Well, February 3, 2013, which was Super Bowl Sunday, has come and gone. The NFL 2012/13 season is over. That means it is the beginning of the off-season where trades, releases, and mock drafts begin. It also means that we NFL fans have to wait about six months for the new season to start, so let’s start tuning into hockey, the NBA, or MLB.
For me, I am starting to get Derby Fever. I will be watching all the Kentucky Derby prep races, and waiting patiently for Paynter to make his first start as a four year old. Is it the first Saturday in May yet?
Since the production of the Super Bowl is such a huge operation with the game, the ads (some people watch the game just for the ads), and the half-time show, I decided to do a blog about the entire experience, writing about the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of the entire Super Sunday.
Hopefully, you will enjoy this.
Concerning the Game: Overcoming a bad start, and nearly letting the game get away from them, the San Fransisco 49ers, lead by QB Colin Kaepernick, made a furious come back in the second half to get within several points of the Ravens.
Some people with the tin foiled hats will say the blackout (more later) helped them, but nonetheless, it was a great comeback, especially for Kaepernick.
Kaepernick, even though he didn’t complete the comeback, has nothing to hang his head about. He is the real deal. He shook off the early jitters, and lead that team down the field for scores. This young man is going to be the future.
Joe Flacco for the Ravens did a wonderful job as QB for the Ravens in the game. He was very much in control in the game.
Jacoby Jones’ 108 Yard Punt return was so awesome. Anquan Boldin was lights out as well, when he made those clutch catches.
Ed Reed and Ray Rice getting rings. They are about the only members of the Ravens with any kind of class.
No more Ray Lewis on the field. Good riddance.
Concerning the Ads: The only commercial I liked was the Budweiser ad. It was the one where the farm hand was feeding the baby Clydesdale, and three years later, the two are reunited. It was so awesome, I cried. Great ad.
I also liked The Rock’s “Got Milk” ad. That was funny and cute.
Concerning the Half Time Show: Beyonce was lights out. No pun intended. Great performance. I really enjoyed her music. She put on a fun, energetic show. Seeing Destiny’s Child up there was real cool too. I also loved the stage settings.
Concerning the Game: The 49ers wasting their timeouts. I know that this is a huge game for Kaepernick, but he has to know when to take a time out, and when not to take a time out.
The 49er’s play calling at the end, when they were trying for the go ahead score. Why didn’t they run the ball a couple of times? That was just a mess.
Seeing Ray Lewis get abused. Oh wow. I could not believe it myself. Some of those 49ers RBs and WRs just went by Lewis as if he wasn’t there. Lewis just could not make the tackles.
Concerning the Ads: The rest of the ads were just stupid. There weren’t any other ads I liked.
Concerning the Half-Time Show: The ripping off Ace Frehley’s (original KISS guitarist) “shooting fire/rockets from the guitar” trick.
Concerning the Game: The black out was bizarre to say the least. I am glad that , at least for me, it didn’t affect the outcome. Let’s face it. BOTH teams had to wait for the power to be restored, so I don’t buy that the Ravens could have lost,etc.
The referees were horrid on both sides. It did seem to me that the replacement refs got into these regular refs’ bodies. Man, were there some terrible calls, and no calls. This one call in question was a defensive holding call near the very end that I think should have been called against the Ravens was not. Nevertheless, the refs just stunk up the place.
People say Joe Buck and Troy Aikman are the worst NFL commentating team. I got that beat. It is Jim Nantz and Phil Simms. Oh dear. These guys were horrible all night long. Simms said about that controversial no call that he got confused everytime he saw it. Simms is supposed to know what is going on in the game he played in for over a decade. What a buffoon.
Jim Nantz just killed me when he said that ever since Ray Lewis announced his retirement, Lewis has had a “ROUGH MONTH” because the media has brought up the Atlanta murder case he was involved in in 2000, and the deer antler charges, etc. My jaw dropped.
What did Nantz expect? Not every person in the media acts like ESPN and kisses Ray’s butt, and forgets that the slaying of those guys never happened.
The duo’s announcing and call of the game was horrendous. They called Joe Flacco “elite” after every throw, it seemed. Very annoying.
The automatic crowning of Flacco as elite. Slow down. He has the same amount of rings now as Peyton Manning (who IS elite). Flacco is a very good QB. He had nice stats in the playoffs, and the SB, but whoa a little bit.
Concerning the Ads: Nothing.
Concerning the Half-Time Show: Nothing.
Well, that is my review of Super Bowl Sunday. Congrats to the fans of the Ravens. Enjoy your parade on Tuesday. Your team played a very good game, and deserved to win.
Terri Bey currently blogs for CamelClutchBlog.com about Wrestling, NFL, and other sports/pop culture related subjects. Her work has appeared in BleacherReport and for F4WOnline.com. Terri can be found here at Facebook- http://www.facebook.com/TerriBey and at Twitter- http://www.twitter.com/giopontifan