Forget Christmas or the Fourth of July. Super Bowl Sunday has become the true American day of celebration, with more gatherings of family and friends, TV watching, chili and beer consumption and money won and lost than any official national holiday.
Not only did our beloved New York Giants show their unique, amazing spirit on this holiest of days, but so did all of America.
For example: Screaming matches ensued and violence threatened over how long Kelly Clarkson sang the national anthem. I’m not making this up.
Seems that Vegas oddsmakers set the “over/under” on the length of the anthem at 1:34, and Clarkson took it right down to the wire. With substantial money riding on the outcome, sports betting sites had to resort to instant replay to see if she went over or under. One gambling web site clocked the song at 1:33.8, while a site called Bovada timed it at 1.34.2. A third site that declared the time to be 1:34 on the nose, making it a no bet, was reportedly beseiged by angry gamblers.
Meanwhile the people in Massachusetts took the loss with grace and dignity. In one instance, riot police were called in to disperse hundreds of angry students who gathered at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Officers on horseback used smoke grenades to scatter the students, who chanted “USA! USA!” while hurling beer cans at the cops.
Other things you might have missed in the excitement:
Newt Gingrich said the fact that the two Super Bowl teams represented two of the nation’s most progressive cities was the result of “a sinister plot by the liberal media, inspired by Saul Alinsky.”
NY Mayor Bloomberg, noting how the Giants victory energized the city and that it was “no coincidence” that the team won two Super Bowls under his leadership, announced his decision to run for an unprecedented (and illegal, wink-wink) 4th term as Mayor.
New England backup quarterback Tim Bullrush-Teebone blamed God for the Patriots loss, saying his prayers were coldly ignored and that he has decided to become an atheist.
Finally, ex-GOP Presidential contender and Texas Governor Rick Perry sent his heartfelt congratulations to the New York Jets and coach Rex Ryan for their inspiring Super Bowl victory.
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