There’s a song by Timbuk3 called “Just Another Movie” which opens with
Are planned distractions
To draw attention from the action behind the scenes.
Like a game of chess
When the house is a mess,
Or a petty money squabble
When your marriage is in trouble,
Or a football game when there’s rioting in the streets.
This song was written before Super Bowl XXIII in 1989, when the news coverage from Miami centered more on the upcoming Bengals/Niners game than on the race riots after a policeman shot a Hispanic motorcyclist in the head…