Rob Oller commentary: There was an entertaining game amid all the glitz | The Columbus Dispatch

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The annual Super Bowl paradox - a game of substance enveloped in so-called style - reveals itself with every celebrity camera shot and TV commercial trying too hard to be funny.
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Lfod

Canal Winchester, OH

#1 Feb 7, 2011
It is called "The LOMBARDI Trophy" for a very good reason. Now if the Packers could stay healty next year and there is no strike.....
Linda

Galloway, OH

#2 Feb 7, 2011
I wish all sports were eliminated from television forever. Think about it. No sports on the tv, radio. No sports at the arena's, colleges, high school. No football, baseball, basketball games ever again. No more booze drinking, belly flapping, drunken people to have to see hooting and hollering. No more chickey's screaming goooooo whatever! All the money spent on this garbage could be spent on something productive.
CincyTom

Cincinnati, OH

#3 Feb 7, 2011
Great summary, Rob; particularly about the babies crying on a three-hour flight. I was impressed with Rodgers.

Was it just me or did that field seem like it was giving players a lot of trouble with footing? I was also wondering if perhaps the field wasn't partially responsible for some of the injuries. Often the field contributes to ankle and shoulder injuries. Just wondering...
Gadfly

Columbus, OH

#4 Feb 7, 2011
I agree. This national preoccupation with grown men who play with a ball is insane. To make matters worse, some actually are amazed that some people play better than others. Go figure.
CincyTom

Cincinnati, OH

#5 Feb 7, 2011
Gadfly wrote:
I agree. This national preoccupation with grown men who play with a ball is insane. To make matters worse, some actually are amazed that some people play better than others. Go figure.
Linda's comment is perhaps fair though sports make up a small percentage of tv, radio, and newspapers. I would agree or challenge the salaries paid to these "grown men who play with a ball." For me, I also enjoy watching women's sports; especially during the winter and summer olympics. My life does not revolve around sports. To some extent watching sports is an escape from watching cop shows on TV that are much too realisitic of what's happening on many streets of American cities while their commercials are pushing drugs of one kind or another for the so-called normal consumer. Yes, some people play better than others.

Since: Sep 09

Columbus, OH

#6 Feb 7, 2011
Linda wrote:
I wish all sports were eliminated from television forever. Think about it. No sports on the tv, radio. No sports at the arena's, colleges, high school. No football, baseball, basketball games ever again. No more booze drinking, belly flapping, drunken people to have to see hooting and hollering. No more chickey's screaming goooooo whatever! All the money spent on this garbage could be spent on something productive.
Er uh Linda,

What were you doing in the Sports section this morning?
Jeff

United States

#7 Feb 7, 2011
"And all that was before a halftime show that made crying babies on a three-hour flights seem welcome by comparison."

Amen! That was the worst halftime show that I've ever seen.
Balls Deep

Columbus, OH

#8 Feb 7, 2011
AJ Hawk, Matt Wilhelm and Ryan Pickett all played well for the Packers. Congrats to them!
Thunder Lizard

Chillicothe, OH

#9 Feb 7, 2011
Linda wrote:
I wish all sports were eliminated from television forever. Think about it. No sports on the tv, radio. No sports at the arena's, colleges, high school. No football, baseball, basketball games ever again. No more booze drinking, belly flapping, drunken people to have to see hooting and hollering. No more chickey's screaming goooooo whatever! All the money spent on this garbage could be spent on something productive.
Now we know why you live alone.
Har

Columbus, OH

#10 Feb 7, 2011
First sentence of fourth paragraph = possibly the best ever featured in the Dispatch.
Balls Deep

Columbus, OH

#11 Feb 7, 2011
Linda wrote:
I wish all sports were eliminated from television forever. Think about it. No sports on the tv, radio. No sports at the arena's, colleges, high school. No football, baseball, basketball games ever again. No more booze drinking, belly flapping, drunken people to have to see hooting and hollering. No more chickey's screaming goooooo whatever! All the money spent on this garbage could be spent on something productive.
Crawl back under your rock, troll, and get back to watching housewives.
Barry_S

Toledo, OH

#12 Feb 7, 2011
Linda wrote:
I wish all sports were eliminated from television forever. Think about it. No sports on the tv, radio. No sports at the arena's, colleges, high school. No football, baseball, basketball games ever again. No more booze drinking, belly flapping, drunken people to have to see hooting and hollering. No more chickey's screaming goooooo whatever! All the money spent on this garbage could be spent on something productive.
This why I'm so happy we gave women the right to vote.
Curtis

Fort Wayne, IN

#13 Feb 7, 2011
Linda wrote:
I wish all sports were eliminated from television forever. Think about it. No sports on the tv, radio. No sports at the arena's, colleges, high school. No football, baseball, basketball games ever again. No more booze drinking, belly flapping, drunken people to have to see hooting and hollering. No more chickey's screaming goooooo whatever! All the money spent on this garbage could be spent on something productive.
Linda, you sound as if you play softball.
good job rob

Columbus, OH

#14 Feb 7, 2011
You summed it up pretty well, Rob. If there hadn't been an excellent football game being played amidst all of the annoying distractions, it would have been an utterly torturous experience. Worst commercials, worst halftime show, worst pregame ceremonies ever... EVER...
The Rational One

Columbus, OH

#15 Feb 7, 2011
The result was the best!
GBPfan

Colorado Springs, CO

#16 Feb 7, 2011
Linda wrote:
I wish all sports were eliminated from television forever. Think about it. No sports on the tv, radio. No sports at the arena's, colleges, high school. No football, baseball, basketball games ever again. No more booze drinking, belly flapping, drunken people to have to see hooting and hollering. No more chickey's screaming goooooo whatever! All the money spent on this garbage could be spent on something productive.
Yes, then we all can watch The Bachelor, soap operas and shows about fat people. We can start spending our money productively on our nails, makeup, our hair, 80 pairs of shoes, diet products, clothes for annoying yappy little dogs, and cosmetic surgery. Wouldn't that be the ideal world?

