I have a few thoughts about the big game Sunday night.
1. No more halftime shows similar to what I saw (or more accurately had to not see) Sunday night. The Beyonce show was embarrassing for me to think that many children saw it. For many kids, it is a special privilege to watch the game. All this year’s show was a Las Vegas bump and grind floor show to demonstrate to the United States what it already knew: That Beyonce was/is a sex symbol. I am no prude; Beyonce is certainly super attractive. But children watch this halftime show every year, sometimes as a special treat because the game is a cultural icon. But should young adolescents, boys or girls be exposed to that? The boys don’t need any more hormones out of whack; the girls do not need to be encouraged to imitate the dress and behavior of Beyonce’s Big Game style! If you do not believe out of whack girls’ attire is occurring, walk through most public middle or high schools today. Even the Washington Post admits in its blog article of admiration:
Yes, she was wearing a devastatingly sexy black teddy–plunging neckline cut to her navel–but the garment was leather, not satin, and in it Beyonce wasn’t merely burlesquing. Here was a 21st-century goddess, full-bodied, but with the muscular power of tennis stars Venus and Serena Williams. Beyonce’s athleticism doesn’t get enough credit. Do not question it; did you see her sink to her knees and rise up again in those heels, sans thigh cramps?
2. The trash talking on the field has got to stop. Once and for all. It was obvious from the early moments of the game that players from each team were trash-talking or taunting one another, especially on pass plays. It almost caused an embarrassing fight in the early part of the game. Can’t some NFL coach simply say: Look, gentlemen, you are professionals. You earn in this game more than many who watch it will earn in a year. Now I’ll say it. No taunting and trash talking. Simply stop it. I’ll fine you, pull you from this game or even get rid of you. It sets a bad example for the youth of America. If not, perhaps Commissioner Goodell ought to stop it and while he is at it, find a way to have a solid halftime show without the bump and grind of Sunday evening.