Red, White and Super

The LA Times has a story today about the continued rise of the Super Bowl as a boffo TV event, with ratings off the charts, including a 20 percent bump in female viewers. Lots of self-congratulatory comments by NFL and network folk about it being a great unifying and flag-waving event for America, without mentioning that all the people living in their cars will have to watch at a sports bar or suitably equipped shelter. My favorite Super Bowl quote still belongs to the former Dallas Cowboy Duane Thomas (he of the different drummer branch of the NFL) who once said, “If it’s the ultimate game, how come they’re playing it again next year?”

About Sean Mitchell

SEAN MITCHELL is a journalist, critic and former staff writer at the Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Herald Examiner and Dallas Times Herald. His articles and reviews have also appeared in The New York Times, New York Magazine, USA Today and other publications. He is the recipient of the ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award for excellence in writing about music and the George Jean Nathan Award for distinguished drama criticism. Born in Bethlehem, Pa., he grew up in Dallas and is a graduate of St. Mark’s School of Texas and Brown University. He lives in Dallas.
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