The Super Bowl is one of the few sporting events that I grudgingly watch every year. I am not one who is at all interested in commercials, halftime shows or what former American Idol contestant is singing the national anthem this year. I am a sports fan, and the fact that most people who watch the game go to the bathroom or get a beer during the actual game itself so they don’t miss the advertisements drives me nuts.
I like football and often times the Super Bowl is a bore, and not only because it usually doesn’t involve my team. But there I sit with my cocktail weenies, nachos and beer hoping against hope for at least an exciting game so my memories of the event are not reduced to throwing a snowglobe at some poor guy’s crotch or dancing 3-D lizards.
For most of last evening, I was bored. It was certainly a strange game. For 3 quarters it was marred by silly penalties and chippy play, and with the exception of an interception return for a touchdown, there wasn’t much to be excited about. But then all of a sudden, when Larry Fitzgerald broke downfield to cap a terrific comeback by the Arizona Cardinals and give them a very late lead, my attention was captured again and I knew we were in for a wild and fun finish. As he released the pass headed towards the end zone for victory; Ben Roethlisberger must have thought he was surely going to be the MYP. That was until Holmes made an acrobatic catch to give the Steelers the championship.
So in the end, after two weeks of hearing about how the Steelers were going to win this easily, we got a nail biter filled some real football heroics. It may not have been the best played game, as it was certainly filled with a lot of lousy and cheap penalties. But in the end it was a classic nonetheless. This may be the one time people remember who lost the Super Bowl as much as they remember who won. I was rooting for the Steelers at the get-go, but the Cardinals almost turned me around. It was a tough way to lose, but those guys deserves some serious credit.
Oh, and while we are at it, let us talk about those famous commercials. I don’t fine people get hit in the groin with heavy objects or going through near death skiing accidents to be at all humorous. Usually the Budweiser Clydesdales are at the top of my list, and they had a solid showing this year. But the one that stuck in my mind was this one from Pedigree.
by Dave McBride