Notes on SuperBowl XL

February 9th, 2006 § 0 comments

Last year, I didn’t watch the SuperBowl. I don’t actually remember what I was doing that day, but I know it wasn’t watching the game, so I actually don’t have a great deal of basis for comparison for my commentary. I won’t let that stop me, though.
This year, I felt a little vested interest in the game, the Seahawks being in it and all, so I made an effort to actually watch.

The game

The game itself was hardly riveting. Most of the plays were pretty standard. Seattle’s running game was lame, and Pittsburgh’s passing game was sort of weak, too. 4 downs, punt. Rinse, repeat, wipe hands on pants.

The officiating was probably the most notable aspect of the entire event. I’m convinced that Seattle got robbed of at least one touchdown, and I’m also convinced that Pittsburgh got a major break in scoring the touchdown right at the goal-line.

All in all, extra-medium-style game.

The Half-Time Show

I like the Rolling Stones. Really. But their performance at the halftime show was pretty lackluster. The production was also horrendous–particularly during “Start Me Up”, the vocals were drowned out, and the rhythm guitar was way too loud.

That said, having the Stones play instead of Justin Timberlake or whoever is popular with the kids right now was a good choice. The irony of having the icons of British rock-and-roll play at the spectacle of Americana was not lost on me.

The Commercials

SuperBowl commercials have become the stuff of legend. A thirty second spot on ABC during the game costs several million dollars, I believe. Apple Computer famously announced the release of the Macintosh with their “1984″ commercial, classic ad campaigns have made their debut during the SuperBowl.

It was disappointing to see that the only product launches that were announced were the Gillette Fusion (hooray, now I can have *six* blades on my razor!), and the 2007 Cadillac Escalade. Now, last I checked, it was still 2006, so I doubt I’ll be buying my Escalade any time soon.

I was in the kitchen during the “Whopperettes” commercial, but I’m told it was one of the better ads.

Overall, not that amazing in the commercials department, though the Budweiser “streaker” ad made me chuckle.


So I suppose watching the SuperBowl was hardly the most amazing experience ever, but it was a good way to waste a few hours. The Seahawks didn’t win, but, y’know, I’ll get over it.

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