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A Somewhat Incoherent Ramble on Why I Don’t Care Much For the Super Bowl

| January 29th, 2018


The Copper Kettle is an actual Irish bar in Woodside, Queens. When I say actual I mean it’s not one of these paint-by-number bullshit paddy joints that spring up in big cities with names like Flanagan’s and Murphy’s and The Perfect Pint. These are bars that throw a couple coats of purple and pink paint on the front facade and think their Guinness is worth $8 because of the “authentic experience”. Meanwhile the Monday night trad session features a fiddle player from Staten Island with an Italian last name.

The Kettle is run by actual Irish people. It is frequented by them too. Folks who identify themselves by county and when they banter about “the football” it ain’t American football OR soccer.

This is usually where I watch the Super Bowl. It’s my local. Two blocks from my apartment. I play golf with the owner once a week. The bartenders are my friends. There’s rarely a face in there I don’t recognize and every time I walk in I hope upon hope that won’t be the case. (If you have a local, you don’t need further explanation.)

I go to the Kettle to watch golf every Sunday. And often Saturdays, Fridays and Thursdays. The bar has comically gained the title “New York’s preeminent golf bar” because (a) I’m good at giving things nicknames and (b) there is NEVER a Sunday during golf season where the final round of a PGA tour event won’t be found on one of it’s five large TVs in the bar area.

That includes Super Bowl Sunday.

Two years ago, well after “the big game” had started, I commandeered prime television real estate to watch Rickie Fowler and Hideki Matsuyama battle in a playoff down in Scottsdale. Nobody complained. You know why? Because it’s my local, I’m bigger than everybody else in there and a half dozen Irish fellas in the joint had WAY more money on the golf than on the football. (Shane Lowry falling outside the top five cost Mickey Gobbs at least a grand. Though nobody knows with Gobbs.)

All this was a long-winded way of saying, you know, I just don’t care all that much about the Super Bowl. To me the Super Bowl is to football fans what St. Patrick’s Day is to drinker: a chance for the die hards to step aside and let the amateurs have a go.

I don’t care about your tips for hosting the perfect Super Bowl party. I don’t care about the national anthem or the halftime show or the commercials. And while this may seem odd coming a football fan, I don’t give a damn who wins or loses the game. That’s why I don’t go anywhere special or doing anything of note. Hell, I don’t even bother hopping on the subway to Josie Woods in Manhattan – where I watch every Bears  game – because who cares?

When the Bears were in the game, I spent two sleepless weeks calling random radio shows – Sporting News used to have a station in New York – and playing out the match-up in black and white composition notebooks. If I had been accused of murder in the days after the Super Bowl, those notebooks would have gotten me the chair.

When the Packers have been in the Super Bowl, I’ve been invested. Barring the Third Reich or Reagan Administration (specifically during the AIDS epidemic) starting an AFC team and making it to the last game, there’s no way I wouldn’t be invested in rooting against the Packers on Super Bowl Sunday.

But Patriots/Eagles? Broncos/Seahawks? Steelers/Cardinals? To quote the great Happy Gilmore, “Gold jacket, green jacket, who gives a shit?” Sure there have been fun, memorable moments in these games. Tyree and the helmet. Carroll’s crazy call on the goal line. Santonio’s game-winning grab.


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But if that ball hits Tyree in the head and then hits the ground…okay.

If Russell Wilson hands the ball to Marshawn Lynch and he walks into the end zone…cool.

If Santonio drops that title…fine.

Memorable moments are all well and good but if one is not emotionally invested in the outcome of the ball game they are the equivalent of a third-person experience. I’m not in it. I cared more about every single Mitch Trubisky throw in 2017 than any play that’s happened in a Super Bowl since Rex Grossman threw the ball to Kelvin Hayden. And it’s not close.

Because when it comes to these Super Bowls, I just don’t give a shit. And it’s not because I don’t have a rooting interest in the game. It’s because I have my strongest rooting interest not in the game. I put so much into the sixteen games played by one team I don’t really have much left for the rest of em. There are sports I love and can get passionately worked up about. Non-Bears pro football ain’t one of them.

