Super Bowl Thoughts

Super Bowl XLVI is history, and the NY Giants are champions again.  Anyone that knows me, knows I love football, and that I am a die-hard Washington Redskins fan.  Hey, if my team couldn’t be in the Super Bowl, I figured I may as well root for someone from our division right?

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Just some passing thoughts on this Super Bowl, the commercials, and everything related to the greatest spectacle in sports!

Super Bowl & Football Thoughts

  • Eli Manning IS an elite quarterback. His place in football history along with his spot in the Football Hall of Fame is secure.  
  • Archie Manning not only showed us what a good quarterback can do; he showed us how to raise good young men and provide them with the opportunity to succeed at what they wanted to do.
  • Tom Coughlin is a Hall of Fame Coach.  No discussion necessary.
  • The Patriots were out played and out coached.
  • Tom Brady and at times the Patriots, looked like they had never been to a Super Bowl; that was stunning to me. Intentional grounding out of your own end zone?  Really? Meanwhile the Giants looked like they were in control the entire game. 

The Commercials

  • Client Eastwood is still THE man!  That Chrysler commercial gave me chills. Yes, they took government money in a bailout, but they paid it back.  Great job Clint & Chrysler.
  • Dogs are lovable and they sell!  Several commercials featuring dogs that were very well done.
  • Pepsi still has it! Or at least their marketing firm does.  The Castle Commercial was classic Pepsi, a great spot.
  • Sex sells. GoDaddy.com. Do we expect anything more from them? 
  • Ferris. Bueller.  VW & Mathew Broderick; instant classic.
  • We never get tired of Betty White.
  • I am very tired of promos for The Voice.
  • The M&M commercial was funny! Brown is the new color and the red M&M stripping was hilarious!  Thanks Dawn ( @VAinParadise ) for the reminder! 

Madonna & The Halftime Show

  • Wondering if Bridgestone is pleased with what they paid for?
  • At 53, Madonna can still move and looked great. I know I don’t look half that good at 47! 
  • Dancing in 8″ heels can lead to certain trips; but she did have great recovery.
  • Lip syncing: never have liked it and think it’s lame.  Had a great discussion on Twitter last night with Sueanne Shirzay ( @SueanneShirzay ) about this.  I respectfully disagree with her; no matter what the size of the venue, you shouldn’t have to lip sync if you can still sing :)
  • MIA flipping off the nation.  Really; what that necessary?  For this reason alone, I think the show sucked; just not the venue for it.

Social Media & The Super Bowl

  • A lot was made prior to the game about social media and the NFL, but to me the most use of social media was the advertisers. Several commercials were leaked via advertisers YouTube channels prior to airing on Super Bowl Sunday. I believe there was an attempt to recereat VW’s success last year with the Darth Vader commercial.  
  • Social media cannot be forced.  Communities and discussions cannot be forced. None of the spots created that Darth Vader buzz prior to the game.
  • I noticed, especially on Twitter, more discussion of the commercials than the game.  Found this very interesting.

Those are my thoughts and ramblings.  How about you? Did you like the game, the show, the commercials?  Or did you not even watch?

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