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The Death of Sunday

It was Groundhog day and wouldn’t you know it, that Punxatony Phil got scared again. Cue the music “So put your little hand in mine…” (Side note: Groundhog day the movie had to be one of the easiest acting jobs of Bill Murray’s career. Now what if he continuosly woke up on Super Bowl Sunday, I would test out every party and eventually hit every prop bet! WOW! Anyways good movie.) 6 more weeks of winter kids and tack on the death of football Sunday. With the Steelers winning their 6th Super Bowl, we have completed another season of excitement and NFL action. Now you’re asking yourself, what can I do on Sunday’s from now on? Let me share some survival tactics to fill your lonesome days.

Bruce!!!

Bruce!!!

Before I cure your Sunday woes, let’s talk about the Super Bowl. First of all, you may have witnessed one of the funniest moments in the history of halftime shows. Bruce Springsteen’s power slide made me cry laughing so hard that I had to rewind it at least 12 times. I found it online and watched it again at work today. Classic stuff. Halftime was also when the game peaked and the action started to happen. Harrison’s 100 yard Int for a TD, 3D commercials and Bruce baby! Harrison later went on to beat someone, 3D commercials sucked and Bruce smashed into a cameraman.

The 4th quarter was solid…but in no way was this the greatest game ever. It did mark the first time I ever won in Super Bowl squares. I’d like to thank Mr Whisenhunt for his first quarter challenge and Mr Tomlin for kicking a field goal at the 1-inch line. That lead me into a chant of “Super Bowl, Super Bowl, Super Bowl.” And how was that last play not reviewed? Come on, even if the crew upstairs saw that the fumble occurred, build some suspense, let the audience look it over and decide. Instead, the game ended and Polamalu was left staring at the stars for…ever. Now that’s a strange cat.

To-do’s on Sundays:
Start studying College Basketball — There is no better time than now to think about your brackets in March and learn who you can count on disappointing you and busting your bracket. This may also lead to increased boredom and eating.
NBA action — The NBA should be alright to watch with some specially highlighted games on all day. Primetime NBA is good but it will not fill the void of an NFL Sunday. I would also like to thank myself for jinxing Andrew Bynum in my last post. 8-12 weeks, ouch!
Invest in the Fox Soccer Channel — well it is futbol and it is on Sundays. Give it a shot, or not.

Movies — This time of year they start playing the classics from “What about Bob” to all the Rocky movies in a row. Take a load off and enjoy. You never know when the Mighty Ducks trilogy will be on again, Gordon Bombay and the flying V.

Read a frigging book — Lazy ass. Or this blog! Message brought to you by sportsfly.com.

If those don’t meet your needs, have a coke and a smile!coke

I’m Feeling kind of Sunday
RaginRondo

February 3, 2009 Posted by | NFL | , , , , , | 1 Comment

Super Bowl Commercials Not Too Funny In Dead Serious Economic Times

It wasn’t all bad.

While I certainly couldn’t tell you what each ad was hawking, a few made me chuckle.  A couple made me laugh.

The commercial that featured a man getting thrown out of his office window while still sitting on his office chair was funny due to the surprise.  A couple of the ads featuring the Clydesdale horses were cute.  The commercial depicting snow globes hitting vending machines–and a old man’s crotch–was great and Alec Baldwin promoting Hulu was simply classic Alec Baldwin.

But, of course, many missed the mark.  The ad featuring talking, dead flowers arrived DOA.  And bad ads featuring people shouting about Hyundai’s and cheap GoDaddy ads (still don’t know what the site is about) trying to tease viewers with sex completely missed the mark.

And the Troy Polamalu ad?  Mean Joe Greene can’t be happy.

Super Bowl Commercial Featuring Polamalu

Super Bowl Commercial Featuring Polamalu

But more than that, with America in the midst of the biggest economic crisis in decades, with people losing their jobs and unable to pay for college, you would think the ad companies would specifically aim for more funny commercials.  They didn’t have to be gut busting, “fall out of your seat funny” advertisements–but funny nonetheless.  I spent more time giving a slight smirk to almost all of the ads rather than genuinely laughing.  I kept thinking that that it’s hard to believe that  millions of dollars are spent on such uninspiring, unfunny ads.

The ads that stick most with people after the Super Bowl is over are often the ones that made you laugh.  I guess that’s why I don’t really remember most of them.

February 3, 2009 Posted by | Features & Opinions, NFL | , , , , , | Leave a comment