Well, what a disappointing night. Iím not a fan of either team (though I was cheering for Seattle out of Washingtonian civic duty) so the outcome didnít matter a great deal to me, but as the game progressed I grew steadily more disgusted with the whole affair. If I were a Steelers fan Iíd feel conflicted and were I a Seahawks fan Iíd be outraged, as tonight was an example of some of the most heinous officiating that Iíve ever seen in an NFL game. Steeler fans should be as disappointed as Seattleís fans because their team really could have won without the officials help, and the ridiculous calls will only succeed in marring the memory of this game. Whatís worse is the fact that these two teams could have put forth a match-up for the ages and a Super Bowl to remember, but that was all thrown out the window by cross-eyed morons wearing pin-stripes. From awarding free touchdowns to Pittsburgh, revoking them from Seattle for phantom penalties, blindly ignoring Steeler fouls and false starts, to calling a blocking penalty on Hasselbeck for a tackle, it was ludicrous! At least one of the jack@$$es from Team Zebra woke up and rescinded the blocking penalty.
I thought both teams made a good, sporting showing tonight, and should be proud of themselves for it. Pittsburghís gadget play with the reverse and pass into the endzone was beautiful. Seattle couldnít get their running game going, but their passing game was very effective and Hasselbeck proved himself an effective leader. Both defenses were solid and a joy for a football fan to watch. Iíd love to see these two teams in a ďNo Dumb@$$ RefsĒ Rematch. That would be some gridiron greatness.
The saving grace tonight was definitely the commercials. Our household decided that the winning formula for Super Bowl commercials is to have an open beer, a hot chick, a monkey, or any combination of the three. (A spot featuring a hot chick drinking a beer with a monkey, for example, would be the greatest ad of all time. Bonus points if she, or the monkey, has a wardrobe malfunction.) Flashy effects, serious testimonials and such fall flat. I loved the Bud commercials. The Kermit hybrid ad was enjoyable, but felt a little forced. Sprintís phone commercials, the ďTheft DeterrentĒ spot especially, were great crowd pleasers. The Mobile/ESPN ads fell flat; they should have had some monkeys. Ad of the night, in my opinion, goes to the Streaking Lamb spot for Budweiser. Instant classic. If it had a streaking monkey, weíre talking Emmy.
Oh, and the half time show.
Thought A.) A Super Bowl in Detroit and no MoTown show? Big screw up there. At least Aretha sang the anthem, but not having MoTown greats perform at the half is as dumb as the flags being thrown all night.
Thought B.) Is it just me, or do the Rolling Stones look like beef jerky stretched over coat hangers and sound like bad American Idol contestants? Seriously, one of the lamest halftimes ever. Even Britney and Justin were better.
Hereís hoping that next February brings us a real Bowl to enjoy. Now begins the road to Super Bowl XLI! With monkeys!