Sunday, February 7, 2016

Some thoughts on Super Bowl 50 from Denver, NC

Original Image Credit: CBS Philly
It's almost like Christmas (or the release of a new Star Wars movie) "where you can't go anywhere without listening to the same music...where all broadcasts, all songs, all jokes, all references, are - just for that magic few weeks - just exactly like living in fucking North Korea" (Christopher Hitchens). I live a couple miles north of Denver, NC and went to high school in Maiden (the "biggest little football town in the world"). The cafeteria workers at my office (in Charlotte) wear Panthers shirts every Friday. My Facebook and Twitter feeds are full of black cats and pleas to #KeepPounding.

From the local news...

WBTV News is your home of Super Bowl 50! Get complete Carolina Panthers coverage from our team heading to California: ...
Posted by WBTV News on Friday, January 29, 2016


To mental health PSAs...

TGIF! Anyone getting anything done today? #KeepPounding Carolina Panthers coverage: http://bit.ly/1QfOtnc
Posted by WBTV News on Friday, February 5, 2016


And local weather forecasts...

SUPER BOWL FORECAST: Chris Larson WBTV tells us what we can expect » http://bit.ly/1UNWgMN #KeepPounding #SB50
Posted by WBTV News on Thursday, February 4, 2016


Or churches and synagogues (for charity apparently, but still)...


You can't really go anywhere right now without encountering this moral abomination or the signs of denial. Needless to say, I'm not watching it and will be happy when it's all over...
"But I’m not optimistic that my personal boycott and call for reform will catch on. As evidence about the long-term brain damage being done to players on the field has become increasingly convincing, viewership for the NFL has only gone up. People don’t seem to care that by casting their eyes on it all season long, they are saying that the mortal violence that football espouses — in its current form — is acceptable.
It’s not acceptable. It’s inhumane. It’s a modern-day Roman Coliseum, a gladiatorial spectacle that ends with heads on a platter — in a lab being sliced open to see what went wrong. And, with every bloodthirsty cheer, we speed these fine young men on to that fate. But not me. Not anymore. I’m done."
 - Rev. Noah Van Niel, Episcopal priest and former fullback for the Harvard Crimson varsity football team, class of 2008.
Noah was a panelist in today's Super Bowl Sunday discussion about this issue at the Humanist Hub. It's worth 30 minutes of your time.

Update: Game over. Broncos won 24 - 10 (Newton didn't score any points). Let the conspiracy theories begin...



The woman who has continued to update her church's sign with supportive messages for the Carolina Panthers has these...
Posted by WSOC-TV on Monday, February 8, 2016

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