Super Bowl 2004

February 3, 2004   12:05 am

Just some reflections on the game that was…

The pre-game show was excellent. It was a very classy, very patriotic tribute to the Columbia astronauts who left us a year ago that day. The moonscape and the astronaut in the middle of the field was genius, and very well put together. Beyonce did an outstanding job with the National Anthem - much better than recent efforts by her peers, such as Mariah Carey or Whitney Houston. It wasn’t “The Beyoncé Show” featuring “The Star Spangled Banner,” it was “The Star Spangled Banner,” sung by Beyoncé. She should definitely be given repeat invitations for game-opening singing, as she did the song (and our nation) proud.

This has got to be the best Super Bowl in recent memory. Neither team was ever just waltzing away with the game, and for it to be decided in the final seconds by a field goal was priceless. Of course, that’s how New England won a lot of their games this past year. Carolina did an amazing job, having the ball for much less of the time, but still coming back to tie the game with just over a minute left. I feel for Carolina’s place-kicker, whose final kick-off was less than memorable, but he shouldn’t be blamed for the loss. Both teams played hard, both made their share of little mistakes, and, as John Fox, Carolina’s coach, said after the game, “It just came down to who had the ball last.” Great job to both the Panthers and the Patriots, and congratulations to New England for title #2 in 3 years.

And that half-time show…

Q: Was it good?
A: That’s an awfully subjective question - beauty is often in the eye of the beholder.

Q: Was it inappropriate?
A: Absolutely.

The Super Bowl is not an adult program - families get together and watch these games with their kids. Notwithstanding the claimed unintentional flashing, the entertainment was not family-friendly.

Q: Should we expect any different from MTV?
A: Not really.

CBS was kidding themselves if they thought that MTV could come up with family-tolerable program, much less a family-friendly one. Have they even watched MTV lately? Evidently, MTV forgot to lend their sister network the bleeping and blurring machines that they wear out on a daily basis. This is one thing that makes the statements by CBS and MTV quite humorous - they’re basically the same company. The NFL should probably try to get a contract with Disney (or some other organization that has their finger on the pulse of family values) for future shows. Sure, Disney puts out some filth, but they do know what’s appropriate and when. How about a Hillary Duff / A*Teens half-time show?

Q: Was the flashing accidental?
A: I don’t think we’ll ever know the answer to that one.

Update Feb 4, 2004 - Okay, so it was intentional after all.

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