You see, if I had to rank my sports-watching passions, here they are:

1. Chicago Bears football

2. Golf

3. Major international soccer tournaments/qualifying

4. Non-Chicago Bears football

The gap between one and two is substantial. The gap between two and three is wider than a Connor Barth field goal attempt from more than 40 yards.

Will I watch the Super Bowl this Sunday? Of course. Even though the Kettle will have 75 people in there who don’t watch another football game all year. Even though “Super Bowl” is second only to Brooklyn Nets as the dumbest named thing in sports (The Nets are named after part of the playing surface. Think about that.) I’ll watch the Super Bowl because I like football and it’s an important football game.

I just won’t care. And if there’s excitement in Scottsdale, I may be a little late.

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  • EnderWiggin

    I try to watch every minute. Mostly because it is the last game for a long long time.

  • SC Dave

    Different strokes…

    The only good thing about golf on TV is the comedic value of announcers whispering for putt attempts.

    But that gets old almost as fast as talent-bereft auto-tuned “singers” on Super Bowl halftime shows*.

    * or skill-abandoned geriatrics for that matter

    • CanadaBear

      Like my best friend’s dad said when we were growing up, “The ball is
      just sitting there and everyone has to be quiet so they can hit the
      ball. Makes no sense. In baseball the ball is coming in at 90+ mph and
      40,000 people are screaming their lungs out.”

      • evantonio

        If a goalie can stop a puck that’s traveling 100 mph with 3 guys blocking his vision and 17k people screaming indoors, why can’t a tennis player return a serve if one person sneezes in a stadium?

        • CanadaBear

          Yep!

      • Dis Guy Trublinsky (Johnnywad)

        It’s just a whole different affair.

        In the baseball scenario, it’s read and react. More like instinct than anything else. Same with the hockey goalie. Tons of athletic skill and coordination required to do it for sure. Obviously so, as only a very small handful of people can actually do it.

        A golf swing is a while different matter. The entire thing is based on forethought, and absolute concentration and timing. A tiny little tweak this way or that, impart a one or two degree angle on the club face, or the wrong degree of spin, even just a little, and you’re fucked.

        With baseball, you’ve literally got 90 degrees of field in play, and you can hit grounders, line drives or fly balls, all with some degree of success.

        With hockey, you just gotta see the damn thing and get in front of it. Exceedingly difficult to be sure, but not much deep thought going on there. No fine motor skill. Just badass athleticism and reflex.

        I’d also say, it would be easier to hit a golf ball in a stadium full of screaming fans than in a quiet crowd with one guy sneezing in the middle of a backswing. It’s the surprise noise that gets you. Think of it like playing the game “Operation”, and just as you’re about to grab the femur with the tweezers, some asshole pops a balloon right behind you. Except in golf, that moment can cost you hundreds of thousands of dollars, or maybe even more if you’re in the thick of a major title hunt.

        Somebody will be along shortly to inform us all that golf isn’t a sport. I’ve never really given a shit about that. It’s fun to play. I still play in a Monday night men’s league with my old man every summer. He’ll be 70 this year. We drink beers, smoke cigars, and bitch about taxes, women and work for 2-3 hours every Monday for almost five months. Good times.

        • CanadaBear

          Needless to say I hate golf. I get what you’re saying but the PGA has taken it to ridiculous lengths. I totally understand golf being a fun sport for all ages but the PGA/TV have made it ridiculous.

          You see a duffer about 100 yds from the green and he takes 10 practice swings, steps back. rips up some grass and throws it in the air, strides up to the ball and scalds it 25 yards past the green. Once on the green they will look at the putt from every direction, get out the transit and measure the length and break angle and step up and take 20 practice putts, step back to make sure all eyes are on them and then pooch the putt.

          • Dis Guy Trublinsky (Johnnywad)

            I golf with one of those about every week. And I fuck with them the whole time. My favorite is when a shitty golfer takes himself seriously and gets more and more animated as we go through the night.

