Who Hijacked Our Country

Sunday, February 03, 2008

Super Bowl Sunday 2008

All Right!!! Was Super Bowl XLII one kickass game or what?!? The New York Giants came from behind to upset the New England Patriots in the last 35 seconds of the game. The Patriots got their asses handed to them, 17 to 14. You Go Giants!

Tom Brady played a hell of a game but he was sacked five times; pretty shocking for a record-setting quarterback. Eli Manning is now out from under his brother Peyton's shadow — excellent work! And that incredible leaping catch by David Tyree was just too much.

Jordin Sparks opened with the National Anthem — a nice arrangement with some unusual chords that livened up a traditionally dull tune. And Tom Petty rocked the house during halftime.

OK, if you’ve read this far (and clicked on the links) you’ve figured it out — you’ve been had. You fell for the ol’ Bait and Switch. Gotcha! But you're also a little bit more aware and informed now, right?

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I went to school in Boston for 4 years and live in New York so I was a bit torn. I've been to a couple of Pats game while I was at school but as a true New Yorker, your heart is always with your home team. But the game tonight had me on the edge of my seat. I went through so many emotions, but in the end, Eli brought it home to NY. Giants '08. Now if only the Mets can win a world series, I don't think I'll ever leave this city again.


February 3, 2008 at 8:54 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Jo: I'm not that much of a football fan. I watched the game, but mostly for the commercials. But I'm glad New York won since they were the underdog.

February 3, 2008 at 11:25 PM  
Blogger Candace said...

Well, for a coupla hours, at least, we could watch a great game and get our mind off all the crap going on. Thanks for the reality check. I think.

February 4, 2008 at 6:39 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Candace: Nope, no escape. What looks like a sports article is actually a bunch of links to Project Censored stories. Remain grim.

February 4, 2008 at 10:10 AM  
Blogger Snave said...

GREAT LINKS, Tom! Informative, too! Thanks! Gotta love that Project.

As for the game, I escaped reality for 3 1/2 hours, sort of (since I find football and its culture to basically be very militaristic). I suffered through the first three quarters of the Stupor Bowl and then loved the fourth quarter, which I think was truly exciting football.

So why do some of us who don't want much to do with military culture like such a game as football? A philosophical question for the ages, I suppose. Hehehe.

February 4, 2008 at 2:15 PM  
Blogger Randal Graves said...

So you're saying that despite a competitive, enthralling, exciting game, the world still sucks? Dammit.

February 4, 2008 at 3:12 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Snave: Yeah, I thought those links would make an interesting contrast. It's funny what football represents and why so many people are pulled into it. I remember a skit by George Carlin a long time ago where he was comparing baseball and football. Baseball is all warm and feelgood and football is macho and aggressive. The only line I remember is "in football, the object is to Penetrate Enemy Territory! In baseball, the object is to go home."

Randal: Sorry, the world sucks and we all need to keep wallowing in that sordid fact.

February 4, 2008 at 5:09 PM  
Blogger Mauigirl said...

Good point, Tom - lots of very important and concerning things going on in the world while we focused on absolutely nothing but football for at least a week.

Reminds me of the old Simon & Garfunkel album where the news is playing softly, then louder and louder in the background (all bad stuff) while they sing "Silent Night" in the foreground.

(It was a great game though!)

February 7, 2008 at 11:16 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Mauigirl: Thanks. I just thought I'd simulate a sports column while sneaking in a few grim headlines. I remember that Simon and Garfunkel song; I haven't thought of that in a long time.

February 7, 2008 at 12:04 PM  

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