Even though I had no interest in watching The Super Bowl, the decade of my rabid Philadelphia Eagles fandom rubbed off onto Sister Babe, and she has become a serious Eagles fan. So when the Eagles made it to the Super Bowl, she decided that we were going to have a mini Super Bowl party, inviting over a family with whome we spend a lot of time, anyway. I pulled down from the attic the massive plastic bin that contained my old Eagles jerseys, t-shirts, and other swag that we used to decorate our living room.
I was fortunate enough to miss the pregame Wokeymon, as the Navy switched out its flyover squad to have an all female team. And I was grilling dinner when the league repeated its divisive gesture that was what put me over the top to leave the league behind, singing “The Black National Anthem” before the game. Since Little Bob’s buddy had been wanting to play some Super Tecmo Bowl with me for a while, I figured this would be a good time to do it. So down in the basemwnt, where we have what I’ve dubbed The Great Wall of Gaming, I set up the game on the main TV, put the PS3 in Demo Mode with Madden 12, and where I usually have the various gaming systems going on the other TVs, I decided this was a good day to go down memory lane and stream on YouTube three great Eagles games from happier times – the 2018 NFC Championship game vs. the Vikings, the Super Bowl that followed, and the 1980 NFC Championship game against Dallas.
Yep, that’s my basement. I think as a Gen-Xer I’m living my adolescent dream of owning my own video arcade. I pretty much ignored the halftime garbage, featuring the crazy woke Rihanna. I heard she did something gross, but whatever. I do miss the 90s, when MTV would have actual entertainment, like Beavis & Butthead’s Butt Bowl, or Celebrity Death Match. But this pic was taken later in the evening for this post, as we did our gaming during the first half and called a lid at halftime since the kids had school the next day. And if you’re wondering about what we have on The Great Wall, you can zoom in to that legend next to the upper left corner of the main TV. Each TV is named, and it and its peripherals share color coded stickers. Sister Babe makes fun of me for keeping junk that may be useful down the road, but if you look between the bottom two TVs there’s a flatware caddy from an old dishwasher, perfect for housing the many remotes! But I digress. So what made this game perfectly Goodell?
Aside from continuing to p*ss off us Normals with his various woke politics, apparently under Goodell’s instruction there have been a lot more penalties called during the games this past season. And a lot of these penalties have been of the ticky tack variety, meaning that the infraction had zero influence on how the play executed. And how did this great game end? With the Eagles getting flagged on one of these garbage calls. I won’t go into details, but even without the call there is a better than average chance that the Chiefs would have won anyway. But seeing a great game end with one team getting screwed on a garbage call? That is perfect Roger Goodell. If you saw my post from yesterday I noted how while the NFL is still reigning supreme in TV ratings, they are losing their future – the 18-49 demographic is tuning out the Super Bowl. From 2011 to 2021 viewership in that demographic has dropped steadily, from 52 million in 2011 down to 34 million in 2021. If ruining games with bad officiating helps kill the game, so much the better if it accelearted Goodell’s departure and a return to just football.
And thankfully I didn’t watch ESPN’s postgame. The once great Chris Berman was forced to read off the teleprompter some dopeyness about having two black quarterbacks on Lincoln’s birthday. Luckily I found something better to focus on. After the rest of the house had quieted down I went back to the three season campaign I had running in Super Tecmo Bowl (our earlier game had been in preseason mode so as not to disrupt my season). And I got some vindication for my family birthday party that was held during Super Bowl XV and the Raiders crushed the Eagles. I still remember running to my room and crying when Jaws threw his 3rd interception to Rod Martin. But on this night, my season as the Eagles had its next game against the LA Raiders. Needless to say, I avenged my old team, which was as much as I could have hoped for. I felt badly for all of me Eagles Nation friends, but if that trash ending puts me closer to joining them again I’ll take it.
Best part of the Super Bowl is the butthurt tweets from Eurotrash whining about "hand egg" and their precious kickyball
— David Burge (@iowahawkblog) February 13, 2023
Best part now is not hearing the word “Kelce” again for months
— Razor (@hale_razor) February 13, 2023
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Where IS this black nation that has its anthem performed at games?
I don’t know either, but I have a feeling it’s nowhere any of us Normals would want to live
In the interest of maintaining my own sanity and an attempt to enjoy viewing only my second full game in five years, I ignored all of that crap. I agree, even though I was rooting for the Chiefs, that the call at that point in the game destroyed any possibility of enjoying the celebration afterward. My complaint is that, like the justice system in many parts of the country, the referees pick and choose what rules to enforce. For example, the minute the offensive lineman’s hands touch the defensive player’s jersey, it’s holding. They don’t call it unless a bull riding type wrestling match occurs. The league wants more completed passes and higher scores so the rules are ignored. That call at that point contributes to people’s belief that the game is rigged. I’m not coming back. I still regret all of the time that I wasted sitting in front of the boob tube staring at professional sports. What could I have accomplished if I had invested that time in making money or pursuing a hobby.
We have to keep in mind what it looks like in real time. The defender definitely held the receiver. No, it didn’t alter the play, but neither does a tackle where the tackler’s hand just lands on the facemask. Yeah, it’s a shame for a penalty to have that big an influence, but he shouldn’t have grabbed the jersay.
Fair point. Of course, the refs can probably throw a flag on every play, and Goodell has them doing it a lot more.
Of course, seeing Goodell poison teh league is like watching an ex girlfriend who screwed you over wrecking her life after you parted ways. They’re flying high now, but the long term outlook is not good
I know your pain. I’ve seen the Cowboys bit in the ass by the refs numerous time. But, now that I hate the NFL, IF I watch a game, a loss doesn’t bother me one bit. It’s really kind of a good state of mind.
I hear ya. Four decades ago I ran up to my room and cried when Jaws threw that third pic to Rod Martin in SB XV. Now when I saw the collapse punctuated by that ticky tack call I just shrugged. I’m glad I have more important things to care about. Like that fact that we are just two months out from the New Jersey Generals launching their campaign for the USFL title!
I regret none of my fandom – I enjoyed the many hours spent watchinhg the games with friends and have fond memories of the good and the bad times. I’m just grateful I had cultivated other things in my life when that chunk of it went away.
There is no reason to pay tribute to the black anthem. It has nothing to do with America
Plus, it is for black people, not white. The left seeks to completely separate the nation by race, so white people are neither included or expected to respect this latest “Kwanza” scam.
However, the “Star Spangled Banner” is for all Americans and anyone wishing to come here legally and respect our laws.
Was it not for republicans, blacks would still be slaves in joe bidens America
She sat quiet and respectful for an old gospel song, dont let on this lovely old tune has a religious leaning.
Lift every voice and sing ‘Til Earth and Heaven ring Ring.
Keep it under your hat 😉