            Last summer, we golfed with a guy, really bad, that said “I can’t believe I just hit that shot.” after a particularly bad one. I looked at him and said “No shit? I just got through telling my Old Man right where you were gonna hit it.”

            He was so pissed. The rest of us just kept laughing. What a tool. Golf is way too expensive to spend the whole time pissed at yourself.

          • CanadaBear

            I am one of the worst golfers known to man. Never broke 100 for 18 holes and I played from the ages of 10-28. My brother worked at a golf course and bought me a really small set of clubs when I was 10. Twice in my 40’s I had to play golf for work and it was a disaster. Both times the other 3 guys were totally pissed they were stuck with me. True story, i told these 3 guys how bad I was and they thought I was just being modest. The first tee I hit a worm burner that goes down the middle about 50 yds. One of the guys taps me on the butt with his driver and said something supportive. When I told him I was happy with that shot he looked really worried. Within a couple of holes I was persona non grata.

          • Irish Sweetness

            Keep it real, C-Bear!

            My old man made me play as a kid, probably tried to live out his pro dream through me. As soon as I was tall enough to whack a driver, I developed my ‘slice’. Used to drive him crazy that I couldn’t hit the ball straight off the tee. He’d drive me crazy because he couldn’t chip the ball, he was always bending his wrist.

            I can see how it would be attractive if you’re wealthy and have time on your hands.

      • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

        Golf was invented in England, same with Tennis. The English are pansies and need quiet.

        • SC Dave

          Tell that to the hooligans at any football match.

          Perhaps you meant “Upper Class English”?

  • leftcoastdave

    Nice ramble Jeffe.

    I’m personally not quite as jaded about the actual game, although the involvement of the zebras may change that during the game, I hate the production and especially the half time crap which I NEVER watch. I still have my TIVO and like to use it for replays you usually don’t get which is the action in the trenches and for this particular game, to enjoy an occasional new commercial worth watching for a chuckle.
    Four weeks to FA? Who said February is the shortest month of the year.

  • KentuckyBearsFan

    Super Bowl 52 at U.S. Bank Stadium?

    The official name should be the “2018 C1 Series CMBS Pass-Through Certificates Bailout Bowl”

    or just

    USBANKC1SCMBSPTCBBBYOB-2018

    for short.

  • evantonio

    Eh. I don’t think NETS is such an awful name. While nets are part of the playing surface, they’re what you must pass to score points and win the game. The team that collects more nets wins. I equate it to a team like the Fresno Touchdowns or the Syosset Goals.

    Stupid names? Unequivocally. But not because they’re named after parts of the field.

  • BearDown100393

    Jeff doesn’t care about the Super Bowl and prefers getting drunk in a mobbed up bar with golf on the tube.

    Cool.

    Being such a diehard Bears fan makes all of the above that much more attainable.

  • CanadaBear

    I have a visual of Jeff lumbering into the Copper Kettle and everyone yelling, “Jeff”. Being half Irish I’m always amazed by the fake Irish bars. Other than the waitresses wearing really short, plaid, pleated skirts, I fail to see the attraction.

    • evantonio

      Shepard’s Pie.

      • CanadaBear

        Taken out of plastic, microwaved and brought to your table! I’m lucky there. My Honey Bunny makes a great shepard’s pie.

      • Sactowns#1

        Best things I’ve eaten in Ireland weren’t shepherds pie thats for sure. #1 – Fish chowder #2- Lamb Stew #3- steak #4 lamb shoulder

        • Dis Guy Trublinsky (Johnnywad)

          I love, LOVE, fish chowder.

          • SC Dave

            Never had it in Ireland, but it is one of the few things Wisconsin has going for it. But I don’t think they call the product of the fish boils “chowder”… do they?

          • Dis Guy Trublinsky (Johnnywad)

            I don’t believe so. I think it has to be a dairy base like cream or milk to be a chowder.

            But I also love a good fish boil or fish stew. We do a couple ourselves every summer. Throw in some Old Bay seasoning and a little Chorizo along the way, cook your corn on the cob on top of it all the last few minutes, and oh my.

            Hungry now.

