Christopher Donovan: *Jewish comedian Jerry Seinfeld once observed that because of constantly rotating rosters, cheering for a sports team is essentially cheering “for a uniform.” That point was underscored at yesterday’s Super Bowl, where New Orleans native Peyton Manning played against his hometown of New Orleans. If the racial discordance of college and pro sports isn’t enough, you barely ever have anyone who’s even from the area they’re playing for. Put another way, fans root for the local branch of a globalized business enterprise more than they root for the “blood and soil” military-in-miniature warriors of a real hometown team.
* The game was good enough, with a successful on-side kick and a 70-yard interception that made for some excitement. An alien in Miami (the kind from outer space, that is) might observe that football is a game where white men throw the ball to black men. The folks at Caste Football lament this.
* In pre-game interviews, I was struck by the marked Whiteness of Manning and his opponent, Drew Brees. They both exuded the can-do earnestness of your Eagle Scout, Rotary-club next-door neighbor — qualities much mocked by Jews and other culture-setters. Of course, to me, these are heartening qualities, and I suppose our masters only look the other way when lots of money is being made off them.
* If there was a big loser at the Super Bowl, it was the ads. Lots of people hitting other people, which was supposed to be funny but wasn’t, and lots of crass sexuality. “People without clothes on” was the theme of more than one ad. Even Budweiser came up short, with the “people bridge” ad being the only amusing one (you can probably find it on the Internet somewhere, but I’m not linking.)
* One interesting ad theme: the emasculated male of today’s society. In one ad, men drone on about all that’s de-masculinizing about being an adult male, then insist that the muscle car will be their refuge. Hey, white man — yes, you’re emasculated. You’re deracinated, too. But instead of chomping Doritos and slathering yourself with Dove, try checking into your racial displacement.
Christopher Donovan is the pen name of an attorney and former journalist. Email him.