Overview

I blog about what muses me.

the big one
the big one
533 days ago 20 comments Categories: Games Tags: Super Bowl, Foothall, Jets, Mets, Knicks
blog_1961_0.JPG

I grew up loving football. Playing it. Organizing teams. Tackle. Touch. Flag. It did not matter. Strategizing (I'd argue none better!).

 

And today we all – at least the ratings say so – gather to watch the big one. The Super Bowl.

 

I recall watching my beloved Jets from a living room chair maybe four feet away from the set watching the greatest ever Super Bowl (At least it remains such for me.). I can only hope they return there in my lifetime; there’s a radio host almost as young as me who remains certain he’ll not live to see that day. I feel better about my Mets and Knicks in their respective sports than the Jets and it remains a source of frustration; I think it involves the failure to return to Queens when the chance existed under the previous mayor. Indeed, at her State of the Borough address last month, my Borough President called for a soccer stadium on the site I argued should be a football stadium for the Jets and more. Watching from the audience I felt a sense of vindication. We’ll see how things play out for the European version of football.

 

I also find it amazing how so much in the political world today competes with discussion of whether the Patriots or Eagles will prevail. I even enjoyed reading about how certain New York fans appear set to root for the AFC team because they somehow think it will make the two victories of their team two coaches back more meaningful. Some readers of this blog may concur (Certainly they root blue.). Other articles talked legacies if a team that prevailed many times in the recent past, again wins. Others talk about teams that did well will a backup QB at the helm.

 

In contrast, talk about the release of a memo dominated the news going into this weekend. Follow my twitter and Facebook feeds if you want my take; indeed just before going out yesterday evening another interest document comes out and certainly caught my attention.

 

So let's look at the record:  Some friends I can disagree with on politics, I can avidly discuss music and calmly discuss sports, and without the rancor that pervades the political. Indeed polling I viewed yesterday suggests little we can say or do – no matter the merits in our arguments – will change someone’s political views; the polling suggests why even bother to try (that might be another blog if it ever muses me.). So perhaps it remains best to just focus on this game at hand.

 

Talk strategy. Offense. Defense. Special teams. Coaching.

 

Or even just where you plan to watch?

 

Or who you plan to root for?

 

Or who you think will win and by how much (My friend Eric asked that of everyone after we played our regular weekend basketball (won all of those games by the way!).).

 

Or if you participate in any pools. (I was a winner last year.).

 

Do tell (aka “comment below”).

...
Comments
Order by: 
Per page: 
 
  •  Fred wrote 533 Days Ago (positive) 
     
    1
    We need a modern day Edward R. Murrow so we can See It Now!
     
       
     
    0 points
     
  •  RobertGiamboi wrote 533 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
    0
    Low-key this year... not much of a football fan, but Jenn and I did not participate in any pools :/
     
       
     
    0 points
     
  •  EllynFinkelstein wrote 533 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
    0
    Loved going to NY Jet games at Shea. Walked under that overhead RR so many seasons! Even though our season tickets were way high up in the stadium it was still something I always looked forward too and shall never forget. Yes, I will be watching with a group of folks in Plainview. Every year Carol and Lenny (an attorney and weather man) open up their home to many friends and we watch on a very large drop down screen. Lots of food and fun! We do pick boxes too! Look forward to see if their are any interesting commercials. My guess New England by 3!!!!
     
       
     
    0 points
     
  •  Daniel_Schwartz wrote 533 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
    0
    I absolutely hate both teams as I do bleed Blue. For as I long as I can remember I am truely rooting for neither team and actually focusing my attention on the several "boxes" I am participating in. May the score be as it should be.
     
