Monday, February 4, 2013

God and Football

God made an appearance, during the Super Bowl fiesta, did you see that?

Or was that the devil everywhere? I'm not sure anymore, between the two, but then, there's football to think about, so, all's good.

I mean, what a dramatic game! A very dramatic Super Bowl - with even a game shifting power outage, following an astounding halftime show; WHAT TECH! And Beyonce' "killed" it (which for you old timers, is a euphemism for "totally rocked"). I found myself totally cheering for the 49'ers, for old time's sake, amazed at the strength and accuracy of the arm, of the young man Kaepernick - who, check it out, wrote a letter when he was a kid that he wanted to play in the Super Bowl for the 49ers! Flacco and the Ravens showed extreme poise, and unified vision. The brothers angle was special too, the two opposing head coaches (between whom there is enough antipathy that they could not even embrace after the game.) The ending was a drag, literally, a weird non-call on the last play from scrimmage for the 49ers, and then the punter for the Ravens running around in the end zone, but on the whole it was a great game, and Ray Lewis finally got his title.

As for God, He showed up early, before the game, just like He always does. Ray Lewis gave an interview. Among other things, asked about the man he supposedly killed 13 years ago. To paraphase, "God is perfect, and He wouldn't ever let a man who could have done what was accused of me, to accomplish what I've accomplished." After which, it was revealed that the interview was recorded before it was revealed that he had used a banned pharmaceutical to heal more quickly from a triceps injury.

Kaepernick called out God's name too, though Colin compared to Ray Lewis, seems a genuine "babe in the woods," though it might not seem that way to conservative America, what with all those tatoos. FAITH being most prominent on the golden biceps he is so fond of kissing. Too bad though, God showed up for the bad guy, this time.

Beyonce' called out to God too, from that fabulous stage. She seemed classy about it too, IMO, thanking the audience at the end, some 111 million Americans, for the opportunity. What an opportunity! One wonders, or at least I do, what would have happened had she called out to the Goddess, instead. LOL. The horror of it.

The devil was more prominent in the commercials. He appeared as Willem Dafoe, for Mercedes (did anyone else notice the Mercedes emblem hovering over it all, at the peak of the Superdome?), and several times, as Stevie Wonder/witchdoctor/Bud Light pimp. There was plenty of mayhem, as Kunstler pointed out:

Did anyone notice how violent and psychotic the Superbowl advertising was this year? An Oreo commercial that depicted a mob of nerds destroying a library --  huh? The Doritos spot where "Daddy" and his male buddies transform themselves into an insane clown posse of cross-dressers. The Fast and Furious 6 trailer featuring the destruction of every vehicle known to man and a few office buildings, too. The third-quarter power failure was a neat harbinger of things-to-come in the Most Exceptional United States of America. Party on, peeps! 

 The coup de grace' did not actually come, until after the game, a contrived Elementary strip tease, and then the slaughter of two doctors, two nurses and a policeman, shot in the head, and throats slit. I only saw three people die the rest of that show, shot in the head and stabbed in the neck, though I never finished watching it. Sometime much later, I caught three minutes of a CSI episode, a middle class woman chained to a bed, mouth covered with duct tape - close-up on her face as she is stabbed to death with an ice pic - her death-image repeated about 50 times in the next 2 minutes, spasmodically.

I have a few theories about that power outage. I didn't actually know until almost game time, that the game was being played in the New Orleans Superdome. I didn't want to be a downer during the game, so I didn't mention all the people who died in that building, post-Katrina. The first thing out of my mouth when the power went out was, "The ghost of Katrina rises!" Or ghosts. It might have been intentional too: the lights out in HALF the building. Notice, the 49er's were 3rd and 14, down 28-6, early in the third quarter. That's a lot of advertising that isn't going to be watched ($), and another 34 minutes of downtime to show them. It worked, great. DHS is sure to make use of the power outage, too, in their propaganda to take over the internet. Maybe it was God though, maybe it was, a little harbinger of what is to come, like Kunstler says.

