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Superbowl XXXVII 927

Posted by michael
from the game-time dept.
So, if you're a good, patriotic American, you're certainly watching the Superbowl right about now. The dot-com ads should be pretty much absent this year, but perhaps there will be something more interesting than ads for recycled movies. Maybe even the game will be worth watching. :) Update: 01/27 17:02 GMT by T : Chardish writes "If you didn't catch the trailer for The Matrix: Reloaded on the Superbowl last night, it's now available for download."
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Superbowl XXXVII

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  • Real-Time... (Score:3, Informative)

    by Orne (144925) on Sunday January 26, 2003 @08:02PM (#5164150) Homepage
    ObDup [slashdot.org]

    Matrix Revisited just played on TV. I assume it will be appearing here [warnerbros.com] soon...
    • Oh, and info on the Incredible Hulk movie (who's preview also just aired) can be found here [hulkmovie.com].
    • The matrix trailer [slashdot.org]

      GET it while it is hot
    • It's downloadable here:

      Although the MPEG-1 version is re-encoded from the Quicktime version, it's significantly better because the Quicktime version is encoded at 30 fps whereas the original is 24 fps. Every fifth frame is a duplicate, resulting in jerky motion in the Quicktime version. The MPEG-1 version does not suffer from this defect.

      Mirrors for the MPEG-1 version are needed urgently.
  • by aerojad (594561) on Sunday January 26, 2003 @08:03PM (#5164153) Homepage Journal
    ...since when does watching the Super Bowl count as a patriotic activity? I thought it was just a game, a football game. I didn't hear Bush tell me to watch the game, I didn't see the U.N. pass a resolution, and I didn't hear an "Axis of Evil" tag attached to it.

    Tone down the crazyness, things that have been a part of American culture do not necessarily mean they are thru-and-thru patriotic.

    ...just a game, folks.
    • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday January 26, 2003 @08:08PM (#5164177)
      If you're watching super bowl alone, you're watching super bowl with Hitler! Or Saddam. Or bin Laden! Or perhaps Saddam again.
      What are you, a terrorist? :-)
    • It's very simple! (Score:5, Insightful)

      by vlad_petric (94134) on Sunday January 26, 2003 @08:22PM (#5164276) Homepage
      By watching superbowl you automatically get tons of commercials down your throat, thus contributing to the well-being of the economy.

      If you don't believe me, check how much 10 seconds of superbowl publicity cost.

      • Check how much they cost before patriotism was in.

        Commercialism does not bend and change for who is in power or what is 'right', it just englufs the current mood as well, and still profits.
      • How does seeing a bunch of commercials help the economy? As it is, I ignore most commercials since they annoy the hell out of me. And... if someone has a commercial that REALLY annoys me, I will either forget what the commercial was for or will be likely to NOT buy their product or service. My wife is the same way. American economy be damned, I'm not just going to buy crap I don't need or want just to help the economy. What kind of retard would buy useless crap? The push to make you buy crap is tremendous and the super bowl just amplifies that. Sorry, but I think the best thing that most people could be doing for our country to be patriotic is protesting the war for oil. Maybe it will wake people up that they've been living in a fantasy with their eyes half closed.
    • by PsychoSlashDot (207849) on Sunday January 26, 2003 @08:23PM (#5164286)
      You're right; football-watching isn't particularly patriotic. On the other hand, insulting anyone who likes soccer (ie. the rest of the world)is.
      • there's a "rest of the world" now?

        • Since Sept/11 Bush administration repeats: "If you are not with us then you are against us!".

          So, if your country is not bombed yet - it's a matter of time and it will be. Just stay in the line and wait for your turn patiently.

          I wonder, will USA recycle already bombed countries to the far end of the evil axis or there is another rule how to treat them?

    • by AKnightCowboy (608632) on Sunday January 26, 2003 @08:34PM (#5164355)
      I agree. The Superbowl is the most overhyped football game of the year and is completely boring (IMHO) unless your home team is one of the teams playing. Personally I'm waiting for the war in Iraq to begin so I can cheer on the home team (Americans) in their fight for freedom of the Iraqi people. Goooooo Yankees! I remember watching the Gulf War as a young teenager and it was the best time. I never watched CNN that much in all my life before then and only September 11th had me watching it like that again. Wars are excellent to stimulate the patriotism of a nation. It's like a national football game.
      • War Sucks (Score:5, Insightful)

        by Skjellifetti (561341) on Monday January 27, 2003 @12:21AM (#5165188) Journal
        I had the same feeling a few years earlier watching the Brits go after Argentina when the military junta took the Falklands. Seemed kinda like a harmless game of capture the flag. Gooooo UK!

