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Five Reasons Why I Refuse to Watch the World Cup

Soccer (or football, as the rest of the world refers to it) is the most popular sport globally. But can you love the game while hating the World Cup?

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John Elway Is an Anti-Subsidy Hypocrite

Not to beat up on the Denver Broncos after Sunday’s rout in New York, but one of the team’s heroes and top executives really needs to check himself.

Posted on Feb 3, 2014 READ MORE



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The Cheapening of American Politics: Why Did Obama Reward O’Reilly With an Interview?

President Obama subjected himself to an interview by Bill O’Reilly of Fox “News” on Sunday before the Super Bowl. Obviously, intellectually it was Obama Seahawks rolling over O’Reilly Broncos.

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Bill O’Reilly Faces Off With President Obama in Super Bowl Sideshow, Pundits Pile On

Sunday’s pregame face-off between Bill O’Reilly and President Obama sparked some different takes on the same interview in recaps by Fox News, The New York Times and other outlets, but overall O’Reilly was declared the winner.

Posted on Feb 2, 2014 READ MORE



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The Sports Tax

That term—Sports Tax—is not hyperbolic. In a week that saw Louisiana fork over $5 million to the NFL for the privilege of helping that league make big Super Bowl money, Sports Tax is the most accurate catch-all label for the four sets of levies the public is being made to shell out.

Posted on Feb 8, 2013 READ MORE


Jon Stewart Mocks ‘Totally Non-Gay All-Male Tacklefest’ Super Bowl XLVII

Sports isn’t a subject matter Jon Stewart usually covers on “The Daily Show,” but the spectacle that the Super Bowl has become was too good a topic for the Comedy Central host to ignore.

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Watch: Sandy Hook Chorus Performs With Jennifer Hudson at Super Bowl

“We have come to New Orleans to represent the Sandy Hook Family and the community of Newtown, Connecticut,” a statement from the school said. “Our wish is to demonstrate to America and the world that, ‘We are Sandy Hook and We Choose Love.’ ”

Posted on Feb 4, 2013 READ MORE


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Truthdigger of the Week: Brendon Ayanbadejo

Ahead of the 47th Super Bowl on Sunday, a jock has capitalized on his moment in the spotlight to continue his campaign of support for gay rights.

Posted on Feb 2, 2013 READ MORE


49ers Players Deny Being in Anti-Bullying LGBT Video They’re In

As if the anti-gay remarks by San Francisco 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver weren’t enough to send the team’s management into a tizzy, two of its other players are adding to the controversy by denying that they were in a video produced to combat bullying experienced by LGBT teens.

Posted on Jan 31, 2013 READ MORE



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Ravens Player to Use Super Bowl to Advocate for Gay Marriage

Brendon Ayanbadejo has been an outspoken proponent of the cause, and for LGBT rights in general, since he became one of the first athletes from a major professional sport to publicly announce his support for same-sex marriage in 2009.

Posted on Jan 23, 2013 READ MORE



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Nate Silver’s Super Bowl Pick Falls Short

Silver, who writes The New York Times’ popular FiveThirtyEight blog, makes his living by predicting events. Oftentimes, he’s right, like he was during the 2012 presidential election when he correctly forecast how every state would vote. But even experts are wrong occasionally.

Posted on Jan 14, 2013 READ MORE



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Super Bowl Scandal Du Jour: M.I.A. Flips Bird, NBC Apologizes

The funny thing about certain TV watchdogs getting their collective knickers in a twist over upstart pop star M.I.A.’s bird-flipping antics during her performance with Madonna and Nicki Minaj at Sunday’s Super Bowl halftime show is that millions of Americans might otherwise have blinked and missed it.

Posted on Feb 6, 2012 READ MORE



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Four Reasons to Watch the Super Bowl

You might think that celebrating the holiest day of violence, consumerism and class warfare on your couch is a betrayal of your values or a waste of time. Not this Sunday. This election season, watch the game to understand how jobs, religion, leadership and health care dominate every American contest.

Posted on Feb 2, 2012 READ MORE



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A Country the NFL Can Be Proud Of

Let’s put it this way: If the NFL was in danger of flying too close to the sun, like Icarus whose wax wings melted, Commissioner Roger Goodell would have the orb repositioned beforehand.

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The Super Bowl of Socialism

The Super Bowl was a bewildering assault on the senses, to say the least—and nothing was more singularly mind-blowing than the NFL using a Ronald Reagan eulogy to kick off a sports-themed tribute to socialism.

Posted on Feb 11, 2011 READ MORE



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‘This Is What We Do’: Why I Hated Chrysler’s Super Bowl Ad

The Super Bowl commercial is a shell game. Detroit’s pain isn’t the result of some existential crisis of faith, but a direct consequence of the amoral, profit-seeking behaviors of Chrysler itself.

