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Weekend Debate: Super Bowl or Inauguration?

Posted on: January 16, 2009 11:45 am
Edited on: January 16, 2009 3:13 pm
 

Friday's edition of the Wall Street Journal's Weekend Journal has the headline: The Inaugural Pregame Show. The spread goes on to inform travelers of all the great things to do in Washington while waiting for Tuesday's festivities to occur.

Interesting word choice, WSJ.

Pregame.

Pre- as in before. 

-game as in game.

Games? Games? Games? Boardgames? No. Videogames? Wicked Game? No!

Sports games? Yes.

As in before a big sports game?

Bingo.

Not Bingo, sports games!

What's the biggest sports game?

The Super Bowl?

Bingo!

No, the Super Bowl.

OK, so the story has me thinking what I would rather attend: The Obama inauguration or the Super Bowl?

I have my opinion on the matter, and it's probably too convoluted to share thanks to a decades worth of Redskins' mismanagement, but I pose the question to you, and you, and yes, you:

WWYTCCMD?

What would you, the CBSSports.com community member do?

Being that this is CBSSports.com and not CBSNews.com, I have a feeling. But it's not one I'm hooked on. This swearing in is a bit different than most. It may not involve the Budweiser Clydesdales, but some say this whole presidential hubbub is a bit, well, historical.

So is the Super Bowl, thee say, unless one is a Patriots fan. This is true. Four years between inaugurations is a blip on the Arizona Cardinals' Super Bowl attendance sheet. Ditto for the Jets, Lions, Saints and Chiefs.

But passion for one's team is a different animal than political fervor. For some, sports is a distraction, for others a means of connection. For some, politics is a means to action, for others a facilitator of dissatisfaction. 

Both events cater to the grandiose. One knights a democratic demigod, the other crowns a gridiron king.

Both have glitz, whether it be Kennedys, Clintons, and trips to Watergate or Barbers, Hasselback's and slips called "Nipplegate." 

Both have pregame star-studded events. Bono, Bruce, Beyonce, Mellencamp, Crow and Brooks will all perform before Obama is sworn in. Carnies, ghosts, Original Hooters girls, and kangaroos will be present in Tampa.

Both ... you get the point. Now share your's!

Category: NFL
Comments

Since: Jun 30, 2008
Posted on: January 17, 2009 2:37 am
 

Weekend Debate: Super Bowl or Inauguration?

Given the choice between sports and politics, I'll choose sports every time.

I may be showing my age here, but I've never considered presidential inaugurations to be that big of a deal. Nothing happens...nothing is decided...it's just a bunch of fanfare and...well...politics.

The Super Bowl is the pinnacle of the greatest sport in the world. From pee-wee leagues to the professionals, every person who has ever strapped on a pair of cleats dreams of one day playing in the greatest game on the largest stage of them all. It's really something spectacular.

It's also a chance to see football played on an extremely high level. Since there's only one game, you can be sure every player on the field is going to give it their all. It's the perfect test to determine who has the better team. The curious interaction between two distinct football philosophies is what makes football so entertaining, and the game usually features two of the finest.

As a football fan, how could anyone pass that up?



I could go on and on, but I'm sure you get my point.

Even with the historic nature of this year's presidential inauguration, I'd still take Super Bowl tickets over a trip to D.C. any day of the week.



Since: Sep 26, 2006
Posted on: January 17, 2009 1:59 am
 

Weekend Debate: Super Bowl or Inauguration?

The Super Bowl happens every year. The inauguration of our first African-American president happens only once. I'd go with the inauguration.

Although, I can see how you'd go to the Super Bowl if you were a Cardinals fan, because it's possible that the Cardinals in the Super Bowl happens only once as well.



Since: Oct 2, 2006
Posted on: January 16, 2009 9:12 pm
 

Weekend Debate: Super Bowl or Inauguration?

OMG THE SUPERBOWL!!!!

ITS IN TAMPA (WARM WEATHER)

I CAN BE WATCHING THE SUPERBOWL...NOT SOME "TALKING HEAD"

THE STRIP CLUBS ROCK!

IT'S NOT IN D.C.!!

AND THE STRIP CLUBS ROCK :)

DID I MENTION THE WEATHER????

I CAN READ ABOUT THE EMPTY PROMISES THAT WON'T BE KEPT ANYTIME! WATCHING MY CARDINALS BECOME SUPER BOWL CHAMPS IS THE WAY I WANT TO GO!!!!




Since: Aug 6, 2007
Posted on: January 16, 2009 7:11 pm
 

Weekend Debate: Super Bowl or Inauguration?

I choose the Super Bowl.

The reason I would choose the Super Bowl is because this man represent the wrong change that this country needs. He's not a communist, so don't say I said that, but he wants is a socialist in many ways. Look at the countries of Russia and China, do you want to be like them? If not, why vote for anyone who takes you in that direction. The less government involvement you have in your life, the better. I'm glad we have a minority president for once, not because of his race, but because it will shut people up. This country is much better than many make it sound. He wasn't my choice for president and I didn't vote for McCain either, so don't accuse me of that either. I would love to be at a presidential inauguration some day, but not for a president that I didn't want. I love america and hope he does a good job, but in this case I choose the super bowl.




Since: Nov 13, 2008
Posted on: January 16, 2009 4:53 pm
 

Weekend Debate: Super Bowl or Inauguration?

As a huge NFL fan, I'd have to say....the Inauguration. Don't get me wrong, the Bowl will probably be more entertaining for me, but we're talking major history here. The awe and emotion of the crowd could be incredible, our country showing maybe it's grown up a little- would love to be there. Besides, I think football is much better on television now than at the stadium, I like to see the game- would much rather be with a bunch of friends at my sports bar. And I will.




Since: Sep 9, 2006
Posted on: January 16, 2009 3:58 pm
 

Weekend Debate: Super Bowl or Inauguration?

They're different days...can't we do both? 

Not sure about the pre-game.  Didn't like it for the Superbowl and am not paying much attention for up to the swearing in.  However, only having to select one would be difficult.  I'm not an Obamanite, but I do understand the historical significance to this inauguration, regardless of which side of the aisle you're on.  That moment, it's not about party partisan but telling your grandchildren you were there when.  

Since I won't be able to afford either...it doesn't really matter...that's why they made tvs...lol.

 



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