We interrupt our regularly scheduled programming (not sure what our regularly scheduled programming is . . .) to report exclusively on the Super Bowl. Even though the Cowboys and/or the Broncos weren't playing in the Super Bowl, there was news worth reporting, at least to a few who read here.
Congratulations to the Green Bay Packers AND to the Pittsburg Steelers. Both teams were winners, but Green Bay takes home the Lombardi Trophy this year because they scored more points ! (31-25)
1) The Green Bay Packers was the first team to win a Super Bowl. They were the first team to win two Super Bowls. They were the first team to win back-to-back Super Bowls.
2) The Green Bay Packers team was founded on August 11, 1919 by former high-school football rivals Earl "Curly" Lambeau and George Whitney Calhoun. Lambeau solicited funds for uniforms from his employer, the Indian Packing Company. He was given $500 for uniforms and equipment, on the condition that the team be named for its sponsor. Today "Green Bay Packers" is the oldest team-name still in use in the NFL, both by its nickname and by virtue of remaining in its original city.
3) No team has more Super Bowl victories than the Pittsburgh Steelers, or a better Super Bowl winning percentage. For some reason, I just couldn't dig up the history of the Pittsburg Steelers. Can you help me here ?
4) For the first time in the showcase event`s forty-five year history there were no scantily-clad cheerleaders on the sidelines at a Super Bowl. The Pittsburgh Steelers and Green Bay Packers are two of a half dozen National Football League teams that don`t have cheerleaders. Too bad each team didn't just divide up the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders and let them entertain on the sidelines.
5) The cost of a thirty-second Super Bowl ad averaged about $3,000,000.00. I was never very good in math, but doesn't that figure out to be ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS a SECOND ?
An ad for the 2012 Volkswagen Passat called The Force, a one-minute spot that features a child practicing his Jedi-training around the house in a Darth Vader costume, has already landed nearly thirteen million page views on YouTube.
Maybe Volkswagen might consider cutting out one of those commercials and donating that money to _______________. (What's your suggestion ?)
The little boy under that Darth Vader mask is Max. He was born with a congenital heart defect and has worn a pace-maker since he was three months old.
6) And then there was the Go Daddy.com. commercial. What can I say but "Sex Sells." Not even going to post that one here. If you want to see it, go find it yourself. It even has Joan Rivers in it. Gag me.
7) What a disgrace !!! Christina Aguilera, looking like a vamp, flubbed a line as she screamed our National Anthem at the start of the Super Bowl. What's with all the ooh-ah-ooh-ah-ooh-ah's ? Many words with just ONE syllable were sung with about six or seven additional notes. When she was supposed to sing the line "O'er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming?" she instead repeated an earlier line, with a slight variation. She sang "What so proudly we watched at the twilight's last gleaming," which is the same line from earlier in the song but with the word 'watched' instead of the word 'hailed.' Pathetic. Embarrasing. The committe who chose her should have just let Lea Michele sing both songs.
8) Lea Michele who was nominated for a Grammy alongside her "Glee" castmembers, belted a straightforward version of "America the Beautiful" to help kick off the game. Sporting a cream-colored coat and camel-hued wide-leg trousers with her brown locks in soft waves, Michele coolly crooned the patriotic standard surrounded by service members in navy suits under the shadow of red, white and blue flags. The star gently cooed throughout most the performance, but showcased her robust pipes by holding the last note for few seconds. Gave me goose-bumps.
9) Salvatore Giunta was honored at the Super Bowl. On Oct. 25, 2007, on a remote hilltop in Afghanistan's Korengal Valley, Army Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta repeatedly ran directly into fire from Taliban insurgents to save the lives of some of his fellow soldiers. In recognition of Giunta's bravery, President Obama presented him with the country's highest military award, the Medal of Honor, making Giunta the first living soldier since the Viet Nam War to receive the award given for acts of extreme bravery in the face of almost certain death.
10) NFL PLAY 60 is the NFL Movement for an Active and Healthy Generation, encouraging kids to play for 60 minutes every day in order to tackle childhood obesity. Through in-school, afterschool and team-based programs and partnerships with like-minded organizations, the NFL wants fans to Join the NFL PLAY 60 Movement. Play 60 appears throughout NFLRUSH.com, the NFL’s official website for kids, so kids can do what they love – play games and follow their favorite NFL teams – while being reminded to get active every day!
And while those kids are at it, they need to drag their parents with them !
12) Black-Eyed Peas half-time show . . . get the hook !
13) This was much better !!