Jan 31, 2014

Super Bowl Sunday, an American circus like no other

Nothing unites America like the Super Bowl. But amid the New York glitz and TV advertising glamour, there's a dark side to one of the world's biggest sporting events.

Andrew Murfett — Freelance journalist in Florida

Andrew Murfett

Freelance journalist in Florida

From the outside, it’s easy to knock the pageantry and conceited arrogance inherent to American football. It is impossible, however, to deny its financial might and cultural supremacy here in the United States. Indeed, for an AFL or NRL fan, gridiron’s dominance as a true national football code is something to behold.

This Sunday (Monday morning Australian time), another National Football League season reaches its apex as Seattle and Denver headline the biggest annual US sporting event, the Super Bowl. In the week-long build-up to the game, itself an orgy of hyperbole, the NFL has annexed a good portion of midtown Manhattan, even though the inconvenient truth is the game will actually be played in less-glamorous New Jersey.

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2 thoughts on “Super Bowl Sunday, an American circus like no other

  1. Itsarort

    “…the more youthfully exuberant Seattle” QB is Russell Wilson. Manning vs Wilson, old vs young, conservative vs creative… Go Seattle!!

  2. Gavin Moodie

    Please to dot extend US hegemony by giving it the name of the continent comprising 34 other countries.

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