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We turned on the Superbowl (and associated preshow) on Fox today, like we have for many years in the past. Something was different this time. It just wasn’t the same.
To start with, the words of “The Star-Spangled Banner” were botched, but it wasn’t just that. Call me a classical girl if you want, but our National Anthem is really not that difficult of a song to sing. Most of us have grown up singing it. Someone tweeted that it might have been because the singer was nervous singing in front of millions of people. Somehow that doesn’t ring true. Christina Aguilera performs for a living. Does she mess up the words of her own songs that she performs?
Another problem was the lack of respect of the players for our National Anthem. When I was growing up, it was expected that the members of the audience remove their hats and place their right hands over their hearts. It was disheartening to see the players, who should be especially thankful for the opportunities afforded them by this great nation, not showing respect for what the Anthem stands for. As Fillmore in Cars said, “Respect the classics, man!”
The final reason that we turned off the game was the commercials. We usually LOVE watching the commercials, but they seemed different this year. Maybe, it was because of our son’s issues that the commercials took a different view. Here is our take on the few commercials that we did see before turning off the TV.
1. Doritos – We worked for a few years to break our son of his habit of wiping his hands on his pants. Thank you Doritos for teaching him to wipe his hands on his pants and then ask me to smell his pants and take them off. We are leaving on vacation tomorrow. If he asks a stranger to smell his pants, Doritos will be banned from our house.
2. Chevrolet – What were you thinking? I know that some people got a laugh about the truck constantly getting the father to rescue the son from the well, volcano, cave, etc. Do you not remember the Autism Spectrum girl in Florida who went missing a year or so ago. She had read an America Girl book about adventures outside and went on her own adventure for a few days. Fortunately, she was found. I wonder how many Autism Spectrum kids will go missing because they think that their parent’s Chevrolet truck will save them.
3. Pepsi and Bud Light – What is up with the can throwing? The Bud Light commercial happened so fast, but it looked like someone got a can to the head. Pepsi was very clear with theirs. By the way, Pepsi, what are you trying to say about family values when it is okay for the wife to constantly hit the husband if he is eating sweets?
While many people may find no problem with the commercials that I have just listed, these commercials (and the horrible rendition of our Nation Anthem) have probably put the Superbowl into Yesterland for us. The Superbowl has become more about money and less about quality, and we have better things to do with our time.