Feb 07, 2010 Super Bowl: $$ meet Exxon meets drug testing meets gender segregation meets metal detectors meet excellence in athletics
Another Super Bowl comes today that I will not watch. I think I last watched around 1992. Of course, by my not watching, I miss television’s efforts to avoid a repeat of nipple-gate and to be more lenient in running controversial commercials; and miss any further explanation of the roots of "Who Dat", including whether the phrase is or is not racially demeaning.
The problem about Soviet Olympic sports was that the Soviet government apparently poured so much money into its athletes as to make them hardly resemble amateurs any longer. A big problem about professional football, baseball and basketball in the United States is that it is overly commercialized to make watching on television a substantial irritant.
I still enjoy watching sports, particularly a good lacrosse game and some of the televised daring non-ball sports, including wild obstacle courses. I still appreciate the awesome athletic abilities of many athletes. As my nearly four-year-old boy gets older, I likely will be watching more live and televised games, if he wishes. My wife is not big on sports, so we have enjoyed this break from sports together.
Watching sports was more fun for me before I got bothered by my college years that professional football, baseball, basketball, and more are segregated based on gender; before I realized how rampant is drug testing throughout professional and amateur sports, which was not nearly as rampant in my younger days, it seems; and before people had to pass through metal detectors to get into a stadium. I have great memories seeing the Yankees, Knicks, Lakers, and Bruins in their home stadiums. Later, the Yankees put doo-doo on their games by prohibiting people from leaving their seats during the national anthem, or maybe that was the case even when I attended in the late 1970’s, without my knowing it.
A few years ago, the local National Lawyers Guild chapter arranged for an outing at Camden Yards. When I stated my concerns about gender segregation and drug testing to a particularly excited member — who is an avowed communist, to boot — he focused me on the fun of the Orioles game. Sure, I had fun when I went to a game at Camden Yards. That was not enough to overcome my concerns about returning, and I did not.
Because I may be watching more professional sports in the future, this blog entry is not an effort to convince others not to watch the Super Bowl. I do, however, wish to know your views on the concerns I have stated here.