Saints Win

I'm not a fan of any professional sports team, so I watch professional football only as a fan of the game. I did, however, want to see the Saints win this one. Though I've never been there, I'm a fan of the culture of Louisiana and the city of New Orleans--the bayou, cajuns, bourbon street, jazz, the blues, A Confederacy of Dunces, etc. Forty years is a long time to wait.

Unlike most professional sports teams, their nickname actually has something to do with the city, having its origin in the song "When the Saints go Marching in". They once had a basketball team with a similarly awesome name, the New Orleans Jazz, but that team moved to Utah, and now the land of Mormons has a basketball team nicknamed "the Jazz".

The player on the field with the most Cajun sounding name, Pierre Garçon, was wearing blue and white. He's of Haitian ancestry, not Cajun. (Note: yelling out "Garçon!!" in a French accent when he makes a catch will elicit guffaws every single time.) Former Virginia Tech standout Pierson Prioleau, now a Saints backup comes close, as does running back Pierre Thomas.

If the Colts had won, Peyton Manning was on track to be considered perhaps the all-time best quarterback in NFL history. He would have had two Super Bowl wins, 4 NFL MVPs, and yearly league domination. However, now that title is probably permanently unreachable for him. His interception, even though it wasn't his fault, will forever taint his career compared to the perfect four Super Bowls of Joe Montana.

Drew Brees, on the other hand, has suddenly catapulted himself into elite company. He is now in the company of Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, and Ben Roethlisberger as one of the best quarterbacks of his generation. What a game, and what a playoff run.

I liked the song accompaniment to the Dante's Inferno commercial.

Instead of "Hell Awaits", the final scene was supposed to read "Go to Hell." However, that version didn't pass the CBS muster, and the ending was changed.

It seems like there is a Moore's Law of Super Bowl halftime bands: they become exponentially older every year.

When I was a kid, the Super Bowl was always a blowout. They've been great games the last few years.

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The best outcome of the

The best outcome of the Super Bowl was that the Colts weren't rewarded for not attempting a perfect season.

Regards, Don

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While watching, I had an interesting question come to mind: When was the last time a black quarterback led a team to a superbowl championship?

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...against many through their sweetheart deals with state and city governments. That's why I no longer follow pro football.

Plus, I was in the car for the entire game and couldn't get a good radio signal.

you didn't miss much

I watched the whole game, and all the commercials. There were a few good plays, but overall the game was rather bland. There were a couple funny commercials, but overall they were bad. Several included old, fat men walking around in tight underwear, which I find revolting. Here in Michigan there was a commercial at half time by a Republican running for governor, my wife and several other people watching with us seemed impressed by him.