When the Hobbit Frodo asked of his best friend Sam, why they were continuing their quest1 he asked ”What are we holding onto, Sam?” And Sam replied “That there’s some good in this world, Mr. Frodo… and it’s worth fighting for.” I wonder if our Hobbit friends would give up their quest after watching a SuperBowl, the least offensive component of which was the 3rd quarter power outage which should have reminded us of our fallibility; even as we surround ourselves with what are supposedly God-like athletes who more often than not turn out to be seriously flawed men.
Take the on-field antics of the Harbaugh brothers who make the evil Wizard Saramon’s “Orcs” seem docile. There was brother John, the winning coach, excoriating the NFL’s Mike Kensil during the power outage with a stream of profanity2 Quentin Tarantino would envy. The late Earl of Chesterfield in “Advice to his Son…3” instructed the youth that the measure of a gentleman would always show when the positive outcome of a situation was most in doubt “…there is more judgement required, for the proper conduct of our virtues than for avoiding their opposite vices.” Harbaugh later said he regretted the outburst which I imagine was cheered on by the 99.999% of Baltimore Ravens fans who have yet to read The Earl’s advice.
Then there was the much ballyhooed halftime show performed by Beyonce which advanced the SuperBowl tradition that the best use of a scantily clad woman’s hips is to promote voyeurism. Throw in 10 minutes of non-stop erotic “beats” and one must wonder if this is the best “…good worth fighting for” we have? Especially now that women of Beyonce’s age can actually participate in combat the only thing we may be fighting for is her “right” to join us in a foxhole; guarded by the 8 pack abbed eunuchs from the Calvin Klein commercial.
The Earl of Stanfield’s “Letters to His Son” books ended with “Advice to His Son on Men and Manners”