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Deep Thoughts: Superbowl XLI

February 5, 2007

Even with my relatively minor interest in this year’s game, I thought I’d share the little tidbits of Superbowl XLI that made it worth watching for me.

  • From now on, any team that wins the toss in a championship game will elect to kick and let the other team run it back for a touchdown. At least Hester wasn’t injured by the celebration like Ted Ginn. Like Madden said, “There’s a rule: don’t score a touchdown if you can’t handle the celebration.” And yes, that was a “Replacements” reference.
  • I’m pretty sure that even with the multi-million dollar careers Peyton and Eli have, their older brother still picks on them.
  • What weighed in the balance of last night’s game? More Peyton “will he ever win the big one” or more Peyton “Come on down to Barrill Honda” commercials? I still can’t decide what would have been better.
  • Biggest dissappointment of the night: no cavemen commercials.
  • Biggest non-dissappoinment: Apparently working in Go-Daddy’s marketing department, in reality and not the commercial, invloves getting your $3 million dollar budget, making one commercial, putting the same one on twice during the Superbowl (thus spending your $3 million), then taking a nap until next January. Even in reality, that seems pretty sweet.
  • Peyton received the first ever Lifetime Superbowl MVP Award. Pedestrian stats are not those of an MVP, and Dominick Rhodes got hosed.
  • Rex Grossman fumbles more than Eddie Royal, and may actually be a worse quarterback than Sean Glennon… nah, I won’t go that far.
  • For the last freaking time: if a receiver is ruled as having been pushed out of bounds, YOU CANNOT REVIEW IT!!! I swear I am going to break a TV one day. You are broadcasting the freaking Superbowl! Quit asking where the review is.

So that’s pretty much it. Not that exciting. I actually enjoyed watching Fox broadcast the National Championship game about 10 times more. Who’s next on the “will they ever win the Superbowl” list? Here’s a sampling:

  • Bill Cowher… oh wait, nevermind!
  • Donovan McNabb
  • Tim Couch
  • Jay Cutler/Tony Romo
  • Brian Urlacher
  • Ricky Williams

Good luck all!

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Deep Thoughts: National Championship Game

January 9, 2007

So Ohio State got trounced last night, 41-14. Somehow, the drubbing of Notre Dame by the same score was so much more fulfilling. Here are the random highlights:

  • Urban Meyer had the best lip reading of the night. After the Gators were flagged for a suspect call on a punt, the coach let the ref know, “You f***ed that one up”. Thank you, Tivo. Best lip reading caught by the cameras since Brady Quinn dropped the “Oh f*** me” while getting torn apart at USC.
  • Yes, that is a nice truck, and it can withstand a good bit of punishment. But I think the real story here is the 10 foot tall Rock ‘em Sock ‘em Robots. These guys are fighting, and no one is in the arena watching?? Hardly logical.
  • A surprisingly low number of adds for the bowl sponsor Tostitos (against the standard for sponsors). And how do you explain to the 6-year-old actor why he’s saying the words “mommy and daddy wrestling”?
  • We definitely enjoyed having 2 players from each side (Emmitt Smith and Eddie George) fighting with each other at the desk. At least they don’t hide their rooting interests like Mr. Holtssscchh. If anyone caught the pregame, you were treated to a very awkward video of Richard Lewis, an OSU grad. Emmitt definitely pulled out what we were all thinking: “The best guy you could get for Ohio State was Richard Lewis?” Dagger. Dude, the guy was King John in Robin Hood: Men in Tights. His career was legitimized then.
  • Unlike the OSU O-line, Holly Rowe apparently decided to show up, most likely for ESPN Radio. We will refrain from using the obviously line of having something made for radio. The brief glimpses of her on the sideline made us shudder a bit. Rumor is she left early to party it up with Pam Ward.
  • Despite Florida’s obvious domination and right to the #1 spot, one AP writer felt it necessary to vote for Boise State at #1. While he may be incorrect, I totally agree with the non-violent protest of the BCS system. Glad to see Dr. King’s spirit put towards good use in today’s society.
  • Surprised no Florida players proposed to a cheerleader after the game. The Gator cheerleaders looked like great marriage material.
  • Also during the pregame, FOX did a story about Troy Smith growing up in Cleveland. Let’s just say the images they used surely displeased the Cleveland Board of Tourism… if there is a Cleveland Board of Tourism. Ironically, his father had on a gold necklace of the state of Louisiana at the game. Pretty sure the images of that state are currently better than those of Cleveland.

Other than that, the game was pretty much straight forward. Ohio State had momentum for exactly 16 seconds at the beginning of the game. Troy Smith looked like Peyton Manning under pressure, without the throwing of the O-line under the bus. Thus closes another wonderful year in college football. Fear not folks, the start of the Arena League season is right around the corner.