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Yes, of course I watched the Superbowl. I'm a football fan. Pro football, anyway. I always watch the Superbowl.

It wasn't a blowout, as so many Superbowls have been in the past. Looked like it might turn into that early on, when the Packers opened up a big early lead, but the Steelers came back in the second half and for a while it looked as though they might snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.

It wasn't a thriller either. Not one of the great contests. Mediocre play, for the most part. The last few SBs have spoiled us. Kind of a yawner.

But maybe that's because I had no strong rooting interest. It's amazing how big a difference that can make. The games that involve me most are those featuring one of my teams, of course... but I can also get pretty worked up by a contest featuring one of the "bad guy" teams I love to hate, like the Cowboys or the Pats. In those, at least, I have someone to root against. The Steelers and the Pack, though... don't love 'em, don't hate 'em, so it's hard to stay emotionally involved.

I do like good play, no matter who's involved, but there weren't many spectacular plays in this SB either. Nothing to compare to the Tyree catch or the Santonio Holmes reception.

Even the commercials seemed kind of boring this year. I've already forgotten most of 'em.

That being said, I'm sure you Terrible Towel Wavers out there are crushed right now, and all you Cheeseheads are telling each other this was the best SB even. So condolences to the former, and congrats to the latter.

Next year I want Jets v, Giants. Sobway Superbowl!!!



Feb. 7th, 2011 06:27 am (UTC)
national anthem
Even that i'm not an american I recognized that the us anthem wasn't correct... how can something like this happen?
The game was okay...GB were the better team... 2 interceptions were too much at the beginning.

Feb. 7th, 2011 06:32 am (UTC)
ha, was thinking the exact same thing. technically it was a close game, but overall it just didn't feel exciting. lots of sloppy play that just ruined any moment of hype. glad the pack won, but ultimately a SB i will forget.

so the bad guys are the cowboys as well as the pats, what about niners from the 80s/90s? curious what a new yorker like yourself thinks of my team from the west.
Feb. 7th, 2011 06:42 am (UTC)
The Niners and Giants were great rivals during those years, and had some great contests. I hated losing to the Niners, of course, and loved beating them... but they were too much of a class act to hate. Bill Walsh, Jerry Rice, Joe Montana, Ronnie Lott... you had to respect guys like that.

Which is not to say that I don't relish my memories of the '90 NFC championship game, or the sight of Mark Bavaro carrying half the 49ers down the field for twenty years.
Feb. 9th, 2011 03:50 pm (UTC)
The shellacking in '86-'87 NFC championship wasn't too bad either. Jim Burt, meet Joe Montana. Jerry Rice, how about some butter. And of course the all of paper swirling around the Meadowlands like a foreshadowing of a Canyon of Heroes tickertape parade (which Ed Koch didn't honor them with).

But, the agony lingers from this one http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/football/2003/playoffs/news/2003/01/05/giants_niners_ap/. I still have etched in my memory Strahan pointing up at the scoreboard when he and a Niner were trash talking.
Kyle Brown
Feb. 7th, 2011 06:34 am (UTC)
Welcome to my Generation of American idiots. Im ashamed of my generation and I weep for the future. No not because some bimbo cant sing and doesn't know the correct words, but because this is what my generation has become...a bimbo who cant sing and doesn't know its head from its ass.
Feb. 7th, 2011 03:36 pm (UTC)
I'm with you except for saying Christina Aguilera can't sing. That's like saying Michael Phelps can't swim or Michael Jordan can't dribble ... or George R.R. Martin can't write. She can definitely sing, although I always question why singers insist on putting notes in the National Anthem that weren't written there, but there you have it.
I'm more worried about my generation when iconic soft drink maker Pepsi bases a whole campaign around ads that resort to hitting people with their product as a punchline.
Feb. 9th, 2011 03:57 pm (UTC)
I'm a big fan of Marvin Gaye's jazzy, soulful rendition. That's was the start(Jimi Hendrix notwithstanding, as his was not at the start of a major sporting event)of personalizing the Anthem. Too bad most artists miss the mark, but for those times when they hit. Wow!
Feb. 7th, 2011 07:00 am (UTC)
"Next year I want Jets v, Giants. Sobway Superbowl!!!"

