Poore: An XL Letdown

Super Bowl XL will be remembered for any number of reasons: The Bus' last game; The longest run from scrimmage; The longest interception return; The lowest QB rating by a winning quarterback. The one thing it won't be remembered for is being one of the best games. Taking out the firestorm which has ensued over the poor officiating (no pun intended), Jim Poore weighs in with his thoughts on the game, and the Steelers victory over the Seattle Seahawks.

It's always tough waiting for the Super Bowl to begin. Countless interviews, unnecessary stories, and there is always one feel good story to go along with everything else that is going on ( Jerome Bettis this year .) Sometimes the wait is worth it, other times it isn't. This happened to be one of those years where the wait was not worth the hype.

Two weeks is a long time to wait. The Sunday prior to the Super Bowl is terrible, usually because everybody wants to watch more football after three and a half months of seeing it every Sunday. Now that the big game has passed, it is time for everyone to evaluate what he or she saw, from the pre game festivities to the national anthem to the game itself, and of course, the commercials. Those were not anything special this year either, though they were a couple that made me laugh out loud.

The pre game six hour spectacular, as it is every year, is really too long and overdone. It is hard to believe that the networks think that fans are going to tune in to the entire pre game special. My friends certainly didn't. Though it was on in the background for a little while, we were too busy playing Texas Hold'em to even think about it. There really was nothing interesting in the pre game activities to watch, and that includes Aretha Franklin. What this woman is complaining about I have no idea. The only hit I believe she had was "Respect", and she obviously didn't think she was getting any of that ( I know she sung "Freeway of Love" in the 80's, but that's about all I remember.) Plus the weather outside was frightening, and that made the pre game festivities a little more difficult to prepare for. Stevie Wonder wasn't too bad, but he at least had a few hits. With the game obviously being in Detroit, it is pretty safe to say that Motown records wanted to be represented in some capacity, even though all of their former stars have either passed away or gotten large (and I don't mean in the music industry either.)

With all due respect to Aaron Neville and his brothers, there could have been a better choice for the Star Spangled Banner. It is pretty safe to say that this day and age wants to see a more popular entertainer, and certainly younger and sexier. Neville wasn't bad by any means, but a hipper, younger star would have been a better choice.

Then there was a game to be played. Now that it was finally ready for kickoff (my card game had since stopped), all that was left to evaluate was the game itself, the halftime performance and the commercials. The first half was actually pretty lame. Seattle was the better team even though they trailed at halftime. They seemed to be moving the ball, but managed to shoot themselves in the foot with either a bad penalty or a missed opportunity. Pittsburgh really didn't do much either. Though I was expecting somewhat of a low scoring game, I didn't think THIS low. We should have kept playing cards.

The halftime show, if that's what it should be called, was a little less then exciting. The Rolling Stones, it can be argued, are the greatest rock n' roll band of all time (not the opinion of this writer, but it can be argued if necessary.) But another band or performer should have been chosen. Seeing 63 year old Mick Jagger (and I think 63 is his weight in pounds too) dance around the stage was enough to make me run to the bathroom. To his credit, he can still do all the moves at his age. But I am not so sure that anyone wants to see it. And Keith Richards played maybe three notes on his guitar the entire performance. It would be interesting to know if he has ever performed not under the influence of… something. Charlie Watts looked like a zombie playing the drums. I find it hard to believe that anyone really wanted to tune in to halftime last night to see these guys.

What I found more comical is the age of the crowd that Disney/ABC/ESPN brought in to the field to cheer on the Stones. Most, if not all of these people, weren't even ALIVE when the Stones were in their heyday. And there they are screaming away like they are watching the Beatles on the Ed Sullivan Show. I know the Stones are legendary, but I personally would much rather have seen a younger, fresher face performing at halftime -- someone with sex appeal and charisma -- NOT Mick Jagger. My friends and I would have kept a much closer eye on halftime if Beyonce or even Madonna was performing. And the network holding the Super Bowl wonders why viewers every year tune in to the bikini contest on pay per view or the cartoonish slugfest that MTV occasionally offers.

