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Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Super Distraction

As Rome burned, the masses flocked to the Coliseum to see gladiators mercifully plunge beasts to their death. This past Sunday practically a whole nation simultaneously sat around big screen TVs while gorging and drinking themselves to oblivion to watch the Colts devour the Bears, while a nation practically burns in turmoil. News coverage dominates the theme of the Super Bowl, whether it is the game itself or the homophobic Snickers advertisement there was virtually no escape from its broadcast.

Without a TV in sight I did not watch the “big game” and really did not care who won or lost. Not to sound like an intellectually elitist, I did not watch the game due to any sense of greatness of myself but as a realization that it has no meaning on my life. I for one spent many days glued to the dominance of professional sports. Section 308, Row 14, Seat 29 of Giants Stadium was a regular Sunday affair for me, until one day I just woke up and realized that it does not mean a thing. Forgive me for not knowing the name of the movie, but there is a movie with a line that says “Mickey Mantle does not give a damn about you.” That is the way I feel about professional sports, it may provide endless hours of entertainment but what it comes down to is that it is nothing but a business and those involved just do not give a damn about you are me.

Sunday, millions of people were captivated by a game, while the country burns. We have a war in Iraq that is costing billions of dollars and only a few hearty souls dare question its rational. Just the other day, Republicans and Joe Lieberman blocked debate on putting pressures on the President to end the war in Iraq. While the country is bloated and hung-over from a game, still more Americans are left to die. What is the resolve of the nation is it get drunk and worship a barbaric game of men, or is it to progress for the betterment of man?

The President comes up on the news and states that we need more for a “war on terror” and then on the other breath he states the need to cut human services. News flash, the cost of living for the average American is rapidly rising, health care is outrageous, fuel costs are high, and education costs are preposterous; even worse our wages are dropping. I ask the question, do you support the war on lies? What are you doing to stop it? You may not be faced with the prospects of being drafted or having a son or daughter in this war, but your lively hood is frivolously being spent on this war.

For years, I stood by and watched the game, but life is more than just the Super Bowl. I imagine if just ten percent of those who watched the game, used the same amount of time and energy promoting something other than that, the country would be in a much better place. Payton Manning does not give a damn about you and his millions will not pay for your child’s education or your health care, so why do so many people care. There is a big world out there and a meaningless football game does not solve any of the problems in the world, so please wake up out of your Coca-Cola Coma and stop the burning of our home.

Robb Kidd

“There are many here among us who feel that life is but a joke. But you and I, we’ve been through that and this is not our fate, so let us not talk falsely now, the hour is getting late.” Bob Dylan, All Along the Watchtower.


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