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Monday, February 06, 2006

The Super Post

Happy Super Bowl Sunday to all ye Americans! I'm sitting here in my country estate in Slagistan, watching the interminable pregame show and learning how to fill out immigration forms. Since neither Drek or the TDEC cares anything at all about football, I will be the only Totaldrekwriter blogging about the Super Bowl (aside: no, I don't know why the TDEC is holding a whale).

Tonight's game features the Pittsburgh Steelers against the Seattle Seahawks. The Steelers (referred to by locals as the "Stillers") have played in 5 previous Super Bowls, going 4-1. The Seahawks (referred to by locals as "WTF, we have a football team?") have played 30 years in the league without reaching the Super Bowl.

Postgame Analysis

Final Score: Pittsburgh 21, Seattle 10

That game was... odd. The Seahawks drove up and down the field, but kept dropping passes, letting the play clock run down, and missing field goals. The Steelers had hardly any offense in the first half, but still led 7-3 at halftime. Then, the second half started with "Fast" Willie Parker running a Super Bowl-record 75 yards to give the Steelers a 14-3 lead. The Seahawks scored to make it 14-10 and were driving to take the lead when QB Matt Hasselbeck threw a horrifying interception to Ike Taylor. Four plays later, WR Antwaan Randle El threw a tricky 43-yard touchdown pass, off a reverse, to WR Hines Ward. The Steelers led 21-10. After a few more Seahawks mistakes, the game ended. Ward was named MVP.

If you're especially interested in the game, here is the recap from If you're even more especially interested, here is the full play-by-play for the game.

Of course, the really important part of the Super Bowl are the $4,000,000-per-minute commercials. I find it strange that the only time Americans really pay attention to commercials is during the Super Bowl - even though commercials are all around us, every time we turn on the TV. I missed the first 7 minutes of the game, so I know I missed some, but it seems like the commercials were down this year. The best were the Leonard Nimoy ad for Aleve and the Sprint locker room commercial (videos linked on this page at iFilm, but I can't link directly to them). It seems that when the best commercial is for an arthritis medicine, it's not a good year for the advertising industry. (The most famous Super Bowl commercial of all time, of course, was Apple's "1984" commercial introducing the Macintosh.)

And so the 2005-06 football season comes to a close (except the meaningless Pro Bowl). Bring on the Winter Olympics!

P.S. On an unrelated note, I left an extremely important figure out of Friday's post.


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