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Super Bowl XLVII: Ravens square root the 49ers

Another season of NFL football is coming to a close.  The Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers rang a round the New Orleans rosy tonight for the honor of declaring themselves champions.  Phil Simms and Jim Nantz provided commentary for the game, televised on CBS.

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Observations & Miscellania:

1. I watched sporadically during the first and second quarters.  Beyonce performed during halftime.  Methinks she sang live.  There was a really cool performance section with a screen, backup dancers, and the following part where former Destiny’s Child members Kelly Rowand and Michelle Williams sprang up from below the stage.

2.  Hmmm, if the Falcons were playing instead of the 49ers, what would the score be at the top of the third quarter?  Ravens wide receiver Jacoby Jones made a 109 yd kick-off return for a touchdown, so at the top of the second half, Baltimore had 28 to San Francisco’s 6.  If it were Atlanta in the Super Bowl, I wouldn’t be surprised if Baltimore were in the lead, but perhaps not by 22 points.  It would be Ravens 14 and Falcons 10 or Raven 17 and Falcons 14.

3.  The power went out in half of the Superdome!  Hahah!  Did Beyonce’s performance use too much juice?  The outage lasted for about thirty-five minutes.

4.  Being in semi-darkness for half an hour proved beneficial for the 49ers.  They were able to shrink the score deficit to one possession by the bottom of the third quarter.  The top of the fourth quarter was stunning–49ers QB propelled his body into the end zone.  A two-point conversion was attempted but failed.

5.  The bottom of the fourth quarter was quite thrilling as each time scored until the two-minute warning when the 49ers were poised to claim victory pending a TD, which did not happen.  They did get a safety, though, when the Ravens punter couldn’t get out of the end zone.

6.  Going back to what if the Atlanta Falcons were in this game.  Who would be in the lead with fewer than eighty seconds to play?  I’d like to think the Falcons.

7.  Did Ravens QB Joe Flacco say, “That was fucking awesome!” to one of his teammates just minutes after his team won?  The media was swarmed around him.

Baltimore 34 and San Francisco 31.  Final score.  The Baltimore Ravens have won the Super Bowl!!

Get game summary, stats, and play-by-play here.
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Super Bowl XLVI: The Giants almond butter the Patriots

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?
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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!
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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.

Greta Garbo, and Monroe
Dietrich and DiMaggio*
Marlon Brando, Jimmy Dean
On the cover of a magazine

Grace Kelly; Harlow, Jean
Picture of a beauty queen
Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire
Ginger Rogers, dance on air

They had style, they had grace
Rita Hayworth gave good face
Lauren, Katharine, Lana too
Bette Davis, we love you

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 KoreanGirls’ Generation from Korea singing “Wannabe” vs. now defunct French group L5’s rendition.


Get game summary, stats, and play-by-play here.  Click here for the Giants’ roster, here for the Patriots’ roster.

 

Super Bowl XLV: Packers drown out the Steelers

Last year the New Orleans Saints took the jewels from the Indianapolis Colts.  Tonight, on Fox, Troy Aikman and Joe Buck narrated the championship event between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Green Bay Packers.  The fromage boys won the coin toss but elected to begin the second half on offense first.  Thus, the Steelers took to offense in the first quarter.
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It took a dozen minutes before anyone scored.  Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers threw a twenty-nine yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Jordy Nelson.  Green Bay 7 and Pittsburgh 0.  Before the Steelers had a proper chance to get their game on, safety Nick Collins intercepts Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and ran it in for a TD.  Green Bay 14 and Pittsburgh 0.

The Steelers didn’t put any numbers on the board until the top of the second quarter, courtesy of Shaun Suisham’s thirty-five yard field goal.  Green Bay 14 and Pittsburgh 3.  The bottom portion of the second quarter spelled out another interception, made by Packers cornerback Jarrett Bush.  A handful of plays later, the Packers increased their lead with another TD, courtesy of wide receiver Greg Jennings.  Green Bay 21 and Pittsburgh 3.  The Steelers weren’t content to go into halftime without having made it into the end zone.  Roethlisberger and wide receiver Hines Ward connected for a TD.  Green Bay 21 and Pittsburgh 10.

