The military and the super bowl and NFL have had a cordial working relationship for many years. Ok, I have to do a post on it, it can’t be overlooked. With the “shock and awe” of the fly over and the always respectable color guard with each branch represented, you might think the NFL has attempted to remind people that we are at war or simply attempted to give the respect to a country that could use a pat on the back about now. Do you remember the Super Bowl during the Gulf War? There were American flags throughout the crowd. How many did you see this year. Oh, and by the way we are at war people.
Did you catch that?
If you were watching the super bowl overseas or on ship in the middle of the ocean you watched the game on the Armed Forces Network and you didn’t get to see the million dollar commercials. Nonetheless, you did get to see what your fellow warriors are doing all over the area of operations and that was probably better than many of the commercials. You also got to see the 3.4 seconds of the fly over (gee whiz) although on time & target, it was the least viewed event during the game. One of the longest sections of the game viewed was the botched National Anthem by Christina Aguilera.
Now call me crazy, but if you are a professional singer/performer and you’re going to get a very large payment as well perform in front of the largest TV audience of the year, wouldn’t you give it your best performance? Some will say, “Ah c’mon Pain… you’re too hard on her.” Perhaps if she was singing in LA in a freak show concert, sure, but the National Anthem? Nope, sorry cupcake you get no second chances. I
know young grade school kids that at least know the words . They sing it. They give a big enough shit to memorize it. I thought before she performed, like every year, ok, is this going to be the one that out does Whitney Houston singing the National Anthem? Nope, not this year. Movie stars (stars used lightly) make all this hub-bub about this and that and draw attention to themselves. Well, when you dork something up you get the shitcloud that goes with it as well. Welcome to the big boy leagues.
The coin toss, Deon Sanders? I remember the NFL saying they were going to have a military representative do the coin toss like last year when the country was at war. Deon? Are you kidding me? Cmon maaaannnn, as the NLF guys like to say.
Is the Super Bowl about the military?
No, it’s about football, American football. However, if you’re going to blow sunshine up our asses during the lead up to SB and tell us (your military) you’re going to do this and that, then freaking do it and for the love of God, fire your entertainment rep for not listening to your National Anthem personnel sing before the main event. “You’re Fired”. I believe the NFL/SuperBowl event has some serious issues as trends begin to build and the botchery continues.
Watch the previously mentioned video in regards to Whitney Houston and tell me if you got the same feeling from this Super Bowl as you did from that one where Whitney belted out that great song. I bet it’s not the same. Why? We are still at war and there is nothing different. But we let it go as it is a little more transparent now. Why? It’s a bunch of crap and I can tell you those sitting up through the night watching the SB in the middle of Afghanistan noticed the dork up of wording and you might as well have slapped them in the face with a dead fish, especially if we let it go. She was representing the NFL, the Super Bowl and America singing the National Anthem which is seen in 200 countries and territories in 33 languages. The saying “America is not at war, the Marine Corps is at war, America is at the mall” should have the last part changed to America is at the Super Bowl and we don’t want to recognize that we are at war.
Things have changed America since we backed our warriors in the Gulf War and it is showing, especially on the largest crowds on TV. I ask you why? Your warriors haven’t changed in their efforts to protect you, but that’s just One Marine’s View.
Time for a Cgar!