NFL Network host Rich Eisen tweeted this just over a week ago: “My day now starts with being horrified by at least 5 things seen on my Twitter feed, taking a deep breath, then going about my day”.
I thought about that tweet again yesterday as I was watching Super Bowl 51. The greatest Super Bowl ever did what sports is supposed to do: entertain.
Football fans were raving about the greatest comeback in a Super Bowl game. Non-fans were raving about what was, by all accounts, a spectacular half-time show.
In recent weeks North Americans have been exposed to some dark subject matter, whether it be travel bans, mosque shootings or just a general hatred toward select people on the globe.
Yesterday the continent got to lock into something that wasn’t divisive but inclusive for approximately four hours. It was a much-needed diversion.
Super Bowl LI gave us yet another example of an important role sports can play on the planet.