When sports transcend

Feb. 03, 2013 @ 07:03 AM


Today is Super Bowl Sunday. A day where we celebrate football's finest with the most watched television event of the year.

Millions of people — right around 115 million of them — will gather around their television sets whether it be alone or with a dozen of their closest friends.

Chicken wings will be deep fried and sauced, nachos will be covered with an array of delicious dips, pizzas will be ordered and delivered and beers will be poured into numerous bellies.

While millions of football fans enjoy a clash of football titans, millions of pop culture fans will have their eyes glued to the television to enjoy commercials and halftime performances. It's the ultimate clash of sports and pop culture. A clash that I'm okay with.

For the past several weeks there have been numerous occasions where sports figures have been in the news for the wrong reason. Many of these instances have become pop culture/media circuses.

Lance Armstrong admitted his doping on Oprah, Manti Te'o confided his feeling over the famous Lennay Kekua hoax with Katie Couric and the hoaxer talked about his true, romantic feelings towards Te'o on the air with Dr. Phil.

The play and attention that these stories have received has driven me crazy. I want nothing more than for sports to be relegated to ESPN and other proper outlets and for silly stories like Te'o's to be left to E! and TMZ. I can't take any more of my precious sports time being taken over by talk about Kris Humphries and Kim Kardashian and whether or not he should accept a divorce settlement so she can marry Kanye West. I just can't take it.

Sports is sports and pop culture is pop culture. Let's keep the two separated. I'm not one to complain about Kim Kardashian being on my TV, but let me decide when to keep up with the Kardashians.

Super Bowl Sunday, however, is a time that I accept the meeting of the worlds. I'm okay with the ladies that sit through the actual game for cute commercials. Hell, it's a way to actually get your girlfriend to watch the game with you.

Tonight is just an overall great event for everyone. So no matter if your team is a part of the game or if you really even care for football — which would be strange since this is the sports page — enjoy the night and all that it has to offer.

Watch a great game, spend time with friends, eat unhealthy foods and enjoy one of the biggest nights of the year...there's really no excuse not to.