Thursday, February 9, 2012
Behind The Scoreboard
Game and commercials enjoyable
No matter how it was labeled, it was still a Super Bowl, the most watched sports event in the world.
The NFL hierarchy has already dubbed it as the most successful in the league’s history. If one considers the turbulent months leading up to the final day, there could be some veracity in the statement.
There were many who talked that the two teams meeting on February 5 in Indianapolis at Lucas Oil Stadium were not the best the league had to offer. Each had faltered early on. And the New York Giants, finishing the regular season with a record of 9-7, created a lot of doubt about their worthiness. That suited yours truly because I had selected the Patriots.
My interest was based on the “law of average.” Meaning that four years ago, the Giants had defeated New England in Super Bowl XLII, the Giants had defeated New England in their regular season meeting in Foxborough and, most importantly, Bill Belichik and Tom Brady were not going to let it happen again. Well, so much for the “law of averages.”
The attending hype for a Super Bowl is almost as enjoyable as the game itself – the commercials (which cost a cool $3.5 million each), the halftime production which could probably compete with a product of Cecil B. DeMille for sheer glamour, and the endless comparisons of coaches, players and past heroes.
The winners of this year’s offering picked up an additional bonus of $88,000 and the others (won’t say losers) took home a packet with $44,000 in it. Makes you wonder why you didn’t devote more time to football growing up, doesn’t it?
The Super Bowl party crowd was loud, vociferous, garrulous but orderly. Because of the tenterhooks moments in the game during the second half, there was quite a bit of restlessness (not me, mind you), and stunned silence when Brady launched that final pass in the last-ditch effort.
I am not going to complain widely about the outcome of this game; however, someone might just tell Bill and Tom that they don’t want to start a trend of losing all the important games to Eli and Tom (Coughlin).
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