The second half of the game was better, but not much. Obviously Pittsburgh ended up winning the game, though Seattle really lost as opposed to the Steelers winning. Even though the game wasn't great, at least four records were set. Willie Parker set a Super Bowl record by having the longest run from scrimmage, and Seattle's Kelly Herndon also set a record with his 76 yard interception return (though not a touchdown). Ben Roethlisberger set two records on his own. He became the youngest quarterback to ever win a Super Bowl, but he also set the record for lowest quarterback rating ever for a winning quarterback ( 22.6 .) Who really cares about that last stat. But it goes to show how good his team is that he can play poorly and still win the game. Hines Ward getting the MVP was a pretty good choice, but there really were no outstanding performances that deserved it. And though I am not a big Bill Cowher fan, it was good to see him finally get his elusive Super Bowl ring, and Jerome Bettis too. Bettis, a certain Hall of Famer, announced his retirement after the game. I guess that means no more shots of his mother waving the yellow terrible towel. Enough already.

But the Seahawks really did lose the game as opposed to the Steelers winning it. They only converted on three red zone attempts ( after leading the league in that category ), had lots of dropped passes and missed two field goal attempts ( though both were no chip shots ). And how they allowed Hines Ward to catch that duck from Ben Roethlisberger is just frightening. Seattle had a lot of missed opportunities, and if they did a better job at converting on those chances, the outcome likely would have been different.

A couple of articles have already been written on the performance of the referees. Once again in the post season, the officiating was very poor. I am still waiting for Ben Roethlisberger to cross the goal line. It might not have mattered anyway, because even if the play was called correctly, the Steelers probably would have gotten the touchdown anyway. But that isn't the point. And the call on Darrell Jackson in the end zone was ludicrous. The Seahawks ended up with a field goal instead of a touchdown after that bogus call. That could have made a big difference. Bill Leavy ( no relation to Marv, that's because the spelling is different ) and his crew were awarded this game after good officiating throughout the year. If this was the best crew, I don't want to see how the other officials were.

It is also amazing how John Madden continues to get jobs commentating on NFL games. This guy is absolutely terrible, and the worst part about it is that we have to listen to him again next year, because NBC oddly hired him to commentate on the Sunday Night games next year. Just listen to some of the things he says and it is amazing that he has a job. This line from the game was a beauty. It was near the end of the game, and a potential fumble caused a pile up on the field. Madden then says, and I don't know if I am the only one that heard it, "Look out. There could be a foreign object down there." And he was serious! What? Are we watching the NFL or the WWE? For a minute there I thought we were watching Hulk Hogan trying to pin the Iron Sheik for the title. What a joke this guy really is.

The commercials weren't too bad, but they have been better in the past. Missing were usual giants Coca -Cola and McDonald's, neither of which had a commercial. Anheuser Busch was a winner, with a pretty good assortment of comical ads. I also enjoyed the two ads for Ameriquest Mortgage. The "Don't judge too quickly " campaign slogan ( sounds like what I say when I write my columns ) were hilarious I thought, especially the ad on the airplane. The Fed Ex cavemen was also good. The Go Daddy ads, outrageously popular last year, were limited to only two spots this year. They are popular because of the gorgeous model that is the Go Daddy girl, Candice Michelle ( yes she has a name ). Oddly enough, there are several sources that have emailed me because apparently Miss Michelle has tried to contact me several times ever since she read one of my columns on Patriotsinsider.com. I saw her number on the caller ID, but I was busy. She is going to have to wait until I have some free time, and then I MIGHT call her back. I might be able to squeeze in a phone call next Friday.

Overall, the Super Bowl wasn't too bad, as usual. I did like the pre game festivities with all of the previous MVPs, though I wonder what Joe Montana was thinking when he demanded $100,000 from the NFL to appear. He obviously was immediately shot down, as was Terry Bradshaw. And I have NEVER seen Tom Brady ever wear a tie. He looks like a total slob every time he appears at a function or a special appearance. I was told that he has it written in his contract to appear that way in public, because the designer wants that particular look. That is very odd, and even if that is the case, wearing a tie every once in a while wouldn't kill him. It will be interesting to see who the NFL has appearing at next year's Super Bowl. I'm sure the plans are already under way. I have some suggestions on entertainers if they want to listen. They can contact me at any time.

