Thursday, February 7, 2013
Behind The Scoreboard
It was a great Super Bowl
As Don Meredith used to try to croon at the end of his broadcasts in the old football days, “You can turn out the lights, the party is over.”
Another great mark in the football annals was etched in stone on Sunday. Of course, there are disappointments and some anguish which will take a while to be salved, but it will happen. As for the game itself, the fans got their money’s worth, and I don’t mean the ones who fell prey to the unmerciful scalpers at the last minute.
And the excitement level was unmatchable after the first quarter. I must admit that I failed to check the odds, which I usually do before the game, so yours truly has no clue as to what they were. Anyway, for this particular contest, I was a Ravens follower, since my team (the Detroit Lions caught the wrong jet and it flamed out after a great season’s start, which seems to be a pattern of late) was nowhere in evidence.
If one stops and considers the facts surrounding this particular contest with these particular teams, they are pretty amazing. Both of these teams had won Super Bowls (the Ravens won SB XXXV) and the San Francisco 49ers had the record of never losing a Super Bowl (appeared in five, won five). Head coaches of the two entrants were real brothers with everyday names (John and Jim), with a passion for football. Brother John had a lot more comments post-game than he had weeks before. Of course, winning can do that for you.
There is no use in boring you with a recap of the whole affair. It is safe to say that the flap about Beyonce’s earlier on-stage performance was emphatically laid to rest. It had never been an issue with yours truly and I don’t believe she caused the power outage.
There were some anxious moments caused by the power mishap and the ease with which the Ravens’ 28-6 lead was erased by the 49ers. The 35-minute delay gave the 49ers a real boost in power. At press time on Monday, there was still no word on what caused the breakdown.
And one has to remember that in a game such as this there are no real losers. The winners’ share was $88,000 each and those less fortunate picked up $44,000 each. That is not a bad payday, folks.
There were some winners and losers at the annual Super Bowl party but the partygoers were loud (at times, quiet at others) and a tad (?) voracious. It was a great Super Bowl XLVII.
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