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Super Bowl

by smithers (Friar)
on Feb 05, 2007 at 00:03 UTC ( #598232=monkdiscuss: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

My wife just commented that I don't have the TV on watching the super bowl. Instead I'm browsing the Monestary. Do I have my priorities out of whack? I think not.

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Re: Super Bowl
by GrandFather (Saint) on Feb 05, 2007 at 02:16 UTC

    "Super Bowl". That's a large bowl of various interesting flavours of ice-cream right? :-D

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Re: Super Bowl
by liverpole (Monsignor) on Feb 05, 2007 at 00:11 UTC
    smithers++.  It's funny you should bring this up.

    I was just thinking "quiet weekend at the Monastery ... maybe I should write something about the Super Bowl".  I wasn't actually going to, but I did click on Newest Nodes just to see what was happening.

    And I'm mostly watching the game, but, ... well, ... um, New England isn't in it, so it's more of a one eye on the game and one eye on the Monastery kind of thing. :-O

      Right there with you. For the first time in many years, I'm more interested in the commericals than the game. <sigh>

        My wife suggested that we Tivo it so we could fast-forward the game and just watch the commercials. ;-)


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Re: Super Bowl
by McDarren (Abbot) on Feb 05, 2007 at 02:26 UTC
    This would be American Football, yes?

    I've always been curious about one thing - why do they call it football when they hardly ever seem to kick the ball?

      Probably for the same reason there is a game called "cricket" which doesn't seem to involve noisy Ensifera.

      I'm actually one of the rare straight US males who doesn't watch the Super Bowl, as I don't care for US football.


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        Now you've got me curious :)

        Being an Aussie, I am of course a huge cricket fan. I can't help it - it's bred into me :p
        I'd never wondered before where the name of the game originated. And after having a (fairly quick) scout around it seems that nobody really knows for sure.

        This reference seems to suggest that the word might be combination of the words "crook" and "wicket", as early versions of the game played by shepherds involved the use of both.

        Although CricInfo has a fairly extensive section on the history of the game, it doesn't really give any clue as to where the name may have originated from.

        Wikipedia also presents a few theories, but nothing conclusive.

        Anyway, an interesting little diversion for a Monday morning.

        Darren :)

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      This would be American Football, yes?

      I've always been curious about one thing - why do they call it football when they hardly ever seem to kick the ball?

      Well, it's quite strange that it's me to answer, since I'm from Italy where we hardly know what american football is. Whatever, the latter is well known to be a rather deep modification of rugby union -brought in the US by immigrants from the UK- which in turn is a form of football. Indeed, although there's a legend around the birth of rugby football, before any form of football was codified matches took places with rules to be agreed on from time to time. Anyway, the most popular form of football in Italy and probably worldwide, which is association football a.k.a. soccer and is played (almost) exclusively with foots was codified only later than rugby. Incidentally, I'm about the only italian guy to have hardly ever seen more than two or three minutes of a match. I don't even follow those involving our national team: I plainly find it boring, no matter who is playing. OTOH, speaking of rugby, which I conversely find to be extremely entertaining and exciting notwithstanding the fact that it's not even minimally popular here, while in North America this super bowl thing is taking place, here in Europe the 6 Nations just started! So just to let you know. BTW: yes, "we" lost against France by 39 to 3. No, I'm not put particularly down by this. Just in case you wonder...

      blazar's explanation is about right as far as I know. Rugby was fairly popular in the US for much of the late 19th century, but over time some people, particularly teams at certain East Coast colleges, began to introduce variations on the game. The most comprehensive of these changes were those brought about by Walter Camp at Yale, who came up with concepts pretty foreign to any Rugby player such as the quarterback, the first down, and the forward pass. These changes fundamentally changed the game in a few key ways: the down/scrimmage system meant that play stopped much more frequently; the forward pass meant that kicking was no longer as useful; and blocking ahead of the runner in combination with relaxed tackling rules made the game much more physically aggressive - dangerously so in the early days. However, to the players and fans involved, it was still more or less the same game, whose name they had shortened from "Rugby Football" to just "Football", until the new rules were codified and it came to be accepted as a distinct sport. By then the name was ingrained and it stuck.
Re: Super Bowl
by jonadab (Parson) on Feb 05, 2007 at 14:36 UTC
Re: Super Bowl
by Eliana (Scribe) on Feb 05, 2007 at 19:22 UTC
    I'm not sure that my vote is worth anything to you... I didn't know it was happening until ysth saw this thread.. and I had to double check which sport it involves!

    But, fwiw: no, I think your priorities are right on!

    Eliana (typing merrily in her own little Monastery, sans newspaper, sans radio, sans television... but with an abundance of small children and books)

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Re: Super Bowl
by Random_Walk (Prior) on Feb 05, 2007 at 11:38 UTC

    > Do I have my priorities out of whack?

    You most certainly did on the weekend when the six nations began !


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Re: Super Bowl
by zentara (Archbishop) on Feb 05, 2007 at 12:25 UTC
    Why can't you browse the Monastery AND watch the SuperBowl at the same time? I'm always watching TV while I'm on my computer (well in the early morning I like to wake up with commercial free classical music from the CBC ). I usually have the national news or Discovery/History channel going.

    Every office should have TV's for their workers, to keep them mentally alert. :-)

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Re: Super Bowl
by nimdokk (Vicar) on Feb 05, 2007 at 13:00 UTC
    I think the priorities are just fine. While my girlfriend watched the superbowl (to see the commercials I think), I was busy working on copying an LP to MP3. :-)
Re: Super Bowl
by blue_cowdawg (Monsignor) on Feb 05, 2007 at 16:33 UTC
        Do I have my priorities out of whack?

    Absolutely not.

    For me, since neither team playing was of any interest to me, the Superbowl was an excuse to hang out at my American Legion Post and drink beer and eat party food.

    But then... I don't need a place or a reason to do any of that but hey.. it works!

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Re: Super Bowl
by wazzuteke (Hermit) on Feb 05, 2007 at 16:54 UTC
    I wouldn't say your priorities are out of whack. I, on the other hand, had my laptop where it should be - on my lap - while watching the game on the TV. A bit of good from both worlds.

    perl -le '$.=[qw(104 97 124 124 116 97)];*p=sub{[@{$_[0]},(45)x 2]};*d=sub{[(45)x 2,@{$_[0]}]};print map{chr}@{p(d($.))}'
Re: Super Bowl
by webfiend (Vicar) on Feb 07, 2007 at 23:03 UTC

    Nothing wrong with your priorities. I spent most of Sunday watching the Knitty Gritty marathon on DIY Network. I hacked on some code projects too, so it's not like I'm completely insane.

      Yeah i myself saw this in the sports wikipedia you can always find great information on super bowl wikipedia as it shows all the facts.
Re: Super Bowl
by xiaoyafeng (Deacon) on Feb 06, 2007 at 07:59 UTC
    NOT. But for me,NBA ALL-STAR is a better choice. ;)

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