Friday, January 30, 2015

A Super Day, To Get Away

Just went to Google and typed in the words “Super Bowl 2015,” and there were “About 209,000,000 results in 0.21 seconds.”

This year’s Super Bowl XLIX is noted in Roman numerals once again, to show even the most cynical of critics, the importance of this special event. Does anyone, except a Latin major, know what that translates to in the Arabic numerals we use to designate most everything? I told my wife that I weighed CLXV this morning, the exact weight I was at in high school. She just frowned.

Wikipedia devotes fourteen, ready-to-print pages of coverage, including forty-three listed references, more than those found in many doctoral dissertations.

The game will be broadcast on NBC-TV in the States, and in at least sixty other countries including such football hot spots as Macedonia, Albania, Moldova and Bulgaria, along with the Arab world.

If you hurry, you may be able to catch a flight and make it to the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona where the game will be played. There are even some last-minute seats available at the bargain price of $8,700.

NBC is charging $4.5 million for one 30-second commercial, a price that’s up $500,000 from the record set for last year’s game. The projected television audience should exceed last year’s 112.3 million viewers, however I won’t be one of them.

Sunday’s weather forecast for here in Santa Cruz is for sunny skies and a high of 73, so we will either be walking on the beach or biking during the pre-game narishkeyt (nonsense). When the game begins, we will easily find a good seat at a local movie theatre, followed by a great meal in a nearly empty restaurant. It will be one that doesn’t have four, huge television sets mounted on all of its walls.  It won’t even have one.

In case you are wondering, this is Super Bowl 49. However, such a designation sounds too mundane for such an important cultural event, and who would pay $8,700 for a ticket to attend?

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