Monday, February 4, 2013

Superbowl Aftermath...

Greetings from Los Angeles, where the USD Toreros face the LMU Lions tonight...

Superbowl 47 (I refuse to use the Roman numerals) is done and in the books, and John beat little brother Jim to take home the Lombardi Trophy.  What started out as a blowout, became an entertaining game, and a tight finish in a 34-31 Ravens win over the 49'ers.  

Speaking of blowouts, what happened to the lights?  The conspiracy theorists are having a field day with the possible scenarios.   I of course (if you follow me on Twitter @Padscast you already know) have my own thought on the culprit...

Of course that's Johnny from the awesome movie Airplane!  He had some of the best lines in the movie...
Rex Kramer: Passengers certain to die! 
Steve McCroskey: Airline negligent. 
Johnny: There's a sale at Penney's!  
Steve McCroskey: Johnny, what can you make out of this? 
[Hands him the weather briefing
Johnny: This? Why, I can make a hat or a brooch or a pterodactyl... 
Ok, sorry but I got off track.  Some want to dust the plug for Jim Harbaugh's fingerprints, since the 49'ers responded mightily after the power outage.  Some want to blame Beyonce for her powerful halftime show.  Some just want to blame Roger Goodell because they don't like him.  Whatever the case, the NFL is said to be "investigating" what happened.   It will be interesting to see what comes out of that process.  I was just sorry to see it happen to the city of New Orleans.  This was sort of the "rebirth", some 8 years after Hurricane Katrina basically wiped it off the map.  Hope it wasn't something that city engineers could have prevented. 

Random Thoughts about the game...

I'm not going to break down the game, you've probably already seen the highlights and read some in depth stories about it, so I won't waste your time. 

Here are some of my grades on the game, the coverage and other minutia... 

- Thought it was a great touch to have Jennifer Hudson and the Sandy Hook Elementary School Choir perform before the National Anthem.  Even as I type this sentence the hair on my arms are standing up giving me goosebumps.  To think about what those kids have been through since the tragic events at their school, it was a no brainer to have them represent their community and to honor the memory of their fallen classmates.   Grade: A+

- The Alicia Keys Anthem, was well done, until she started "free styling" at the end.  I've heard that it's an extremely difficult song to sing, and why make it tougher?  She had a lot of people rooting for her to keep going, especially those that had the OVER on her going over 1:45 total time.  It was the longest anthem in Superbowl history.  Grade: B-

- CBS was really tested during the power outage.  The booth mikes went dead (some were very happy about that), so it was scramble time.  I've been around many of those situations and it tests the ability of those in charge to get something on the air.  Steve Tasker, one of the sideline reporters was all over it.  He was calm in the face of the chaos, and to the best of his ability described what was happening on the field and gave insight into the mood of John Harbaugh.  Tasker Grade: B+

- When CBS turned it over to the desk for continuing coverage of the blackout, James Brown seemed a bit rattled, but he carried on well.  Shannon Sharpe seemed like he drained all the power out of the lights, because he was like the "Energizer Bunny", he kept talking and talking and talking.  Annoying!  Grade: G (F isn't strong enough)

- I know many of you tune in specifically for the commercials.  I thought overall they were pretty weak as far as Superbowl standards are concerned.  4 point something million bucks for a :30 commercial is a high price to pay for mediocrity.  I thought two stood out.  The Budweiser Clydesdale spot was tremendous.  The horse remembering who trained him/her and running back after the parade.  I also though the Farmer's spot was great.  The legendary voice of Paul Harvey talking about how important farmers are to the US was riveting.  Those two commercials not withstanding, the with the "geek" and the "model" was disturbing to say the least.  The Oreo cookies "Library" spot was ill-conceived to me.  Taco Bell and the Geezer's Gone Wild commercial was also a bit disturbing.  Grade: C-

Alright, that's my take on things.  I'm sure you have thoughts as well, so feel free to leave a comment.  

Fan Fest:

It's that time of year already, Padres Fan Fest is coming to Petco Park this weekend.  Saturday February 9 is when the festivities are scheduled.  For more information click here

Have a great day everyone!!


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