So, the SuperBowl came and went. They guy who did not rape two women was chosen as the MVP. I got a text message from a friend at about 5pm yesterday asking me “Packers or Steelers?” and I replied with “a bullet to my head…my team’s arch rivals or a two-time rapist. ugh.”
Given that situation, I did what any rabid fan would do – I took my family to an Italian restaurant and ate carpaccio, gnocchi & gelato until the wheel barrel was summoned. While I sipped my beverage and gorged myself on EVOO and fresh-baked bread, my spouse asked me about the game and for whom I might be cheering. She was needling me deliberately, since she knows full well and good that the wounds from my team’s exit from the playoffs were still fresh and painful. She was shocked when I told her about how I could never support a rapist, much less a two-time rapist and therefore wished that my team’s rival be the victor. She, a card-carrying member of the the-only-real-sport-is-futbol club, had no idea of the assaults by Ben Rapelisberger. I explained it to her in great detail while her eyes glazed over and she sipped her wine, pretending not to hear a word I said nor even care.
Sometime after I finished my oratory, I overheard someone at the next table say the word “rapist” and I immediately wondered if I could eat my dinner with her. In this cozy little trattoria, the bartender had posted a television in front of the bottom-shelf creme-de-menthe for those of us that needed some advertising, hokum and jingoism with our antipasto. As I excused myself from the table under the pretense of verifying the correct time in Pago Pago via collect call, I made my way to the hoi polloi amassed around the television set. The game was the spectacle I expected and dreaded, but my sole request for satisfaction was indeed there – the rapist was losing.
Looking to my right, I noticed the person whom I had made a point of eavesdropping earlier. Being an Aries male, I knew that my opinion and agreement would be foremost on her mind, so I spoke up. As it turns out, she did agreed with me that it is a crying shame that the media machine of hype, advertising, delusion and sleight-of-hand that is the SuperBowl had slapped a coat of paint on a 6’6″ 260lb two-time rapist so that they could sell cars, wireless phone service, carbonated soda, beer and insurance – all with a veneer of red, white and blue-in-the-face horseshit.
I love the NFL and many other sports. Human existence, identity and experience are measured and defined in the physical and conscious realms. The beauty and splendor of what it means to be human, alive and aware – can be expressed in action, word, thought, sound and any measurement of the senses. Sports are a beautiful example of the meeting of body and mind. This existence and this universe are filled with beauty and horror, sadness and joy, fear and calm – sports are no different and they are not exempt.
I can accept that a a pro player may turn out to be a rapist or a murderer or a thief or a torturer of animals. I can even accept that the pro players benefit from the same abuses of privilege which allow the children of elected leaders to avoid dying in the wars that their fathers vigorously pursue and profit from.
But, I don’t have to like it. I’m glad that two-time rapist lost and I can’t wait for karma to catch up to the sonofabitch. I hope his dick falls off. I hope that the rest of his born days are spent sliding from privilege while he thinks about the lives he scarred with his excess, vanity and brutality.
This is a post by Arvan. I’d like to remind all you nice people of the Open Guest Posting Policy Page and how it still works.