Cleaning the Junk Drawer of the Sports Mind: Super Bowl Edition

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The Super Bowl has been analyzed from every possible angle by every print and electronic newspaper, talk radio, television networks, and online bloggers.  There isn’t much I can tell you about the game that you haven’t already heard multiple times.  If you’re visiting our website you probably already know Tom Brady is playing in his tenth Super Bowl and first without Bill Belichick as his Head Coach.  You also probably already know the Chiefs are looking to become the first repeat champions since the 2003-2004 Patriots.

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Football fans get hyped for the Big Game, but many times the game is a disappointment and is not competitive.  For the second year in a row Patriots fans don’t have the luxury of rooting for their team.  If the game turns into a blowout, what else is there to keep our attention? 

Allow me to once again clean out the junk drawer of my sports mind.  Here are a few items not related to the game on the field to look for and consider as you wait to see who makes a fool of themselves in the post-game ceremony.


Commercials

There was a run of about two decades when Super Bowls were rarely competitive and games got out of hand fast.  When that happened, Super Bowl commercials became more entertaining and intriguing than the games.  Some of the most memorable and iconic commercials of all time, like the Mean Joe Green Coca-Cola “Hey kid” commercial or the Budweiser Frogs (Bud – Wise – Errrr), campaign debuted during Super Bowls.



This year, due to issues related to COVID, both Budweiser and Coca-Cola have decided to not air any commercials during the broadcast.  Budweiser has chosen to donate the money to vaccine related efforts, and Coca-Cola, who has taken hits financially with restaurant and movie theater business down, has decided to not spend $5.5M for a 30-second Super Bowl ad.

With these two giants sitting this one out, that opens slots for some new players in the commercial game.  New companies could mean some new and creative ideas.  We could see the birth of the next “Wassssuupp!” or “Where’s the Beef?”.  Stay tuned!

 

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Tony Romo

CBS will be broadcasting the game this year, which means we get the duo of Jim Nance and Tony Romo.  We did not get to see as much of the CBS A-team year as we have previously because the Patriots did not get prime network coverage.  Say what you want about Tony’s knowledge as an analyst; he is an entertaining character.

If the game turns into a blowout you can play a drinking game with a couple of popular Roma quips.  Disclaimer from the Syndicate’s Legal Department – Don’t drink and drive and, of course, always drink responsibly.

1.  “Outstanding” - Romo uses the word a lot.  “That was an outstanding throw, Jim”.  “He is outstanding against the rush.”

2.  “Right?” – Romo uses this word in an inquisitive manner to make sure Nance is following his train of thought.  He will make an observation and end it by asking the question, for example…”You see here the Chiefs have bunched all their receivers to one side, right?” You have to get the proper inflection to score points with this one.

Credit to the Grand Lady of the Syndicate Mrs. T for coming up with these observations.

 

Move the Game to Presidents Day Weekend

When the NFL played a 14 game season with only eight teams making the playoffs the Super Bowl was played in mid-January.  With the expansion of the regular season to 16 games and the addition of more playoff rounds and bye weeks, the game is now played in the first weekend in February.  Next season the NFL has the option to extend the regular season to 17 games, which could push the game back even further.  Throw in an extra bye week during the regular season and the Super Bowl could easily be happening in mid-February in the near future.

What’s the significance of a mid-February Super Bowl?  The game could end up being played on the Sunday before the Presidents Day Holiday.  For those lucky enough to get the holiday off from work or school, wouldn’t it be great to have a day to recoup after the big game?

Nobody loses in this scenario.  The fans get one or two extra weeks of football in the regular season.  The TV networks also get extra weeks to sell advertising.  And the players get an extra bye week to recover during the regular season.  Win-win-freakin’ win, baby.

 


Go Pats!

One thing I don’t miss about the Patriots not being in the Super Bowl is the people who would go around saying “Go Pats!” when you know they didn’t watch a single game all year.  You know, the people who couldn’t name a single player on the team beyond Brady, Edelman and Gronk, but would sign their work emails with “Go Pats!” for two weeks before the game?  Where were these fans this year when the team went 7-9?

 

Brady

OK, I said at the beginning of the article that I wasn’t going to talk about Brady.  But please allow me this one thought.  There are a number of anti-Brady people out there who think he’s a system quarterback and has been lucky his whole career.  Lucky?  He is about to play in his tenth Super Bowl.  TENTH.  That’s more than Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, Aaron Rogers and Ben Roethlisberger COMBINED.  

You don’t get to ten Super Bowls, never mind winning six, by just being a lucky system quarterback.  What Brady has accomplished in his career is astounding by any measure.  No quarterback in the Super Bowl Era comes anywhere near ten games.  John Elway played in five.  Joe Montana, Terry Bradshaw, Roger Staubach, Jim Kelly and Peyton Manning each played in four.  Those are the greatest quarterbacks of all time and none comes close to what Brady has accomplished in the Big Game.  Give Brady his props, he’s earned them.


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  1. Thanks for the shout out in your article.

    “The Grand Lady of the Syndicate” 😎

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