The best piece of Super Bowl humor ever is Hunter S. Thompson’s ‘Fear and Loathing at the Super Bowl’

Read the funniest piece of Super Bowl humor, Fear and Loathing at the Super Bowl by Hunter S. Thompson

The Super Bowl is a ridiculous event, yet few writers have ever captured the sheer weirdness of the game and the way it is covered by allegedly grown men and women in a truly funny way. Hunter S. Thompson did, for Rolling Stone, in 1973, in a piece called “Fear and Loathing at the Super Bowl: No Rest for the Wretched.” In the piece Thompson ruminates on the state of modern sports writing. A brief excerpt:

“Which is a nice way to make a living, because it keeps a man busy and requires no thought at all. The two keys to success as a sportswriter are: 1) A blind willingness to believe anything you’re told by the coaches, flacks, hustlers and other ‘official spokesmen’ for the team-owners who provide the free booze … and: 2) A Roget’s Thesaurus, in order to avoid using the same verbs and adjectives twice in the same paragraph.

“Even a sports editor, for instance, might notice something wrong with a lead that said: ‘The precision-jack-hammer attack of the Miami Dolphins stomped the balls off the Washington Redskins today by stomping and hammering with one precise jack-thrust after another up the middle, mixed with pinpoint-precision passes into the flat and numerous hammer-jack stomps around both ends….'”

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Author: Joe Donatelli

Joe Donatelli is a writer in Los Angeles. He publishes The Humor Columnist.