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Letters 04-25-2016

Taking Our Trees Seconds ago this pine tree was alive. Well, Mr. Cook — our County Road Commission head —and Peninsula Township government … by not weighing in (I guess it’s not your problem or responsibility to communicate with residents), you allowed the County Road Commission to bulldoze down huge swaths of lakeside trees in order to increase the bike lane. This can’t be happening. I have no clue why they would cut trees down that help block snow from creating drifts on Peninsula Drive and help keep the beach area intact. Plus, they are not increasing the width of the road when they repave. I just don’t get it. This is amateur hour at county and township government...

Government Service Unrewarded I served the federal government for XX years with the [agency], [doing XX]. I also worked in the private sector, [doing XX]. When I retired, I was surprised to learn my Social Security benefit would be $XXX less per month than my colleagues and neighbors who had never worked for the federal government. This is all because of the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) under the Social Security law...

Which Greased Palm Now that “Chicago values” have utterly corrupted the executive and judicial branches of our federal government, this November We the Plebeians shall either vote to right the governing integrity of the United States constitution’s twin pillars of limited government and separation of powers or turn and step collectively onto the blood soaked road to serfdom...

The Political Mess And Challenge As citizens we are faced with a real challenge. The media and the political candidates have taken over a year to attack those whom they are opposing. The unfavorable ratings of those who may be nominated are above 50 percent. That should be no surprise, considering the length of time given to bloodying one another with opinions that have little relationship to truth. The polling companies, which confess they are not reliable, make everything a game of winning...

CORRECTIONS In last week’s issue we had photos with the incorrect stories on page five. The dance photo should have accompanied the story about grants to nonprofits. The image of Crooked Tree Arts Center Petoskey should have accompanied the story about the ArtPrize exhibit at CTAC.

We also reported the incorrect day for the Bayshore Marathon in Traverse City. The correct date is Sat., May 28.

We apologize for these errors.

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WHY THE SUPERBOWL STINKS

George Foster - January 27th, 2005
We have now entered into that surrealistic zone of Super Bowl hype.
The media has two weeks to fill newspaper and broadcast space with coverage of two NFL teams. Every nuance of each player on both teams now becomes a critical human-interest story. Other insignificant issues being covered, such as Americans dying in Iraq
and the sluggish economy, understandably take a backseat to the riveting question that haunts every American: who has the best
football team?
Don’t get me wrong, I am a lifelong sports fan and played quite a bit of football in a previous life. For me, the NFL playoff games leading up to the Super Bowl can be compelling viewing. It is the Super Bowl, itself, that makes my stomach turn.
Quickly, tell me what you remember about last year’s Super Bowl game. For 90% of you, Janet Jackson’s wardrobe malfunction is the only thing that comes to mind. Therein lies the problem. These games are mostly forgettable.
During the regular season, more than half of NFL games are decided by a touchdown or less. Yet, only 8 of 38 Super Bowls in history have been decided by less than seven points. Eleven Super Bowls have been blowouts - determined by more than 20 points. The reason for lopsided games: the players are not ready to perform which is reflected in the quality of play and the final score.
Let’s face it - these guys aren’t really athletes in the first place. Typically, a starting NFL player might play five minutes during the course of a 60-minute game. Since the clock is usually running during the huddles and football players never play both offense and defense, it is difficult for them to work up a sweat. Throw in a two-week period of pre-Super Bowl partying between games
and you end up with two teams more physically unfit than usual and out of sync from not playing.
Why are we subjected to over-the-top hype from this sub-par event? Obviously, some folks stand to make a great deal of money if we are all conned into making a big deal out of a lousy football game. Fox Sports Network is anticipating the largest viewing audience for any program in history: more than 140 million TV zombies for Super Bowl XXXIX on February 6th. If you are a business interested in placing an ad on Fox, expect to pay a mere $2.4 million for every 30-second slot – if there is any more time available.
If you, too, are upset by the prospect of watching this game, let me recommend almost any activity other than plopping down on the sofa to endure still another Stuper Bowl. Why not grab a friend or spouse and go out to dinner? How about a vigorous snowshoe or ski outing in beautiful Northern Michigan? If that type of activity is of interest, you might even check out the Women’s Ski Tour near Traverse City held on Super Bowl Sunday (see ad elsewhere within this issue). Clean your house – anything else is more productive than staring at the Super Bowl fiasco.
One year, I watched several hours of The Andy Griffith Show on TV reruns during a 24-hour fest of Andy, Barney, Gomer, and Aunt Bea. Believe me, the old Mayberry gang is much funnier than Terry Bradshaw, Howie Long, James Brown and their buddies on Fox.
 
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