The Seattle Seahawks put on the most dominant defensive performance in quite some time. The city of Seattle’s first professional sports title since 1979 has been claimed, and now all the hype leading up to the Super Bowl can finally find a hole and die. The football game itself was a blowout. The fallout from the events surrounding the game have yet to be fully determined.

From the opening snap, the mile high-octane, highest scoring offense in the NFL was out of sorts, and shortly thereafter were out of options. That opening snap, if you had found yourself a gambling type like Mark Cuban, could have netted a cool $20 million via Vegas prop betting.

Futbol Americano fans who tuned in last night to take in the Super Bowl itself were done a disservice though, because that game was anything but super. A completely one-sided affair for the entire 60 minutes, Seattle’s preparation and hard-working, fast-talking, hard-hitting gameplan blindsided and obliterated any type of game plan Denver had put together.

As Chicagoans watched Peyton Manning, one of the all-time great quarterbacks in NFL history, continue to struggle snap after snap, the collective thought was: where was that Peyton Manning in Super Bowl XLI? What gives? Last night was not his night, was not any Bronco’s night. Last night belonged to the Seattle Seahawks in every facet: offense, defense, special teams, coaching, you name it and Seattle dominated it.

Now that that’s over, the game at Metlife Stadium drew much-needed attention to non-football related issues that we should address as a whole if we are to move forward as a productive society:

The Whole World is Watching

But are we watching ourselves? Human trafficking at the Super Bowl is a thing not just during American sports’ biggest holiday but always. This is something that sickens on multiple levels, and in a city as big and cultured as New York for this year’s bowl, the stakes were higher than usual with multiple stings foiling plots before they got got.

The statements corporations decided to make with their million dollar ads during the game define what our country stands for in many ways. Who cares? No. Really. I want to know who actually cares about what is deemed important to spend your hard earned money on and why…

The legalization of recreational marijuana has been brought into the conversation ever since the two teams (from Washington and Colorado, respectively) clinched their Super Bowl berths. A valuable resource that has long gone ignored in this country, the rest of the world has not ignored its importance, and hemp is not just for smoking. Just saying…

Richard Sherman and The Racial Divide
Also taking center stage since the Super Bowl matchup was confirmed was the ignorant commentary that rained down concerning the reigning Super Bowl Champion cornerback. Americans came out of the woodwork to express their would-be opinions on the interviewee’s antics, none of them addressing the man’s high education and work ethic or his father’s dedication to his job as Compton’s finest garbage man or his actual character or his competitive nature in, you know, the highly competitive field of professional football…
Similarly, as racist tweets came down condemning Coca-Cola for their multilingual rendition of America the Beautiful, a few things became clear but none of them shed light on the soft drink company’s business practices and nutritional absence. They only shed light on the glaring holes in our unsolicited and uncensored opinions of one another, which got me thinking: can we A) exist in the common ground? And B) Can we even find the damn common ground to begin with?

Instances as grand as the Super Bowl allow an opportunity for introspection on issues that largely go unnoticed, in turn offering a brutal look in the mirror that most of our citizens unfortunately are not quite ready to see and therefore are unable to change the things that continue to divide us day by day.

The More Money We Come Across, The More Problems We See
The money that is spent on commercializing a sport and its accompanying advertisements is preposterous. How could it be spent elsewhere in more neglected areas of our world or how could it be divided to maximize its benefits?

The fact that we can organize and gather for a football game and relentlessly cheer for grown ass men yet can’t assemble representation on issues that could assist us in improving our ultimate destination is a gross imbalance to our basic economic structure and our ability to organize to bring about real conversation.

Philip Seymour Hoffman
Hollywood lost one of its greats this Super Bowl Sunday. He was a tremendous actor, an artist in every sense of the word, and the world is sadder having lost him and the talents he brought to the screen and stage. Let’s have a movie marathon from Almost Famous and The Big Lebowski to Capote and Pirate Radio in his honor and never forget his contribution to the world of film.

Super Bowl XLVIII’s contribution to the world of sports history: that was pathetic. Stop trying to shut up Richard and stop hating on our differences and start taking responsibility for what’s happening around us. Be good to each other, cheer for the teams you like, be civil, and everything will turn out just fine…

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