But how on Earth would you decide who to root for?
Feb. 7th, 2011 09:02 am (UTC)
As a committed Ravens fan, I had a lot to root against in the Steelers. I'm no big Pack fan, but I was rooting for them if only for that. (That being said, I do like it that a city of only 100,000 still manages to have a hugely successful and profitable NFL team.)

I always had a thing against Pittsburgh after the 1979 World Series (the 1971 Series too, though that happened a year before I was born). Also, the girl who broke my heard 15 years ago lived there and I last saw her when I visited her there, so my memories of the place are further tainted by that.

I really wouldn't mind it so much of the Allegheny and Monongahela over-swelled their banks one wet spring and washed the whole place away.
Feb. 7th, 2011 11:04 am (UTC)
Not so super bowl
I thought the same....I wanted to see this year's Gang Green Vs. the 07 Rain City Hawks.....thankfully i have a copy of madden on my xbox....so i can at least watch the computer duke out the stats of those teams whenever i please...even though it took three months of daily playing in order to build the teams...........still worth it....had to custom most the Jets stat work....but yeah.......I'll let ya know how it turns out....

Go teams that haven't won ten times over (as long as they're not the cowboy's or the pat's....fuck those guys)
Feb. 7th, 2011 11:08 am (UTC)
bored by SB
bored by football ?

Try Rugby then.
Feb. 7th, 2011 11:21 am (UTC)
Oh, Ser, can you seeeeee ....
I`m sure a Jets vs. Giants - final would have been more spectacular. And next year they may get the National Anthem right. Go Jets, Go Giants !!! Something to look forward to next year. Nonetheless, be glad that the NFL has provided some distraction from your heavy workload in the last season.
Feb. 7th, 2011 08:10 pm (UTC)
Re: Oh, Ser, can you seeeeee ....
Well said, Joff. What do you have if you don't have your health and ability to enjoy leisure time?
Feb. 7th, 2011 11:41 am (UTC)
That's an interesting Freudian slip in that last line.
Feb. 7th, 2011 01:37 pm (UTC)
My husband and I aren't really interested in sports, but we *are* Wisconsinites. The Super Bowl is kind of a big deal, so we listened on the radio, and it was kind of awesome. I had forgotten how great it can be to just listen to a game and have to fill in all the little details :)
Feb. 7th, 2011 01:54 pm (UTC)
I was interested just to root against the Steelers, but mostly against Roethlisberger. I wouldn't say it was a terrible game, but it was definitely sloppy with a lot of turnovers, penalties, and dropped passes. Rodgers was the highlight of the game, I thought he played pretty well in the face of pressure despite his team's inability to catch a ball. I guess they can't all be Giants vs Patriots.
Feb. 7th, 2011 02:46 pm (UTC)
George, remember the 2002 Giants vs 49er playoff game? Man I broke a T.V. after that game it still haunts my dreams.......
Feb. 7th, 2011 03:30 pm (UTC)
I'm a Steelers fan myself, but I kind of wish that the Packers had kicked their ass. As it was, I agree: neither team was playing particularly well, and while the Packers are perfectly capable of beating the Steelers, this was more a case of the Steelers beating themselves.
Feb. 7th, 2011 03:35 pm (UTC)
From a Packer Fan
Sorry, but no amount of rain is going to dampen this Wisconsinite's parade. You might not remember this Superbowl, but it's certainly not one we in Titletown will be forgetting any time soon.

I hope you're rewarded in kind next year with a win of your own.
Feb. 7th, 2011 06:07 pm (UTC)
Re: From a Packer Fan
I respectfully disagree with that last sentiment. A lot.
Feb. 7th, 2011 04:15 pm (UTC)
Best commercials evar George!
I had someone to root for, so the game wasn't so bad.

THE COMMERCIALS GEORGE! There was Captain America, Thor, Cowboys & Aliens, the new Priest movie! Oh and that hilarious Little Darth Vader commercial?!? You know you loved that one.
Feb. 7th, 2011 06:09 pm (UTC)
Re: Best commercials evar George!
Mini Vader was my favorite
Feb. 7th, 2011 05:16 pm (UTC)
I'd say Chrysler made Detroit the real winner last night. It also helped that until next season *knocks on wood*, we can proudly say that the Lions beat the Super Bowl Champs!
Feb. 7th, 2011 05:32 pm (UTC)
I love the Steelers, but they deserved to lose. You can't have three turnovers (two of them just really bad passes that should never have been thrown) and hope to win. They kept it close, at least.
Feb. 7th, 2011 06:40 pm (UTC)
More like a PATH/NJ Transit bowl, if it's Jets/Giants.
Feb. 7th, 2011 07:20 pm (UTC)
If they hold it together I think the Jets will have a good season next year. At least I hope so. Of course with the season now being 8 months away I have no idea who the leaders will be in the NFC?

Maybe Atlanta or Philadelphia for 2012?
Feb. 7th, 2011 07:52 pm (UTC)
From where I sit it was one of the most exciting games I have seen in years at the SB. Of course it helps when you have a horse in the race. Aaron Rodgers is a class act- maybe next year George.
Michael Hurley
Feb. 7th, 2011 08:02 pm (UTC)
I had no preference on which team won, but I'd hardly characterize Rodgers's play as 'mediocre'
Feb. 7th, 2011 08:08 pm (UTC)
Well, this sums up about how I feel about the NFL and team sports in general, so I guess I'm with you, lol
Ray Kinsells
Feb. 7th, 2011 09:07 pm (UTC)
Super Bored
As always, excellent analysis Mr. Martin - while the score was close, it was nowhere near as exciting as the media are trying to make it seem. Its always more fun to watch when your own team is in it, even if it makes your Super Bowl parties a lot more tense!! Maybe if there is football next year, we'll see a Jets-Giants matchup. Nothing would make me happier, except more Wild Cards comics. keep up the good work, ser.
Feb. 7th, 2011 10:52 pm (UTC)
Life is meaningless and full of pain. :/
Feb. 8th, 2011 03:27 am (UTC)
I thought the SB was ok, but not spectacular. I was afraid the Packers were going to implode in the 3rd Quarter, but the Mendenhall fumble really shifted the momentum back. The game pretty much went as I had imagined. Keeping Roethelessburger on the run, but contained so he makes bad throws, and Rodgers capitalizing on short passes and 1-on-1 coverage deep. The game would have likely been more lopsided had the Packer receivers not dropped so many passes.
Feb. 8th, 2011 03:15 pm (UTC)
Assuming there is a Super Bowl next year (go team lockout!) I feel 100% secure in predicting that da Bears will win it, as I do every season.
Feb. 8th, 2011 03:16 pm (UTC)
This Cowboys fan felt the same way, George. I heard a lot of Cowboys fans saying they didn't want to see the Steelers win in Dallas...I couldn't even get worked up about that. I have SB XXX in my pocket against the Steelers - the losses in the '70s are ancient history. I can't remember a SB that I had less rooting interest in than this one.
Feb. 8th, 2011 08:05 pm (UTC)
Slight bias
I think you're still in the stages of grief following the Jets loss. That was a corker of a game. Best ever, no. Top 5, no. But the game wasn't decided until the last play and there was almost a comeback for the ages. Great game.
Feb. 9th, 2011 04:01 pm (UTC)
It was a very sloppy game and definitely not stellar championship sport. Oh well, we still have 2007!
Dan Ray
Feb. 9th, 2011 10:10 pm (UTC)
Hi George! I can understand your disinterest, but here are five reasons to care (at least a little) about the Packers:

1. It is the only publicly owned non-profit professional sports franchise on Earth.

2. It represents the smallest town of any top-tier professional sports franchise on Earth.

3. The team's existence predates the NFL, the NFL-AFL merger, and the Super Bowl.

4. The team plays outside, in the fall and winter elements of the North, like real men.

5. The franchise has the most NFL titles, despite a nearly 30-year period (predating the salary cap) during which the small town market simply couldn't support a competitive team.


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