilation

Super Bowl

Planning to watch the big game today? It is kind of hard to believe this is the 50th Super Bowl. I'm still not sure if I'll bother to watch it this year or not. I don't particularly care for either team, but I really despise the Broncos. I guess that means I'll root for the Panthers if I watch the game.

For someone who probably watches the Super Bowl only about half the time, I sure have written about it often. Here are some examples:
What makes this year feel different is that I have been so busy for the past few weeks that I feel like I have avoided most of the pre-game hype. I know who is playing, but that is about it. I missed most of the playoff games, and what little free time I have had has been allocated to watching political debate and "town halls." Although I have finally tired of hearing Clinton and Sanders reciting the same talking points over and over, I have found presidential politics far more interesting than Super Bowl hype.

I continue to marvel at how the Super Bowl has almost become a religious celebration for some. And no, I'm not talking about the sort of pseudo-religious devotion with which some die-hard sports fans approach their favorite teams. I'm referring instead to the infusion of prayer and other superstitious rituals, god talk, and even "miracles" into the event.

Texans' running back and open atheist Arian Foster had some good advice for those playing in the game about how to handle their press conferences, including what should be obvious: there is no need to thank any gods for the outcome or how one plays.

H/T to Friendly Atheist