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Published: Friday, Feb. 4 2011 12:08 a.m. MST

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John Charity Spring
Alloway, NJ

The answer to this question is simple: the Super Bowl IS a pagan ritual that represents the worst of modern athletics.

There was a time in this Country when professional sports were based on loyalty, sportsmanship, and love of the game. Now, they have become nothing more than a festival of greed, self-centeredness, and disloyalty.

In addition, the Super Bowl in particular does not reflect the values of society. It desecrates the airways with one commercial after another that glorifies materialism, substance abuse, and indiscriminant sexuality.

It is time to say enough is enough. If the NFL will not return to the value-centered league it was in the days of Vince Lombardi, the public should take a stand and boycott the Super Bowl.

Happy Valley Heretic
Orem, UT

Pagan Ritual... unless one team prays more sincerely for the win then it's manifest destiny... oh I give... it's one long infomercial.

Wally West
SLC, UT

re: John Charity Spring | 6:31 a.m. Feb. 4, 2011

Have you ever said anything positive about anything or is everything representative of how evil 21st century America is?

Good grief its a game. Lighten up junior!

JoeBlow
Miami Area, Fl

"the public should take a stand and boycott the Super Bowl."

I am pretty confident that your TV has a channel button and an off button. I suggest that you exercise your right as will I.

Me? Its the one time when I DON'T leave during the commercials. Love those godaddy adds and those "substance abuse" commercials are usually very witty.

Hank Pym
SLC, UT

re: JoeBlow | 9:10 a.m. Feb. 4, 2011

"Me? Its the one time when I DON'T leave during the commercials. Love those godaddy adds and those "substance abuse" commercials are usually very witty."

Ditto. Lets not forget the Beer Co ads & movie trailers.

Big Dog
Cottonwood Heights, UT

What does prostitution, sex-trafficing or even greed have to do with Pagan ritual? It seems somebody has been grossly misinformed about Pagans.

Anti Bush-Obama
Washington DC, MD

Pagan Ritual 100%. The military will be violating Posse Comintatus by policing at the event.

Pagan
Salt Lake City, UT

'What does prostitution, sex-trafficing or even greed have to do with Pagan ritual? It seems somebody has been grossly misinformed about Pagans.' - Big Dog | 10:07 a.m. Feb. 4, 2011

THANK you!

BigBoy
Mean Streets of Orem, UT

who cares what it is, its American and fun and people are allowed to celebrate something that makes them happy without needing it analyzed to death by the wet blankets of the world. dont like the game? do something else!

2 bits
Cottonwood Heights, UT

I don't know if it's "PAGAN" or not, but it's definitely a tradition. I guess you could call it a ritual. And what's wrong with that?

2 bits
Cottonwood Heights, UT

William,

If it were really a P.A.G.A.N. (People Against Goodness And Normalcy) ritual... there would be leggings, horns, snake pit, orgies, unwilling sacrificial virgins, and instead of passing the nachos around... there would be bowls of drugs.

Didn't you see Dragnet?

CHS 85
Sandy, UT

Good heavens. It is a game - a game that two teams have worked very hard to get to. Can't we celebrate the athletic achievement of these men and enjoy watching them play each other? It is hardly the downfall of civilization.

John Charity Spring
Alloway, NJ

CHS asks a legitimate question. If the broadcast really was about athletic acheivement and fair competition, it would be worth watching. Unfortunately, that is not what the broadcast is about.

As noted by several prior commenters, the broadcast minimizes the game itself, and instead emphasizes commercials that cater to the basest purient interest.

It is not enough for one person to simply hit the OFF button on the television. Millions of impressionable children will be subjected to commercials from irresponsible corporations such as Go Daddy and Budweiser. These commercials focus entirely on sex and substance abuse. Only a fool would think that there is no consequence for this exposure.

Hutterite
American Fork, UT

It's usually not much of a game, although there are some exceptions. Commercials are great. And, aside from in the USA, children the world over are usually unscathed by the whole exercise.

Wally West
SLC, UT

John Charity Spring | 6:31 a.m. Feb. 4, 2011

"It is time to say enough is enough. If the NFL will not return to the value-centered league it was in the days of Vince Lombardi, the public should take a stand and boycott the Super Bowl."

re: John Charity Spring | 5:33 p.m. Feb. 4, 2011

"It is not enough for one person to simply hit the OFF button on the television."

Wow! Talk about contradicting yourself What is a boycott? To me, its a group of like minded individuals banding together for a common purpose.

Arm of Orion
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Then count me a fool because I have watched the super bowl and its commercials for years and have had no ill-effects. (except for when my team loses)

Ernest T. Bass
Bountiful, UT

It's less pagan than a masonic based ceremony.

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