A few random thoughts on the Super Bowl....
:: This was the first football I've watched since week four or five of the regular season. I haven't watched this little football in a single season since the mid-1980s, and in all honesty, I didn't much miss it. I've also pretty much stopped listening to sports talk on the radio, even as little as I did that (mostly to and from work, and rarely on weekends). I'm just increasingly meh on the whole thing. I find the fans' mad rush to re-embrace hockey after a completely pointless and avoidable work stoppage pretty disheartening, and I find a lingering unpleasant aftertaste in football each time we learn a little more about long-term brain injuries. And I really find something distasteful and sad every time I hear a fan basically blow all that off on the basis that "They knew they were signing up to play a violent game."
:: As for the Super Bowl itself, it was a weird game, definitely one of the stranger games I've seen. It looked like a blow-out at first, and then there was the power outage, and then the comeback. Ultimately it was decided by four mistakes, all made by the 49ers a fumble and an interception (both of which led to Baltimore TDs), one of the worst instances of goal-line play-calling in history, and the single worst coverage afforded a kickoff in all the time I've watched the game. Weird that the game ended up as close as it did.
:: Ray Lewis, when asked about the murders in which he was involved: "God doesn't use murderers to do His work." Note to Ray: open your Bible and read a little. Especially the part about Barabbas.
:: The commercials: I was amused by the M&Ms one and the goat eating the Doritos. Other than that, as usual, I paid little attention. The idea of willingly sitting down to watch advertising strikes me as a giant waste of time.
:: Alicia Keys did a wonderful job on the National Anthem. I loved her simple, understated performance.
:: The halftime show nearly gave me a seizure, what with all that flashing of lights. Hated it.
:: Phil Simms is really annoying.
That's about it. Next up...well, who knows. Like I said, I care less about sports in general each year. The only thing on the sporting horizon to which I am looking forward is actually next year's Winter Olympics.