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Boycott the Super Bowl?

Sure, there are plenty of people ignoring the Super Bowl today – taking advantage of empty malls and entertainment attractions that have nothing to do with football.

But conservative political activist Mark Dice thinks we should be reading a book on history or politics instead of partaking in Super Bowl Sunday excess. The spokesman for The Resistance, which bills itself as “a conservative political and media watchdog and activist organization focused on preserving family values and upholding the Constitution of the United States,” says this country’s obsession with football is “partially to blame for the decline of country.”

“Most Americans know more about football than they do about the Constitution or their political leaders,” Dice said in a statement. “People yell and scream at the TV when their team messes up, but they aren’t even aware when politicians pass legislation that will cause higher taxes, deeper government debt, or violate the Constitution.”

OK, so the group's release is one of a myriad that went flying around this past week - some more questionable than others. There were the atheists asking to pay hourly for a chance to name Sun Life Stadium during the game, a pet insurance company picking the Super Bowl winner based on pets’ names reflecting Indianapolis Colts and New Orleans Saints, and the state of Louisiana comparing its economic success with the on-field success of the Saints. But if The Resistance skips the Super Bowl, it will also miss the controversial Tim Tebow-Focus on the Family ad.

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CRAIG DAVIS In more than 33 years at the Sun Sentinel, Craig Davis has written about a wide variety of sports topics from baseball to yachting, fishing to triathlons, and also worked as a copy editor and page designer. Recently he reported on local sports, including running, swimming, cycling, equestrian and beach volleyball. He enjoys sports as a participant as well as a spectator, is active in the South Florida running scene plays in the curling club at Saveology Iceplex. This blog offers a glimpse at the business side of sports in the interest of enhancing enjoyment of the games and sporting options as a spectator as well as a participant.
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