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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 06:42 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.


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