      • Irish Sweetness

        Manna from Heaven!

    • BerwynBomber

      Then again the authenticity of a bar can also be overrated.

      • CanadaBear

        True dat. About the only bars I’m in these days either have good food and/or good music.

        • willbest

          I start with affordable alcohol since most places in Chicago don’t.

          • CanadaBear

            In Canada it’s a given the alcohol will not be affordable. Fortunately iced tea is pretty cheap and my wife is pretty small so she can’t really run up the bill unless she gets into the wine.

        • BerwynBomber

          From my thirties onward quiet and clean became about the most important aspects of choosing a watering hole. Well those and decent service. Impatience can be a cardinal sin of mine.

          • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

            I stopped into one of my haunts from my younger years over the weekend because I knew the band that was playing there. They sounded awful, they needed to fire their sound guy. The place was a dump, I don’t remember it being that bad in my 20’s. I left and went to my regular bar, I walked in and my shoes actually stuck to the clean floor from the filth at the previous bar.

          • CanadaBear

            I went to a nightclub in Calgary for some reason and when I leaned against the bar I stuck to it. Needless to say I was outta there quite quickly. Not to mention, those types of places usually have plenty of fights.

          • Sactowns#1

            My bar choices are generally influenced by 3 factors. In this order.

            Proximity- I grew up in a somewhat rural part of town (people had a couple acres and most things weren’t walking distance). So in quick succession every one of my friend got a DUI. I learned quickly that you need to find a place nearby. Now that may not be the case in this age of Uber and Lyft but i also dont want to spend more getting to the bar than I do drinking at said bar.

            Price vs quality – I can stand a previously frozen patty and a store bought bun but dont try charging me north of $10. Same with my beer. I want craft but I dont need the rarest barrel aged porter known to man. This means I generally stay out of high end bars but will abide a low rent spot.

            Vibe- it’s like the supreme courts opinions on porn – I dont know how to define it but I know it when I see it. We’ve all been someplace where the vibe is just off. Either people are prikly and spoiling for confrontation or it super insular and too “locals only”. Or the bartenders act as though they have no time to be bothered actually bartending.

            So in summary- a bar close by, reasonable prices and welcoming and friendly vibe. I will choose high prices if its close by or even a bad vibe if its close by but combine the two and I’ll gladly travel out of the neighborhood. Food? Who cares about food at a bar?

          • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

            I only go 2 factors
            1. service – quick and friendly, It also helps if the bartender is sociable. I actually would not go to one of my favorite bars if the a certain bartender was working.

            2. relatively quiet. And by quiet, I mean you don’t have to yell to have a conversation. I did that too often in my younger years, music so loud your ears ring for days, voice is hoarse from yelling.

          • SC Dave

            It’s just because we’ve all grown so sophisticated now. As is readily apparent from our musings on Da Blog.

          • CanadaBear

            Service usually isn’t an issue where I go. Of course, I’m not going to young people’s favorite places.

    • Irish Sweetness

      People seem to think they can make money from them. I’ll check out ‘Irish’ Bars in Thailand wherever I see them and they’re all invariably run by guys from London. All the image, none of the music. Just fancy prices for imitation everything.

  • BerwynBomber

    Fun post.

    I care more about non-Bears NFL than most DBBers but certainly relate to SB jadedness. No interest in pregame shows, and little to no interest in anthems, halftime shows or commercials. It is a spectacle for fair weather types. Or the hardcore’s wives.

    Plus, can’t say I have much of an alternative rooting interest in this particularly game.

    Dislike getting sucked into the QB-centric nature of the league, but a Brady v Brees or Brady v Wentz SB would have piqued my interest a ton more.

    Nick Foles? Just seems way too random. And not nearly as comedic as Bortles would have been.

    • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

      Kind of like a Manning v Grossman senario.

    • willbest

      I will watch it because I have nothing better to do, unless it gets out of hand early at which point I will check back in the 4th. But only about once every 4-5 years will I go out and watch it, and I have only ever hosted people for SB 41

    • CanadaBear

      I’ll watch the halftime show if it’s an artist that I like or find interesting. Other than that, don’t care. Literally never watch anything prior to kickoff unless the kickoff is running late. I almost always watch the game but if it’s a snoozer I’ll be channel surfing sooner or later.

