This weekend is the Super Bowl and I have to confess that I will not be watching the game. The last time I saw a Superbowl, the Oakland Raiders were led by Jim Plunkett to defeat the mighty Philadelphia Eagles in a sad but ultimately boring matchup which the pre-game hype had all but guaranteed to be a ritual sacrifice of the guys in Black and Silver. This was Superbowl XV and also the day I lost all interest in televised sports, especially football.
One thing that periodically pops into my head while writing these posts is that a significant number of readers will have no idea what I am talking about. Oh, little historical nuances I accept as pop quizzes for the careful reader (like, remember who the starting quarterback for Oakland was until he broke his leg and had to be replaced mid-season by Jim Plunkett?). But what I should be more aware of is the readers in countries that have no concept of what I am talking about. Forget Dante Pastorini: what is football?
There’s an excellent British video available that explains it all so watch carefully: