By John Matonich
I heard on a local sports broadcast that over 110 million folks watched the Super Bowl this year. I am not a fan of either Atlanta or New England, but I am a fan of the event, and this year was really cool in my book. What I really appreciated was how much the event seemed to be built around America and the people that make and made this country as great as it is. I didn’t see much in the way of the political garbage that seems to be everywhere else, and I was glad for the reprieve.
I am not much of an emotional guy, but I still tear up whenever I hear Lee Greenwood’s “I’m Proud to be an American” and I felt the tears again when I tuned in to listen to the segment about Johnny Cash singing the “Ragged Old Flag.” I don’t know that I had ever heard it before, but the story it told to me was second to none. I believe too many times in our busy lives we forget how we got here and those that lost their lives to allow us to live ours.
I truly enjoyed the camera shots of those serving our country overseas, and let’s not forget the first responders and police officers who serve here every day. People in attendance were able to enjoy this event because of their work and their efforts and it sure looked like folks were having a great time.
I didn’t watch the half time show, as I promised my bride she could watch Flea Market Flip during that time. That’s one of her favorite shows and since she was good enough to make some great snacks for the game, I couldn’t argue about it. From all the reports, we missed a great performance. Again, I am told it wasn’t political, but it was about great music and a great time. Sorry I missed it.
What this tells me is that we can come together as a country and put our differences aside for a bit to help celebrate this country and an event that has been around a long time: the best of the best in one of our favorite sports coming together to earn the title of world champs. I don’t believe it was that difficult for us to do that.
Obviously, it is possible for us to be a country united even for a short time in the celebration of who we are and where we came from.
It made me proud to watch, and my hat’s off to all involved in putting this theme together and carrying it out wonderfully.
It was certainly a great game to watch, but the theme of the event carried a larger lesson we could all benefit from.
And that’s the situation as I survey it …
After a 35-year career downstate amongst da trolls, during which he built a successful engineering and surveying business, John Matonich is back home in da U.P. His column will appear here occasionally, don’tcha know. His book “Surveyin’ Da Situation” is available on Amazon.com.