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This year’s Superbowl was surprising from a couple of aspects. Namely, the game and the commercials.

Not only was the game not a blowout, but it was a defensive game. No overwhelming offensive lines running roughshod over the field, rather it was a tactical exercise in strategy and execution. The Giants prevailed over the heavily favored Patriots in a wild and woolly fourth quarter. An excellent showing by both teams.

The commercials were fairly decent this year as well. Some standouts for me were (in no particular order):

  • The Fed-Ex Pigeon Delivery
  • Pixar/Disney Wall-E
  • Bud-Light Wine & Cheese
  • Budweiser Hank the Clydesdale
  • E-Trade’s Baby Trader Commercials
  • SoBe’s dancing lizards
  • Garmin’s Napoleon driver
  • Bridgestone’s Animal (and Human) Screamers

Perhaps the best part (at least for me) was the Terminator coming out and nailing that annoying Fox robotic football player. I’ve seen that animation for years, and I’m tired of seeing it. But that’s just me…

Well, it’s not even 24 hours before the Superbowl starts, and the pundits are picking New England by a couple of touchdowns. I hope not…

Even though Indianapolis isn’t in it this year, I want to see a good game. I also want to see some good commercials this year. Last year was kinda lame.

New England have the chance to make history by being the only team to go undefeated from season opener to the Superbowl. The Jets Giants have the chance to make history by being the spoiler. Will be interesting.

And no, I’m not picking a team to root for this year.

Just a few comments on the events of the past couple of days…

Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday

I have today off, and tried to put it to good use. Going to the gym, playing nursemaid to my sick wife, cleaning up the blog. But regardless, there is a reason for this holiday – Civil Rights.

Unfortunately, Civil Rights is being confused with Diversity. Rather than go into a long dissertation, I would like to quote from an earlier post:

Government sponsored quotas & regulations will not change people’s attitudes toward diversity. All these will do is promote division, dissension, and resentment. I have noticed in recent years an increase of these attitudes. This is NOT what Martin Luther King had in mind.

His vision looked for the Negro people to stand side by side with the White people as equals, and to get there by self-sufficiency, not by a government mandate. He wanted his people to rise up to their potential, to stand on their own two feet, not by some law or subsidy. Patronage of the Negro was not his vision, but to join the human race as equals to any other ethnic group, to enjoy the fruits of hard labor through equal opportunity, and not through quotas…

Diversity is for everyone, not just for one group of people, and is to have people look and treat each other with respect and civility. Civil Rights is the legal position that everyone is to be treated equally under the law.

New England Patriots & New York Giants in Superbowl

In two weeks, these teams will meet in the next Superbowl. I’m leaning toward the Patriots to win and complete a perfect season, but I think the Giants will put up a good fight & make it interesting. The Colts didn’t make it this year, but at least there will be a Manning in the big show. I hope the commercials will be good…

Blog Comments & Links

The comments from Tom’s Common Sense have been moved over to this blog from the Haloscan database (although they are messy), and the internal links have been fixed. I’m not sure if or when the comments will be cleaned up (Gravitar notes, non-working Homepage) on this blog or not, which leads to…

Possibility of Moving the Blog (Again!!)

I’m seriously considering moving the blog to an independent server. Being limited to the standard WordPress themes just doesn’t give me the ability to change things around to the way I would like to present the blog. Thus, some exploring is being done.

At the moment, I have a test blog (which may be the place) set up at Tom’s Place. I’m experimenting, so the site will change from time to time as I try things out. And yes, some of the themes that I’m trying look a lot like the Common Sense blog. Please stop by on occasion & let me know what you think, and if you can connect to the site.

Global Warming?  You must be kidding?  We were greeted with 2″ of snow this morning after having record highs this past week.  More snow to come with the temperatures to match.  Hey Al, you sick twisted moron!  That’s snow out there, not a heat wave melting the tires off of my truck!!

Next on the list is that Kirk Kerkorian is bidding on Chrysler.  A surprise to say the least.  What’s even more interesting is that he would give the Unions, employees, and the management the chance to own part of the company.  Good move on his part – if you own part of the company you work for, you tend to have that personal stake & pride in what you do.  No word on if the Board is seriously considering this offer (which is better for the employees than an investment firm buying the company).  But we will still have to wait on pins and needles for the outcome of this version of “Deal or No Deal.”

But is there any justice either?  Ford is paying their CEO $28 Million for four months of work.  Considering that the company lost 12.7 billion in 2006 and workers are getting less than a $1000 bonus, I think this is a little bit excessive.  Of course, tell that to all of the employees let go from the company who got the shaft instead. 

On a happier note, the British sailors are home.  What the aftershocks will be after this latest incident with the Iranians is anyone’s guess.

Finally, the Masters are being played in Augusta this weekend.  I plan on watching the final round (too much other stuff to watch everything).

We interrupt this blog to make a late-breaking (like next day) announcement:

 

COLTS WIN!!!

 

We now return you to your irregularly scheduled blog…

The Superbowl contest between the Indianapolis Colts and the Chicago Bears is just a little more than 24 hours away.  So…

The pundits have Indianapolis winning by 7 points.

The Common Sense Household want a close game with excellent and entertaining commercials.  At $2.3 Million per 30 second spot, they had better be good…

Oh yeah, the Common Sense Household have one more thing to say about who we are predicting who will win the Big Game:

 

GO COLTS!!!

 

Over & out…

COLTS WIN!!! 

It’s really going to be fun – two of my favorite teams will be playing in the Superbowl, but I’m leaning toward the Colts.  I’m looking forward to a good game.

And I know that Teresa’s happy!

Well, Pittsburg won as most people thought. It wasn’t an exciting game, but it was a lot closer than what I thought.

Seattle made a couple of plays near the end of the first half which didn’t make sense to me, and Pittsburgh got that first touchdown on a oh-so-close call that really could have gone either way.

The commercials were average in my opinion. Those that stood out in my mind as being the favorites are:

  1. The Fed-Ex commercial where the caveman was trying to send his “package”.
  2. The Careerbuilder.com where the guy is working for monkeys and the gal was working for donkeys.
  3. The Bud Light commercial where the guy was about to be mauled by the bear, only to have his buddy steal the Bud Light (Not cool, Dave!)
  4. The Budwieser commercial where the young Clydesdale started to pull the beer wagon (with some covert assistance).

Let your opinion on the game and/or the commercials be known in the comment section. Thanks!

Well, about 8 1/2 hours from this post, Superbowl XL will begin. What are the predictions for this game? Three out of four pundits are calling for a Pittsburg win.

I guess I’m picking Pittsburg to win, but I’m hoping it will be a close game. I still remember Bradshaw winning 4 Superbowls. The only thing that I seem to be able to associate with Seattle is the Brian Bosworth hoopla that turned into a bunch of nothing.

Anyway, if I’m wrong, so be it, and anyone reading this post can flame away! Enjoy the game.

In approximately 7 days and 15 minutes, Superbowl XL will begin. So the blog has temporarily been hijacked with the official Superbowl graphics. Who is your pick for this year?

Personally, I would like to see a game that is evenly matched and close, not one of these blowouts. That way, we have some entertainment besides the commercials.

Comment now, comment early on this topic.