Posted on Feb 9, 2011 READ MORE


Pols Debate Chrysler Super Bowl Ad

Given the outsourcing, the massive bailout, the abandoned houses and the rest of the city’s emotional baggage, it was sort of inevitable that Chrysler’s “Imported from Detroit” ad, featuring Eminem and spanning roughly $12 million worth of airtime, would elicit cheers and jeers from Congress.

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Who, Us Bloodthirsty?

In an age challenged by separating real life from reality programming or the absurdly heightened reality that comes from merely being on TV, no one seems to want to err on the side of compassion.

Posted on Jan 31, 2011 READ MORE



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Celebrity Endorsements: Money for Nothing?

In the world of advertising, celebrity always equals money, and anything that these luminaries—whether from entertainment, sports or even politics—touch (even by accident) is tantamount to tangible, profitable product placement, right?

Posted on Jan 13, 2011 READ MORE



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All-Stars, Steroids and the Super Bowl

L.A. Times columnist and Truthdig contributor Mark Heisler explains why the NBA All-Star game is no fun anymore and why overreacting sportswriters can’t forgive Mark McGwire for breaking their hearts.

Posted on Feb 12, 2010 READ MORE



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All-Stars, Steroids and the Super Bowl

L.A. Times columnist and Truthdig contributor Mark Heisler explains why the NBA All-Star game is no fun anymore and why overreacting sportswriters can’t forgive Mark McGwire for breaking their hearts.

Posted on Feb 12, 2010 READ MORE


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Go Daddy’s Banned Homophobic Super Bowl Ad

Sadly, this ad probably wasn’t banned because it’s lame and not funny, but CBS did Go Daddy a favor keeping this humor fail off the air.

Posted on Jan 31, 2010 READ MORE



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Anti-Abortion Group to Air Super Bowl Ad

Focus on the Family, a Colorado-based Christian conservative group, is really breaking its bank. The group announced it is buying 30 seconds of Super Bowl ad time during which it will air an anti-abortion message featuring former University of Florida star quarterback Tim Tebow.

Posted on Jan 22, 2010 READ MORE


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Case Still Not Closed on ‘Nipplegate’ Incident

Legal battles famously have a way of dragging on, but in the case of the ongoing tussle over Janet Jackson’s “wardrobe malfunction” during the 2004 Super Bowl, it’s getting a little ridiculous. Yes, that was six years ago. No, the involved parties are not done with their various attempts at fining and appealing said fines.

Posted on Jan 5, 2010 READ MORE


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Plaxico Burress Heads to the Slammer

Not two years ago, NFL wide receiver Plaxico Burress was on top of his game, helping the New York Giants win Super Bowl XLII in a surprise victory over the New England Patriots. On Thursday, he was on his way to jail for two years after pleading guilty in a felony weapons case.

Posted on Aug 20, 2009 READ MORE


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Obama Says He’ll Bring Many Troops Home for Next Super Bowl

Speaking before the big game, the president pledged to bring a substantial number of troops home in time for the next Super Bowl. On the economic front, he warned that “It’s going to take a number of months before we stop falling ... .” He also managed to predict the outcome of the game.

Posted on Feb 2, 2009 READ MORE


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NFL Players Risk More Than Broken Bones

Scientists have made new discoveries about the traumatic head injuries sustained by football players, including Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who will play in the Super Bowl this Sunday. Just one concussion can lead to dementia-like symptoms years later and multiple incidents can bring about severe brain damage and perhaps even drug addiction or suicide.

Posted on Jan 28, 2009 READ MORE


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Did Prince Give an Antiwar Super Bowl Show?

Check out this clip of Prince’s halftime performance. Blogger Manila Ryce wonders if his covers of “All Along the Watchtower” and “The Best of You” construed a subtle anti-Iraq-war message.

Posted on Feb 5, 2007 READ MORE


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Podcast: Super Bowl Edition

Former All-America linebacker and author Dave Meggysey joins James Harris, Robert Scheer and Joshua Scheer for a discussion on the NFL’s racist history, the black coach milestone and more in this special Super Bowl edition of the Truthdig podcast. Above, Chicago Bears coach Lovie Smith (at left) and Indianapolis Colts coach Tony Dungy.

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Super Bowl Edition: Dave Meggysey, James Harris and Robert and Joshua Scheer

Former All-America linebacker and author Dave Meggysey joins James Harris, Robert Scheer and Joshua Scheer for a discussion on the NFL’s racist history, the black coach milestone and more in this special Super Bowl edition of the Truthdig podcast. 

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