I called last Sunday’s Super Bowl “The Woke Bowl,” and it lived up to the slogan, “Get Woke, Go Broke.” Total viewership from broadcast and streaming was 96.4 million, which sounds massive until you realize that as recently as 2017, it was over 111 million. It was the lowest-rated Super Bowl since 2007, when Chicago vs. Indianapolis gave nobody outside of the upper Midwest anyone to root for.
Some reporters tried to blame the ratings slide not on all the divisive racial and political virtue-signaling but on the coronavirus, despite the fact that it’s part of a recent yearly trend, and the virus ensured most people would be stuck at home with little else to do but watch football. In fact, I suspect that without the virus, the ratings would’ve been even lower. I’ve lost track of how many people I’ve heard who used to get jazzed about every game say, “Oh, was there a football game yesterday?”
Meanwhile, Mark Cuban seems determined to do for the NBA’s popularity what Colin Kaepernick has done for the NFL by banning the National Anthem at Dallas Mavericks home games.
As usual, the satirical site The Babylon Bee offers more honesty in its jokes about the decline in viewership of pro sports (as well as movies and network TV) than the “real” news media do, with this story: “Conservatives sit down for a relaxing evening of being insulted by every major corporation in America.”
Sample quote: "’I love football,’ said local Christian conservative Brad Longaberger, ‘but I also love the humbling experience of sitting through hours of sermons from powerful corporations reminding me how rotten and terrible I am for not supporting progressive causes!’"
And what the heck, as long as we’re talking about sports-related issues that are more entertaining than sports are these days, here are a few more “too true to be journalism” fake stories from the Bee that you’ll get some laughs out of: