I've remained mostly silent about how I feel about Dennis Miller being one of the commentators on Monday Night Football. I've been a fan of Miller's for a while, I also enjoy a good football game (though mostly I just follow the Minnesota Vikings).
Frankly, I was so dismayed by coverage of the whole thing that I was afraid if I started talking about it I'd start ranting at great length which probably wouldn't be too good for me or those around me. Plus: most of my friends don't give a rat's behind about football or Dennis Miller.
Today I wanted to shout "yes!" repeatedly as a read Jason Snell's piece on the subject, he nails all the points I've wanted to make, better than I could've.
You should read the whole piece, it's all good, but I'll quote a bit just 'cuz:
We live in an anti-intellectual society. Smart kids are mocked at school, and
try to blend in -- code talk for act dumb -- so they don't get singled out.
Smart people are eggheads, people without lives. And yet we are still a
country full of smart people. Granted, some of us are not so bright -- Two
Guys and a Girl is still on the air, to name just one case against the American
mind. But lots of us have a few brain cells to rub together.
And yet, when Dennis Miller arrives, he's attacked on two fronts. First,
football fans are a bunch of ignorant hayseeds. Uh-huh. Second, Miller's too
smart -- and worse yet, he shows off his knowledge by actually making
references to cultural and historical events that every seventh grader should
know. (Not to get off on a rant, but it's not like Dennis Miller is some kind of
freakin' Einstein. A lot of his references don't, to be honest, hit dead center.
Sometimes he knows a name but not the nuance; sometimes he's just plain