Super Bowl XLVI. Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, IN. The New York Giants vs. the New England Patriots. Four years ago the Giants knocked down the Patriots by just three points. Will they go for a repeat performance or will the Patriots take back the night?
Broadcast on NBC, with Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth providing commentary, the forty-sixth Super Bowl started with the Giants on offense. They didn’t do much but New England quarterback Tom Brady inadvertently helped them out with an intentional grounding of the ball, giving the Giants a safety. Shortly thereafter, Giants wide receiver was cradling the ball in the end zone. New York 9 and New England 0.
The Patriots got on the score board with a field goal in the top of the second quarter. New York 9 and New England 3. By the end of the first half, the Patriots’ rhythm improved enough for a TD courtesy of running back Danny Woodhead. New England 10 and New York 9.
The Patriots brought out their proper ammo with another TD in the top of the third quarter, though the Giants managed to shrink the score distance with a couple of field goals by the end of the quarter. New England 17 and New York 15.
Two point difference…two point difference! With just over sixty seconds left, Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw unintentionally made a TD. A two point conversion was not successful. The Patriots had fifty-seven seconds to spit out a TD. Tom Brady and crew came very close but in the end, New York 21 and New England17. Final score. The Giants have won Super Bowl XLVI!!!
Observations & Miscellania:
1. Kelly Clarkson sang the National Anthem. She’s got bangs now!
2. Are you excited about both the advancements in technology, execution, and feasibility of streaming the Super Bowl live? Does it mean that all parties involved on the producing, distributing, and financing end have figured out a way to profit from such an offering? And of course there’s an app.
3. Patriots’ safety Patrick Chung is part Chinese. His mom was a singer in Jamaica. Chung is also a Korean last name but in this case it’s likely the Cantonese spelling of what would otherwise be romanized as “Zhong” or “Chong.” If his Chinese name really is 鍾家庭, then his teammates could start calling him, “Chung Family.” His first name in Chinese is literally “family.”
4. Halftime thoughts. Wow. Madonna channeled Spartacus, Cleopatra, cheerleading camp, marching band, and candle-lit choir, in her performance of “Vogue,” “Music,” “Give Me All Your Love,” “Open Your Heart to Me,” and “Like a Prayer.”
And for all of you young people who don’t know a lick about classic Hollywood, click on the actors’ name from the spoken word portion of “Vogue” for more information.
Best halftime show I’ve seen this side of the 21st century.
* Joe DiMaggio was not an actor.^U^
5. I watched the 60 Minutes segment on Meryl Streep; I know people who don’t think she’s that big of a talent. Although I can’t say I like her the way I like Keira Knightley, Cate Blanchett, Tilda Swinton, Charlotte Rampling, and Anna Mouglalis, I do like what she brings to the art and profession of acting. She’s got skills…and she’s stunning in a subtle way (and reminds me a lot of another actress, Jennifer Ehle).
6. In my Youtube hopping tonight, I came across a clip of French singers covering “Ain’t No Sunshine.” It made me wonder if Europeans singing in English sound any less accented than Asians singing in English. Olivia Ong is from Singapore. Ock Ju-Hyun and Hyori are Korean. Girls’ Generation from Korea singing “Wannabe” vs. now defunct French group L5’s rendition.