Super Bowl LI: Some Thoughts

Well, that was the game of the century. Probably the millennium. I used to wonder who was the greatest quarterback of all time. Dan Marino? Joe Namath? Johnny Unitas?

Now we know. No more need for guessing. Tom Brady is that man. This was poetry in motion. We’ll probably never see a game like this ever again.

OK, now for some random thoughts (in no particular order).

1. The Left is still in major freak-out mode. The “curse of Trump” was supposed to doom his team. It’s well known that Bob Kraft (the owner of the Pats), Bill Belicheck and Brady are friends with Trump. But the President predicted that New England would win by eight. They won by six. (I’m beginning to think that this guy is preternatural.) Still, the pollsters were using computer models showing that based on the stats of the first half, the Patriots had only a 1% chance of winning. (Sound familiar?)

2. Needless to say, because “Trump’s Team”, social media were exploding in orgasms of joy. There was even a racial aspect to it. Ugly as it was, many were cheering the fact that the Patriots were losing badly. Why? Because they are the most white team in the NFL. And they were losing badly. (So for all those proglibs who impute racism automatically to institutions, watch what you say. You might want to consider your own inherent racism.)

3. The needless propaganda. I don’t know who the geniuses who hired those ad agencies and told them to amp up the anti-American, anti-traditionalist bigotry were, but they need to be fired forthwith. That lumber commercial? What the hell was that about? Some poor campesino has the right to break our laws and get on Welfare? The Budweiser commercial? I seriously doubt that the handsome, very European-looking, blue-eyed Adolphus Busch was bruited about as he walked the mean streets of New York City back in the 1850s. The silly soap-box derby commercial for Audi? Keep it up folks. Make sure that your exemplars are pretty, blond, upper-crust families while all the baddies are chubby little white boys who were MAGA hats. Great idea talking down to half the nation. Ask Colin Kaeperninck how that’s going for him.

4. Lady Gaga came to her senses. A perfect example of someone holding up their finger to the wind and gaging the direction correctly (as opposed to those ad agencies). One of her handlers probably got to her and told her to just shut up and sing. And she did. Truth be told, I don’t follow modern pop singers at all and Lady Gaga would have never been my cup of tea even if I had, but I got to hand it to her: she is talented and for the first time in a long time, I truly enjoyed the half-time show. If she came up with the idea on her own then I’d say she’s one smart cookie. Unlike washed up old hags like Madonna, she’s got another good twenty years, so it wouldn’t make sense to pull an Audi and alienate half the country. They know your politics; good on you; you’ve a right to your opinions and the millions who voted for Trump also have a right to theirs. It’s that simple –Democracy 101. They also appreciated that you did what an entertainer is supposed to do —entertain. (I know, it’s shocking. Somebody better tell Meryl Streep that. If I want her opinion, I’ll knock it out of her.)

That’s about all.

Comments

  1. Will Harrington says:

    About GaGa

    It seems to me that we have a well planned career being played out in front of us. She is not a classic beauty, but she is very talented. This is not a combination that gets noticed. There are a lot of very talented people who never get recording contracts. So she got outrageous and got noticed. Now she is established and doing what she wants to do. Good for her.

  2. Really, are we now playing politics with “bread and circuses” crowd?

  3. Peter Millman says:

    Well, George, Trump glommed onto the Patriots after they had already won three Super Bowls. By the way, this game had nothing to do with politics.
    Coming form Plymouth,MA, naturally, I root for all the Boston sports teams. Three takeaways from the game: 1) Yes, Tom Brady is the greatest quarterback in NFL history (2) The Patriots are the greatest dynasty in NFL history,and (3) Bill Bellichick is the greatest coach of all time.
    I couldn’t be prouder of Tom Brady and the New England Patriots.

    • George Michalopulos says:

      Peter, I forgot probably one of the most important points of all: the Patriots probably saved the NFL. Thanks to Kaepernick’s sanctimonious antics, the ratings for the NFL have plummeted this past season. I heard that even with all the hubbub about this being the Patriot’s ninth Super Bowl and Lady Gaga, etc. the ratings weren’t that great. Something like the fifth-most-watched in history.

  4. “Clearly, many people watching didn’t realize that the song ‘Born This Way’ is designed for the LGBTQ community. If you’ve been to a Pride march in the past four years, you know a thing or two about dancing to ‘Born This Way’ while you’re surrounded by a ton of glitter, bare skin, and glorious, rainbow solidarity. Let’s just be clear here, though: Performing a song that’s so blatantly gay in front of an audience that includes Mike Pence, one of the most anti-LGBTQ politicians today, is absolutely political — especially when it contains lyrics like ‘No matter gay, straight, or bi, lesbian, transgender life.’ (P.S.: According to USA Today, that was ‘likely’ to be the first time the word “transgender” was said onstage at a Super Bowl.)”

    http://www.teenvogue.com/story/lady-gaga-super-bowl-halftime-show-political

    • George Michalopulos says:

      Of course. As stated, I’m only vaguely aware of Gaga and her song “born this way” but the fact remains that it was sung as part of a medley. It was easy to miss and there was no overt grandstanding on this issue (unlike last year’s Beyonce’s performance which upheld the “truth” about the entire BLM lie).

      That may appear to be a stretch in your opinion; i.e. me going out of my way to be charitable to her. But there it is. Plus, all she did was sing. She didn’t speechify, trample on an American flag, throw darts at a poster of Trump, etc. And she sang well. That’s all. It was entertaining. I’m not like these ideologues who can’t divorce art from the artist.