       
     
    0 points
     
  •  VincentChirico wrote 533 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
    0
    Recent events on the political front lead to two inescapable conclusions in my mind: First, political leanings aside, the current state of our national leadership is severely lacking in statesmen and women of the Moynihan/Kemp ilk, and that our nation suffers immeasurably by this void. Second, irrespective of media, money in politics, or foreign influence, the voting public alone carries the blame for our current state of affairs - when only 9% of the voting public chose Trump and Clinton as their respective parties' nominees, and when voter turnout is as historically low as it has been (a paltry 24% in New York's most recent Citywide election), I am reminded of Ed Koch's famous line in 1989: "The people have spoken, and now they must be punished." I look forward to observing the landscape after the midterms, now that a new generation of men, and an historically large number of women, are entering the public discourse.

    On the football front, as a die-hard Giants fan, it's a no-win scenario: A Super Bowl between a division rival and the hated Patriots. It’s practically unbearable to admit, but I dislike Brady, et al. more than I do the Birds, even though my team beat the Pats twice in recent Super Bowls. So – reluctantly, I’ll be with the Eagles in spirit (but in very fine print...)

     
       
     
    0 points
     
  •  Rona_Gura wrote 533 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
    0
    We host a Super Bowl party every year. I rarely, if ever, watch the game. I'm all about the boxes, the commercial, and the half time show. And making sure that our guests have more than enough food.
     
       
     
    0 points
     
  •  LauraAvital wrote 533 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
    0
    I'm not a football fan, but my boyfriend roots for the Giants and tells me that both teams this year are the Giants' worst enemies. So, rooting for the best commercial and looking forward to a fun gathering at a Super Bowl party hosted by good friends.
     
       
     
    0 points
     
  •  Cayce_Crown wrote 533 Days Ago (positive) 
     
    1
    Lost my taste for football since becoming aware of the omnipresent brain damage.
     
       
     
    0 points
     
  •  NeilHollander wrote 533 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
    0
    Setting the stage . The best venue? My living room . Alone. . Headsets adorned . Do not disturb sign is out . Fred and Erik are out . Turco is out . Today it's about the Eagles and the Patriots . Am I bummed with the NFL ? Yes . Is Roger Goodell an empty suit ? Yes . Did I cancel my Direc TV NFL ticket ? Yes. I'm a football purist . A student of the game if you will . The match ups today go unparalleled . If Brady gets hit hard a couple of times its up for grabs . I expect the same . Malcolm Jenkins on Gronk . Fletcher Cox gets to Brady . This is smash mouth football . Everything on hold today . Except the Heinekin and the wings . Back in the mix tomorrow . Let's get it on !

    Hollander Sends
     
       
     
    0 points
     
  •  RoyFenichel wrote 532 Days Ago (positive) 
     
    1
    Football can be a grand game of strategy, an endorphin-fueled physical chess match fueled by city, region, or other affiliation rooting interests beyond the current players, coaches, teams. However, the game can also devolve into pure tribalism, a win-at-all-costs mess of me-vs-you mayhem that has infiltrated other aspects of American life, not least of which is politics, which diminishes the sport's sportsmanship and allows things like ignoring head protections, enabling brutal helmet-to-helmet hits, such as ended one that ended one player's day mid-game yesterday, and rules-bending that the league permits until sometimes it does not. Winning is wonderful, here as elsewhere, but not at all costs.
    Football, also like Americana, is at its best when it engenders stories of redemption, such as the player whose mistake ended the Eagles' first drive of the day prematurely ending up with the winning score, but more so the first ever time a QB (typically the standard-bearer of his team) losing his job, and then his team, and, in the rarest of football returns, boomeranging back to his old franchise, and then, unprecedentedly (particularly for a franchise that had never won a Super Bowl) earning, literally and figuratively, the ultimate victory, perhaps the most stark return to glory story in NFL history, a team leader being dismissed only to return home again to win it all. To paraphrase Johnny Cash-Berman: Carson "Wentz Down"? Nick "Foles In Prism" Victorious! The Eagles Have Landed.
     
       
     
    0 points
     
  CommentRecord a video comment
 
 
 
 
     
Commenting

Please log in to comment.

Copyright © 2019 Gotham City Networking, Inc.