The Saints' Super Sunday

As I watch Jim Nantz interviewing the great Drew Brees and New Orleans celebrates, some quick thoughts on the Super Bowl …

Wow, what a game. … I went in rooting for Peyton Manning and the Colts. No one gave the Saints a chance except for Phil Mickelson's little let’s-see-which-golf-ball-I-can-drive-the-furthest stunt just a few minutes before the kickoff (I couldn’t help but wonder: If Tiger Woods’ image hadn’t suddenly crumbled, would he be appearing in that bit?)

But the Saints fought. And played hard. And didn’t give in after going down 10-0 … They recovered the onside kick to open the second half. The defense kept the pressure on Peyton. And when Peyton threw that interception, it was over.

I was sorry to see the Colts lose … But so happy for the Saints and the city of New Orleans, and Drew Brees and Reggie Bush. They’ve done it with a lot of class.

Some good pre-Super Bowl reads ... The story has changed now, hasn't it?

a Peyton Manning’s Case for Being the Best Ever
a Peyton’s place: At the top
a The way this is going, it’s hard to stay stuck in neutral

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As for the commercials …

I was a little disappointed. Over the years, I think we’ve been so primed to expect the funniest and wildest commercials, and the Super Bowl ads just haven’t measured up the last couple years. Of course, the economy hasn’t helped advertising budgets this year, either, and it showed.
My favorites included …

Budweiser: “The Bridge is out

Cars.com: “Timothy Richmond

FloTV: “My Generation

Google: “Parisian Love

Kia Sorrento: “A Departure From the Expected

And any of the Doritos commercials: “Dog puts collar on man,” “Tough kid,” “Man’s last dying wish” and “Gym Ninja.”

Among the worst ...

GoDaddy: As usual. Sex doesn’t sell when the concept is so dumb.

E-Trade: The new baby doesn’t hold a candle to the original little dude.

Any commercial that involved slapping. There were way too many of them this year, and there was nothing funny about them.

Fox Sports has all of the commercials here.

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The halftime show, featuring The Who

There was no aspect of the Super Bowl that I was looking forward to more. My expectations were high. The Who is one of my favorite bands.

So I was left fairly disappointed.

The Who boys -- only Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend are left, although that kid playing drums was doing a decent job of channeling Keith Moon -- weaved highlights of “Tommy” among “Baba O’Riley,” “Who Are You,” and “Won’t Get Fooled Again.”

But their age showed throughout the performance, and most of the time the light show that enveloped their stage was more exciting than the music. Only “Won’t Get Fooled Again” came close to vintage Who.

Worst of all, they didn’t play “My Generation,” which I had pegged as a sure-opener.

Some good reads about The Who ...
a When Generations Collide: The Who at the Super Bowl
a The Who, and the Super Bowl’s Evolving Halftime Show

UPDATE 2.08.2010: Post Super Bowl reads ...
a Super Bowl Dethrones ‘M*A*S*H’ as Most-Watched Show in U.S. History
a Hardly easy, but victory sure was big
a Playing Precisely, Brees Answers Critics
a How Jay Leno, David Letterman and Oprah Winfrey's stunning Super Bowl ad came about
a Everything was upside down for this year's Super Bowl commercials
a In Super Bowl Commercials, the Nostalgia Bowl
a Super Bowl halftime review
a In Halftime Show, the Who Exhibits Flashes of Age and Familiarity
a Pete Townshend: Nice to be part of spectacle

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