By Matthew Feimer
The football game part of the Super Bowl has become too much of an afterthought. Kickoff time was supposed to be 6:25pm If I remember correctly. I believe kickoff was about 6:41pm. Between The National Anthem, God Bless America, the coin toss, and kids running on the field to give the ball to the referee, it has become overkill. Do not get me wrong. I love the focus on the flag this year after what the National Football League had had to deal with, with the headaches from Colin Kaepernick.
These players, after a two-week layoff, and a media hype week, now have to wait around on the field for all the pregame festivities. It is no wonder these games are close to starting off looking like a preseason game. Now doing the NFL top 100 players and coaches satisfies the football fan, but everything else seems to be focus on the non-football fan. The Super Bowl has become too much of an event more than a football game.
Then comes the 30-minute halftime show and it gets in the way of the game itself. It seems like they don’t get into a rhythm till five minutes in the 3rd quarter. All you have to do is follow the money. How else can you charge 10 million for a commercial unless you get 100 million people to watch it? It is a big payday for the network and the league. The game itself is lost in it. A ridiculous five-hour pregame show and only a half hour postgame show so Fox can debut the masked singer at 10pm that night.
The football fans make this game possible, but it’s the football fan is almost ignored in its biggest game of the year. I have been saying for 20 years now that the Sunday of the Conference Championships is the last Sunday for the real football fan. The Super Bowl seems to be for everyone else. The Canadian Football League (CFL) gets right into the Grey Cup and this year’s Grey Cup was a better game than our Super Bowl. Just another reason why I am looking forward to the Xtreame Football League (XFL). They are about giving the game back to the fans.
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