We’re more excited about Issue VIII than we are about Superbowl XXXIX. Not that this rather-lengthy issue is great, but we’re about as thrilled with Superbowl XXXIX as we were with President XXXIX. Philadelphia is arguably the rudest sports town in America, and New England has had more than its share of success lately. There’s no one to root for. We’re also not thrilled about the half-time show, for the simple reason that we detest all half-time shows. Paul McCartney is an improvement on Jackson and Timberlake, but heck, even a Weekend-at-Bernie’s style John Lennon and George Harrison would be better.
As long as we’re on the topic of sports, we might as well address its sister industry: beer. We’re for it. In fact, we’re for more of it. You can find our unorthodox views in an article that will run on the front page of Catholic Exchange on Thursday that calls for the normalization of drinking. Here’s an excerpt:
“As a business attorney, I’ve ran across a variety of restrictions under Michigan law. People, for instance, may not bring their own alcohol to establishments where food is sold. People may not have open containers of alcohol on public streets (no walking to your neighbor’s with an open beer). There is also, of course, the general restriction on the number of available licenses in a geo-political area, making bar licenses as costly as small homes.
“The message? Drinking is fine, if confined. Acceptable, but kinda scorned. In their book, Drinking in America, Mark Lender and James Martin properly referred to modern America and its attitude toward drinking as ‘The Age of Ambivalence.’
“I believe this attitude toward drinking is Puritan-like. I say that with no exaggeration or polemical intent.
“Puritanism is fundamentally … Read the rest