Super Bowl open thread

I’m going to be spending the whole day with Christina making videos and I’ll be in the air during the game.  Time to ask for an extra pack of peanuts.

I enjoy football so I do usually watch the Super Bowl.  The Super Bowl used to be an almost guaranteed blowout in favor of the favored team at the time and, thus, boring.  But in Super Bowl XLII the underdog Giants had a real Rocky-esque moment, played a hell of a game, and won a hell of a game.

That bit of nostalgia alone makes me kind of eager for this game.

So, conversation starters.

1.  Who to root for?

I love the Patriots.  I love Tom Brady, the guy has heart.  But so does Eli Manning and I have a real soft spot in my heart for the underdog in big games (it has been the bane of my NCAA bracket for years).  The Pats are 2.5 point favorite and I think anybody betting would be an absolute fool not to take New England minus the points.  Which means that even though I like the Pats, I must root for Eli Manning and the Giants to pull another upset.

For which team will you be cheering?

2.  American Atheists ad.

There has been much to do about American Atheist’s campaign of public atheism/criticism of faith.  Shock and surprise: I love it.

Well, they’re going  to be at it again during the Super Bowl.

An Atheist civil rights group announced today that it will be flying an airplane banner on Super Bowl Sunday around Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. The banner will read “Football beats church anytime – atheists.org.” The banner is scheduled to be in the air from 9:30-11:30 AM local time.

I want believers getting used to the idea that the only place beliefs are safe from criticism is in church.  Outside they get to be made to defend their beliefs or acknowledge that their beliefs are silly.

What do you think of this tactic?

Enjoy the game everyone.  :)

About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.


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