Robert's Random Ravings

Super Bowl 43

Anyone that knows me at all will know that I am a passionate football fan. I have been a fan of the Miami Dolphins as long as I can remember. Unfortunately (for me) I am just young enough that I never got to experience the highs of the Dolphins in the early 1970’s, when they went to 3 consecutive Super Bowls, completed the only perfect NFL season on record and won 2 of those 3 Super Bowls. I did get to experience 2 Dolphin Super Bowls in the 80’s when Dan Marino was the quarterback (neither of which we won). Back then, us Dolfans thought we were going to get to the Super Bowl almost every year. Little did we know that the 1985 Super Bowl would mark the beginning of nearly a quarter of a century of frustration for Dolphins fans.

Dolphins history aside, I still enjoy the game even when my team is not the one playing. Watching the Super Bowl has become a major American tradition, with a TV audience numbering in the hundreds of millions. But for many years, the game was a bore. What has become more entertaining is the commercials. For anyone that either missed them the first time around or feels like watching them again, click here.

There were several that I particularly loved, but I think my favorites were the Pedigree commercial and the Doritos commercial with the crystal ball.

For the last few years, we have also been treated to a genuinely good game. Last year saw the shocker of a heavily favored 18-0 team (the New England Patriots) losing to the New York Giants, who lost 6 games in the regular season.

This year, the Arizona Cardinal made their first appearance in the Super Bowl, and only their second appearance in a championship in their entire history. They were heavy underdogs to the Pittsburgh Steelers and their number one ranked defense. Yet in spite of the overwhelming expectations, the Cardinals very nearly won the game, giving us fans an extremely exciting fourth quarter to the NFL’s 43rd Super Bowl. (To see the results of previous Super Bowls, click here).

The game that was played yesterday is the kind of game that a fan lives for. The Championship of the league should be a competitive game – it is supposedly the best team from each conference. I love when it is a good game – when you can be watching in the 4th quarter and still not know who will win.

So, thank you NFL for an exciting game. Thank you NBC for a pretty good broadcast. And thanks for the opportunity to spend a few hours thinking of something other than what a mess our economy is right now!

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02/02/2009 - Posted by | General | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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