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Who Will Win the Super Bowl?

It’s no secret that I’m not a sports fan. However, I do love to watch the commercials during the big events – such as today’s Super Bowl! Who doesn’t enjoy deciding which company won the Superbowl war for ‘best commercial’? Some of them are just downright outrageous, and make us head to YouTube over and over to re-watch them! Oh, wait… Super Bowl. There’s football played during that too, right? Ok, ok, fine… who’s going to win the thing?!

the Daleks. – Caroline

I vote for the Cylons – Haggis (Sean)

DALEKS!!!!! can take your CYLONS!!! – Caroline

Giants – Lou Paglia

Maybe if you followed sports more you would know. – Jonathan Brown

Seriously though, I’m in the same boat as Chris. I never watch sports, and the Super Bowl is the only time i’ll sit through a game. I always root for the underdog (who haven’t won a Super Bowl), and that’d be the Cardinals. – Haggis (Sean)

I’m with Caroline here. Cylons are superior in only one respect: they are better at dying. EXTERMINATE. … I’m sorry, we were talking sports, weren’t we. *backs away slowly* – Penguin Sparrow

the daleks would kill em all 😛 – Terry O’Fee

They would all be defeated by a single Twiki from Buck Rogers. – Haggis (Sean)

WTF . EXTERMINATE. WTF HAHAHA – Caroline

The commercials – Chris Welle

The Super Bowl is on? Cylons ….. a powder puff game of the 3’s vs the 6’s 😛 lol – Matt

Steelers, Coke – Mike Nayyar

Steelers, Budweiser – Steve Olson

Cards, Budweiser – Andy Beal

Steelers [because the hubs would divorce me otherwise], none because we don’t get the American commercial feed in Canada! Have to watch them later on YouTube! – Abby Martin

Cards. Pepsi. +1 Abby – Shey

Steelers, Ivars – Brian Daniel Eisenberg

I’m rooting for the Cardinals and I don’t care about the commercials. – Mathew™

Steelers, no commercials in germany – sdfx

Steelers of course, coke – Mike Hussein Cohen

Cthulhu’s Elder Gods, Fthagn – Tad, Made of Meat

No commercials in Germany? It must be really boring to watch, what with those 10-minute spaces between each play. – Glen Campbell

@glen it’s pretty bad. They show the cheering crowds during the breaks, kind of boring. And I never know which product to buy afterwards… – sdfx

This is the only game I ever bother to tune into. – l0ckergn0me

@l0ckergn0me Me to 🙂 – TheHenry

Steelers, FriendFeed – Kevin Fox

Kevin, serioulsy? FF did a Superbowl buy? wow you all must be rolling in the dough. 🙂 – Ken Gidley

Cardinals, iPhone – TheHenry

Steelers, GoDaddy – Chris White

Windows Blue Screen of Death- Ubuntu – Fred Grott

Man Utd. Red Devils; World Soccer Shop 🙂 – सत्याग्रह {Bren}

Cardinals. Wolverine trailer. – .LAG

No, we didn’t, but I still can’t wait to see it. 😉 – Kevin Fox

Crime and Punishment in the NFL?

Geek!This is Catherine Forsythe’s submission for the HP Magic Giveaway. Feel free to leave comments for this article as you see fit – your feedback is certainly welcomed! If you’d like to submit your own how-to, what-is, or top-five list, you can send it to me. Views and opinions of this writer are not necessarily my own:

Is there redemption in the National Football League (NFL) for a convicted athlete? That will be a question that the NFL and Commissioner Roger Goodell will have to answer in the summer of 2009. At the moment, former Atlanta Falcon quarterback Michael Vick is serving a prison term in Leavenworth for his involvement in a dog fighting operation. Michael Vick may be eligible for release in July 2009. He will be twenty nine years old and quite possibly still able to quarterback a professional football team.

The question is ‘will the NFL allow Michael Vick’s return?’. – There is no doubt about Michael Vick’s athletic ability. His football skills could mean that a team contends for a championship and that translates into a huge financial windfall for a franchise.

There will be those who will argue that Michael Vick should be allowed to return to his profession. Football is his craft. It is his livelihood. He has paid the legal penalty and satisfied the legal consequences. He has served his time; and it would be argued that he should be allowed to continue, in his chosen profession, to make a living.

Those opposed to Michael Vick’s return to the NFL may consider that his behaviour was so heinous that he deserves a life-long ban from professional football. That would mean that he would not be allowed to participate in the NFL in any capacity. There would be no affiliation whatsoever. Dog owners and pet people will say that Michael Vick killed dogs, in a cold blooded, calculated manner. And they would be correct. Dog owners and pet people form a powerful demographic.

Is the NFL obligated to its fans to present what appears to be an untainted image? Football, after all, is entertainment and Michael Vick’s former off field activities would continue to follow him, if he resumed his NFL career. Would it be a wise business move for the NFL, in terms of image, to allow Michael Vick to return to professional football?

It is a decision that Commissioner Roger Goodell will have to make. It will set a precedent, not only for Michael Vick but for athletes who will run afoul of the law. And truly, Commissioner Goodell is in a no-win situation. He will be pilloried if he allows Michael Vick’s return. A ban of Michael Vick from the NFL would draw an equally strong reaction. No matter what the decision is, the matter of race will enter the discussion.

If Michael Vick was not a professional athlete, would the decision be any easier? For the sake of argument, if Michael Vick was a day care worker involved with young children and convicted of these crimes, should he be allowed to resume his chosen career with kids? That alone is not a simple decision. The dilemma that confronts Commissioner Goodell is that this decision involved millions of dollars and there is the consideration of protecting the image of a beloved product. Football is a national American institution; and there are matters of image and what the football fans will accept.

Undoubtedly, there will be focus groups to tap into the opinion of football fans. Does the personal off-field conduct of a professional athlete matter? Was football Coach Vince Lombardi correct when he said “winning isn’t everything, it’s the only thing”?

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