Superbowl XLVII

The day may come when reckoning time according to the birth of Christ will give way to numbering our years according to the Roman numerals of the Superbowl.  That’s basically what the ancient Greeks did when they counted their years according to what Olympiad it was.   Anyway, we need to recognize our de facto national holiday, which happens on Sunday:  The Superbowl.  It has acquired its own rituals:  assembling not with family but with friends; feasting on finger foods; watching commercials.  Maybe it’s time to ask of this festival day what we ask of other holidays:  What is the true meaning of Superbowl? We can also, of course, discuss the game.

The Packers being out of it, I have no dog in this fight.  I’ll be for the Ravens, simply because they are closer to where I live.  Plus, they are named after an Edgar Alan Poe poem, so that is in their favor.  Also, they are not from San Francisco, which has accumulated too much sports glory lately.

What are your predictions?  Let’s see who can call the score.

About Gene Veith

Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

  • http://www.jamiesinclair.com Jamie Sinclair

    28-21, Niners.

    (btw, I enjoy your blog.)

  • mikeb

    Ravens? Nevermore!

    I don’t have a dog in the hunt. I’m normally an AFC fan but refuse to root for the Ravens because they’ve had too much success over my Chiefs. And I’m attracted to the Kaepernick story so I’m rooting for the Niners.

    Doesn’t matter though. Defense wins championships and Baltimore is too soft. Could be a blowout. My prediction: 34-21 San Francisco.

  • Tom Hering

    When it comes to picking the winner, these guys are 3:1 since 2009:
    http://www.oregonlive.com/sherwood/index.ssf/2013/01/cat_adoption_team_felines_pred.html

  • Orianna Laun

    The Super Bowl has become too secularized. True believers are joined by once-a-year folk who come just for the spectacle. The non-true-fans pick a team based on whatever pleases them–location, connection, etc. The true fans come for football and to honor Mr. Vince Lombardi Trophy. Some don’t watch the game–only the commercials. Then there is the gluttony, plus the over-hyped halftime show; meanwhile, the decent act is stuck as pre game entertainment. I sound cynical, but I love watching the game, eating the traditional foods, and lamenting the butchered National Anthem and the commercials which don’t seem to be as good as they used to be.
    As for predictions, Harbaugh’s team will win. And Krum will get the snitch.

  • Pete

    21-10, Niners. I’m pretty sure I’d have to drown myself in the salsa bowl if I have to listen to Ray Lewis crow (what do ravens do – caw?) about how God gave him the victory.

  • Julian

    28-27 Ravens. Baltimore is more motivated, and deserving. And they can pull it off. And they’re from the Chosen State ©. Pete, I hope it’s mango salsa.

    As for our civic holiday, it’s the one football game I have dependably watched. It’s such a good story!

  • Steve Bauer

    I think we should take the word “super” out of Superbowl. Why should one bowl be considered more important or better than all the rest? The terminology is parochial and triumphalistic. It celebrates violence and a culture that places winning above everything else. It excludes all those people who do not believe it is so “super” or unique.

    We could replace “super” with XL or XXL. Then it could be XXLBowl XXVII.

  • Steve Bauer

    Whoops! I meant XXLBowl XLVII. I got carried away with all the X’s.

  • Steve Bauer

    And O’s.

  • Joe

    For the first time in my memory, I am considering not watching the game. I probably will watch it, but its not a guarantee at this point.

  • DonS

    27-21 Niners. I also have no dog in this fight, but we are hosting a Super Bowl party, so I will occasionally watch. Given the injury news that has been coming out of the football world lately, they might be using flags in a few years.

  • http://enterthevein.wordpress.com J. Dean

    My heart: 49ers

    Reality: Ravens

    My prediction: hopefully a game that goes down to the wire.

  • Grace

    The FORTY NINERS!

    The Super Bowl is a fun time, spent in the afternoon watchig football, sometimes with family and friends mixed in. I don’t think it needs to be psychoanalysed, it’s a game which many Americans enjoy with others.

    It isn’t a “ritual” it’s a time of rooting for your team, eating, laughing and crying if your team loses. No one sends cards, or gives gifts, it’s just the big game of the year!

    ENJOY!

  • Tom Hering
  • Orianna Laun

    I don’t know: I think a little analysis is warranted. There is much ritual surrounding the game–pre game coverage, pre game show, the coin toss, the singing of the National Anthem, etc. People who are fans and not fans tune in. Food plays a large part in the watching. It has all the earmarks of a holiday. It is interesting to ponder.
    Personally, I prefer “the big game” that is the Rose Bowl. It still has marching bands at half time, as it should be. If The Super Bowl had an awesome parade earlier in the day. . .and, no, Mardi Gras does not count.

  • kerner

    I am no fan of Ray Lewis. I don’t think of him much at all, really. But I kind of wish this guy well:

    http://www.latimes.com/sports/la-sp-plaschke-super-bowl-oher-20130201,0,5585563.column

    And it’s pretty hard to forgive Kaepernick for what he did to my beloved Packers. On the other hand, I usually think it’s better to have lost to the eventual Super Bowl winner (like everybody else) than to have lost to another loser. I guess I’m torn.

  • http://www.redeemedrambling.blogspot.com John

    24-21 Ravens. Maybe. Should be a good game.

  • helen

    Some NINERS FAN got too much money on this game?
    [And an electrician buddy, since it's happened before..... to NINERS' games, they say!?]

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