Since: Jan 10

Westerville, OH

#17 Feb 7, 2011
Linda wrote:
I wish all sports were eliminated from television forever. Think about it. No sports on the tv, radio. No sports at the arena's, colleges, high school. No football, baseball, basketball games ever again. No more booze drinking, belly flapping, drunken people to have to see hooting and hollering. No more chickey's screaming goooooo whatever! All the money spent on this garbage could be spent on something productive.
You are so far out of whack it's hard to determine where to start. So I'll go in order.
1. No more sports on TV and radio? What then shall we watch to divert our attention from our crappy lives? Rich teen w.h.o.r.e.s from Beverly Hills? Rich adult harpy Housewives? Grossly obese people sweating and crying? I know -- a 24-hour rotation of Price is Right and Wheel of Fortune!(please shoot me before this happens)
2. No sports ever again? What about the hundreds of companies and hundreds of thousands of jobs held by people who build, maintain and operate venues; make and sell equipment and memorabilia; or produce and distribute sports media products? What happens to the thousands of young men and women for whom athletic prowess is a ticket to higher education and good jobs that they never could attain otherwise? You gonna kick them all to the curb or put them on welfare? And what about the millions who play sports for fitness and recreation? Gonna shut all of us down, too?
3. You don't want to see stupid, ugly or vapid people in the stadium, then DON'T WATCH! I'm sure that no one has tied you to a chair, propped your eyes open and forced you to endure a broadcast. Of course, maybe if someone forced you to watch some of the other garbage on TV, you'd think sports were pretty good.
4. You don't like the way we spend OUR disposable income? Tough cookies! I'll spend MY hard-earned money as I bloody well please. You'd rather have us spend it on fancier cars, bigger houses, useless trinkets and stuff that our kids will have to either auction off or trash when we die? Maybe you think we should give it all to charity so poor African kids can grow up to be poor African adults who have more poor African kids. Well, I already give ten times more money and five times more hours to charitable work than I do to sports. Can't make me feel guilty about the 1% of my income that I spend goofing off.

My guess here is that you're actually p.o.'d at some individual who pays more attention to sports than he does to you. Because you don't have the guts to address the real problem, you transfer your anger to the sports. Time to grow up, Linda.
Bullfarts

United States

#18 Feb 7, 2011
elric wrote:
<quoted text>

1. No more sports on TV and radio? What then shall we watch to divert our attention from our crappy lives?
Answer: Watch exciting shows like "Storage Wars" and "American Pickers"

2. No sports ever again? What about the hundreds of companies and hundreds of thousands of jobs held by people who build, maintain and operate venue1. No more sports on TV and radio? What then shall we watch to divert our attention from our crappy lives?s;

Answer: Join the Circus

make and sell equipment and memorabilia;

Answer: Get a job with Fruit of the Loom and Topps

or produce and distribute sports media products?

Answer: Sell Oprah Magazines instead for extra cash

What happens to the thousands of young men and women for whom athletic prowess is a ticket to higher education and good jobs that they never could attain otherwise?

Answer: Go to college and get a useful degree in something other than Landscaping (eg; Eddie George)

You gonna kick them all to the curb or put them on welfare?

Answer: Yes

And what about the millions who play sports for fitness and recreation? Gonna shut all of us down, too?

Answer: PS3

3. You don't want to see stupid, ugly or vapid people in the stadium, then DON'T WATCH! I'm sure that no one has tied you to a chair, propped your eyes open and forced you to endure a broadcast. Of course, maybe if someone forced you to watch some of the other garbage on TV, you'd think sports were pretty good.

Answer: Ban all ugly people from ticket sales

4. You don't like the way we spend OUR disposable income? Tough cookies! I'll spend MY hard-earned money as I bloody well please. You'd rather have us spend it on fancier cars, bigger houses, useless trinkets and stuff that our kids will have to either auction off or trash when we die?

Answer: Screw the kids

Maybe you think we should give it all to charity so poor African kids can grow up to be poor African adults who have more poor African kids.

Answer: Don't forget the Crackers and the Chicos too.

Well, I already give ten times more money and five times more hours to charitable work than I do to sports.

Answer: Prison release duty does not count

Can't make me feel guilty about the 1% of my income that I spend goofing off.

Answer: and the other 99% writing on Topix

My guess here is that you're actually p.o.'d at some individual who pays more attention to sports than he does to you. Because you don't have the guts to address the real problem, you transfer your anger to the sports. Time to grow up, Linda.

Answer: Yeah Linda, grow up
axgrinder

Dayton, OH

#19 Feb 7, 2011
I never bother watching this game, too busy , but I was glad to hear Ben ( I should be in jail for rape)Worthlessburger's team got drubbed
Dude

Mooresville, NC

#20 Feb 7, 2011
Linda wrote:
I wish all sports were eliminated from television forever. Think about it. No sports on the tv, radio. No sports at the arena's, colleges, high school. No football, baseball, basketball games ever again. No more booze drinking, belly flapping, drunken people to have to see hooting and hollering. No more chickey's screaming goooooo whatever! All the money spent on this garbage could be spent on something productive.
I wonder if Linda is a SHE. Or, if a lot of guys have just been took???

The article? Oh, well, it kept ol Rob out of the un-employment line for another day.

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