Highlights of another Super Bore
To the editor,
Super Bowl LV was a game of firsts and not just because it was played during a pandemic or the first to have a team – Tampa Bay – playing in its home stadium. And, it came with a lot of other first, as well:
1. Sarah Thomas, the first woman official in the NFL, became the first woman to officiate in the Super Bowl.
2. Two women, Lori Locust and Maral Javadifar, hold full-time coaching positions for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. They were not the first women coaches in the Super Bowl; that was last year when Katie Sowers coached for the San Francisco 49ers. However, they were the first two women to coach and win the Big Game.
3. Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, guard for the Kansas City Chiefs, was the first NFL player to opt out of the 2020 season deferring his salary of $2.75 million. Instead, he used his medical doctor degree to work at a long-term health-care facility in his native Quebec, saying fighting the pandemic was more important than playing football.
4. Amanda Gorman, who is suddenly everywhere, became the first poet to perform at the Super Bowl. A poet at the Super Bowl? That’s mind-boggling.
5. Bruce Springsteen appeared in his first commercial ever, a heartfelt but sappy, two-minute call for unity, presented by ... Jeep!
And, finally, another lopsided Super Bore and yet another Tom Brady victory. Sadly, or not, depending on your level of Tom-love, these two are not firsts.
– john van becay, via email