The Rose Bowl Game Is Dead

The Granddaddy of Them All Was 121 Years Old. It Was Killed By Two Chronic California Diseases

The Rose Bowl game, an annual sports spectacle embodying cherished California conceptions of beauty and inclusion, is dead.

It was 121 years old.

The causes of death were two chronic California diseases—greed and our winner-take-all culture.

In Pasadena, the hometown of your columnist, city and game officials remained in denial, claiming that the Rose Bowl was very much alive. They noted that the old stadium in the Arroyo Seco will continue to be called “Rose Bowl” and will host college football playoffs for many years to come.

But the Rose Bowl itself—a post-season football …

A History of California in Six Super Bowl Stadiums

The State and Its Football Fields Have Gotten Glitzier, Gaudier, More Exclusive, and More Disconnected

On February 13, the most watched event in America visits its birthplace, California.

Inglewood’s oversized, overpriced SoFi Stadium—the most expensive stadium ever built in the United States—is hosting Super Bowl LVI. …

Quit Playing Games With Our Health

Can Californians Take COVID Gathering Guidance Seriously If the State Still Plans to Host the Super Bowl?

When is California going to stop playing COVID games?

Your columnist is a devout follower of state public health officials and their guidance. I wear two masks in public settings and …