February 05, 2007

Sooper Bowl Wrap

Well, congrats to Indy, I guess. I really didn't have a dog in the fight but had sort of been hoping that Chicago would win. At least it wasn't a blow-out and although I was predicting a Colts win at half time, Da Bears could have pulled it out.

I watched the game with the eldest Llama-ette. (What better way to get a kid involved than having the opening kick run back for a touchdown, btw?) We had a great evening together, especially after half time when the other two (who had got up their own ad hoc cheerleader squad) went to bed. Money quote: "Dad, those announcers say everything right after you do! How cool!" She took quite a keen interest in the art of getting one's feet down in bounds on a side-line catch owing to that challenge by Dungy in the first half. And by the time Grossman got picked the last time, she knew very well what is meant by "throwing a duck."

As for the peripherals, we both agreed that Billy Joel sounded awful and Prince was ridiculous. She also didn't like all the "drama" surrounding the little recap montages at each of the commercial breaks. And speaking of commercials, she laughed heartily at the beer ones (especially the rock, paper, scissors bit) and the Fed Ex moonbase one, but was fairly indifferent to the others. I felt more or less the same way.

[Hit "Rant On" button.] It might have only been in the Dee Cee market, but late in the 3rd quarter there was an anti-war ad from some Surrender Dubya! moonbat outfit. It featured a handful of vets (one without a hand) voicing their opposition to the surge and argued that because they did, all soldiers do and therefore, that if one really supports the troops, one must be against the surge. Frankly, I found the whole thing quite disgusting. Further, not only did it look as if it had been filmed in somebody's garage, it was staffed by people who looked like, well, the kind of people who would make crude anti-war commercials for the Super Bowl. Frankly, they came across as a gang of whiners, something which I don't suspect would sit too well with the kind of audience still likely to be watching the game deep into the 3rd quarter. So with any luck, maybe their message backfired. And if they blew their entire budget to get it on the air, so much the better. Bastards. [Hit Rant "Off" button.]

Anyhoo, all in all a pretty good game, the best part being watching with the gel, who stayed snuggled against my side the entire time, asked intelligent questions, appreciated all the thrills and spills and thoroughly enjoyed herself. It got me thinking ahead to lazy summer evenings - only 55 days to go!

UPDATE: Oh, yeah - we got a kick out of the Robert Goulet/Emerald Nuts ad, too.

UPDATE DEUX: John J. Miller has a link to the anti-war ad over at The Corner. He thinks it only ran locally, too.

Yips! from Gary:
No "wardrobe malfunction" in the half-time show (thankfully) but I'm surprised that there's been no mention around the net about this:

prince half-time silhouette penis.jpg


Posted by Robert at February 5, 2007 09:09 AM | TrackBack

I saw some of the pre-game hoopla; very fuzzy, since we're in the boonies and only get NBC. It looked like too much fuss and bother, so we watched the Ghost Hunters marathon on SciFi.

Posted by: GroovyVic at February 5, 2007 09:29 AM

The Goulet ad was by far the best.

The opening kick, I said to my wife "Why are they kicking to this guy? Viniateri can kick a decent squib." Then, of course, he breaks it.

After the kick, I said "Belichick wouldn't have kicked to this guy with that bad a coverage team."

And I didn't think Prince was all that bad, but it does sat something about our culture when we look for someone to give us good wholesome entertainment, and it turns out to be Prince. The most wicked entertainer of the 1980s now holds the high ground, so far has our culture sunk.

Still, I always liked the guy's music. Reminds me of every drunken college party of the 1980s, and makes me feel young.

Posted by: The Colossus at February 5, 2007 09:46 AM

Sorry, I just don't "get" Prince. He does have talent to be sure, but his music just doesn't do anything for me.

That anti-war ad didn't play here in Toledo. The Coke ads weren't good.
Goulet ad -good. Careerbuilder, decent enough. Mostly though, the ads were meh. Sort of like the game itself.

Posted by: rbj at February 5, 2007 10:06 AM

I think of Prince as being like Sting. 10% talent, 90% narcissism.

But I like Sting, too, for the most part.

Posted by: The Colossus at February 5, 2007 10:35 AM

I agree with RBJ about not "getting" Prince, even way back when. And was it just the lighting, or did he only have half a mustache?

Sting, on the other hand, I mostly like, even when he's being pretentious. Remember his little bit in The Adventures of Baron Munchausen?

Posted by: Robbo the LB at February 5, 2007 10:47 AM

I wonder if Prince planned to sing "Purple Rain." It would be difficult to change numbers just for the weather, or was it a medley? I just caught the end.

I agree with The Colossus, except I don't like Sting. Early Prince is good if you don't have to look at him.

Why do they get "talent" well past its prime? Didn't they learn anything from Janet's saggy booby?

Posted by: Ralph L. at February 6, 2007 01:35 AM

I didn't see that anti-war add (live in NoVA), but I tend to channel surf during commercials. Sounded like typical manipulative drivel, glad I missed it.

Posted by: Stillers at February 6, 2007 04:14 AM