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Super Bowl: a late post

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A Super Bowl party just isn’t the same with croissants and coffee. But that is what you get with a local kick-off time of 9am! That and an awful presentation by the local SBS channel with a clueless host and two random Aussies who held bit parts (punters) for brief periods in NFL teams (Aussie rule players often manage to find jobs as kickers and punters in American football). These guys – and inane questions like ‘how matey do you get with the quarterback outside the locker-room’ – had to be endured at every game break.

This also meant that I had to catch all the Super Bowl commercials later on the internet. The ads (they can all be seen here) have been going from bad to worse and this year they have seriously jumped the shark. The T-mobile, Coca-cola Thanksgiving Parade and perhaps the Victoria’s Secret ones barely make the grade. Rest sucked. Even most of the Budweiser ones.

As expected, the two salesgenie.com ads and one Budweiser ad has upset the usual suspects. IMHO, the unfunny Indian accents were more irritating than offensive (and the geeky desi guy improbably gets a girl in the end). Meanwhile, I am still waiting for the following groups to express their outrage: ugly women, wine and cheese loving men, fat car-mechanics, cavemen, witch-doctors and fire-breathing dragons !!

The game itself was actually exciting for a change, and the result could have gone either way till the last minute. However, I can’t agree with the pundits who keep repeating the ‘biggest upset ever’ line. Yes the Patriots did have a perfect season till the end, but anyone who had watched the play-offs would realize that they struggled even at home, especially against a depleted Chargers in the AFL championship game. The Giants on the other hand were on a roll, winning on the road in really tough situations. I would have still expected a Patriots win but not by the 12-point spread that was predicted. Whoever came up with that spread was seriously smoking something. Congrats to the Giants anyway. It is a team I don’t really care for much. But they beat the Patriots – who I cannot support in clear conscience being a Bufallo Bills fan – so it is all good.

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Written by BongoP'o'ndit

February 6, 2008 at 8:47 pm

Posted in Australia, Rants, Sports

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  1. Yes the Patriots did have a perfect season till the end, but anyone who had watched the play-offs would realize that they struggled even at home, especially against a depleted Chargers in the AFL championship game.
    Sire, you earned a die hard fan!

    Sakshi

    February 6, 2008 at 9:17 pm

  2. Yeah the ads really sucked. It was like every company said, screw the ads, let’s just watch the game. And I didn’t find the Ramesh ad or the Bud Light ad racial.

    As to the Patriots, they were kinda losing their steam at the end of the regular season itself, starting with the game with the Eagles which they almost lost, the one with the Colts that they almost lost and then the Giants, again, which they almost lost. I think the media elevated the Patriots to such a high pedestal that people just began to think that they were infallible. Once someone is deified then no amount of rational thinking will make one think otherwise.

    gawker

    February 7, 2008 at 9:57 am

  3. Did I say Colts? I meant the Ravens.

    gawker

    February 7, 2008 at 10:07 am

  4. I went through 3 superbowls in Singapore with local hosts.. bet you can’t beat that 🙂

    Vijay

    February 8, 2008 at 5:43 am

  5. […] thought the Giants were going to win the Super Bowl, either“.  As I have argued before, the Giants win was less due to miracles more due to a failing Patriots team, good coaching and […]


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