Arete, Sport and Society, American Sport History, Super Bowl, NFL, Football, Thorstein Veblen, Excess, Waste, Money, Corporations, Ford, Layoffs
Theory of the leisure class (Veblen, Thorstein); Super Bowl; National Football League; Gluttony; Indulgences; Rich people; Prostitution; Corporations; Ford Motor Company; Unemployed
Sunday is Super Bowl XL in Detroit. In the Roman Empire the XL denoted the number forty. In a fortuitous parallel within the American Empire the XL carries the meaning, "Extra Large." No doubt Super Bowl XL will be both extremely large and as decadent as one would expect of a Roman orgy in the time of Caligula, the Emperor who, in a post-modern gesture, appointed his horse to the Roman Senate.
Sport and Society for Arete
College of Arts and Humanities
Crepeau, Richard C., "The XL Super Bowl" (2006). On Sport and Society. 738.