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Fatwa Arbuckle: Misanthropologist
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Happy “Big Game” Sunday, Wheelizens!

(Didn’t want Jerry to get any threatening letters from the NFL’s attorneys over use of their trademark.)

Sven --

I certainly am impressed with the fabulous choices Mrs. Sven’s employer have provided in acknowledgement of her twenty-year anniversary. How will she ever decide?!?

Criminy.

Mac --

Hope Elena’s family showed a net profit for their casino excursion. And that you enjoyed your Italian dinner.

As most of you are aware, sports are almost entirely off of my radar. Nonetheless, I found it very interesting this year that I barely heard or saw a peep about The Big Game, which is very different than in the past fifty-some years. (On Monday or Tuesday of this week, I actually had to do a search to see when it was being played.)

Dunno if that’s because its popularity has crashed relative to what it used to be, ├╝ber-aggressive trademark enforcement, some “x factor” of which I’m blithely unaware or a combination of the preceding.

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Because I’m an eight-year-old in an old man’s body, this amused me:

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Paddy O'Furnijur, Fascista Ubriacone
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Paddy O'Furnijur, Fascista Ubriacone
2 years ago

A blessed Sabbath, Gerbil Nation!
Good morning, Fatwa!

Fatwa -- I have to concur regarding marketing of The Big Game. I’ve seen a few oblique references to it, but nothing like in the past. I wonder what viewership is going to be, compared with past games? How much will that affect what the network can charge for commercials, and the willingness of advertisers to come up with creative adverts for the game?

Sven-SemiFascist
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Sven-SemiFascist
2 years ago

Good morning and happy Sunday.

If I remember correctly, attendance at NFL games was down this past season, but viewing went up slightly. After a two year hiatus, I took more of an interest in football last year, although my level of fandom is maybe 10% of what it used to be. Honestly though, the NFL had a crop of exciting new players and story lines in 2019, but I think they’ve hit market saturation.

As far as the big game goes, I’ll watch it at the bar with some friends, but I’m not that excited about it. And as far as the halftime show and commercials go, meh.

dv8 -Ultra Maga Fascalistic Expy Alidocious
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dv8 -Ultra Maga Fascalistic Expy Alidocious
2 years ago

Hello Wheelizens! Tomorrow I have to drive down to Phoenix. I don’t really want to go. But hey, I’ll see my Mom, so that’s good. This is partly a business trip, I guess you could say. I think I’ll return to Sedona better off then when I left. Plus, there are a few things I can’t buy up here that I can get down there. I plan to do that also. Anyway, at least it’s cool down there right now. I hate going there in the summer.

On another note, I think I’ve realized that I don’t know how to make friends anymore. And those I have, that are local… well… I have lost the ability or knowledge of how to “hang out.” It makes life seem even more lonely or isolated.

On line life is okay. It does help; for instance, when I Stream and a few familiar people come on my discord and hang for a while. But it’s not the same as going somewhere.

I actually have to go to the store here before it gets too late.

See you later Wheelies.

dv8 -Ultra Maga Fascalistic Expy Alidocious
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dv8 -Ultra Maga Fascalistic Expy Alidocious
2 years ago

Back from the store. I hope everyone is enjoying “The Big Game.”

I didn’t really plan to watch it anyway. I still need a neuro-typical friend to do such things with. It would be nice, but, I dunno if it will ever happen.

Paddy O'Furnijur, Fascista Ubriacone
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Paddy O'Furnijur, Fascista Ubriacone
2 years ago

The four of us sat and watched the entire game -- which is unusual. It was actually a good contest with the lead changing hands. There were very few standouts in the way of commercials, this year. I used to attend a Super Bowl party where one of the attendees was a graphic designer. The rule was no talking during the commercials.

Sven-SemiFascist
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Sven-SemiFascist
2 years ago

It seems to me that making friends get harder as we get older. I know in my case that more than a few of my oldest friends died way too young and there’s just no way to replace them. I’ve found too that making friends at work doesn’t happen like it used to -- it’s that age thing again.

Sven-SemiFascist
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Sven-SemiFascist
2 years ago

Had a good time at the bar -- it’s a good group of people to get together with especially since no one was seriously invested in the outcome. On the plus side, SF won’t have to worry about cleaning all the crap and needles off the streets for their team’s victory parade.

Paddy O'Furnijur, Fascista Ubriacone
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Paddy O'Furnijur, Fascista Ubriacone
2 years ago

Good points, Sven.