Skip to comments.Three Facts About The Super Bowl That Could Transform Our Economy
Posted on 02/03/2014 6:08:32 AM PST by Kaslin
Are you ready for some football?
Super Bowl Sunday is, obviously, a day for fun, food and friends. But as you enjoy the football game, consider the deeper meaning of it all and how our economic fortunes could improve if we seriously changed our outlook. Consider these important truths about the game, and how they can apply after the game.
1) By the end of the game one team will be declared the winner, one team will be declared the loser, and only one individual player will be declared MVP - These facts are so obviousand common place that we dont really think much about them. Yet allowing for natural and healthy competition to determine the score is completely counter to how most Americans (as well as the politicians they elect) think about labor, the possession of wealth, and the health of the economy.
Instead of allowing the best performers to enjoy the spoils of their labor (as we do with athletic competitions), with economic matters many Americans think in terms of shared prosperity (you have too much wealth and the government should take more of it away!), shared responsibility (the rich people should pay for my food stamps, Medicaid, mortgage relief, etc..), and leveling the playing field (I cant have get enough success if you are enjoying too much of it). Its not an accident that Americans continually elect politicians who promise to make our lives easier by minimizing the success of others. If we accepted other peoples success in the economy the way we accept it on the football field, we might just find that other peoples success actually creates jobs and benefits everybody.
2) Every member of each team will be required to play by the same rules the NFL goes out of its way to eliminate human error when it comes to officiating. The referees are well-trained professionals who are expected to enforce the rules in equal measure with all the players from both teams and when applying the rules is uncertain, digital instant replay technology is deployed to make that the law is applied appropriately.
But when it comes to real-life things like jobs, opportunity, wages and wealth, Americans dont necessarily like the everyone plays by the same rules approach. We prefer government policy makers who hold some of us to the letter of the law, but give others of us special breaks. A tax deduction for me, a tax hike for you. Special grants and opportunities according to our gender, ethnicity and marital status. Free subsidies for so-called green energy companies, but harsh taxes and penalties for oil companies. Thats apparently the way we like it. Yet we might just find that if we chose a government that held us all to the same requirements, the high scoring players among us might create more opportunity for all of us, and us lower scoring players might be incentivized to improve our game.
3) Inequality runs rampant in the NFL and its not a bad thing - By its nature the game of football treats quarterbacks differently from punters and place kickers, and we think nothing of it. Quarterbacks negotiate for the highest compensation possible with an NFL team, yet many punters and kickers are lucky to play for the base minimum salary guaranteed by their union.
Yet when it comes to economic matters outside of professional sports it is often presumed to be unfair that the CEO of a company earns a multi-million dollar salary, while entry-level employees of the company earn a government mandated minimum wage. We accept the fact that the value that football players bring to their team may vary according to their talents, skills and position, but in our workplace everybody is somehow supposed to be treated equally.
If we stopped demonizing the high achievers among us (and quit electing politicians who demonize them as well), wed likely learn that other peoples achievements can create opportunity and prosperity for all of us.
Will America return to being that shining city on the hill where achievement is respected, both on and off the field?
Applying the lessons of the Super Bowl, NFL to real life.
What comes after XLVIII?
Is it XLIX or IL?
Except for cornerbacks in coverage.....
You don’t jump over symbols like that... except with the V vs X I guess.
VIII, IX, X
Get back to that in kids local sports leagues and school. Keep score!
XLIX. For the “minus one” (?) rule, the two numbers closest to each other are the ones to use.
In fact, it repeats the liberal mantra that the rich win because the poor lose. That there can be only one (or perhaps a very few) real winners.
There are 32 teams in the NFL. Only one can win the Super Bowl, with every other team presumably being "losers."
That is exactly the zero-sum view of economics liberalism uses to justify its efforts to make the economic system "more fair."
I dunno how closely we want to look for high-minded comparisons for job seekers and job holders. Let me offer a few more “rules” that come to mind immediately that young people would do well to keep in mind:
- A number of NFL players are quite simply completely used up physically until they can’t function as employees any more, at which point they are discarded. Many businesses in the U.S. have followed this philosophy as well for some number of decades now. You’ll be assigned somebody else’s work when they’re laid off, and if you don’t do that without complaint or error, you’ll be on the next layoff list yourself.
- Everybody in the world, not just the U.S., is somebody who might replace you at some point. Unlike the NFL, your employer will have to lie when he says that some Indian in India is better qualified to do the job you’ve been doing for five years, and therefore should be given your job via an H1-B visa.
EXCELLENT point. It’s a cruel thing indeed to scream at an eight year old that he and his team lost because they were lazy, didn’t play hard enough, weren’t smart enough, etc.
The Broncos didn’t just lose. They were clobbered
Not fair. Every player should be an MVP. Like giving every little league player a trophy, win or lose.
Let’s talk again at superbowl 90.
Again, it skips over the “half decade” of the L just like “IX” skips over the V.
I kind of liked the reading of the Declaration of Independence. Wonder where they were going with that or if they even bothered to think about the part “ governments are instituted among men deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, that whenever a government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it....”
The lady singing the national anthem was pretty hot and also did a great job.
It will never happen!
You can never predict politics and history.
“Its a cruel thing indeed to scream at an eight year old that he and his team lost because they were lazy, didnt play hard enough, werent smart enough, etc.”
However, it is cruel *not* to let him know that the other team won because they played better, and the way to turn that around is through hard work.
Your statement is exactly the cruelty I described.
The NFL, isn’t that the league which pools a large portion of its revenue to share equally among its owners, puts a cap on how much each team can spend on player salaries, places limits on how much teams can pay newly drafted players, limits the ability of its players to move between teams and allows the worst teams to draft first.
“Your statement is exactly the cruelty I described.”
Road apples. Your position is wrong-headed and wrong-hearted.