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I live in New England, and so I am probably one of the ONLY people who do not care about the Super Bowl. I do not care if they win or lose, or even know who they are playing. I sure the heck am not going to ramble on for 6 hours in some nonsense pre-game show about something I am not sure of what is even going to happen, because I have watched football once, and I saw what they did...they took said ball and tried to move it down the field. No planning, no deep thoughts about amazing plays, who was coming at them, nothing...just fat guys with mushy brains who are overpaid to get mushy brains from running into one another, or trying to avoid running into one another, who still get mushy brains because they inevitably will run into one another.

My heart goes out to the 1% in New England who are not getting fat eating pretzels and drinking beer, watching the mushy brain guys get more mushy brains; the homeless who are freezing in the cold. Or the ones who find love or comfort by being addicted to a heroine.

I am glad I do not have a love for a silly game, but rather a heart for people!
 
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Well, it's a cultural icon. I know what you mean, though. I don't think I've ever watched a super bowl.

Which was good because today I had to cut in a new piece of heating pipe that had froze and split last Thursday when Chicago got to experience the arctic. But, just this one time, mind you, I think I _might_ have preferred the super bowl! <g>


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Rufus Laggren wrote:Well, it's a cultural icon. I know what you mean, though. I don't think I've ever watched a super bowl.

Which was good because today I had to cut in a new piece of heating pipe that had froze and split last Thursday when Chicago got to experience the arctic. But, just this one time, mind you, I think I _might_ have preferred the super bowl! <g>


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Now lets not get crazy with that Super Bowl talk!

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Was that today?
Shows how much I know about it. :D
 
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Who is playing in the Super Bowl?

My husband was talking about how much the tickets cost.  I still don't know what teams are involved.
 
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It was the LA Rams vs the New England Patriots.  Crappy game to watch, there was only one touchdown and it was near the end.  A touchdown is where the big guys move the brown ball all the way to the end of the pasture.  

If you're into football, you'd probably say that the level of advanced thinking and planning and second-by-second adjustments to what the other team was doing was phenomenal.  Either team would normally score 3-4 touchdowns in a game.  For both teams to be able to defend the field as well as they did, does say something about the gamesmanship and chess match that is happening on the side of the field (coaches).  And amongst the mushy brained muscle guys who have to identify what play the opponent is initiating and immediately adapt to it as a team.  Without looking at one another because the play already started.  The game was pretty much decided based on a few small errors.

But I'd be much more interested if the Packers were in it.  Maybe next year...
 
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I work for a university.
The business of higher education seems to consists of sports, research, housing and certification, in that order.

Since I'm a fire alarm tech,  I go everywhere and most of the huge campus appears to be dedicated to sports fields,  sports arenas, practice  fields, practice arenas, locker rooms,  exercise rooms, physical  therapy rooms,  dedicated dinning rooms,  clubhouses, offices, meeting rooms, equipment rooms, and all the assorted fire pump, electrical, mechanical, and janitorial rooms.

I played a lot of sports, poorly.
My dad was a great athlete, and is a true believer in sportsmanship.
Even he doesn't watch the NFL anymore, and even back in the day he never had me play football.
He knew too many highschool/college players with broken bodies.
I loved playing soccer(poorly) and learned some real life lessons.
I still don't understand why we as a society pour money into sports the way we do, but I do recognize that many many jobs are generated from that obsession.
Mine included,  at least in part.

In a better world,  all these teams would be run like the Packers.
Owned by the community, supported directly from the fans, old school crowd funding.
Season tickets sold out so far into the future that fans sign their kids onto the waiting list.


I don't get all that, but I do like watching my kids or even other peoples kids,  play sports.
 
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Sports of any kind seem _much_ better before high school. I actually seek out local sporting events where the kids haven't started "positioning" themselves yet. In high school, the big money starts to ooze in, especially in football and basketball, and now a little in soccer and tennis. "Little League parents" (in any sport) are another matter - they show up pretty early, but most thankfully seem to drop out after a few seasons.

It was great when, a few years ago, Northwestern U. football players took a stab at getting paid, citing fair labor laws! <g>


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Mike Jay wrote:

But I'd be much more interested if the Packers were in it.  Maybe next year...



Oh....In your dreams, Mike.  2020 is going to be the Vikings year!  After supporting them with all of the doe-eyed delusionality of religious convert since I was old enough in the mid-1960s to hug the black-and-white screen, I can feel it my rickety bones that the Purple Wave is going to channel the entire megawatt load running the lights and HVAC at Mall of America.......and crush the Cheeseheads on their way to Superbowl dominance!

[Then the lights can go out and the Permies will be left standing... ;-)  ]

But like I alluded to;--when it comes to the Vikes, hope springs ever eternal...... ;-/
 
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William Bronson wrote:
The business of higher education seems to consists of sports, research, housing and certification, in that order.


..........

In a better world,  all these teams would be run like the Packers.
Owned by the community, supported directly from the fans, old school crowd funding.



I do like the economic model of Lambeau field.  I can't imagine the Packer franchise still be located in Green Bay were it not for that ownership structure.  

As for the first sentence, when did 'research' rise so high on the list? ;-)  Locally, it appears that administrators are siphoning dollars away from the research component as fast as the laws allow.  With the exception of a dedicated few, teaching died a quiet death long ago.  As a business model, it does seem to be teetering a bit of late and, unless changes arise, appears unsustainable.
 
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