Without fail, twice a year, I have a fond thought for a man I never had the pleasure of meeting. Those times: National Football League opening day and during the frenzy leading up to an American holiday called the Super Bowl.
This week we fans will stroll the streets, swap our favorite Seahawks superstitions, and snap "Twelfies." We'll nod and slap high-fives with neighbors; we'll chat stats as if we actually understand the cool language of numbers.
Seems a little odd, no?
With only a couple days to game time, the clock is ticking on your big game party prep! Is your home ready for a crowd of cheering party-goers and guests to come get their game on?
When the University of Oregon and Ohio State University football teams squared off in the national championship game earlier this month, the undisputed winner was Nike.
Forty percent of the public says football is their favorite sport to watch, making it roughly four times more popular than any other sport. Even so, the dominance of football in American culture should not be taken for granted.
The course of ardent love needs to involve pain, and sometimes even agony or tragedy, doesn't it? That's the formula in theater, if not always in life.
One topic is the main ethical debate around professional football's "Deflategate" and whether quarterback Tom Brady and/or other New England Patriots are cheating and lying. The second topic is a constant: the morality of supporting football.
The best part of any sports movie is the inspirational speech right before The Big Game. Whether it's the Super Bowl or Little League, there's nothing a good, old-fashioned motivational speech can't fix!
Marijuana is now the nation's fastest-growing industry. The legal marijuana industry brought in $2.4 billion last year, so it's certainly no longer any sort of laughing matter. That figure represents an increase of a whopping 74 percent in one year's time, and it is estimated that the total legal market could be worth $11 billion as soon as 2019.
Like millions of Americans, my family loves to watch the Super Bowl every year. My foodie husband, Ed, and I have a passion for the power of good, hea...
The game of football is being highly scrutinized and rightfully so. Wait, what? Yes, I think that there should be a national conversation about football and all other activities that could lead to concussions or other traumatic brain injuries (TBIs).
Even though fans cry foul and sponsors chastise the league, people keep watching and corporate dollars still flow into the NFL coffers. So why should the NFL change? After all, even the unwilling have to watch the Super Bowl.
They say that whatever doesn't kill you makes you stronger. That certainly appears to be true with the NFL. Over the past year it has been rocked by a series of brand-damaging events that have been magnified by media coverage.
It started long before "Deflate-gate", but that episode of alleged cheating by the New England Patriots -- reportedly playing with under-inflated footballs during the AFC Championship game to give the quarterback better grip -- only magnifies the hate.
Americans enjoy football because football reflects the values of strength, courage, strategy, self-discipline, teamwork, and celebrity that American culture holds dear. It's also refreshing to watch someone else get crushed by a 260-pound linebacker after you've had a lousy week at work.