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It's always tough waiting for the Super Bowl to begin. Countless interviews, unnecessary stories, and there is always one feel good story to go along with everything else that is going on ( Jerome Bettis this year .) Sometimes the wait is worth it, other times it isn't. This happened to be one of those years where the wait was not worth the hype.

Two weeks is a long time to wait. The Sunday prior to the Super Bowl is terrible, usually because everybody wants to watch more football after three and a half months of seeing it every Sunday. Now that the big game has passed, it is time for everyone to evaluate what he or she saw, from the pre game festivities to the national anthem to the game itself, and of course, the commercials. Those were not anything special this year either, though they were a couple that made me laugh out loud.

The pre game six hour spectacular, as it is every year, is really too long and overdone. It is hard to believe that the networks think that fans are going to tune in to the entire pre game special. My friends certainly didn't. Though it was on in the background for a little while, we were too busy playing Texas Hold'em to even think about it. There really was nothing interesting in the pre game activities to watch, and that includes Aretha Franklin. What this woman is complaining about I have no idea. The only hit I believe she had was "Respect", and she obviously didn't think she was getting any of that ( I know she sung "Freeway of Love" in the 80's, but that's about all I remember.) Plus the weather outside was frightening, and that made the pre game festivities a little more difficult to prepare for. Stevie Wonder wasn't too bad, but he at least had a few hits. With the game obviously being in Detroit, it is pretty safe to say that Motown records wanted to be represented in some capacity, even though all of their former stars have either passed away or gotten large (and I don't mean in the music industry either.)

With all due respect to Aaron Neville and his brothers, there could have been a better choice for the Star Spangled Banner. It is pretty safe to say that this day and age wants to see a more popular entertainer, and certainly younger and sexier. Neville wasn't bad by any means, but a hipper, younger star would have been a better choice.

Then there was a game to be played. Now that it was finally ready for kickoff (my card game had since stopped), all that was left to evaluate was the game itself, the halftime performance and the commercials. The first half was actually pretty lame. Seattle was the better team even though they trailed at halftime. They seemed to be moving the ball, but managed to shoot themselves in the foot with either a bad penalty or a missed opportunity. Pittsburgh really didn't do much either. Though I was expecting somewhat of a low scoring game, I didn't think THIS low. We should have kept playing cards.

The halftime show, if that's what it should be called, was a little less then exciting. The Rolling Stones, it can be argued, are the greatest rock n' roll band of all time (not the opinion of this writer, but it can be argued if necessary.) But another band or performer should have been chosen. Seeing 63 year old Mick Jagger (and I think 63 is his weight in pounds too) dance around the stage was enough to make me run to the bathroom. To his credit, he can still do all the moves at his age. But I am not so sure that anyone wants to see it. And Keith Richards played maybe three notes on his guitar the entire performance. It would be interesting to know if he has ever performed not under the influence of… something. Charlie Watts looked like a zombie playing the drums. I find it hard to believe that anyone really wanted to tune in to halftime last night to see these guys.

What I found more comical is the age of the crowd that Disney/ABC/ESPN brought in to the field to cheer on the Stones. Most, if not all of these people, weren't even ALIVE when the Stones were in their heyday. And there they are screaming away like they are watching the Beatles on the Ed Sullivan Show. I know the Stones are legendary, but I personally would much rather have seen a younger, fresher face performing at halftime -- someone with sex appeal and charisma -- NOT Mick Jagger. My friends and I would have kept a much closer eye on halftime if Beyonce or even Madonna was performing. And the network holding the Super Bowl wonders why viewers every year tune in to the bikini contest on pay per view or the cartoonish slugfest that MTV occasionally offers.

