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Oh This is Just Wrong…

Last night was Super Bowl XLV, that annual pillar of American football majesty.

The Super Bowl is the one night each year when America comes together as a nation to watch the world championship between the American Football League and National Football League conference winners. (This year it was the Pittsburgh Steelers versus the Green Bay Packers.)

I was going to write about how the Super Bowl is so much more than ‘just a game’, more than merely a major sporting event. How it was practically mandatory for Americans to gather at Super Bowl parties where they would chat, snack, imbibe, laugh raucously, and even watch the game.

I’d explain that the traditional half-time show always required a theatrical, over-the-top performance by a big-name entertainment act (this year the Black Eyed Peas with featured cameo guests, along with the requisite dancers with glow-in-the-dark costumes, colored light show and so on).

I would have written about how pundits had been estimating a viewing audience of over 110 million people, many of whom would tune in not so much for the game itself, but for the customary annual unveiling of new and amusing TV commercials. Strange, yes, but you’ll just have to accept my word for it – it’s an American thing.

(I will admit right now that upon awakening VERY early this morning, the first thing I did was check to see who won – Green Bay Packers – followed by a ten minute session watching the ‘best of’ commercial highlights. My favorites? Well, the E-trade baby has NEVER failed to amuse, and this year’s commercial with his personal tailor Enzo was no exception. Doritos and Bud Light always throw in something funny. The Snickers ad with Richard Lewis and Roseanne Barr made me laugh. And Volkswagen’s little boy dressed up as Darth Vader was adorably cute in that awwww, heart-melting manner.)

I was even going to explain how as American expats feeling a bit nostalgic, Husband and I stayed up late (hey, it was after midnight here in the Netherlands!) to catch some of BBC1’s Super Bowl coverage.

They shouldn’t have bothered. They really shouldn’t have. We turned off the television after a few minutes. It just wasn’t worth the time or sleep-trade since the Brits foolishly prided themselves on doing their coverage commercial free.

Are you KIDDING me? Without the commercials? How clueless can you be??

But I’m not going to write about any of that.

Why not, you ask?

Because when I went in search of a suitable football photo with which to grace this post, I typed in something like ‘football player’ and got pictures of people playing voetbal (soccer). So when I narrowed the search among the posted photos to pull for ‘American football’ , I got this:

That’s wrong people.

For those of you who are familiar with me or who’ve been keeping up with this site, you KNOW how much I love voetbal. Absolutely gek op (crazy about) it. Been that way for years.

But when it comes to the Super Bowl, this is just wrong…

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