Monday, February 06, 2006

At least the chili was good! Super Bowl Memories and more!

The Drop Tops were cold, nobody had to drive home, the homemade chili and buffalo wings were outstanding, and thus, the day wasn't a total loss, at least for me. But what about the game?????

Everyone else is firing off today, so here are my thoughts:

To be honest, almost everything has been said already. To me there are really three schools of thought:

1) Pittsburgh made the plays, Seattle didn’t, and the best team won.
2) Seattle lost the game because of poor officiating.
3) The officials didn’t actually win or lose the game for anyone, but they did dictate how the game was played, became involved in too many plays, and because they are the main focus today, they ruined the biggest football game of the year.

Number three is an easy way out, and the least offensive, but the one I, as a media member AND Seahawk fan who will never be completely objective, believe to be true. While we can argue until we are blue in the face and yell and scream about good call, bad call, officials don’t decide games, Seattle didn’t make the offensive plays, come up with the defensive stop, the Steelers were the better team because they were more disciplined, and on and on and on, the bottom line is the game itself was BORING!

That is amazing that I of all people would think that a game involving my favorite NFL team, and one of only three teams I actually care about, would think that, but it ended up being true.

Like I said above, there aren’t any new or innovative ways to look at the game and the outcome. In the end, the outcome that many wanted came to pass. Bettis got his Super Bowl ring and rode off into the sunset. The little team from the Northwest will go back to their homeland which is located somehwere North of Alaska, and life will go on with Ben Roethlisberger the “new” Tom Brady.

Now....... the crazy thing is that the game is being talked about more today than most Super Bowls because of the officiating. If it would have been a 24-14 game, just your average game, there wouldn't be nearly the water cooler talk. So Super Bowl XL's legacy will be it ended up being one of the most talked about games ever, yet in terms of the actual game itself, it wasn't all that compelling. Strange, ironic, and really just plain sad that the football season ends this way.

All of the above is another reason I still enjoy college football more than the NFL.
The college football season ended up with one of the best games in memory. The National Championship in college football exceeded the hype and expectations.

9-21 Means Big Bucks for Ben
The PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE reports the Super Bowl win for the Steelers’ QB could mean up to 20 million dollars in endorsements for Big Ben. Not bad for a guy who not only wasn’t the MVP but you could say wasn’t even the SECOND best quarterback on the field. Randle-El anyone? I had an opportunity to interview him a few years ago, when he was a senior at Indiana, and to this day he has to be one of the best, most articulate, insightful athletes I have ever had the chance to interview. This is the guy who should be getting a lot more attention.

Super Bowl ads:
This was the first time in about five years I was able to watch and listen to the Super Bowl, and thus the commercials that everyone talks about all the time. Here is USA

The top five ads and each one's rating:
1. Anheuser-Busch -- Secret refrigerator stocked with Bud Light -- 8.39
2. Anheuser-Busch -- Young Clydesdale dreams big -- 8.18
3. FedEx -- Cave man uses prehistoric overnight delivery -- 7.95
4. PepsiCo -- Sierra Mist can't clear airport security -- 7.86
5. Anheuser-Busch -- Men pretend to work on rooftops, but relax instead -- 7.82

Anheuser-Busch grabbed the top spot in USA TODAY's Super Bowl Ad Meter for a record eighth year in a row. Anheuser-Busch's ad featuring a secret refrigerator stocked with Bud Light was the most popular, according to USA TODAY's Ad Meter. Volunteers gave the ad a score of 8.39 (on a scale of 0 to 10).

Most of the time I would ignore such stuff, especially since I couldn’t care less about the Rolling Stones at halftime or who sang before the “super big game.” But since I watched a Super Bowl with my wife and others who seem to care about the commercials, I will weigh in on my favorite. The following made all of us laugh out loud, something hard to do since the majority of us were Seahawk fans: