Super Bowl

The New Secular Puritan Covenant

Thanksgiving brings back memories for Americans of the Pilgrims and Puritans, carrying out their “errand into the wilderness” to build a “city on a hill,” surviving that first bleak Massachusetts winter of 1620-21. As a kid, I remember that cutting out Puritan hats from black construction paper and taping them to the school windows was [...]

Another Fleeting Failure For NBC

Super Bowl XLVI was a good football game, marred once again by the bohemian elite at NBC. NBC could have prevented, but failed to stop, the broadcast of a female rapper "flipping the bird" at 114 million viewers during Madonna's halftime show. It was another "fleeting expletive" of the hand-gesture variety, and somehow, despite elaborate [...]

Recovering a Catholic Subculture

On the eve of the last Super Bowl, two men were discussing the great American ritual of watching football on television. The older man admitted that he just didn't do that anymore. In times past, he said, he'd seen his share of TV football, but twelve or fifteen years earlier he'd become aware that his [...]

The big business of adultery

Bloomberg BusinessWeek ran a rather unromantic Valentine's Day story -- a profile of AshleyMadison.com, the premier "dating" website for people looking for an adulterous affair. The online business, based in Toronto and expanding around the world, was conceived, launched, and is now run by Noel Biderman, a 39-year-old married father of two who believes that [...]

Religion at the Super Bowl

If it's Super Bowl season, it must be time to talk about what ads did -- and didn't -- make the $3 million commercial cut. Last year, all the fuss was about the ad with Tim Tebow and his mom (which turned out to have such a gentle pro-life message as to be lost on [...]

Parents, get your kids away from the TV…

It's just not the Super Bowl without controversial advertising! But this year's most talked-about ad is coming from an unlikely source:  A national coalition of women's groups called on CBS on Monday to scrap its plan to broadcast an ad during the Super Bowl featuring college football star Tim Tebow and his mother, which critics say is [...]

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