• Tim Crone: Super Bowl's evolution fascinating

  • Super Bowl weekend is one of the great times in America.

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  • Super Bowl weekend is one of the great times in America.
    Even if you are not a football fan, it is an American tradition to get with friends and enjoy all the excitement and media attention directed toward the game.
    For a guy like me, I look at it as a second birthday celebration. I guess the first Super Bowl game ever played made a lasting impression on me. I will never forget the Chiefs playing the Packers.
    Obviously, the game has made many strides since then. You could walk up to the stadium gates and buy a ticket on game day for face value.
    Football has become the most successful sport in the United States with billions of dollars surrounding the sport. Billion-dollar TV deals and Super Bowl advertisements that last for a mere 30 seconds are now the norm.
    I look at the game much differently. Football is a great example of how 11 guys must work together to become successful. In the game of football, the quarterback is the straw that stirs the drink, but every Super Bowl champion quarterback will be the first one to tell you that they would not have been successful without all 52 players on the squad.
    The coaches of Super Bowl teams are now treated as rock stars. They have million-dollar contracts along with a multitude of other endorsements. The reality is that all these men, down deep, are just football coaches who love the game. They are special in their abilities to lead men to achieve at high levels on the playing field.
    Many people feel that football has become too big and out of control. It does seem ridiculous that so much money is made for throwing, catching and kicking an oddly shaped ball. Americans love the game and all it represents.
    The gladiator mentality has kept the game of football popular. It is the reason so many people have come to place the game on a pedestal – a fact that could be debated over and over again.
    The big challenge for the future of the game of football is to admit that the sport is very physical. How do we, as a society, enjoy a sport with so many positives to teach but that harbors so many dangers for the participants.
    It would be interesting to see how much the game will change in the Super Bowls of the next century. I am relatively certain that the fans of that first Super Bowl game could not have imagined how much pro football would take over the American psyche.
    The future will hold many challenges. Only time will tell how those challenges will be met. One thing is for sure – Americans love the game of football and particularly Super Bowl Sunday.
    Page 2 of 2 - n The tribute in St. Louis for Stan Musial was outstanding. Stan never got kicked out of a game, had 1,856 hits on the road and 1,856 hits at home and was married to the same woman for 71 years. That is consistency no matter how you measure it.
    n It looks like there are three really good boys basketball teams in the big class level this year – Blue Springs South, Lee's Summit West and Rockhurst. As a Kansas City guy, I hope one of them can win the state title. It has been 14 years since a big class school in this area has won it. I get real tired of the St.Louis types!
    n The NCAA is a mess! The latest NCAA drama with Mizzou coach Frank Haith is a prime example. Too much power.
    n Look for the Kansas City wrestling teams to have two or more schools in the top four again this year as Blue Springs and Oak Grove have again produced state powers.
    n My quote of the week comes from my hero, President Harry Truman: “To get profit without risk, experience without danger, and reward without work is as impossible as it is to live without being born.”

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