No, you don’t have to watch Super Bowl XLIX, which matches the New England Patriots against the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday evening.
Go ahead. Do something else with your time. Take a pass on supporting the excesses of the National Football League.
In fact, here are 10 good reasons for avoiding the big game.
1. Roger Goodell is still commissioner.
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2. The Ray Rice case.
3. Other domestic violence cases involving NFL players.
5. The half-time show might be great — or not. Just watch it later, after you know whether it’s worth seeing.
6. The much-ballyhooed ads often are not as good as, well, advertised. Why waste four hours watching the tube when you can catch all the best ads on the Internet after the game at your leisure.
7. Deflategate. Only in America could such an insignificant story be taken so seriously.
8. The Super Bowl encourages young kids to play tackle football. We don’t need that.
9. It costs a bajillion dollars to advertise on the game’s telecast and to attend the game, taking money away from much more serious needs of this country.
10. And the biggest reason you don’t have to watch the Super Bowl on Sunday: The game more than likely either won’t be close (see last year) or that exciting.
Of course, tens of millions of people — men and women, old and young, black and white, etc. — will view the Super Bowl. They will eat and drink and have a good time. That’s great.
Just not everyone has to do it, and they actually have legitimate reasons for ignoring the NFL, even on its biggest day of the year.