Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

30 Jan 2010

NY Times: Excess Reigns Super Bowl

The headline might be missing a word, but the latest New York Times feature -- on the history of Super Bowl largesse -- is not.

Posted by: Mike Tanier on 30 Jan 2010

11 comments, Last at 31 Jan 2010, 6:11pm by Mr Shush


by Paul R :: Sat, 01/30/2010 - 7:00pm


I mean...First Super Bowl: Packers 35, Chiefs 10.

by John (not verified) :: Sat, 01/30/2010 - 7:37pm

We can fix these italics. Surely.

by John (not verified) :: Sat, 01/30/2010 - 7:38pm

Actually, no, we can't, because Mike used italics tags, which aren't allowed in comments.

by Paul R :: Sat, 01/30/2010 - 8:20pm

This is weird. I don't see any italics, and I didn't use any in my post above.

Does anybody else use Google Chrome? I do, and it's, apparently, italics-proof.

by John (not verified) :: Sun, 01/31/2010 - 12:58am

Mike used them in the initial post. Someone later apparently fixed it.

by BroncosGuy (not verified) :: Sun, 01/31/2010 - 2:14pm

Yes, we can. And don't call me Shirley.

by HostileGospel :: Sat, 01/30/2010 - 7:05pm

(fail at fixing broken italics, disregard)

Overall, I'd be kind of embarrassed to critique something when I didn't know what the hell I was talking about, but then, oh yeah, my NAME is on what I write, isn't it?

-Les Bowen

by Travis :: Sat, 01/30/2010 - 10:14pm

The ticket price prevented a sellout, so the first Super Bowl was blacked out within 75 miles of Los Angeles.

Super Bowl I would have been blacked out in Los Angeles even if the game had sold out. All NFL games, sellout or no, were blacked out within 75 miles of the host city until 1973, when the NFL revised its blackout policy. The first Super Bowl televised in the host city was Super Bowl VII.

by Vague (not verified) :: Sat, 01/30/2010 - 11:18pm

"The news media do not just cover the Super Bowl, it covers itself covering the Super Bowl, self-referentially glorifying in the excess while gorging on television hours and column inches."

Its like a play within a play with a play or a dude dressed like a dude pretending to be another dude.

captcha:spook hangdog

by Briguy :: Sun, 01/31/2010 - 1:51am

Also, "After four decades, hype has become metahype: excessive analysis of excess itself." He's writing about meta-hype! Does that make it meta-meta-hype?

by Mr Shush :: Sun, 01/31/2010 - 6:11pm

Third order hype, I believe would be the term.