      • Dis Guy Trublinsky (Johnnywad)

        I think the Bears’ 06 Super Bowl halftime show was probably about the best I’ve seen. Seems it’s floated from below average to suck ever since.

        • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

          I never understood why they have multiple performers some years. Its a 20 minute show.

          • CanadaBear

            A couple of years ago when they booked Coldplay once the event got closer they realized that Coldplay might have some good music but there is literally no visual show. They hastily booked Beyonce and Bruno Mars. Either artist would have been enough but the NFL freaked out and hired both of them. The result; Coldplay was treated like a warm up act.

          • Dis Guy Trublinsky (Johnnywad)

            I’m 100% sure it’s all about the $$$$.

            There can’t be another reason.

        • CanadaBear

          I always liked Prince so I have to agree with ya! The worst in recent times was The Who. They were hideous. Daltry can’t sing anymore and Townshend was never really a great guitarist.

          • Dis Guy Trublinsky (Johnnywad)

            I was also disappointed with Tom Petty and Bruce Springsteen. Always been fans of both. I guess it’s just hard for those guys to hang it up. There’s a big difference between cutting and album in a studio and a live show for an old man.

          • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

            Tom Petty was done back in the 90s. I went to his concert and by far the worst concert I had ever been too.

          • CanadaBear

            You’ve never seen Steve Miller live! That was the low water mark for me other than when someone in the band is all fucked up and screw up the show.

          • Dis Guy Trublinsky (Johnnywad)

            I saw Steve Miller live about ten years ago or so at some county fair/rib burn off. They were brutal.

            I just kept thinking “WTF?”

          • CanadaBear

            I saw him in the mid 70’s and it was incredibly boring. Zero energy and for some reason he thinks he’s a rock god.

          • BerwynBomber

            My issue with Petty was that his stuff never ascended/achieved greatness. “Free Fallin'” and “American Girl” were, IMO, about as close as he got.

            But he was remarkably solid/consistent for such a long period of time that one couldn’t help but admire him.

            That said, never had any interest in seeing him live nor ever considered it a loss that I didn’t.

            P.S. His halftime show sounded incredibly clean but it was later reported to have largely been pre-recorded.

          • CanadaBear

            I thought both shows were fine. If you make peace with the fact that once these guys get to a certain age, their voices are pretty well gone, the show is a lot easier to enjoy. Getting old ain’t for sissies!!!!!

  • CanadaBear

    I watched the Grammy’s last night (recorded it and FFWD all the hooey). Some decent performances. I didn’t think anyone was awful but I also skipped any of the Hip Hop/Rap and Country stuff due to no interest. Tony Bennett was a presenter and he was completely out to lunch. Not fucked up, just totally clueless. He just stood there after he announced the winners and the winners had to give their acceptance speeches with him just standing in the way. Felt bad for him.

    • BearDown100393

      Tony Bennett hobo’d himself.

    • Sactowns#1

      Saw him and Gaga do a set at Jazz Fest in NOLA two years ago. The guy can still sing. it was a really good show.

      • CanadaBear

        No doubt. His singing hasn’t changed much since I was a kid. I just felt bad for him because he either spaced out or didn’t know what to do but he just stood in the way with this blank smile on his face. Really odd. I’ve always liked him on TV. Never seen him live.

    • AlbertInTucson

      I think the last time I watched, Roberta Flack’s KILLING ME SOFTLY won a Grammy.

  • Sactowns#1

    So the Cleveland Indians decide to ditch their racist logo and the fans are freaking out. Has anyone cared each time the Bears have changed their logo? What are there… like 5 versions now?

    • KentuckyBearsFan

      I’m waiting for animal rights activist groups to protest the use of animal names and likenesses without consent and just compensation.

    • BearDown100393
      • KentuckyBearsFan

        I’m assuming that 95% of guys dressed like the guy on the right are paid to look that way.

