“You get hit the hardest when trying to run or hide from a problem. Like the defense on a football field, putting all focus on evading only one defender is asking to be blindsided.” ― Criss Jami,
B A L L S I Z E – O B J E C T O F S C R U T I N Y
“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity.” — Charles Dickens
The above quote by could be describing the time in which we are now living. Confusion, disbelief, mayhem, civil disobedience and extreme governmental presence and interference not only earmarked the French Revolution as a time of great uncertainty but also our present day political and social situation.
In this particular context I am centering all my attention on today’s Super Bowl LI. A number of important firsts may be utilized today that might confuse and even upset avid football fans. Die hard football fans will take it all in stride. Do it for the Gipper!
(1) Ball size important
The size and firmness of the ball used is always an important consideration. Last year’s football tampering scandal involving New England Patriot’s quarterback Tom Brady rocked the football world.
This year specially equipped drones with infra-red detectors will constantly surveille the field and will immediately relay any such tampering incidents to field officials.
Brady told press officials that last year’s incident will not affect his performance on the field this year. The photo above shows a player squeezing his ball during the game. Spy craft does have its advantages.
(2) Increased off field security
It is rumored that people attending the game will be asked to produce their Green Cards at the gate to ensure that only certified and “fully vetted” and approved American citizens be allowed to watch the game. This closer scrutiny may also apply to the players and field officials. It is after all a great American pastime.
Game attendees are reminded that this is not a ban…only a precaution.
(3) Wide screen Twitter Feeds
The television large screens used at the game will be specially modified to receive and display all presidential Twitter feeds. This may include immediate critiques and comments on how well the on field officials and judges have called the plays and penalties. Arm chair quarterbacking is considered to be a non-interference activity in many White House circles.
(4) Half time entertainment special
A specially vetted and approved mariachi band from Mexico will entertain the folks during half time. A special 20 foot high pinata in the shape of a donkey will be placed on center field.Vice President
Pence and select members of his travelling entourage and foreign affairs commission will take swipes at the effigy in the hopes of exposing its prize filled contents.
The president of Mexico as a gesture of good will had the pinata filled with flyers extolling the sentiment “God bless America”. This folks, is not a trojan horse.
(5) Presidential Blessing for the game
President Donald J. Trump will officially kick of the game activities this afternoon. A brief but informative presidential monologue will extol the positive aspects of team play and competition and also extol the virtues and leadership skills of a competent quarterback who knows what’s best for the team.
Steve Bannon, chief White House Strategist and the second most powerful man in the world, will also say a few words about fair play and the importance of mutual respect and co-operation.
According to a recent Time Magazine article he and Mr Trump have formed a mind meld. Imagine that. Two men sharing one united mind. Un precedented to be sure.
All in all it should be an exciting afternoon. If you have the time and are not busy marching in the streets protesting presidential interference and unfairness enjoy the bowl. Popping open a few brewskies and enjoying delicious corn dogs and chips and dip is also a great American past time. — gc