        And then Argentina scored big against a British destroyer and people died who probably didn't need to, good cause or not.

        If you are that gung-ho about another Iraqi war, then get your ass down to a recruiting station right the fuck now. With 8 weeks Basic + 8 weeks 11B training you might just finish in time to see this war up close and personal.

        As for me, I've done time in Uncle Sam's Army. I've got friends in theater. Trust me, it ain't no national football game.
    • by suss (158993) on Sunday January 26, 2003 @08:37PM (#5164364)
      I didn't see the U.N. pass a resolution, and I didn't hear an "Axis of Evil" tag attached to it.

      In this post-columbine, post-9/11 time, we must think of the children!

      If you don't watch the superbowl, you're supporting terrorism!

      You know you want to watch, because it's what jesus would do...

      Did i forget any?
    • Patriotic? I think the superbowl brings together more Americans than almost any other event, including (consulting imaginary statistics) all Bush speeches combined. How is that not patriotic? A nation of one witnessing something together? Granted, it's rather silly on the surface of things, but we all know what we're watching: commericals and cheerleaders. At least those are good, usually...
    • by Kipper the Llama (454021) on Sunday January 26, 2003 @09:31PM (#5164605)
      No, it's not unpatriotic to skip on the Super Bowl, but it should be if you don't grasp hyperbole.

      Get a life.
  • No. (Score:2, Flamebait)

    Patriotic Americans are hopefully in the Gulf region, getting ready to fight for what they believe in and hopefully die there as well, leaving America up to run by less violent, more rational Americans who aren't so keen on playing "world cop" by bombing third world countries and overthrowing various democratic goverments.

    This counts for you couch-patriots as well.

    Needed to vent for a bit, the phrase "patriotic Americans" equals "nazi Germans" to me and allot of other people I know. The people aren't wrong, the idea is.

  • by jdkane (588293) on Sunday January 26, 2003 @08:04PM (#5164160)
    Since there's nothing much to discuss right now, who wants to be the first to place a bet?
  • by Vargasan (610063)
    "So, if you're a good, patriotic American, you're certainly watching the Superbowl right about now."

    Thank God, I'm not an American. I don't know anyone willing to sit through 4 hours of "Pre-Game", 3 hours of the game, then another 2 hours of "Post-Game Wrap-up".

    Is all that really necessary?
    • by BrookHarty (9119) on Sunday January 26, 2003 @08:18PM (#5164254) Homepage Journal
      Thank God, I'm not an American. I don't know anyone willing to sit through 4 hours of "Pre-Game", 3 hours of the game, then another 2 hours of "Post-Game Wrap-up".

      2 hours of "Making of Lord of the Rings", then 3 hours "Lord of the Rings" followed by an hour of "Behind the Scenes of LOTR" on cable.

      Different strokes for different folks.
    • Re-read that sentence you quoted. Note that (a) the writer is posting a story on /. (b) the reader is reading the story. I think the sentence has to be typed because it'd be hard to say it when the tongue is planted so firmly in the cheek.
    • by whee (36911)
      Yes! Of course it's necessary! After the four hours of Pre-Game, we can finally concentrate on the actual game. But not before. If there were no pre-game, there might as well be no game! What good is the game if you haven't been practicing wasting time before you can start wasting time for real? That's like driving without a license!

      Now, after you've been practicing wasting time and calling unneccessary bets on the outcome of the game, you can actually watch it! Of course, the actual game is redundant, mindless, and about as fun to watch as drying paint, but that's what it means to be an American!

      Then after you've gained 10 kg due to overeating (and lost 10% of brain mass due to watching the game), you can watch the Post-Game Wrap-up! This is what you've waited your entire life for! But of course, you first must see what dazed and confused person has just won Publishers Clearings House! Aren't you glad for them?! The mystical Post-Game Wrap-up is where you get to watch the game all over again! Not the entire game, mind you, but all of the exciting parts where things happen! Like the time where some guy drops the ball, and then someone else grabs it! It's incredibly unpredictable, even the fifth time around.

      Finally, after the Post-Game Wrap-up, you can relive it all next morning on the local news! What a deal!

