Thursday, February 7, 2013
Too much analyzing
I wasn’t overly excited as the latest Super Bowl approached.
Neither team has ever been a favorite of mine.
Maybe I should make a switch. I grew up a Cowboys fan, and that love is hard to shed. But there’s no Tom Landry or Tony Dorsett or Roger Staubach these days. And it’s getting more and difficult to cheer for this group of Cowboys – mainly the owner.
But I must admit, I enjoyed Super Bowl XLVII Sunday night a lot.
It wasn’t looking that way early on, but I had a sense the San Francisco 49ers, who dug themselves a deep hole, might climb out.
They did, and please don’t attribute it to the power failure shifting the momentum their way.
That’s the main reason I’m glad the Baltimore Ravens hung on to win. I didn’t want to read and read and read, even years from now, that they lost their big lead due to the lights going out in the Superdome.
It turned into an exciting game down the stretch, one of the best finishes ever for a Super Bowl.
And I don’t think holding should have been called on that decisive play – no matter what one of the Harbaugh brothers says.
The commercials were OK. A couple stood out – like the Jeep ad saluting the return of the American troops, the Budweiser one with the rearing-to-separation-to-reunion tale of a Clydesdale and its owner. But perhaps most of all, I liked the Dodge Ram truck ad – featuring Paul Harvey’s tribute to farmers.
But I have to tell you, I prefer the Super Bowls of days gone by.
I did not watch any of the days and days of hype leading up to the Super Bowl. I turned the TV on about 45 minutes before game-time Sunday and then went to the Sandersons where some members of our church gathered to enjoy food, fellowship and the big game.
There’s too much analyzing these days – about any sport – particularly courtesy of ESPN. And some of the so-called experts are not experts at all.
Sunday, CBS even analyzed the lights going out.
More and more, I prefer just watching the game – be it football, baseball, basketball, whatever. And I miss my favorite announcing team, Pat Summerall and John Madden.
Even though a Dallas fan, the Steelers dynasty of the late 1970s stands out for me. They won four Super Bowls (IX, X, XIII and XIV) in six years. They were led by head coach Chuck Noll and stars like Terry Bradshaw, Franco Harris, Lynn Swann, “Mean” Joe Greene, L.C. Greenwood and Jack Lambert.
But then the Cowboys came through in the 1990s – wining three in a four-year span (XXVII, XXVIII and XXX). They were led by two of my favorite Dallas players of all time – Troy Aikman and Emmitt Smith.
I can’t remember, in my lifetime, missing a Super Bowl via the TV. But, I just don’t enjoy them like I once did – too much hoopla. Maybe it’s a sign of reaching my 50s and just remembering the good old days – like the Steelers’ “Steel Curtain” defense.
My favorite performance (football and all) Sunday came from the Sandy Hook Elementary School choir (Newtown, Conn.) which joined Jennifer Hudson in pre-game for “America the Beautiful.” It was an inspiring performance to say the least.
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