NFL  > General NFL  > Super Bowl Game / Production Post Mortem
February 6, 2012, 01:21 PM
Thought I'd come here this morning and find some new SB threads, but nada.

Observations:

Indy did a great job as hosts.

The officials had the nads to make that grounding in the EZ call on Brady on a throw down the field. Really rare it seems. No one in the vicinity - surprised, because I've seen that a hundred times NOT called - just chuck it deep and you're fine, most times.

Eli, Nicks (among others), played great games. Manningham made an amazing catch of an amazing throw. One of the most clutch throw-catch combos in SB history. The margin for error on that throw was like zero, and he let it fly a millisecond after he looked left after looking right.

Welker shoulda caught that pass, and Brady shoulda thrown it better. Yes, it turned Welker around, but he catches that in his sleep. Safety was coming from inside, Brady threw it outside - although he prolly could zipped it in there without having to turn Welker around--dude was wide open on what looked like blown coverage by the CB. Gisele blamed it on the WRs after the game.

Bradshaw trying to stop at the goal line was funny...like a guy trying to stop a punt from going into the EZ....just tipped over and in. D'oh!

Pats D line did a better job pressuring Eli than I anticipated. Giants D came on strong late.

Patrick Chung was blowing guys up - some big time hits in that game.

Interception by the Giants linebacker Blackburn on a deep pass to Gronk was excellent. One of the plays of the game, and that guy will be a hero in any NY bar he walks into forever, as will Manningham.

Giants rarely had to pay for their many mistakes, whereas Pats paid for most of theirs. 3 fumbles by Giants, none come back to bite. Misuse of timeouts. 12 men on the field. I guess they paid on the holding call in 1st half when they were in Pats territory and ended up punting, but that's about it. Pats paid time after time - guess that's the way the ball bounces sometimes.

Madonna kicked ****. Almost fell, looked a bit tentative/cautious in some of the moves, and MIA gave us all the bird (she can flip me the bird any time), but I liked the show a lot. The material girl still has it at 50. She's a gutsy performer and she works out like a motha. I'm sure many disliked it, cuz they dislike her or whatever. But I really enjoyed it.

Loved the Dodge Clint commercial about America - that patriotic stuff always gets me--I'm sitting there saying "yeaaaahhhh! Ha. Long commercial, musta cost them some serious jack. And the Pepsi commercial where the Coca Cola worker dude bought a Pepsi and ended up being on TV when he was trying to buy the Pesi on the sly.

Giants new punter is good.

That Hail Mary coulda been caught. Well, not as it happened, but dang it was set up nicely. Gronk was only two steps away. That ball gets tipped up a bit and it coulda been a Myra Kraft ending.

NBC - I guess it was fine - didn't pay a lot of attention to those guys. Liked the sideline reporters. Those gals looked like midgets next to some of the players.
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February 6, 2012  01:31 PM ET

The Eastwood commercial was awesome. Best commercial of the night. Halftime show was best I've seen since Tom Petty also. Oh yea, and there was a kick butt game!

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February 6, 2012  01:35 PM ET
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And FN website doesn't load worth a $#%(

that's a certainty on FN. Keeps getting worse. Good synopsis btw.

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February 6, 2012  01:52 PM ET

@Ripper I agree with most of what you had to say and agree Eastwoods commercial was great. I think people voted the singing dogs for VW as the best commercial, I disagree.

I didn't care for the half time. it reminded me of a circus, and once again the sound quality was terrible. Maybe they should forget entertainers and just put screens on the ground and show old tapes of Elvis or some other dead entertainer and maybe have a few impersonators dancing around.

February 6, 2012  01:54 PM ET
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Thanx ripper,........I'm still punching holes in my walls,........I strangled two of my neighbors cats too,..........thanx for your thread/post on indy's hosting of sb too.,.........I'm sure they'll be hosting in future again.

Well as long as you have a bag of Doritos no one will ever know about the cats.

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February 6, 2012  01:59 PM ET
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Oh, and Belichick's strategy to let Bradshaw score. I thought that was excellent - caught them with their pants down on that. I heard that the message "don't score" only came as the play was in progress. Brady had time to take it the distance, but it woulda had to be a perfect drive with deeper passes with only one timeout left. Now, we're left wondering if Belichick's strategy cost them the game--fg coulda been missed. Anyway, I thought it was the best strategy under the circumstances--a calculated risk.

What would have been even funnier is if NE were able to come back and win. Then Bradshaw would never have been able to live that down. My friends who like Arena Football know that allowing an opponent to score is a strategy all teams use in the final minutes because usually the team with the ball last wins.

February 6, 2012  02:02 PM ET
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A thanx to d for her "roving" reporting in Indy too !,.......we'll be on bourbon st. Next year !

As soon as the 49ers get their new stadium built then we can start having SB's on the west coast again.

February 6, 2012  02:05 PM ET
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Oh, and Belichick's strategy to let Bradshaw score. I thought that was excellent - caught them with their pants down on that. I heard that the message "don't score" only came as the play was in progress. Brady had time to take it the distance, but it woulda had to be a perfect drive with deeper passes with only one timeout left. Now, we're left wondering if Belichick's strategy cost them the game--fg coulda been missed. Anyway, I thought it was the best strategy under the circumstances--a calculated risk.

Belichick has done that move before to ensure they have time left on the clock and it worked in a regular season game years ago against Denver I believe.

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February 6, 2012  03:55 PM ET

A very competitive game with some funny commercials. I wasn't impressed with the halftime entertainment.

February 6, 2012  03:57 PM ET
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Madonna's still sexy. I'd rather see that than some Elvis reruns. To each their own - there are always downsides to these performances--I thought she kicked butt.

I thought Madonna was showing her age as she looked stiff on some of her dance steps. Elvis never did a halftime show at the Super Bowl so I don't understand your point concerning reruns.

February 6, 2012  04:12 PM ET
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Thanx ripper,........I'm still punching holes in my walls,........I strangled two of my neighbors cats too,..........thanx for your thread/post on indy's hosting of sb too.,.........I'm sure they'll be hosting in future again.

Glad I don't live in your neighborhood! ;-)

Tough loss ZJ. Even Giselle is having a hard time with it.

 
February 6, 2012  04:30 PM ET
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Narry, I agree the sound was weak - but to me it more more weak volume than tone. I thought her voice clarity and tone sounded fine - not sure if she was lip synching but if she was I didn't notice. Lots of people don't like her or her voice anyway, so it wouldn't matter how good the sound system is.I was entertained. Madonna's still sexy. I'd rather see that than some Elvis reruns. To each their own - there are always downsides to these performances--I thought she kicked butt.

We all know she was there to kick off her new record and I would imagine a tour to follow, but, the people that I was watching it with were expecting her to throw in at least 1 or 2 of her well known songs. They were sort of let down by that.

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