While I focus most of our content and stories on Missouri sports, I can’t help but comment on Superbowl XLII. After all, it is the biggest sporting event of the year, so I’d like to make some general observations.
I’m still trying to figure out why Belichick decided to go for it on 4th and 15 from the Giants 31 in a 7-3 game? With a very makable 48 yard field goal (in a dome) it makes the game 10-3 and when Manning hits Plaxico Burress in the endzone late in the game, it’s actually would have tied the game up at 17 rather than go ahead. An uncanny bonehead coaching decision by Belichick. With that type of decision, for a moment you would have sworn Tony LaRussa was running the Patriots!!!
I also knew New England would lose when I noticed that Patriots head coach Bill Belichick dressed up for the occassion by ditching his normal grey hoody with the sleeves cut off in favor of a sleeker looking red hoody with cut sleeves. Never, ever change your wardrobe when a good thing is rolling. That’s the number one Cardinal Sin of sports superstitions.
Did anyone else notice Troy Aikman’s hair? It looked like he took a nap 10 minutes before the start of the broadcast trying to sleep off a hangover. The right side looked flattened down and the back was sticking up. I thought it was pretty hilarious. I was waiting for Joe Buck to lick his hand and smooth out Aikman’s bedhead!
Also, didn’t you find it odd, that injured Giants tight end Jeremy Shockey was not on the field with his teammates, but rather in a luxury suite with what looked like two beer bottles and two mixed drinks in his "general vicinity?"
As far as the game, the fourth quarter was the type of game I expected to see the whole game, with exciting plays and great catches. I’m sorry, but a 7-3 score with just 11 minutes to play, in a dome under perfect conditions to me is not what I call an exciting Super Bowl. Why, all of the sudden were both teams able to put up a combined 21 points in 11 minutes? I think play calling was conservative and each team’s offense lacked ingenuity.
Halftime Show. Not a big fan of Prince or Tom Petty, but I’d rather see a flamboyant Prince over middle aged men playing mellow rock tunes to 20 year olds pretending to know the words to songs that were popular before they were born!!! Three of the last four years we’ve had Tom Petty, The Rollings Stones, and Paul McCartney. All coming after the wardrobe malfunction, but this is getting ridiculous. However, I shouldn’t complain, at least we didn’t have Carol Channing like the Chiefs and Vikings did for halftime entertainment in Super Bowl IV.
Commercials. Even those were lame. Bud Light, fire breathing and men getting sucked up in airplane engines? What? Outside of the baby talking E-Trade and the Bridgestone ads with the screaming squirrel and the guy swerving around Richard Simmons, I was disappointed.
This will go down as one of the best Super Bowls because the underdog led by Peyton’s younger brother stopped the Patriots and stopped history of a perfect 19-0 season, but just because a game is close in scoring doesn’t make it a great game. The Super Bowl is an event and you hope for action, good commercials, an lively halftime show. I just didn’t get it this time around.
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