      • by ruprechtjones (545762) <ruprechtjones.gmail@com> on Sunday January 26, 2003 @11:06PM (#5164917) Homepage
        You are so wrong with this.

        Pre-game starts, you gather with the friends, and beer and nachos come out.

        Game starts, bets are already placed, you settle down and start watching the commercials-er, game. Nachos are finished, sixth beer is opened.

        By half-time, you're drunk and full, Twain is showing her stomach, and the No Doubt chick looks like she's been hanging out with Courtney Love too much. She looks thrashed. You take a nap.

        Post-game show is up. You get to find out what you missed whilst napping, but you're too groggy to remember.

        Following morning, you watch the news to get the highlights of the game, in order to fit in with the water-cooler crowd at work.

        This is American Football. God bless us all.

    • Re:Thank God... (Score:2, Insightful)

      by Hairy Dude (561867)
      You could say pretty much the same thing about the FA Cup Final. Fortunately it's broadcast on BBC1 so there are no ads, and the actual game is uninterrupted (except by half-time which is about 30 mins).

      Anyway, nobody's forcing you to watch it all. Just work out when it starts and do something else the rest of the time.

      BTW, Eric Idle is on Channel Five's coverage for some reason.

    • If viewers get bored, they can always drink more beer ....
    • by dogfart (601976)
      Thank God, I'm not an American. I don't know anyone willing to sit through 4 hours of "Pre-Game", 3 hours of the game, then another 2 hours of "Post-Game Wrap-up".

      Just consider it a really strange religious ritual. Sort of like the old Latin Roman Catholic mass. Merely sitting through it without falling asleep provided tons 'o grace

  • by Faust7 (314817) on Sunday January 26, 2003 @08:05PM (#5164168) Homepage
    But what in the world is this doing on Slashdot? This is "News for Nerds," folks. I see more than enough Super Bowl coverage on CNN, MSNBC, and all the other commercial news sites.
    • But what in the world is this doing on Slashdot? This is "News for Nerds," folks. I see more than enough Super Bowl coverage on CNN, MSNBC, and all the other commercial news sites.

      In the last few years, we always talked about the .com commercials on slashdot. Even followed up by links with Commericals for download. You dont get that on CNN.

      BTW, Only .com I see was monster.com, fedex isnt really a .com.
    • Good point!

      As we all know from various movies and television shows (Revenge of the Nerds?), geeks don't like sportts.

      Its a natural extension of our general hatred of the Jocks...

      Lets go back to building our robots and reading about math.
      • by Yorrike (322502) on Sunday January 26, 2003 @08:40PM (#5164379) Homepage Journal
        Speak for yourself. There's nothing better than sitting down with a few of your mates for the day, parking a large supply of beer next to you and watching a good international Cricket match.

        And the Formula 1! Man, talk about technology. It's a geek's dream sport. Fast cars, cutting edge technology, stuff blowing up now and then, things being measured in thousandths of a second.

        Not all geeks hate sport. Not all countires have the same jock/geek class seperation at school that US movie makers love screaming and dancing about, either.

        • by claygate (531826) on Sunday January 26, 2003 @10:51PM (#5164867)
          As a huge fan of soccer, i can understand why the majority of americans don't grasp it as a spectacular sport. In 90 minutes it is possible to not have a team score a single point and still be one of the best games in history. If this is the case there are no clear winners and this is not acceptable in america. You must WIN and you must SCORE in america. It is reflected in society.

          This is why formula 1 is even less prominent in the US. When something as small as .009 put JP Montoya on pole once this season it isn't enough to discern a clear cut winner. When Schumacher won 11 of 17 races, and ferrari won 15 out of 17 it is seen as uncompetitive. There is so much going on behind the scenes and so many other battles then the one for the lead that it doesn't interest the US audience. In NASCAR or IRL you see 10 different leaders in one race and multiple passes. But this is through stiffling the abilityto one up competitors. Standard wings that allow cars to pass more easily and restricted power engines makes for closer, yet more predictable racing. Americans are raised with 100 topics aminute thrown pass their heads, they consume more than anyone else, and this is reflected in their choices later in life. Like someone said about watching 9 hours of football games and post/pre game shows or 9 hours of about LOTR. Football, F1, American Football, NASCAR et al cater to different audiences. Depends what your preference is.
    • As a canadian, I'm just looking forward to the funny commercials and placing bets on which commercial Britney Spears will appear on...place your bets!

