The Super Bowl and Elites

by Christopher Harper | January 30th, 2018

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The Super Bowl and Elites

Like almost every­thing, the Super Bowl has become as much a polit­i­cal event as a game.

DaTimes’ Frank Bruni, one of the most left­ist colum­nists at the news­pa­per, has writ­ten an incred­i­bly obnox­ious analy­sis of The Big Game. The head­line itself is a neck-​snapper: “The Exis­ten­tial Hell of This Year’s Super Bowl.”

Foot­ball, like Trump­ism, likes to believe that it’s about working-​class folks in the heart­land. But this year’s Super Bowl, like the Trump admin­is­tra­tion, bows to the Acela cor­ri­dor. It nearly brought together two teams from under­ex­posed cities, Jack­sonville and Min­neapo­lis. Instead it brings together two teams from cel­e­brated the­aters of his­tory in the North­east. So much for the lit­tle guy,” Bruni opines.

This comes from some­one who is so much a part of the Acela cor­ri­dor that he can’t even see how effete his analy­sis is any­more. His main claim to fame is that he is the first openly gay colum­nist for DaTimes.

But there’s more from Bruni.

Dur­ing the 2016 cam­paign, the Patri­ots’ owner, Robert Kraft, attested to Trump’s fine char­ac­ter, while the Patri­ots’ coach, Bill Belichick, wrote pri­vately to Trump to con­grat­u­late him for his per­se­ver­ance, telling him, ‘Your lead­er­ship is amazing.’”

Fail­ing in his polit­i­cally cor­rect assess­ment, Bruni then just gets nasty. “[W]hen he looks at the Patri­ots’ glamour-​puss quar­ter­back, Tom Brady, he sees a younger, less quizzi­cally coifed ver­sion of him­self, com­plete with a foreign-​born model for a wife. Trust me on this. He just squints extra hard, sucks in his gut and begs Mela­nia to answer to ‘Gisele’ for a while.”

As a res­i­dent of Philadel­phia, I would like to see the Eagles win. The city has been starved for a cham­pion since the Phils’ 2008 World Series vic­tory. Vil­lanova is in the sub­urbs so its national bas­ket­ball cham­pi­onship doesn’t really count in the city.

More­over, if the Eagles win, sports writ­ers will be flum­moxed again by quar­ter­back Nick Foles prais­ing God after a victory.

Nev­er­the­less, the Eagles have a sig­nif­i­cantly high num­ber of pro­tes­tors dur­ing the national anthem. One of the team’s most promi­nent mem­bers, Mal­colm Jenk­ins, pushed a pol­icy for “emo­tional train­ing” for cops, and the Philadel­phia police have com­plained and the play­ers’ sen­ti­ments. See https://​www​.cnsnews​.com/​b​l​o​g​/​c​r​a​i​g​-​b​a​n​n​i​s​t​e​r​/​n​f​l​-​n​e​t​w​o​r​k​-​a​i​r​-​e​a​g​l​e​s​-​p​l​a​y​e​r​s​-​c​a​l​l​-​e​m​o​t​i​o​n​a​l​-​i​n​t​e​l​l​i​g​e​n​c​e​-​t​r​a​i​n​i​n​g​-​p​olice

Even though my Philadel­phia friends may dis­own me, I could live with a New Eng­land win, par­tic­u­larly since it would be polit­i­cally incor­rect among the “intel­lec­tual” elite.

Sim­ply put, it’s a win-​win for me in this exis­ten­tial hell! Sorry, Frank.

Like almost everything, the Super Bowl has become as much a political event as a game.

DaTimes’ Frank Bruni, one of the most leftist columnists at the newspaper, has written an incredibly obnoxious analysis of The Big Game. The headline itself is a neck-snapper: “The Existential Hell of This Year’s Super Bowl.”

“Football, like Trumpism, likes to believe that it’s about working-class folks in the heartland. But this year’s Super Bowl, like the Trump administration, bows to the Acela corridor. It nearly brought together two teams from underexposed cities, Jacksonville and Minneapolis. Instead it brings together two teams from celebrated theaters of history in the Northeast. So much for the little guy,” Bruni opines.

This comes from someone who is so much a part of the Acela corridor that he can’t even see how effete his analysis is anymore. His main claim to fame is that he is the first openly gay columnist for DaTimes.

But there’s more from Bruni.

“During the 2016 campaign, the Patriots’ owner, Robert Kraft, attested to Trump’s fine character, while the Patriots’ coach, Bill Belichick, wrote privately to Trump to congratulate him for his perseverance, telling him, ‘Your leadership is amazing.’”

Failing in his politically correct assessment, Bruni then just gets nasty. “[W]hen he looks at the Patriots’ glamour-puss quarterback, Tom Brady, he sees a younger, less quizzically coifed version of himself, complete with a foreign-born model for a wife. Trust me on this. He just squints extra hard, sucks in his gut and begs Melania to answer to ‘Gisele’ for a while.”

As a resident of Philadelphia, I would like to see the Eagles win. The city has been starved for a champion since the Phils’ 2008 World Series victory. Villanova is in the suburbs so its national basketball championship doesn’t really count in the city.

Moreover, if the Eagles win, sports writers will be flummoxed again by quarterback Nick Foles praising God after a victory.

Nevertheless, the Eagles have a significantly high number of protestors during the national anthem. One of the team’s most prominent members, Malcolm Jenkins, pushed a policy for “emotional training” for cops, and the Philadelphia police have complained and the players’ sentiments. See https://www.cnsnews.com/blog/craig-bannister/nfl-network-air-eagles-players-call-emotional-intelligence-training-police

Even though my Philadelphia friends may disown me, I could live with a New England win, particularly since it would be politically incorrect among the “intellectual” elite.

Simply put, it’s a win-win for me in this existential hell! Sorry, Frank.

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