So I’m watching hockey on NBC right now. I’m working later, on this Sunday of Super Bowl. And although the amount of commercials during an NHL game are relatively low; the ads still show up. I HATE watching commercials. I never understood the whole “I can’t wait to see the Super Bowl commercials this year!” deal. Why. Why the hell would you ever WANT to watch advertisements? These spots cost so much money. Money that could be going to some legitimate causes/goods/services.
Besides, the Super Bowl commercials don’t work anyways. I don’t think any of them have worked on me. Marketing executives probably would counter this by saying: “well, we know we aren’t directly making people buy our goods. But if we make a good, or controversial, Super Bowl ad, people will talk about our company”. Maybe that’s true. Unless those of the general public are around me, or like minded people. If someone starts talking about the Super Bowl ads next workweek, express your utter contempt for the topic of convo, and complete disappointment in that person. The only way we can lower the value of the “Super Bowl Spot” is to talk massive shit. Iron Man’s second full-length trailer will play during the Bowl, which pisses me off. I never liked Tony Stark anyways though. I volenteered to work on the Super Bowl this year. I’m bloody tired of it.
Back to my original point. A commercial came on the hockey game, so I changed the channel (as I always would. Super Bowl Ads or not). I decided to flip to the Pre-Game assuming maybe I’d get to see who everyone’s picking. Who’s hurt, who’s probable. Etc. What do I get? I get a FUCKING red carpet show. That’s right, your eyes aren’t deceiving you. This year, at the Super Bowl, someone’s decided to roll out a RED-fuckin-CARPET. I couldn’t believe my senses. Then, who else but Ryan Seacrest shows up. He’s wearing a nice little suit as if it were the Golden Globes. There’s hundreds of people behind the steel-grate fences, screaming as if they were at an American Idol audition/taping.
I was talking with my boss about this just the other day. It seems that every weekend, or week, in America, we’ve got to have some sort of big event. There are waaay too many holidays already. But why do we do this? Well, distraction for one. And, if the general public can be distracted for a day, might as well try to make as much money off them as possible for that one day. So let’s all celebrate being American by spending money today, eating like hogs, and watching over 6 hours of television. And, all the better if we can throw some DWI’s into the mix. Shit.
Post Script. Don’t get me wrong, I like football. But it’s become a fucking business, not a sport. Hockey’s the only pure professional sport left. And even hockey’s becoming a little skewed.