“Super Bowl?” – A Game about Nothing

Updated: February 9, 2014

Warning! What you are about to read contains some negative content. Yours truly has been on a diet since the Super Bowl ended and has been crabby ever since. Yet as I approach the big 50, I realize that I need to eat healthier and do more cardio. Who knows, I may even grow a mustache and get a pair of skinny jeans.

Enough about me, now onto the blog.

You know there’s something wrong with the Super Bowl when people were more excited about the weather than the game. Let me state the obvious. This game stunk!

Not only did this game stink, it stunk from the first play. When the ball sailed over Peyton Manning’s head on the first play, I don’t know about you but I said to myself – ut oh. And do you know why I said, ut oh? I said ut oh because it happened to Peyton Manning.

Yes, the same Peyton Manning who is arguably the best regular season quarterback of all time (or at least during the Super Bowl era). The reason I say arguably is because Dan Marino put up sick numbers during an era when there weren’t so many restrictions on the defense. The reason I say regular season, is that Peyton’s post season performance is nowhere near his regular season performance (once again stating the obvious).

This is not to say that he hasn’t had some good playoff games. You only need to look to his stellar performance against the Patriots two weeks prior to the Super Bowl. However, these games are few and far between.

With regards to the Super Bowl, yes he was up against a top flight Seattle defense. You heard it a thousand times, best offense against best defense blah blah blah. If Peyton had thrown for 200 meaningful yards with 1 touchdown and 1 interception, I would have excused his performance.

Yet this, my friends, was the proverbial choke. Did you catch the look on his face after the botched snap on the first play of the game? He had that deer in the head lights look?

After the game, he admitted that the crowd noise affected his audible on the first play of the game? Are you kidding me? Your team’s on its 15 yard line on the first play of the Super Bowl and you call an audible. Everyone knows that Peyton Manning is not at his best when things don’t go well.

Part of the blame goes to John Fox. I think Fox is a good coach. However, what was he thinking by letting Peyton run wild so early in the game. He should have scripted the first few series of plays. And we’re not talking about taking shots down the field. The key was to make sure Peyton settled into the game.

Perhaps instead of barking the signals Omaha Omaha, Peyton could have yelled Hawaii Hawaii. It’s a much more relaxing place to live. Perhaps John Elway could’ve consoled Peyton after the first quarter. Lord knows Big John has been thru the wars.

This game was so bad that I hung in until the middle of the 3rd quarter before I turned to The Golden Girls on TV Land. And let me tell you something, Bea Arthur and the Girls showed more passion going to the fridge for that cheesecake than the Denver Broncos did during this game.

Obviously, Denver’s loss was not all Peyton Manning’s fault. Demaryius Thomas needed to secure the ball better and stop running reckless routes once he had the first down. And kudos to Seattle’s secondary.

There were several times during the game when it appeared that Denver’s receivers had some room to run after the catch, when out of nowhere Seattle’s secondary would close the gap. Yet the dagger came on the first kick off of the second half when Percy Harvin took it to the house.

On a lighter note, the halftime show was a pleasant surprise. Bruno Mars rocked the house and so did the Red Hot Chilli Peppers. I think every middle aged business man should go to the office on casual Friday with no shirt all tattooed up.

The commercials were ok. One of them featured Jerry Seinfeld at the coffee shop with Costanza and Newman. How ironic. Seinfeld was a show about nothing.

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