December 8, 2022
Ithaca, NY | 40°F


Our New National Pastime

Is it fair to call it a circus?  No annual event in the world attracts more writers, reporters, and journalists from around the globe then the Super Bowl. This year, as usual, thousands of media professionals from the United States and 100 other countries were sent to cover the event for their country.

Even though baseball is known as our national pastime, football and the Super Bowl have reigned supreme for quite sometime, and it isn’t even close. Game three of the 2010 World Series between the San Francisco Giants and Texas Rangers drew a 6.7 TV rating, the second-lowest ever for a World Series game. By comparison the Pro Bowl, the most meaningless, pointless, all-star game of the four major sports drew a rating of 8.6.

For many outside of the U.S, the Super Bowl is the only football game they watch the entire season. The buildup and the hype for the game will continue to rise to new heights for years to come. Last year 100 million people watched in our country alone, and this year this number is expected to rise. The game has become the spectacle that the World Series could not.

But savor it football fans, it could be the last NFL game for quite sometime. In March of this year, the Collective Bargaining agreement between the NFL Players Association and the owners expires. The owners want an 18-game season, which the players do not want. While the players want guaranteed contracts as justification for doing permanent damage to their bodies, and it is apparent that the owners have no interest in that idea. It’s clear that a lockout is looming.

So enjoy this one my fellow football fans, spring training starts in three weeks.