Tuesday, February 5, 2008

The Gridiron Classic


The last three years I watched the Superbowl on a Shang-hai tv station, complete with Chines announcers. I used to think that the announcers were primarily annoying. I really came to miss knowing exactly what was going on. This year I watched the game in Korea, with Korean announcers--no surprise there. Dispite language difficulties, certain things transcend all cultures, like love, family, war and death.

This last Sunday the NFL Superbowl was played in Arizona, USA. I suspect that most people that read this blog are probably not at all interested in American football. You may not like sports; you probably know nothing about the game; to many of you this violent game probably seems very uncivil.

That said, I can tell you that football is as much a part of American culture as is fast food. And the Superbowl (the championship game) transcends all demographics. Football is much more than winning and losing!

Football, at its basest level, is all about strategy, cooperation and competition, teamwork, rules,luck, fate, and struggle in giving everything you have to be successful, and sometimes swallowing defeat.

Sunday the game was about perfection and just how hard perfection is to come by. The New England Patriots went through their schedule and the playoff (tournament) with a perfect 18-0 record. The heavy favorite to defeat the Giants in the championship game, the Patriots were one game away from a phenomial accomplishment.

The New York Giants played a strong game in defeating the New England Patriots 17-14 in an upset, in the end showing the world just how hard it is to be perfect. This game will long be remembered as one of the great contests.

If you want to understand American culture on a deeper level, taking the time to learn something about football will go along way to helping you understand just who American's are.

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