      Only if we could bet with our mod points...(not that I have any, but still.)
    • The fact that it's posted on /. during the Super Bowl AND that it has posts is PROOF that this IS NEWS for Nerds. Think of it as a polite gesture to keep the director of marketing at bay tomorrow when you, otherwise, would have said, "Super Bowl? Was that this weekend?" They're just looking out for us, man.
  • Commercials featuring scantily-clad women and lots of violence. That's America...

    Keep you doped with religion, and sex, and TV
    And you think you're so clever and classless and free
    But you're still fucking peasants as far as I can see
    - John Lennon
  • Yes, I have the game on.
    However, it's just background noise. The gf and I are currently sitting on the couch and studying conversational Brazilian Portuguese.

    It will be so nice to live in a country that plays real football.

    Tchau.
  • Ozzie (Score:5, Funny)

    by GrimSean (545405) on Sunday January 26, 2003 @08:11PM (#5164206) Homepage
    I've been told that Ozze is going to be in a commercial for Diet Pepsi.

    All I can say is F*** that.

    • Yeah, what a lame ass commercial... oh wait, all
      commercials are lame ass. Hear that, marketroids?
      LAME ASS! Wow, I didn't think the Oz would sink
      that low. And when's the Oz gonna take the clippers
      to the poofy hair on that pudgeball son of his? At
      least we didn't have to hear Kelly Ozbourne sing
      (whew!)...

      Super Bowl... bah humbug!
    • Re:Ozzie (Score:2, Funny)

      by AKnightCowboy (608632)
      I've been told that Ozze is going to be in a commercial for Diet Pepsi. All I can say is F*** that.

      Yes, it's a real shame that Ozzie is finally caving in to the corporate pressure and going mainstream and commercial. What's next, Britney Spears doing a Coke commercial? What is this world coming to when artists give in to big corporate interests like that in order to profit?

  • Does it automatically make me a 'bad american'?

    Whatever ...
  • Huh? (Score:3, Funny)

    by SecretAsianMan (45389) on Sunday January 26, 2003 @08:15PM (#5164231) Homepage
    if you're a good, patriotic American, you're certainly watching the Superbowl right about now

    The what? (you insensitive clod)

  • Nah, I'm avoiding that. I'd sooner watch flies fornicate.

    Football is just grown men playing a boys game. Nothing better than grabass over an oblate sphere.

    One good thing: I've caught up on my USENET reading and some much missed sleep this weekend.
    • by Uart (29577)
      Thats awesome! I too find the mating habits of drosophila melaogaster (the fruit fly) to be awfully intriguing. I first observed their mating ritual while trying to confirm the results of T.H. Morgan during a routine test cross.....
  • The Matrix Reloaded (Score:3, Informative)

    by necr0m (449388) on Sunday January 26, 2003 @08:21PM (#5164267)
    Download the new trailer here. [aol.com]
  • by Rob Kaper (5960) on Sunday January 26, 2003 @08:21PM (#5164269) Homepage
    Watching it in the Netherlands and it looks like the commercials here (at least the once so far, half-time might be different although I doubt we'll get the American ads) are the worst ever. People explicitely put effort into making them look like cheap Powerpoint presentations.

    Game itself is not so exciting yet, had more fun during the World Series.
  • I realized a long time ago that Americans are expected to watch the superbowl just as much as we expect Mexicans to eat beans. Not being offensive or anything here but this is the sterotype. I hate football even though I possess a y chromosome. It may be because I am short or it may be because the game is just stupid. But that is besides the point... because I don't want to watch the game I am not a true American Male. I must be either gay or a terrorist (I am neither).

    This is one year that I don't mind being unpatriotic. When we start associating patriotism with supporting war -- count me out. But this is not the only reason I don't care about how people think of guys who don't watch sports. The main reason is that I have better things to do with my life than worry about what other people think. Besides that, it would be more painful to watch the freaking game than to deal with explaining why I don't watch it. And lastly... the type of people I would watch it with don't really make-up the type of people I like to hang out with.

    Three hours talking trash with trailer-trash; no thanks.
  • by Gyorg_Lavode (520114) on Sunday January 26, 2003 @08:24PM (#5164294)
    Advertisements win. Buccaneers, Raiders, and John Madden's public image lose.

    Right now I think it's a tie between FedEx and the matrix trailer, but who knows what will happen. It's wide open.

    And why oh why can't they just get John Madden stuffed. No one wants to hear what he has to sais. It's his face and his fat ass that he gets paid for.

