Petered Out

The best thing about the SuperBowl is the party where you watch it, which ideally features plenty to eat and drink, and beautiful tipsy women in various states of undress (and minimal self-control).  The next best thing is the half-time entertainment.  The game, of course, is almost always both irrelevant and forgettable.

The upcoming SuperBowl will feature a band still called The Who, but, with the departures by way of death 50% of the original line-up, could more accurately be called Who’s Left.  Or Who Cares.  Pete Townshend remains at the helm, which seems to cause a problem for two advocacy organizations concerned with child abuse.

The groups – Child AbuseWatch and Protect Our Children – are incensed that the NFL invited Pete Townshend’s band to play February’s halftime show, since the guitarist was a registered sex offender in the U.K. between 2003 and 2008. Townshend had to register for that five year period after admitting to breaking the law by searching for child pornography on his computer.   — NY Daily News

Townshend owned up to his actions, but he claims he himself was sexually abused as a child, and was “doing research” for his autobiography.  Yeah.  He might as well have said he was hiking the Appalachian Trail.   And all this time you figured John Entwistle was the probable pervert, he of “Uncle Ernie” and “Cousin Kevin” fame.  Not to mention his whole second solo album.

I don’t see how preventing Pete Townshend from entering the country and performing at the SuperBowl does much for the cause here other than capturing a few headlines and annoying the general public.   It seems to me there are better uses of advocates’ energy and larger causes, such as those where children are actually injured or jeopardized.  Kiddy porn is repugnant and illegal, but looking at it isn’t what does damage to minors, making it is.  I know: it wouldn’t be made if no market existed for it.  But you don’t know a damn thing about human perversity if you delude yourself into believing that focusing efforts on that market will eradicate its creation.

Besides, aren’t there much better reasons for preventing The Who from entering the country and playing the SuperBowl?  They’re ancient, decrepit, a shadow of their former selves (whom, please note,  I adored above all), and haven’t done anything new since gasoline cost 30 cents a gallon, and pimply attendants not only pumped it for you, but wiped your windshield, too.  Can’t we see something cutting edge, or at least contemporary?

Oh, I forgot.  It’s the SuperBowl.     A corporate-inspired event that happens to be a football game, aimed at the largest potential market and the lowest common denominator.

See, that’s why the party’s important.  Did I mention the girls?

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12 Responses to Petered Out

  1. Lu Senz says:

    Every once in a while the Superbowl is a good game. Pittsburgh’s victory was a good one, as was NY over NE. But by and large, once play begins, the Superbowl is just another football game, and football just isn’t all that great a sport, not compared to baseball.

    That;s not the most popular opinion in the newsroom, as I discovered over a 20 year career as a sportswriter. But hell — if I wanted to be popular, I’d have become a blonde with a tight butt bit boobs.

    Happy New Year, Squat-o. See you at LRB’s.

  2. Piles says:

    “But you don’t know a damn thing about human perversity if you delude yourself into believing that focusing efforts on that market will eradicate its creation.”

    I’m not sure about this. Compare the problem to drugs. I believe that rather than focusing on growers and smugglers, we’d be better off curbing demand, in other words, the market. Wouldn’t that same approach make sense with child porn?

    In neither case do we completely succeed, but in matters of this nature, success is measured in degree of reduction, not absolute eradication.

  3. Old Timer says:

    “Momma’s got a squeeze box……”

    I agree. Once upon a time the Who were the best in the business, and now they’re 2 elderly guys and some side men playing songs by The Who.

  4. Ghost of Jerry Falwell says:

    Squathole you are going to HELL .

  5. Jonas Brothers says:

    WHO are the WHO?

  6. Miss Teen USA So Carolina says:

    Should Mr. Townsend perform at the Super Bowl?OK, here’s what I think:

  7. Skidmark Landshark says:


    • squathole says:

      Thanks, Skids. You win the WTF award of the year. Of course, it’s still early January, but great start!

      • Hannibal Lecter says:

        Channeling Rudy once more, with feeling:

        “We’re little black sheep who have gone astray
        Baa! Baa! Baa!

        Gentleman songsters off on a spree
        Damned from here to eternity
        God have mercy on such as we
        Baa! Baa! Baa! “

  8. Diesel Fitter says:

    So when does his autobiography hit the stands? Should I hold my breath?

  9. Ruh Roh says:

    How does preventing the Who from playing the Super Bowl do anything worthwhile to combat pedophilia and child abuse? Will some pervert stop because he’ll worry that he won’t be invited to play the Super Bowl next time? Will some garden variety creep change his ways because he sees his actions have serious consequences years later, if not immediate?

    And what did he do? He TRIED to buy something illegal and failed! Did he have any in his possession?

    Waste of time.

  10. Camiel Toe says:

    Won’t get splooged again.

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