By Aharon Ben David. Yesterday, there were over 70,000 fans at the Super Bowl LVI (56) between the Los Angeles Rams and Cincinnati Bengals at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles, CA. The stadium said everyone in the stadium would be required to wear a mask. Over 70,000! Vaccinated or not, that holds for everyone over two years old. N95 masks (the golden calf gold standard of masks) were being just handed out to encourage people to wear them. N95s are not the cheapo ones either, they can go for up to $15 a pop.
Now, I was never a big football fan. To me, it seemed like the object was to get your hands on the most sacred of objects, the actual football, no matter what it takes. Once you have it, you throw it away as far as possible. Beyond that, the most incredulous act was for someone to “lovingly” hold it in place until someone comes to violently kick it away as far as possible. But I digress.
There was one group that have been held to the wearing of masks: the kids of the Los Angeles Youth Orchestra, even though they were outdoors outside the stadium when they were performing and even though most inside the stadium were not being held to the rule. I wouldn’t even try to play a trumpet or trombone, for example, wearing a mask. Try to picture that. You’d have to literally suffocate between notes and then somehow command whatever oxygen you have left to play a sustained high C note.
How about the big-shot Democratic politicians, including Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, holding his breath again? If you recall he was quite the butt of ridicule the last time he was at SoFi for being mask less claiming it was okay because he was “holding his breath.” Of course, Cincinnati Mayor Aftab Pureval had to be there to represent the Rams. I assume he was following Mayor Garcetti’s example.
If you happened to be there (where thankfully, I was not), it looked like no one was wearing a mask, most obviously famous or infamous “celebrities” like LeBron James, Mark Wahlberg, Sean Penn, Magic Johnson, and Matt Damon. Let’s not forget Jay-Z, Jennifer Lopez, and Ben Affleck.
Kanye West was covering his whole head with a black shmattah that had holes in it.
And yes, sigh, I missed the half-time show.
Even the N.F.L. Commissioner, Roger Goodell, didn’t have a mask despite the local mandate and the stadium “rule.” This is the guy whose pay for the last two years reached nearly $128 Million dollars couldn’t bother to adhere to his own “rules” as the Commissioner.
Just ask Governor Murphy. This should all be obvious, self-evident political hypocrisy.
In a Tweet by Outkick’s Clay Travis he observed, “I spent a week in LA & was asked for proof of vaccination once. No one wore a mask indoors anywhere I went. Either LA ended essentially all restrictions for the Super Bowl or covid is miraculously over in LA. If I had kids forced to wear masks in school, I’d be beyond furious.”
That’s precisely my point. Virtually no one there was wearing a mask. But then kids are all going back to school and being told now they have to wear one all day long and even outdoors.
That’s exactly what’s going on when you have such conflicting madness? There’s even a rumor that the indoor requirement might be eased for indoor public locations this week although that seems to have been dead and buried regarding the Super Bowl. But still no word on the schools: when the children are the least at risk.
The kids will still have to wear masks in and out of school, on buses, in playgrounds. I mean like two year old kids!!!!
Give me a break. The only football going on here is Political Football except there are no winners only losers.
Thank you, Governor Murphy, for going along to get along. I mean how does this guy sleep at night?