The Plugged In Show, Episode 63: Brady, Mahomes and … Plugged In?

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We might not normally think of sports—at least not immediately—as entertainment. But let’s face it: Is there any entertainment event in our culture bigger than the Super Bowl? Frankly, we could probably push that question a big step further: Is there any event at all that’s bigger than the Super Bowl? Not many. If any.

In a culture in which we’re separated and divided in so many ways, the Super Bowl remains one of the last vestiges of the dying monoculture. And this year, I suspect it may be a rallying point for all manner of diverse fans who share common ground in this: their desire to see Tom Brady denied his seventh championship ring.

This week, the Plugged In team dives helmet first into the cultural influence not only of the big game—LV this year, which I’m pretty sure means 55—but of sports in general. Why do we invest so much emotional energy in sports competitions? Why do sports sometimes seem to occupy a place of almost transcendent importance in our lives?

Those are interesting questions. And we unpack them in our 63rd episode of The Plugged In Show this week. So get some nachos, maybe some queso and sit back for a fun conversation as you count down the hours until Super Bowl LV. And while you’re waiting, be sure to check out the links related to this week’s episode in the list below. Finally, make sure you check back next week for our conversation about Disney+’s hit show WandaVision.

Adam R. Holz

After serving as an associate editor at NavPress’ Discipleship Journal and consulting editor for Current Thoughts and Trends, Adam now oversees the editing and publishing of Plugged In’s reviews as the site’s director. He and his wife, Jennifer, have three children. In their free time, the Holzes enjoy playing games, a variety of musical instruments, swimming and … watching movies.