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Is it immoral to watch the Super Bowl?

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by AnteaterCharger, Jan 27, 2014.

  1. AnteaterCharger

    AnteaterCharger Calibrating Bolttalk, Podcast by Podcast Staff Member Super Moderator Podcaster

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    Another incredibly moronic article..........

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/26/magazine/is-it-immoral-to-watch-the-super-bowl.html?_r=0

    Pro sports are, by definition, monetized arenas for hypermasculinity. Football is nowhere near as overtly vicious as, say, boxing. But it is the one sport that most faithfully recreates our childhood fantasies of war as a winnable contest.

    Over the past 12 years, as Americans have sought a distraction from the moral incoherence of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the game has served as a loyal and satisfying proxy. It has become an acceptable way of experiencing our savage impulses, the cultural lodestar when it comes to consuming violence. What differentiates it from the glut of bloody films and video games we devour is our awareness that the violence in football, and the toll of that violence, is real.

    The struggle playing out in living rooms across the country is that of a civilian leisure class that has created, for its own entertainment, a caste of warriors too big and strong and fast to play a child’s game without grievously injuring one another. The very rules that govern our perceptions of them might well be applied to soldiers: Those who exhibit impulsive savagery on the field are heroes. Those who do so off the field are reviled monsters.

    The civilian and the fan participate in the same basic transaction. We offload the mortal burdens of combat, mostly to young men from the underclass, whom we send off to battle with cheers and largely ignore when they wind up wounded.
     
  2. Lance19

    Lance19 BoltTalker

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    I don't know, Ant.

    For me, the most important passage (that you left out) was:

    "Just so we’re clear on this: I still love football. I love the grace and the poise of the athletes. I love the tension between the ornate structure of the game and its improvisatory chaos, and I love the way great players find opportunity, even a mystical kind of order, in the midst of that chaos. The problem is that I can no longer indulge these pleasures without feeling complicit."

    I've got to say, I've had similar feelings as the brain data has unfolded over the last couple of years…
    just as I've had mixed feelings about the behind-the-scenes realities of the horse & dog races I enjoy.
    Yes, it would be nice if we could just enjoy the football we all love, with zero thoughts of inherent bad
    consequences to the participants…but to do so 100%--given what we now know--would be almost psychotic.
     
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  3. Pointyearedog

    Pointyearedog I love the smell of football in the morning.

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    I just like the confetti raining down on the field after the game...
     
  4. Lance19

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    Those are actually shredded wide receiver chronic traumatic encephalopathy test results from 1988 to 2010

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  5. Pointyearedog

    Pointyearedog I love the smell of football in the morning.

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    But they are very picky, because the colors always seem to match the team colors that won...
     

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