      • I prefer Wired Al’s version “Perform This Way”. I puts Ms Gaga’s antics into perspective and it’s much more enjoyable to listen to.

    • The title of the song, “Born This Way” is, of course, a lie and comes from the father of all lies. However, they knew her music when they hired her. Singing her own song is not “particularly courageous” or “acting out” in any way. It’s playing ball. She’s welcome to her (polite) opinion.

      Good girl.

  5. The Budweiser commercial was funny, since Germany had more of a welfare state than the US. So, if they were honest about it he should have stayed in Germany where Bismarck gave old age pensions.

    • Estonian Slovak says:

      Er, Budweiser came from Bohemia, not Germany.Bohemia(now the Western half of the Czech Republic) was then part of the Austrian Empire. The original name in Czech was “Budvar”

      • George Michalopulos says:

        ES, I believe you’re right. However there was a heavy German population in Bohemia, wasn’t there?

        • Estonian Slovak says:

          Yes, you are correct. Hence the German influence on Czech music. When I think of Czech music, I think of some fat guy puffing on a tuba, a stein of beer close by. When you go further east into Moravia, you see more of the “real” Slav. To an outsider, a Greek and Slav Macedonian might seem alike, but don’t tell them that.
          My point is not whether ethnic Germans were involved in Budweiser or not, but simply that Budweiser is from Austria, not Germany.

      • Monk James says:

        Ja, Ja.

        A dear friend and her family came from Pilsen in Chekhia. For obvious reasons, they all spoke Cheski and Deutch. But the beer was and still is great!

  6. Michael Bauman says:

    NFL ratings are being killed by fantasy football, cookie cutter play, mindless, stupid and unnecessary “celebration” after nearly every play–gangsta style, seeing the game virtually three times with all of the various replays to show what really happened. Add to that the pre-game, the on field post game and then the post game post game.

    It is just plain boring and obsessive. Brady and Belechick the most boring. Totally unable to enjoy the accomplishment because they are “behind all the other teams”.

    Oh, and what is next a game on the moon?

    Gaaak!

  7. Missed nothing. nothing at all, because I did not’ watch it. Essentially meaning less bread and circus stuff. We war against powers and principalities, the real contest. People ought to be reading about the 50 giga -ton methane burp, plus many more burps as times goes on. The global tonnage in the air is 5 giga tons at present. The amount of methane frozen in the land and seas is an amount of which 50 giga- tons is only a single digit percentage. All life in the sea of this hyper warmed planet, especially oceans will go extinct, Holy Scripture declares this as the 3rd bowl of the wrath of God. I believe the Scripture and accept what St. John the Apostle and theologian wrote at the personal direction of the Victorious Lord Jesus Christ. This will happen and abruptly soon. If you have a concern for your eternal life, best check out what time it is.

  8. If you ask me (and nobody did), the half-time show has been little more than an overly sensationalized, special-effects, fireworks-filled display of the utter emptiness of American pop-culture for well over twenty years. Some talent, to be sure, but nothing that lifts the human spirit. I cannot remember the last time I watched a half-time show without thinking, “Well, that was a spectacular, expensive display of…nothing.”

    • Having had a taste of Pascha, everything else seems empty. Sports championships especially. They hint at Christ’s eternal triumph but are hollow and forgettable.

  9. To clarify a bit the process which is underway at present in the Oceans. The coral reefs are being bleached by the too warmed oceans and they are barren in many places. Plankton, which the coral reefs produce in great abundance, is being reduced as each reef is destroyed. Plankton is the bottom of the oceanic food chain. Little fish have nothing to eat, thus neither does any sea live higher on the food chain, because there are no little fish to eat.
    Some of you might want to take a look at US Cyber Command, and General Alexander, who stated aims are total dominance in military, financial, and especially cyber space. US hackers, employed by him destroyed the Iranian uranium enrichment underground and super protected enrichment computers at the Iranian facility, but they got caught. This stopped the enrichment process with malware we developed. The may well have stopped a war with Iran, as their capacity to gain nuclear bombs, is severely hindered. But , that is not all the military controls. The global vibe optics network is under their control. It expect the total dominance will be handed to the UN willingly by our present government. In this both Hitlery and Trump were on the same page. We approach the reign of the beaster’s, the iron beast. but with abundant opposition world wide. The 10 kings of antichrist give their power and authority to the beast, but these hate the great whore and will make her desolate. If, the satellite system is some how destroyed by the Holy God, or mankind in war. The fiber optic’s will be much more difficult to destroy, because it’s all underground. The 6th bowl of the wrath of God will be able to destroy it with the greatest of all earthquakes. Like Pharaoh, confronted by Moses, the Holy God can really play hardball.

  10. Had a lost cat so enthusiasm for super bowl was hollow. All the same
    making it back from prayer services for the Russian New Martyrs saw
    third quarter score of 28-3 and me I just liked the Falcons but I can remember
    Brady piecing things together, on two point conversion, like college. So the
    cat came home after 24 days lost, in Redwood Empire, called upon all the
    “go to” saints, St.Xenia but down the road, Tsar Nicholas 11 then like in that
    DiCaprio movie the “Revenant” Milo returned, late AM and had a vole in his
    mouth, brought it into the kitchen, crunched its rib cage, ate it, then I opened
    a can of cat food.