The third quarter brought hope to the Steelers as running back Rashard Mendenhall got himself into the end zone.  Green Bay 21 and Pittsburgh 17.  The top of the fourth quarter turned things around as Packers linebacker Desmond Bishop scooped up the ball after Mendenhall lost it.  Shortly thereafter, Greg Jennings made his second TD of the evening’s festivities.  Green Bay 28 and Pittsburgh 17.  Steelers Mike Wallace closed the score gap with a TD halfway through the fourth quarter.  A two-point conversion was attempted and succeeded.  Wide receiver Antwaan Randle El sliced into the bottom left of the end zone.  Green Bay 28 and Pittsburgh 25.  The Packers got themselves a bit of breathing room with a field goal as the two-minute warning approached.  Green Bay 31 and Pittsburgh 25.  Final score.  The Packers have won Super Bowl XLV.

I was not excited about this year’s game at all; I wasn’t even sure how much of the game I would watch, let alone blog about, until thirty minutes before it started.  Although most of the first quarter bored me to shears, by the time it became certain the Green Bay would win, and then to see the Packers convene on the field amidst press rush, I did experience a pang of bittersweet joy as I could only imagine how the players felt.

Observations & Miscellania:

1.  Lea Michele sang “America the Beautiful.”  Christina Aguilera sang the National Anthem.  Her hair was platinum blonde, she wore a black suit dress get-up, black tights, and three-inch heels with silver shiny things on the toe portion.  She had a sparkly necklace too.  Her lips were bright red.  She had a ring on each hand.  There was a bracelet or two on her right wrist.

2.  The Packers wore green tops and yellow pants; the Steelers wore white tops and yellow pants.

3.  Alex Rodriguez and Cameron Diaz were sharing snacks in one of the fancy booths.

4.  Will you be watching the premiere of The Chicago Code Monday night at 9pm eastern?  I like Jennifer Beals, so I’m thinking I will.

5.  Troy Aikman and Joe Buck had to have coordinated their outfits for tonight’s game.  Aikman had on a lavender button-down shirt and a purple and white diagonally striped tie.  Though Joe Buck was still wearing a suit jacket, he wore a solid purple tie, and I wouldn’t be surprised if his button-down shirt was a similar hue to Aikman’s.  Matchy-matchy.

6.  The Bridgestone sponsored halftime show consisted of The Black Eyed Peas and a horde of “crowd dancers” in white.  The Peas themselves wore black.  There was some green-glowing-in-the-dark going on too.  Slash made a guitar solo appearance.  Usher found himself unable to stay away from that stage.

7.  After returning from halftime, Troy Aikman put back on his suit.  Joe Buck’s shirt was striped…of purple hue.

8.  George W. Bush, John Madden, and Condoleeza Rice were among the audience members in the Jerry Jones box.

Get game summary, stats, and play-by-play here.

Click here for the Steelers’ roster and here for the Packers’ roster.

Inching towards Super Bowl XLV Part Deux

I didn’t watch the AFC or the NFC Championship games that took place over the weekend.   Just when I was debating whether or not to watch, with rapt attention, any or all of the big game, I stumbled upon I Trust Ron Freeman‘s “Freshly Pressed” entry about “Who to Root for in the Super Bowl.”  Whether or not he meant to begin his post so humorously, he had me in stitches before sunrise on the east coast.  Observe:

Some of you will suddenly announce that the Green Bay Packers have always been your second favorite team and that you’ll be rooting for them.  There is nothing more pathetic than having a second favorite team.  Fans with a second favorite team are fans who are continually disappointed by their real favorite team.  To counteract that, they will routinely announce the Steelers or the Patriots or the Colts as their “second favorite team”.  Nobody ever says the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are their second favorite team…There is no shame in being a Detroit Lions fan, but there is shame in a Lions fan pretending to be a Packers fan in order to feast on the sloppy seconds of glory.

Ron Freeman later discusses his method in deciding which Super Bowl-bound team will receive his enthusiastic support.

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The laughs continue throughout the post.  My sides hurt by the time I was done reading it.