  • I didn't watch the superbowl :(

    And I run viral software.

    Why the hell is the season in the fall and winter? I would think that an outdoor sport would be best played during the late spring through early fall.
  • What does the Super Bowl have to do with patriotism? Aren't the two teams just two competing entertainment businesses? This isn't the first time Michael has let a snide comment slip in regards to America or American government. I'd much rather read about News for Nerds, Stuff That Matters but maybe I have ridiculously high expectations of Slashdot and its editors.
    In all fairness, the other editors seem apolitical. Perhaps Michael should follow their example.
  • by dpt (165990)
    Remember when this was "news for nerds, stuff that matters"? When we had an interesting and even compelling mix of science and technology news that we might not see elsewhere?

    Recently we've had "SOHO", "Crop circles", and now this. All "posted by Michael", BTW. What next? "What happened on the last episode of 'Friends'"? "Crossing over, with Michael"? "Psychic hotlines - how they've helped me"? "Methods for selecting lottery numbers"? "Best use for that old washing machine in the back yard and the car up on blocks"? "Naming my 6th child - Lerleen, Billy-bob, Sue-anne or Scout"?

    Anyway, it's lucky Michael told me about the Superbowl, I might not have heard about it otherwise. Sigh.
    • by evilquaker (35963) on Sunday January 26, 2003 @09:03PM (#5164481)
      Remember when this was "news for nerds, stuff that matters"? ... Recently we've had "SOHO", "Crop circles", and now this. All "posted by Michael"...

      You've been here since Slashdot really was NFN, STM, and yet you're just now figuring out that Michael's an idiot?

      How about deselecting his name under "Exclude stories from the Homepage" (Preferences -> Homepage) and saving yourself the grief?

    • Yeah I'm sure... (Score:5, Insightful)

      by TobyWong (168498) on Sunday January 26, 2003 @09:31PM (#5164603)
      God forbid someone like football AND computers. Oh wait, I use linux therefore I must comply to all of the geek stereotypes. I guess I had better apologize for showering, knowing how to dress myself, not giggling like a retard if a female looks in my direction, and not eating a constant stream of pizza and doritos.

      Geeks like to think they are so open minded and forward thinking. The reality is you will be hard pressed to find a more closed-minded group of people if you tried.
    • by sielwolf (246764) on Sunday January 26, 2003 @09:53PM (#5164685) Homepage Journal
      The dumbification of /.

      Yeah... great... what are you, fourteen? What do you suggest? That we concoct some crazy scheme to get back at the principal and the jocks?

      I'm sorry but US football is a thrilling and complex game that is both viceral and intellectual.

      But instead you decided to relegate it to some stupid stereotype of Big Dumb Hicks. Grow up.
  • by frovingslosh (582462) on Sunday January 26, 2003 @08:31PM (#5164335)
    I never watch it. I did tune in for that XXX rated one they advertised about seven years ago, but I didn't find anything even mildly erotic about it.
  • "if you're a good, patriotic American"

    Wait, wasn't that last year?
  • ...but perhaps there will be something more interesting than ads for recycled movies.

    How about a recycled story [slashdot.org] instead, then?

  • by Burgundy Advocate (313960) on Sunday January 26, 2003 @08:39PM (#5164375) Homepage
    Hello Slashdot,

    I am hosting a small Superbowl gathering at my residence. However, I have come upon a true crisis:

    We've run out of Nacho Cheese Dip.

    Now, let me explain the situation a little further. I am posting from my kitchen, and outside are two pregnant ladies, three 250+ pound men, and an eight year old child, with his paintball gun that his oh-so-intelligent father was so quick to buy him.

    If I don't come back with something, there will be a "conflict". And by "conflict" I mean it in the same way the Israeli-Palestinian situation is a "conflict".

    This is where you come in: Send Nacho Cheese.

    My girlfriend and I are armed only with a few cans of Keystone Light. Please. We don't want to die.

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  • ABC's high definition feed rates about a 7. It's not as good as CBS, probably because they are using 720p and not 1080i. It's just not as crisp and clear.

    The good news is that the movie previews are in HD with 5.1 sound. That's a nice addition.
  • by x136 (513282) on Sunday January 26, 2003 @09:08PM (#5164501) Homepage
    Worst. Commercial. Ever.

