Sunday, February 7, 2016

Don't call it "L"

Courtesy of the NFL

For 49 Super Bowls, the NFL has insisted that the Super Bowl be called by number but displayed as Roman numerals.  It should have been a fabulous lesson for people everywhere on the usage of the ancient numerals but it probably wasn't.  Super Bowl 33 = XXXIII.  Like Roman gladiators. You get what I'm saying.

But this year, it's Super Bowl 50.  I wondered what made the NFL, those old, rich guys who love to hang onto a tradition until its proven to be deadly and then still won't let it go.  I was privately referring to it as Super Bowl L but this week I read an article that explained the NFL's point of view.

Make an L with the thumb and index finger of your right hand and hold it up to your forehead.  Yep!  You got it!  The NFL doesn't want people to think "loser."  The NFL has reasons that are simple, elegant, self-serving.  As always.

Doesn't mean you're not a bunch of losers, old, rich NFL guys!  Who could be more greedy than y'all except maybe the Olympic Committee?  Damn, you guys know how to put on a spectacle.  Coldplay, BeyoncĂ©, and Bruno Mars for the half-time show!  Lady Gaga singing the National Anthem!  The tippety-top of American advertising for the commercials!  I am looking forward to it except for the 8pm-9pm hour when I will be watching "Downton Abbey."  Yeah, I care more about Lady Edith, Bates, and Anna than about Cam Newton, Peyton Manning, or Ron Rivera.

Who will win?  I honestly don't know/care.  On the one hand, I'd love to see Peyton Manning win one more time.  On the other hand, the Panthers lost just a single game and Cam Newton is pretty great.  So after honest reflection, who do I think will win?  I still don't know or care about that but I am looking forward to that half-time show.

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