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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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
The laughs continue throughout the post. My sides hurt by the time I was done reading it.
I care not to weep for lost armadillos,
their snouts infected with green
green for envy
green for myth
green for suffocation
of a backyard abscess
How coolly they stare,
whiskered blinks and underbellies,
affixed to boulders swept by the sap
of white registries,
carnation and teardrop themes
I dare not weep for the costs of adversaries
their proud pamphlets injected with heat
heat for blood
heat for scythes
heat for premeditation
of a fractured printing press
How duly they prepare,
checkered chiefs and sponsorships,
addressed to soldiers kept by the map,
of night hatcheries,
extermination and blasting screams
–yiqi Super Bowl Sunday 2010 12:54 PM
The Indianapolis Colts and the New Orleans Saints have been eyeing the same gal for several days. Forty-four years old and in Miami for one night, she has a history with the Indy but none with Nawlins.
Televised by CBS, the Saints were only down by one touchdown by the top of the second quarter. Indianapolis 10 and New Orleans 3. The bottom of the second quarter could’ve resulted in the Saints tying the score (or getting another field goal), but head coach Sean Payton decided to go for the end zone. Unsuccessful this attempt was as Colts linebacker Gary Brackett ground that try to the turf. The first half ended with Saints kicker Garrett Hartley making a forty-four yard field goal. Indianapolis 10 and New Orleans 6.
The third quarter sprang off to the chaos of onside kick and question of ball possession. The referee’s official word was that the Saints recovered the loosened ball. The end of that possession produced a touchdown by Saints running back Pierre Thomas. New Orleans 13 and Indianapolis 10. The Colts got back on top after their next go at the ball thanks to a touchdown by running back Joseph Addai. Garrrett Hartley’s appendages helped his team bring their score deficit to just one with a forty-seven yard FG at the bottom of the quarter. Indianapolis 17 and New Orleans 16.
The fourth quarter started with a failed fifty-one yard field goal by Colts kicker Matt Stover. The Saints hopped on top with a Jeremy Shockey TD with six minutes left in the game. A two-point conversion was nearly successful. Wide receiver Lance Moore could not hold on to the ball as he rolled across the goal line (backwards going out of the end zone). The Saints challenged the incomplete pass ruling–and the Saints won the challenge. New Orleans 24 and the Indianapolis 17. With about three minutes left to play, Colts quarterback threw an interception straight into the bosom of Saints corner back Tracy Porter, who then ran the ball seventy-four yards for a TD. New Orleans 31 and Indianapolis 17. Final score. The Saints have won Super Bowl XLIV.
Observations & Miscellania:
1. I missed the first quarter and the first couple minutes of the second quarter. I got distracted by William Fichtner as a Sheriff invaded by alien parts. 我 真的 以為 球賽 8點鐘 才 開始. Ce n’est pas grave. C’est bizarre… mais, 誰贏誰敗 我不在乎. Je prefere les Colts, mais vraiment…我 真的 不管.
2. Thus, I had no idea who sang the National Anthem nor if the performance was any good.
3. Jim Nantz and Phil Simms were the commentators. They both wore dark suit jackets. Nantz had on a very light colored button-down shirt and a bright orange tie (possibly patterned). Simms wore a lavender button-down shirt and a purple striped tie.
4. The Who performed during the halftime show. They performed portions from “Pinball Wizard,” “Baba O’Riley” (which some of you may know as the theme of CSI: New York), “Who Are You,” “Save Me, Feel Me, Touch Me,” and “Won’t Get Fooled Again” (theme of CSI: Miami). Impressive vocals and lighting display.
5. A couple of plays after the Saints’ offensive go at the top of the third quarter, the camera went to Colts defensive end Dwight Freeney sitting on the bench and having a foot wrapped (or socked). The telecast then cut to a medium shot of Peyton Manning look very discontent on the sidelines.
6. It wasn’t until the top of the fourth quarter that I got really into the game and watched with eyes wide.
7. My favorite commercial of the night: Budweiser’s story of a horse and an ox.
Watch me watching the last few seconds of the second quarter:
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