Before I start, let’s get one thing straight: I’m not a fan of pro football — at least the kind played in North America. As for the other kind of football — better known around the world as pro soccer — I’ve never really much attention to that kind of sport either. Of course, there was a time when I had a strong interest in sports — but as you get older, there are other (and more important) things that command your attention, whether you like it or not.
The main event for the entire world this upcoming weekend is Super Bowl XLVI, in which the New England Patriots clash with the New York Giants, two NFL football teams who are already familiar to the entire country (including my home state of Connecticut). Much has already been said about the Super Bowl — and not only past and present — including the half-time shows and various TV commercials vying for the attention (and dollars) of TV viewers. And in the minds of some people, it’s somewhat overrated.
As I wrote in the first paragraph, I’m not a football fan — so the Super Bowl doesn’t appeal to me that much. I say this partly because the actual football game itself has — for the most part — has been overshadowed by the event’s most flashier (and gaudier) aspects, which should tell you something about the tastes of modern TV audiences who demand bread and circuses, while caring little for style and substance. As for the football game itself — I can’t recall if I ever met anyone who remembers one or more past Super Bowl games. In fact, does anyone really remember every Super Bowl game since its inception? And does anybody really care? But then, my interest in sports these days are somewhat limited — and even that subject pales in comparison to the more pressing concerns that all of us have to face every day.
I’m not out to discourage you from watching Super Bowl XLVI on TV this upcoming weekend — I don’t have that right — I’m just telling you why I won’t be among the millions of viewers watching it. And it’s one decision that I won’t lose any sleep over — especially after the game itself ends late Sunday evening.
John Lavernoich is the author of the novels Code Name: Chameleons and Chameleons To The Rescue, as well as close to three dozen articles and short stories that have been published in print and on the Internet – to learn more about Mr. Lavernoich and his writing achievements, please visit his official website (http://jlavernoich2008.web.officelive.com/default.aspx), as well as his pages on Windows Live Spaces (http://cid-ef88d131988ab38f.profile.live.com), Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/john.lavernoich?ref=name), MySpace (http://www.myspace.com/jlavernoich), and Twitter (http://twitter.com/JLav65). Mr. Lavernoich also maintains his own video channel on YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/user/JLav65?feature=mhsn) as well as his Author Spotlight page on Lulu Books‘ website (http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/Highroad).
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