Football Talk: Even the Participants Are Spectators

Elsewhere on Slate, the season-long football roundtable is wrapping up with our

reviews of the Super Bowl

. Mine deals with the emergence of the uninspired, cautious passing game, as practiced by the Green Bay Packers last night. Also the question of how God protects players from getting unsportsmanlike-conduct penalties, the bungling of the anthem and the coin toss, and the profound vacuousness (or vacuous profundity?) of Troy Aikman. And, above it all, the hypnotic power of the giant video board.