EMPERORS AND CLOWNS
Back in the days when children could spell neither conglomerate nor Nielsen, we thought of sport as courage, competition and manliness. (We couldn't spell macho then either.) Show business was Jack Benny bellowing "Rochester!" and Mickey Rooney groping toward Ann Rutherford, while Judge Hardy, secretly a dirty old man, fantasized from back of camera three.
Now comes Super Bowl XI, eleven in the Vulgate, and the distinctions between sports and show business approach invisibility. The networks underwrite both on the same artistic basis. How do they draw? What...