After the game, I went to a local bar with my brother in law. The ending of that Elementary show was on the TV, the psychotic killer of nurses and doctors in some nice apartment, in a battle of wits with the protagonist, Holmes. Rather than follow along with the captioning, I started talking to the guy next to me, about the tv show, and how weird it was there was so much violence, immediately following the game. He started analyzing it in a sort of comatose and not necessarily overly-drunken way, like, why was it necessary to kill those two nurses, as if those first two dead health care professional/doctors and the police man made sense, dramatically speaking - identifying with the mass murderer, without really knowing he was doing it. He wasn't a bad guy; banal would be the word, eating up a "morality" tale on the relative righteousness of revenge killing/psychopathic slaughter. Which there seems to me a great many like him. People who don't think very well, basically, inured to the imagery of violence. For instance, I hear some hesitatingly harsh talk today about the extreme sexuality of Beyonce's performance. Violence, on the other hand, is being discussed on NPR right now as I write this, with about as much detached apprehension as that everyman at the bar. If I had to say, what is TV about, after last night's foray, myself not watching TV very often, I'd say it's more and more about training people to be killers, clinical like.

So, stepping into the archetype of the raving mystic, for a moment, making a Prophecy, my take-away from Super Bowl XLVII (you might want to avert your eyes):

Ravens will pick from the bones of the dead, 
before the descendents of flower children shall rise;
with gold and precious metals, to make a new way 
to communicate freely, or to enslave, 
or be enslaved if they are not wary



Martin said...

Hmmm... Kinda sorry I missed all that. But then I never watch the 'Sooper-Dooper Bowl. Fact is, I don't watch football (or basketball) a-tall; it's just too 'stoopid' to contemplate, given all else that's going on

Jeff Z said...

Ever seen the movie "Zardoz"?

It's from some time in the 60's. I'll spare you too much of the plot, but there's a line- uttered by the floating stone head that is meant to appear godlike- "the gun is good- the penis is evil" as it spews forth guns to the waiting barbarians.

Meant as a parody at the time, but look at us now. It's hardly a parody any more. The gun is good indeed- good for just about everything. Except a civilized people.

John D. Wheeler said...

Well Jeff Z, as Lewis said on The Drew Carey Show, "The penis, mightier than the sword"....

Thanks for digging up that video William. When I read CFN I was sorry I missed that. Whether a psy-op, a advert ploy, or a grid fail, I think it is a harbinger of things to come.

William Hunter Duncan said...


I make a point of watching it because it's always a good barometer of where the culture is at, not just the game, but the media coverage before and after, and peoples response. The general consensus - a great game.

So far gone....

Jeff Z,

Gunzgunzgunzgunzgunzgunz. LOL. Can you imagine if there was a wardrobe malfunction on national tv, with such-and-such celebrity shlong hanging free? OMG. But kill nurse, shoot doctor/police man/random nobody in convenience store in head. Civilized? That's a good one!


Cynical manipulation, my guess. It's all theatre, right? But yeah, harbinger for sure.

Luciddreams said...

I bet you're right WHD. I bet it was done intentionally to make sure all of that advertising got done as promised. Maybe they sold more than they had time for, or maybe they intentionally sold more knowing that they would just cut some power and wala...

William Hunter Duncan said...


Right. It's perfect. The timing of it was just a little toooo perfect. And they can play it if they want to, like it was a computer hack to embarrass America, to add to the fear they are building up about a cyber attack, preemptive strikes, CISPA, gov control, etc.

Luciddreams said...

They are definitely hyping up the fearmongering of late. I've been hearing a lot about drones lately. Apparently there have been local sightings. I imagine drones are just going to be a normal part of life now. The American Hologram is projecting it and so it shall be. I wonder when the first car gets blown off the interstate by a drone and gets MSM time?

William Hunter Duncan said...


More like a coffee shop associated with a "subversive" elements, which they will say, "they were making bombs."

William Hunter Duncan said...


Or really, probably some Christians holed up in some bunker somewhere.