        • Sactowns#1

          It’s all a George Soros funded conspiracy!

          • KentuckyBearsFan

            Nah, it’s just business. Manufacturing Consent. Advertising.

            And if it’s not, I view someone dressed like that as more disrespecting themselves than any one ethnic group. Poor bastard probably needs professional help if he’s not being paid to perform in garb so tasteless.

    • BerwynBomber

      Good. Won’t be missed.

      Should’ve been done decades ago.

    • CanadaBear

      First Chief KnockaHoma and now this. What’s next? The incessant pounding on that stupid drum?

  • Bear Instincts

    If we sign Chiefs Guard Zach Fulton in FA
    a – do we still draft Q.Nelson if he is available?
    b – do we keep J.Sitton as backup?

    • John F

      “do we keep J.Sitton as backup?”

      Not if he costs $7.9 million for 2018 …….

      • Bear Instincts

        how much are you willing to spend to protect MT10?
        does that money matter if we are in the playoffs?

        • John F

          We have the number 9 (Sitton – $7.9mm) and 11 (Long – $7.4mm) highest paid guards in the league. Sitton is maybe the 25th best guard and Long can’t stay on the field. Fulton made $1.8mm last year. Pay him $5mm and use the rest of the money on receivers or another guard to backup Long when he gets hurt in game 2 next year.

  • John F

    Is everyone here on board with Urlacher as a first-ballot HOF’er? I’m honestly not sure I am.

    Dude was very good, but I seem to remember him getting pushed around A LOT in the running game. And except for that 2006 Cardinals game, I don’t remember him dominating a game. He made a few very good plays each game, but it’s not like teams had to “stop Urlacher”.

    I welcome your withering criticism ……….

    • EnderWiggin

      I’ll go ahead and disagree with every part of your paragraph.

    • Dis Guy Trublinsky (Johnnywad)

      Falcons game in Chicago when it was bone cold. Michael Vick was in his prime and tearing up the league. Urlacher made him his bitch. He had plenty of moments like that. He had impact games against some of the best.

      • CanadaBear

        I don’t think Vick ever beat the Beloved with #54 on the roster. Just shut him down cold. At some point Vick just stopped running. Who knows what #54 would have been like in other schemes? He thrived in Blache’s scheme with the Big Boys up front (Keith and Ted) keeping him clean.

      • Pretty Boy Assassin

        God, that game was incredible. Cold as balls, and they made a big deal about “Vick and the Falcons”. Dude couldn’t do a thing with Lach in.

    • BuddhaJoe

      Yeah, no, that’s just wrong. The only reason he might not get in is because Ray Lewis is also on the ballot.

      • John F

        Lewis had a much more productive career than Urlacher

        • Dis Guy Trublinsky (Johnnywad)

          Ray was better. Anybody says otherwise is just being a homer. Doesn’t mean they shouldn’t both be in though. Plus Ray is a murderer or at least something close to it. I like my linebackers with a clear conscience.

          • SC Dave

            Clearer, anyway.

          • Dis Guy Trublinsky (Johnnywad)

            True. You know he knows what happened the night Briggs put his Lamborghini into the telephone pole.

        • BuddhaJoe

          I agree. But that’s why Lach might have to wait a year. Ray’s a lock and they might not elect two LB’s the same year.

        • Irish Sweetness

          Played about 50 games more but they had identical sack numbers (41.5).

          And Brian doesn’t have two murder raps on his CV ….

        • BerwynBomber

          Of course, though might amend that statement to read “more” as opposed to “much more”.

          But Lach was the second best NFL ILB of his generation. Nothing wrong with that. Especially when you consider that Lewis is in the greatest ever discussion.

    • BearDown100393

      A player either is or is not a Hall of Famer. The “first-ballot” designation is an elitist creation from the voting media.

      Go ahead and cred Stabbie-Stab-Stab with the bogus designation if they must.

      Brian Urlacher had a Hall of Fame career.

      I’ll wait.

