So the Boston-based Patriots go head to head with the Rams on Sunday, February 3.
Superbowl Sunday is just a bore, am I right?
So let me list my problems with it.
The Sport Itself
The most popular sport in the entire world — with the possible exception of India — is football.
Not American football but Association Football (to give it its technical name) or as the Yanks call it, soccer.
That is because it is much more exciting game, with far more variety and skill.
— Ashley Ryan (@AshleyLolaRyan) 1 February 2019
Gridiron — as it is sometimes called — is basically the same free kick performed over and over. Tedious beyond belief.
Not surprising then that American football, as played in the National Football League (NFL), is popular in how many countries?
Possibly two, if you count Canada, although they are far more interested in ice hockey.
Walter Camp, a Yale graduate who is considered the "Father of American Football", adopted the game from the rules of rugby, which is also a far superior game.
More of that later.
In every Hollywood movie set in a high school the girls swoon over the football players, the "jocks" who swagger around the high school with a surplus of testosterone and an absence of brainpower.
The adoration of football players in the US continues through "college" — where extremely dumb people can get a university education by virtue of their sporting prowess.
So what attributes do you need to succeed in the sport?
Good fitness levels, an ability to withstand frequent headaches and (only if you are running back) some athletic ability and speed.
And for that they get paid astronomical sums.
The Patriots' star player, Tom Brady, was given a contract extension in March 2018, which included a $28 million signing bonus.
He is currently worth $44 million and he earns millions from endorsements with Under Armour and UGG boots.
And how many games do they play? Sixteen. There are 16 games in a regular NFL season.
That compares to around 38 games in an English Premier League season and 162 for Major League Baseball players.
The Stupid Outfits
NFL players have been wearing the same stupid garb since the 1930s — giant helmets and shoulder pads.
The game is no more dangerous than rugby union, rugby league, Aussie rules football or Gaelic football and none of those guys where battlefield outfits.
So basically, yeah, I'm saying NFL players are pussies who would not last five minutes in a man's game like rugby.
Unlike football (soccer) NFL fans very rarely travel to away games.
So the crowd will be 100 percent home fans, which leads to an extraordinary lack of tension or atmosphere.
The Superbowl is the exception because it is played in a neutral venue — in this case Atlanta — and both sets of fans will be there.
4 years ago Katy Perry made history with her halftime show performance at the Superbowl.— Aleix (@Katleix) 1 February 2019
The halftime show won two Emmy Awards and was watched by more viewers than the game itself (118.5 million viewers). pic.twitter.com/LcM7hULhVI
But even then they just sit and watch, literally spectate.
There is no singing or chanting, let alone animosity.
Chalk and cheese.
The Superbowl Hype
From Christmas until the date of the Superbowl, the US media will be full of nothing but this pointless little game.
I guess we can be grateful they don't give it a name like the World Series, and pretend the whole of the globe are genuinely interested in it.
But NFL is determined to expand overseas. They are already playing games in London and broadcasting to other countries.
We are not interested. Go away.
And then there's the advertising.
The Superbowl is basically just one giant excuse to sell advertising.
Every year billions of dollars is spent on Superbowl-related advertising.
This year fans of the cult movie The Big Lebowski got excited when Jeff Bridges, as The Dude, appeared in a teaser.
But a few days later it turned out there was no Big Lebowski sequel, only an ad for Stella Artois beer.
Views and opinions, expressed in the article are those of Chris Summers and do not necessarily reflect those of Sputnik
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