Now don’t get us wrong. We love a circus as much as the next red-blooded, American football fan. Actually, we prefer the circus to everything else. Who doesn’t love a good party?
Parties are one thing, but the hassle…
It’s enough to stage a revolution or something.
My favorite thing about the Super Bowl are the folks who are so against the concept of sitting around the TV, planning elaborate menus and calling out of work that they plan alternative events at places like Hallmark stores or the local Borders’. They call it the anti-Super Bowl as if a boycott needs to be staged against commercialization of football and/or pop culture.
Really? Boycott? A football game?
Now I’m for boycotting things as much as the next guy. In fact, there are tons of companies and products I won’t go near for one reason or another, which surely has the execs of those corporations sitting up at night wondering how they failed to connect with me. All I can say to that is, “Sorry guys. It’s not personal, just business.”
If there is a mass boycott or protest going down, I pay attention because doing things like that takes effort and a wise use of time – two things I admire deeply. Hell, anyone can buy ad time and make commercials. And everyone wants to tell you how great they are. Big whoop. As long as there is no marching, chanting or placards, I say, “Let’s boycott!”
Consumers of the world unite!
But boycotting the Super Bowl is kind of like cancelling Christmas because it’s too commercial. Yes, we all know that big-time events like the Super Bowl are far from pure and that the hype supersedes the actual event with a circus filled with commercials, product placement, “celebrities,” and Christina Aguilera, but really, hasn’t that ship already sailed? Should they just play the game and then phone the results into the paper? With all that TV air time already purchased?
It’s all so very comical. It’s one thing for the tea houses and chain book stores to hold their anti-Super Bowl parties for non-sports fans because generally (and yes, it’s very general) those folks are anti-anti. They believe that if something is created for a mass audience then it stinks, and in most cases they are correct though that theory usually only applies to Michael Bolton.
If they really dislike the Super Bowl so much and want to go to their anti-party, why acknowledge that it even exists? Do they wake up and say, “Oh boy, here we are on Super Bowl Sunday. Time for my protest at the corporately-owned book store that helped put the little shop on the corner downtown out of business. Let’s show those football fans!”
Silliness. Just silly.