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The Super Bowl and the NFL: Different looks at the game and society

What could be better than this mid-winter ball (game) we call the Super Bowl? What makes it so successful and why has it nearly become a national holiday that is close to rivaling the Christmas/New Year’s celebrations?

Well, there are answers to those questions, but those answers aren’t all glitz and glamour as you might suspect.

Cruising the Internet this morning looking for off-beat and interesting stories about the game and how it impacts our social, economic and political landscape, I came across a handful that point to some unusual angles from which to not only look at the phenomenon that is the Super Bowl, but how the game of football has shaped what we have become as a people.

Here’s some NFL-related stories that piqued my interest … and should do the same for you:

Here’s a story about the crackdown on 307 sports-related domains that were seized by the feds;

This is a story about the fact that taxpayers have been saddled with the Indianapolis stadium deal;

This is a fabulous analysis about how corporate America and our society has been shaped by the top-down model as built and promulgated by the NFL;


Ok, so while the commissioner thinks about expansion of the league, fans have to be concerned about the issue of HGH testing;

And of course we couldn’t get through the day or the game without a look at some statistics – these showing just how self-indulgent and slobbish we have become; or

Take a look at the seven most annoying halftime shows.


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