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Dennis Pitta's helmet and other Super Bowl musings

Football sleeps till August


  • How strange are sports? And what interesting things they make us do? A game concocted by Walter Camp of one part rugby and one part kicking has turned into such a spectacle that Americans gather around the tube to partake in the most revered of athletic competitions. And the emotions that this competition brings to those who take it in, especially those with allegiances, track from the sweetest to the bitterest. Sports are a strange and wonderful thing, and a great look into the human persona.
  • Dennis Pitta continues to make high-level professional football look effortless. Pitta became the first BYU player to score a TD in over two decades. Not too bad for a former walk-on. Oh, and his helmet came off, pushing his career total dating from his days at BYU to 1,302.
  • Beyonce is attractive and the Super Bowl Halftime Show is not for families. Well, if you needed to be told either of these two undisputed facts, I don't really know what to tell you. After Janet Jackson's ‘wardrobe malfunction' and the history of Hollywood style morality, I would not let my young kids anywhere close to the Super Bowl Halftime performance. To each their own, though.
  • Those who know me know I am a proponent (see jihadi) of the college game. The pro game is void of the pageantry, history, and diversity that makes college football the greatest sporting spectacle known to man. This is not to say that the pro game does not have qualities all of its own. In fact, debating the merits of each in relation to the other is as productive as the United States Senate in passing a budget. That being said, as someone who does not watch the NFL on a regular basis, I was taken back by just how talented the players are. The human body is an amazing thing. God did a pretty job, methinks. While it is not my preferred flavor of football, I understand why the NFL continues to be the most popular sport in America.
  • Paul Harvey, a man who's words and voice have meant a great deal to me growing up, was key to the best Super Bowl ad I saw last night: <object width="640" height="360"><param name="movie" value=";version=3"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src=";version=3" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="640" height="360" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>
  • Speaking of commercials, much has been said of their content and messaging. You can get that analysis from another source. To me, the invention of the "Super Bowl Commercial" has done much for the continued to rise in the cultural significance of the game. When both husband and wife can be entertained throughout the duration of a four-hour game, you got yourself a winner.
  • Ray Lewis loves the spotlight and loves invoking God's name as a troll to those who would judge him. His consistent quoting of scripture is an additional jab at his critics. Interestingly, Ray's interpretation of scripture is still superior to Ruth Ginsburg's interpretation of the Constitution.
  • How a product like the NFL can have such a porous studio show is incomprehensible. Shannon Sharpe and the gang are the best you can come up with?

What were your thoughts on the Super Bowl?