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If It Happened There: How would we cover the Super Bowl if it were in another country?

If It Happened There How would we cover the Super Bowl if it were in another country

The latest installment of a continuing series in which American events are described using the tropes and tone normally employed by the American media to describe events in other countries.


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Despite decades of exposure to the outside world through trade and globalization, Americans have resisted adopting internationally popular sports like soccer, cricket, and kabaddi, preferring instead a complex, brutal, and highly mechanized form of rugby confusingly called football. (Except for in a couple of instances, feet do not touch the ball.)

The two finest teams from the nation’s 32 premier league squads meet each year in an event known as the Super Bowl. (There is in fact no bowl.) This year, the game pits a young upstart team from the Northwest Frontier Provinces against another from the mountainous interior region led by the aging scion of one of the sport’s most legendary families. The winner of the contest will claim the title of “world champion,” although very few people play the sport beyond the country’s national borders.

Wow, that really puts it into perspective.

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