    </comicbookguy>
  • by superdan2k (135614) on Sunday January 26, 2003 @09:14PM (#5164531) Homepage Journal
    Is it just me or does Shania Twain look like she's wearing a Star Wars costume? Is she Darth Slut?
  • This was a plot by /. editors to see who the big losers are that are on their nerdy computers rather than getting drunk, eating nacho cheese and hanging with girls

    Ha ha! You all failed by posting and reading comments here! Ha Ha.. err.. ha.. err... *cough* err..
  • by simetra (155655) on Sunday January 26, 2003 @09:39PM (#5164634) Homepage Journal
    Anyone else get that impression?

    I only watched the half-time stuff, then turned back to Fear Factor.

  • Good Book (Score:5, Informative)

    by NetJunkie (56134) <jason...nash@@@gmail...com> on Sunday January 26, 2003 @09:44PM (#5164650)
    For those that think football is a boring or stupid sport, go check out Joe Theisman's Idiot's Guide to Football. It's a great book that covers the game and will show you how deep the game is. It'll turn it from two teams running in to each other in to an offensive strategy going against a defensive strategy. More like a good fight.

    Well worth checking out. It'll also help your Madden 2K3 or NFL2K3 game against your friends. :)
  • by jvl001 (229079) on Sunday January 26, 2003 @09:52PM (#5164680) Homepage
    Download direct from AOL...

    320, ~8MB [aol.com]

    640, ~25MB [aol.com]

  • by pi_rules (123171) on Sunday January 26, 2003 @10:03PM (#5164719)
    Sittin' back, cleaning my new assault rifle, havin' a couple of beers and keeping and eye on the game.

    Now, what's more American than that? I got a gun, my beer, and a football game.
  • by jcsehak (559709) on Sunday January 26, 2003 @10:05PM (#5164725) Homepage
    Terry Tate: Office Linebacker

    Classic. Worth watching the whole game just for that commercial.
  • by lucasw (303536) <lucaswNO@SPAMicculus.org> on Sunday January 26, 2003 @10:16PM (#5164760) Homepage Journal
    That the Partnership for a Drug Free America hired?
    Are tax dollars paying for this garbage?

    This is the organization that last year told us bald-faced that buying any illicit substance is tantamount to buying plane tickets and box cutters for terrorists.

    Recently, their ads have shown that 1/3 of all marijuana use results in shooting a friend in the face, running over kids on bikes, rape, or (slightly more realistically) arrest. Replace weed with alcohol and the commercials make a lot more sense.

    This time, for the Superbowl, 'Drugs pay for Terrible Things'- a man on a subway is confronted by murdered innocents that died indirectly because of his casual drug use. I guess I shouldn't give the pizza boy a tip, or any money to anybody ever- because somewhere down the line it might be used for buying drugs and cause the deaths of untold people and it'll be COMPLETELY MY FAULT. It would be great to live in a world were I could know for certain that my spent money will never be used for something disagreeable to me, or unlawful, but it's not going to happen- the best thing is not to pay suspect organizations and individuals directly, but I can't guarantee everyone who meets my criteria will share my good judgement in their own purchases.

    Cluelessness is not an anti-drug...
  • by bill_mcgonigle (4333) on Sunday January 26, 2003 @11:41PM (#5165033) Homepage Journal
    Didn't you guys see the NFL ad informing its 'licensees' (viewers) that the Superbowl is licensed for their own private use, and any descriptions, analysis, excerpts, pictures, etc. are stictly prohibited?

    Seriously though, isn't there a law against providing inaccurate legal advice? I mean, they can't wish away Fair Use (in analog anyhow, but I digress) but they sure represent that it's illegal.
  • by long_john_stewart_mi (549153) on Monday January 27, 2003 @12:45AM (#5165267)
    The Superbowl is wierd. Celine Dion sang "God Bless America", and she's Canadian. If an American started singing "God Save The Queen" he'd probably be shot and then called a terrorist.
  • I am an American (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Zapdos (70654) on Monday January 27, 2003 @09:22AM (#5166806)
    I have served in the armed forces. I fly a flag for July 4th. I love Mom's apple pie. My children are scouts.

    I do not enjoy football. I think your statement about patriotism is misplaced.

    Patriotism is voting not only on big election days, but on primarys as well.
    Patriotism is not littering.
    Patriotism is volunteering for Habitat for Humanity.

    Lots of things are patriotic, football is just a professional sport, like many other professional sports, It does not show Love of country; devotion to the welfare of one's country; the virtues and actions of a patriot; the passion which inspires one to serve one's country.

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