The Super Bowl is decadent and depraved

"The Super Bowl is decadent and depraved

February 7, 2011 – 7:41 pm

Bruce Arthur, National Post

Well, that was certainly an extravaganza. “Extravaganza? means “fiasco of a TV broadcast featuring a reasonably interesting football game,? right? I don’t have a dictionary handy, though I do have a copy of the lyrics to The Star Spangled Banner. Well, I did, anyway — I faxed them to Christina Aguilera. Hope she got ’em in time.

Either way, Super Bowl XLV was a fascinating giant bubbling cauldron of failure for some — Ben Roethlisberger, the Black Eyed Peas, Canadian kicker Shaun Suisham, Fox — and a triumphal ascent for others, such as the Green Bay Packers, statistical oddities, and bad taste. Green Bay was the on-field victor, 31-25, which is a fine football footnote to the whole affair. But the game will be remembered for a lot of things, not the least of which was the heavy-handed reminder that Football is America, and that America currently has terrible taste in everything."


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Dear Mr. Bruce Arthur

Why not take advantage of the opportunity to celebrate your country,

when there's an event on television with the eyes of the nation focused on it?

We do it all the time on Grey Cup day.

That's the point, Ron, they did celebrate their country.

Why wouldn't he still have his copy? A fax machine doesn't teleport things away. :cowboy:

Good catch, JFL. I don't think newspapers have proof readers or fact checkers anymore.

I really enjoyed the halftime show and I'm a senior citizen. As for the so-called failures, Suisham missed from 52yards. That is not unusual from that distance for any kicker. Big Ben played his best against a tough defence and behind a less than stellar O Line. The interception for a touchdown was a result of poor protection and Ben's arm being hit.

Turnovers killed the Steelers but they were caused by the Packers defence. As a Steeler fan, it pains me to say it but the better team won . It was an exciting game that I enjoyed. :slight_smile:

Pat Lynch (the old Black and Gold Fan)

lol......this reporter is obviously fabricating and embellishing the story for effect.

  1. he doesn't need a physical dictionary. Google and his laptop are right in front of him. (unless he will further claim he is sitting in a remote cabin using a typewriter :lol: )

  2. A fax machine sends a facsimile of the original which he would still have.

  3. Reporter dude wouldn't have her fax number anyways even if she had a fax number to begin with (maybe her lawyers do)

The Superbowl GAME was fine.
The stuff surrounding it , for the most part, was awful.

That's why some of us decide not to watch and for all the right reasons.
Unlike some who are pure wannabes, to include most of the media in this country.
Are we still in Canada here?
We certainly do not celebrate what few Canadiana moments that we have.

The game was entertaining, I enjoyed it. And have to admit I didn't watch the halftime show, didn't really like the music so I listened to music I have and liked. It looked too over the top for me combined with the music I don't enjoy.

No culture in the SB for me, it's a game and that's why I watch it, I enjoy gridiron. The GC I go or watch for more than the game, it's culture to me. Both can have tradition but as I say, I don't get the culture from the SB, or very little.

Also, that stadium might actually be too nice. Sounds weird I know. :?

One thing baffles me. Why were Michaels and Collinsworth not calling the Superbowl game? It's the biggest NFL game of the season but they hand it over to Buck and Aikman, both of whom have about as much charisma as a week-old cheese sandwich. Makes no sense to me. The championship game demands the elite NFL announcers.

The Super Bowl was a pretty entertaining game, more so than this year's Grey Cup in the long run. If you don't like the anthems, mute the tv. If you don't like the pre-game, half-time, and post-game, it's easy don't watch. That way you avoid the hype and enjoy just the game. It also works for the Grey Cup because all the hype there is usually just as bad!

disciplineandpunish, it would have been nice if Michaels and Colingsworth had the game but they don't work for FOX they do the games for NBC.

And congratulations ArgoT, you didn't watch the game, but yet you still want to talk about, very strange!

8) Christina Aguilera should be ashamed of herself.
 Being the professional singer that she is, and being an American to boot, there was no excuse for that joke of a 
 performance !!

 Then again,  I wonder how many Americans really even know the words to the Star Spangled Banner  ???    <!-- s:roll: -->:roll:<!-- s:roll: -->

Tipper, truth be known, I'm not sure anymore what the official words are to "Oh Canada" :roll:

It's a much different sing than what I was brought up with.

However, I do know " God Save The Queen " by heart from public school days :lol:

As compared to Canadians?

Buck/Aikman work for FOX; this year's SB broadcaster; Michaels/Collinsworth work for NBC

I bet there are more canadians that know the words to the american anthem than there are americans that know the words to the canadian anthem.

Anyhow, they should change their anthem to God Bless America and have a recording of Kate Smith sing for every game in every league :rockin:

Robert Goulet must be just shaking his head in disbelief. :roll:

That was absolutely horrible.

I suspect a lot of Canadians know the words to The Star Spangled Banner, thanks to HNIC. O Canada, maybe not so much, as we often only get to hear half of it in our native language. (Or is that just a regional thing? Or maybe the result of being a Habs/Sens fan?)

Yep. Took the words right out of my mouth, so to speak.

While Canadians tend to gripe about how ignorant we think Americans are about us, I suspect that in general, we're also more knowledgeable about them than we are about ourselves.