An alert FrontBurnervian points to one last outsider’s perspective on the Super Bowl. Only this one’s not really an outsider. She’s from Fort Worth. Sally Jenkins, Uncle Nancy’s buddy and daughter of local legend Dan Jenkins, writes in the Washington Post today that the Super Bowl deeply disturbed her, from the $19 margaritas to the $450,000 spent by the Navy to conduct a flyover on a domed stadium. Further, she says:
[T]his Super Bowl taught me a lesson: Luxury can actually be debasing. The last great building binge in the NFL was from 1995 through 2003, when 21 stadiums were built or refurbished in order to create more luxury boxes, at cost of $6.4 billion. Know how much of that the public paid for? $4.4 billion. Why are we giving 32 rich guys that kind of money, just to prey on us at the box office and concessions? The Dallas deal should be the last of its kind.
(Side note: that Jenkins story ran 1,100 words. It was written in fully formed paragraphs, some of them comprising four and five sentences. By contrast, Kevin Sherrington’s column today runs 690 words, and nearly every paragraph is a single sentence. If the DMN is going to ask people to pay for its content online, it might consider hiring writers and letting them write. Put another way: they should stop treating their readers like children.)