As I've stated previously, I was less than excited about this game. I'm sure if I were a Packer fan, I'd be pumped about the game. But I doubt I'm alone in thinking that this was a pretty boring Super Bowl. Had the Steelers even gotten one more first down during the last drive, it would have qualified as exciting. As it stands now, the Packers had the lead the whole time and I just assumed they would win to infuriate me. This was also true. But let's talk about the game with a little bit more detail.
- Christina Aguilera forgets the words to "The Star Spangled Banner?" And during the same week that Tosh.0 does a web redemption for someone who forgot the words to that very same song? It's eerie, and I feel like Daniel Tosh is responsible. Maybe he can get X-Tina to come on for a web redemption of her own.
- The sound was not up all that loud where I was watching the Super Bowl, so I couldn't hear all that much of what Troy Aikman and Joe Buck were saying during their commentary. This vastly improved my viewing experience.
- If I can play Denny Green for a moment- The Packers are who we thought they were! The Packers are apparently unstoppable on opening drives. I've seen them do this every game during the playoffs. I'm not going to look it up to be sure, but I think they've scored on each of their first possessions during their playoff run. Good defenses were able to adjust (Bears and Steelers for the most part) and the Falcons could not so they were blown out. The Eagles are in the middle. My guess is the key to beating the Packers is to get a stop on their first possession. If you can get them to play from behind, you'd have a much better shot at beating them, but no team was able to do that. I'm stating the obvious, aren't I? Well, then let's move on to the next point.
- Super Bowl commercials are awful. Companies seem to waste their millions of dollars on spots that aren't good. The VW Darth Vader commercial was entertaining, but beyond that, I was unimpressed. For those of you that liked the Budweiser rugged cowboy --> "Tiny Dancer" sing-a-long- just stop. That commercial was awful. I expect more from Budweiser. That was awful.
- The Halftime Show... I don't know what to say about it. It was pretty boring for me. Also, whoever set the lights for the "V" on their "L-O-V-E" dance floor is not going to have a job for very long. Did you notice the lighters were out on at least 3 dance floor squares? I'm not sure there is a way to have a good Halftime Show. Great artists seem to be minimized on such a big stage. Average Pop artists are even worse. I think G$ suggested the Foo Fighters a year or two ago, and I'd like to see what they could do on that type of stage. Otherwise, the NFL powers that be may want to re-think how the Halftime Show is presented. I think the format makes it impossible for an artist to really translate their talents to the known universe.
- Aaron Rodgers destroys Brett Favre's legacy. This could be the only redeemable quality of the Packers championship. Brett Favre will always have his loyalist fans- that is a fact. But quite a few Packer fans had jumped on the A-Rod bandwagon already, and anyone left on the fence is now firmly planted in Rodgers' camp. It is wonderful watching Favre's legend crumble before our eyes. He obviously was a great quarterback, but his diva-esque attitude has finally caught up with him. If there is a Packer fan that agrees or disagrees with me, I'd love to hear from you. Before you disagree with me, though, close your eyes and picture Favre in a Vikings jersey- then write to me.
- Big Ben wasn't clutch this time. Hey, 10-3 in the playoffs with 2 rings is really, really good. I'm not going to bash Roethlisberger, but he did have the chance to go down and win another Super Bowl, but was unable to get it done. Why he didn't throw shorter to convert the 3rd and 5 at the end of the game, I'll never know. And realistically, his 4th down pass was catchable. It would have been a great play by Mike Wallace, but I guess his 60 Minutes had run out (get it? Mike Wallace- 60 Minutes- eh eh? No? Awwww...) The Packers were, in fact, the better team last night.
- Ramifications for the future. I'm very much looking forward to next year. However, the Packers are going to be a scary opponent for years to come. I also hate admitting that the freaking Detroit Lions are actually knocking on the door of being pretty good as well. The NFC North is going to earn it's nickname of the Black and Blue division in the coming years.
I hope you all had more fun watching the Super Bowl than I did. It's tough to watch a rival win a championship, so I couldn't get into the game as much as other people probably did. In the last decade, I've seen the White Sox win one, the Cardinals win one, the Bears get beat by the Colts, and the Packers win. It's disgusting. I'm putting all my eggs in the 2011 Cubs' basket*... let's do it boys!
*This is written with hope and sarcasm all rolled into one.