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Super Bowl isn’t just about American Football, nachos and TV ads. It’s also the biggest day of the year for otherwise sensible folk to make their best ‘I don’t understand sport’ jokes on Twitter.
The Super Bowl, which happens on a plain old Monday at the office for us in New Zealand seems to be the, ah, Super Bowl of this kind of thing. The combination of the timing, the bizzaro nature of American Football at the best of times, combined with a good proportion of the world being really into it gets Twitter comedians excited to use their best material on this day.
The classic format is basically cramming as many sporting terms as you know into a tweet in an ultra-irony-fest-ista. Or just making something up. For heaven’s sake, you wouldn’t want anyone to actually think you know / care about this shit. It goes like this:
“Wow, a sports guy just body slammed the basketball one into the stumps lol”
“Touchdown! Or a try! I don’t know!”
“The Tampa Bay Sailors are so wasting the Milwaukee Cunninghams !”
Etc. It goes on. And on.
Look, perplexing stuff happens on Twitter all the time, as anyone who follows a proportion of the parliamentary press gallery knows. And the plethora of awards shows at this time of year? I have no idea.
American Football is not my favourite sport, and I like a good troll as much as anyone, but this line of humour in moribund. All the jokes have been done, team.
So how about we raise the bar? I challenge the non-sport interested to do something funnier and more original with this material. Or even watch a bit to see what’s going on.
Look, sport can be wonderful – look how happy this guy is.