The second half of the game was better, but not much. Obviously Pittsburgh ended up winning the game, though Seattle really lost as opposed to the Steelers winning. Even though the game wasn't great, at least four records were set. Willie Parker set a Super Bowl record by having the longest run from scrimmage, and Seattle's Kelly Herndon also set a record with his 76 yard interception return (though not a touchdown). Ben Roethlisberger set two records on his own. He became the youngest quarterback to ever win a Super Bowl, but he also set the record for lowest quarterback rating ever for a winning quarterback ( 22.6 .) Who really cares about that last stat. But it goes to show how good his team is that he can play poorly and still win the game. Hines Ward getting the MVP was a pretty good choice, but there really were no outstanding performances that deserved it. And though I am not a big Bill Cowher fan, it was good to see him finally get his elusive Super Bowl ring, and Jerome Bettis too. Bettis, a certain Hall of Famer, announced his retirement after the game. I guess that means no more shots of his mother waving the yellow terrible towel. Enough already.

But the Seahawks really did lose the game as opposed to the Steelers winning it. They only converted on three red zone attempts ( after leading the league in that category ), had lots of dropped passes and missed two field goal attempts ( though both were no chip shots ). And how they allowed Hines Ward to catch that duck from Ben Roethlisberger is just frightening. Seattle had a lot of missed opportunities, and if they did a better job at converting on those chances, the outcome likely would have been different.

A couple of articles have already been written on the performance of the referees. Once again in the post season, the officiating was very poor. I am still waiting for Ben Roethlisberger to cross the goal line. It might not have mattered anyway, because even if the play was called correctly, the Steelers probably would have gotten the touchdown anyway. But that isn't the point. And the call on Darrell Jackson in the end zone was ludicrous. The Seahawks ended up with a field goal instead of a touchdown after that bogus call. That could have made a big difference. Bill Leavy ( no relation to Marv, that's because the spelling is different ) and his crew were awarded this game after good officiating throughout the year. If this was the best crew, I don't want to see how the other officials were.

It is also amazing how John Madden continues to get jobs commentating on NFL games. This guy is absolutely terrible, and the worst part about it is that we have to listen to him again next year, because NBC oddly hired him to commentate on the Sunday Night games next year. Just listen to some of the things he says and it is amazing that he has a job. This line from the game was a beauty. It was near the end of the game, and a potential fumble caused a pile up on the field. Madden then says, and I don't know if I am the only one that heard it, "Look out. There could be a foreign object down there." And he was serious! What? Are we watching the NFL or the WWE? For a minute there I thought we were watching Hulk Hogan trying to pin the Iron Sheik for the title. What a joke this guy really is.

The commercials weren't too bad, but they have been better in the past. Missing were usual giants Coca -Cola and McDonald's, neither of which had a commercial. Anheuser Busch was a winner, with a pretty good assortment of comical ads. I also enjoyed the two ads for Ameriquest Mortgage. The "Don't judge too quickly " campaign slogan ( sounds like what I say when I write my columns ) were hilarious I thought, especially the ad on the airplane. The Fed Ex cavemen was also good. The Go Daddy ads, outrageously popular last year, were limited to only two spots this year. They are popular because of the gorgeous model that is the Go Daddy girl, Candice Michelle ( yes she has a name ). Oddly enough, there are several sources that have emailed me because apparently Miss Michelle has tried to contact me several times ever since she read one of my columns on Patriotsinsider.com. I saw her number on the caller ID, but I was busy. She is going to have to wait until I have some free time, and then I MIGHT call her back. I might be able to squeeze in a phone call next Friday.

Overall, the Super Bowl wasn't too bad, as usual. I did like the pre game festivities with all of the previous MVPs, though I wonder what Joe Montana was thinking when he demanded $100,000 from the NFL to appear. He obviously was immediately shot down, as was Terry Bradshaw. And I have NEVER seen Tom Brady ever wear a tie. He looks like a total slob every time he appears at a function or a special appearance. I was told that he has it written in his contract to appear that way in public, because the designer wants that particular look. That is very odd, and even if that is the case, wearing a tie every once in a while wouldn't kill him. It will be interesting to see who the NFL has appearing at next year's Super Bowl. I'm sure the plans are already under way. I have some suggestions on entertainers if they want to listen. They can contact me at any time.

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