Et tu, Brute?
What a game!
I was one of more than 100 million viewers last night.
It was a good game. Clean. Few penalties. Great execution by both teams.
And the Super Bowl has made its interruptions less annoying by featuring new commercials which we actually want to see.
They make all that money because we watch. Tens of millions of us watch every televised game.
We watch, partly, because of the violence, the spectacle of huge, muscled gladiators launching themselves at the heads and torsos and legs of each other, smashing helmet to helmet at top speed.
The thing is, we can no longer pretend we don’t know how much permanent damage is being done to the brains and bodies of NFL players. In a recent study, 99% — 110 of 111 brains of former football players studied — showed evidence of CTE.
And this is for our entertainment?
There’s a lot of discussion about ratings for NFL games declining over the past two seasons.
Games are long and over-commerciallized; there are too many penalties, too many plays that need to be reviewed, too many games with teams that aren’t all that exciting to watch, too many stars knocked out (literally) over the course of a long, brutal season.
Maybe this is also one of the reasons…