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Monday, February 06, 2006
Super (Yawn) Bowl
The biggest spectacle of the year has come and gone...and now begins the long winter with--sniff, sniff--no more football. Well, OK the pro bowl is next weekend, but that's never really thrilled me. On a good note, it appears Nashville has a winning football product (at least so far) in the Nashville Kats who are now 2-0 on the season. Maybe the Titans can learn something...

But, anyway, back to my original post--the Super Bowl.

So, we had two weeks of unrelenting hype for this game and I've got to say--yeah, really didn't live up to it. Shame that the thing people will be talking about most if the officiating of this contest, which seemed a bit biased towards Pittsburgh. It almost felt like basketball officiating with the league desparately trying to make up for what was perceived as a bad call back in the Indy game a few weeks ago. (Don't let the NFL hear that I said that or else they might never give me media credentials to live blog at a Super Bowl....oh, who am I kidding?!? That is so never going to happen!)

But hey--congratulations to the Pittsburgh Steelers for being Super Bowl champions. I'd like to give credit to Mike Holmgren for being a classy coach. After the game, I heard in an interview on the radio where he was asked about the officiating and he replied that he wasn't going to comment and take away from the moment for the Steelers. That was a classy move from the guy and he earned my respect for it. And, let me just say this--I did enjoy Shawn Alexander's look of dejection after the game since it reminded of his days at Alabama. It was the same look he got after every game he played against the might Vols when we were in the midst of our great win streak against the Tide.

Anyway, a few other random thoughts.
  • Commerical I enjoyed most: The Alieve commerical with Nimoy. As a Star Trek fan, that cracked me up.
  • Commerical that made me go "They spent $2.5 million for that?!?": That one for the new H3 with the monster and the robot. Alrighty then....
  • The national anthem: I'm sorry, but when did it go from singing the national anthem before a game to "honor America" to singing the national anthem to offer us your interpretation of the song. Dear heavens, could that have gone on any longer and been any less the national anthem than it was last night?!? I'm sorry, but that was horrible and I really am tired of all these singers coming in and do their own thing to the song instead of sticking with the original song and doing what they're supposed to do--honor this country. If you want to do your interpretation, do it on your next CD or iTunes free download. If you're asked to sing the song before a sporting event, just come in and sing the song like it's supposed to be done and then sit down. It's not about you!
  • The half-time show: Well, at least there wasn't a wardrobe malfunction.
  • ABC's calling the game: I remember when John Madden used to make intelligible football points in calling a game. It was called the late 80s. It's sad really to see how far downhill Madden has gone so that now all he points out are things that happened that most of us could see. "Did you know the offensive's line job is to block the defensive line, Al?" Ugh! At least with ABC losing the rights to show the NFL, we won't have to see Madden on another Super Bowl any time soon.


posted by Michael Hickerson at 2/06/2006 07:14:00 AM | |
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