      • John F

        Maybe my judgement is clouded by the constant Lovie failures after the miracle SB appearance …………

        Also, when I think of the Hampton’s, Dent’s, Singletary’s, Payton’s (guys that I was lucky enough to see play) their performances were far and away more impactful than Urlacher’s ever were.

        • Irish Sweetness

          Because they were all playing with each other and it was hard to know who to double.

          Brian had Tommie and that’s it.

          • John F

            I think that’s a little unfair, the Bears were loaded on defense that year: Mike Brown, Peanut, Brown & Ogunleye at end, Briggs, Tank Johnson at DT.

            Hampton, Singletary and Dent only overlapped a few years.

    • Sactowns#1
    • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

      “The Bears are who we thought they were….”
      I bet Dennis Green wish he could have stopped Lach in that game, he was everywhere.

      • John F

        Yes, I mentioned that game in my post ……..

    • Irish Sweetness

      We were great with him, and all-time worst without.

      It’s hard to believe that Hunter Hillenmeyer was ever a starting LB for the Chicago Bears.
      And like HBP says below, he basically willed us to victory against Arizona.

  • BuddhaJoe

    Gotta agree with Jeff to a point about the SB. Everything is just so overhyped and drawn out. The anthem, the coin toss, the shitty halftime shows, the commercials (seriously, people get excited for fucking commercials). Haven’t watched the whole thing since the Bears choked and since I hate both teams this year I might not even watch at all.

    But Golf? C’mon man that shit is boring as hell
    I think it was Carlin who said that watching golf is like watching flies fuck.

    • Dis Guy Trublinsky (Johnnywad)

      It’s a brave new world Joe. Hell, we watch people play poker on TV. We watch people play video games on TV. We watch people shop for houses on TV. It’s all a little nuts.

      • BuddhaJoe

        Ugh don’t remind me. My wife watches those house shows and it’s sooop boring.

        I do actually watch poker once in a while though, so I guess we’ve all got something like that.

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      • CanadaBear

        There’s always curling! I was surfing and watched darts for a couple of minutes. The people in the crowd treated them like rock stars. Seemed more than a little insane to me.

      • AlbertInTucson

        Poker on TV.

        Part of the “Vast wasteland” former FCC commissioner, Newton Minow, once spoke of.

        • Dis Guy Trublinsky (Johnnywad)

          I wonder if he knew there would be professional bean bag toss tournaments on TV.

          • AlbertInTucson

            Minow made that statement in 1961.

            Paddy Chayefsky also nailed it in the movie, NETWORK.

      • Irish Sweetness

        7 or 8 million people in Britain used to watch the darts on Telly. Before TV thousands and thousands of people would pack into working men’s clubs to watch.

        • Dis Guy Trublinsky (Johnnywad)

          The club version sounds like a good time.

    • AlbertInTucson

      Golf > Pro Browl.

  • willbest

    Jeff Loving Cuban’s

    “It’s time for @twitter to confirm a real name and real person behind every account, and for @facebook
    to to get far more stringent on the same. I don’t care what the user
    name is. But there needs to be a single human behind every individual
    account”

    Amusing if you look to the conversation thread, Cuban gets eviscerated by a bunch of people on why this is a bad idea. It also shows you that even a person like Cuban is still only capable of seeing the world through what is best for Mark Cuban.

    See billionaires that want to buy advertising don’t like fake chinese acounts hanging around that they have to pay for. And public personas like Cuban attract a lot of trolls from fake accounts that they can’t simply block and be rid of.

    But Imagine how dangerous it would be for political dissidents in Iran if twitter required that they verify their identity and link it to a handle, even if twitter promises to maintain the anonomity? Private corporations are and the mercy of governments. Google is the biggest censor in the world thanks to China. And every couple weeks there is a data breech by a major corporation so they couldn’t even reliably keep the data secure against a sufficiently motivated hacker.

    • BearDown100393

      Cuban – 1 championship
      McCaskey – 1 championship

    • Pretty Boy Assassin

      Not to mention mapping a human to a Twitter account is damn near technically impossible. Trust is a very tough and expensive technical problem on the internet.

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