“… and it bends towards justice.” Or as we say on the playground, “Cheaters never prosper!” Alas, tonight the moral arc did not bend quite far enough as the Patriots managed to eke out a victory against the Seahawks. But it did take perhaps the worst call ever by the Seahawks on a second and goal from the one yard line with approximately twenty seconds on the clock to turn the moral universe on its head. Or maybe it just extended the arc so that the Commissioner can complete his “deflategate” investigation.
What does any of this have to do with the above photograph? I could wax eloquent about how the finale of the Katy Perry halftime show was an allegory for how short the moral arc of justice is, just one more media spectacle designed to mollify and confuse the masses, but …. no. Truth to tell, the photograph really has nothing to do with anything. At 6:30 p.m. I had to decide between watching the Super Bowl or spending the evening working on a post for NCN. There is a time, not so very long ago, when I would have opted for the blog. But its been a very long week and so tonight I simply wanted to be entertained. And I was. The outcome aside, it was an exciting diversion from the stresses and strains of ordinary living. And that’s what football is, right, a show, an entertainment, a spectacle, bread and circuses driven by powerful economic interests that, in the end, really do seem to trump all else and certainly anything as quixotic as moral justice. And yet, once again, truth to tell, I really did expect to see moral justice enacted on the gridiron. What could I have been thinking? One only has to read the newspapers over the past year to know that the last place we might find anything like justice would be the NFL. But as I said, it was a really good show. And so it goes.
In any case, we will be back with out regular insights on the world of photography on Wednesday.
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