The biggest event on TV is over and if you didn’t see it, what were you doing or thinking? Here are some things that people are talking about today and the rest of the week.
Super Bowl XLVII is done. Sports channels and websites will analyze the Ravens and 49ers endlessly while media types scrutinize the commercials. I enjoyed the close game, randomness of the blackout, Beyonce and the banquet of food at my friends’ house.
But here are the most hyped topics from Super Bowl Sunday.
Time To Get Paid
Joe Flacco is cashing in. If you didn’t know who Flacco was before the game, you’re not alone. The Ravens’ starting quarterback was named MVP of the Super Bowl and finished the postseason with no interceptions.
Flacco isn’t an elite quarterback. That word gets thrown around way too much. A guy wins a few regular season games or playoff games and we say he’s elite. I’ve written about this before, there are four or five elite quarterbacks in the NFL.
Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees are the four guaranteed guys. Eli Manning is in the conversation. All of these guys have major endorsement deals and you’ve seen or heard them in commercials or advertisements.
Before the Super Bowl, I heard that Flacco was going to ask for $20 million per season. That would put him at the top of the NFL’s food chain. He could ask for that, but he won’t get it.
Now that Flacco’s team has won the Super Bowl and he was named MVP, he’ll get something around $20 million. I’m sure he can feed his family with paychecks like that.
49ers Will Be Back
Now the 49ers have paid their dues. Their rise to NFL power has been swift. Two years ago, they were 6-10. In 2011, the Niners made the leap to 13-3.
Although they stumbled record-wise in 2012, it was obvious this was a loaded team. Tough, defensive minded with offensive players who could get free, San Francisco looks like a bunch that will hang around.
Look at the New England Patriots. Since the 2001 season, New England has played in five Super Bowls, winning three of them. The Pats have lost the AFC Championship twice, which means that they were a game away from the Super Bowl.
The Niners have that look. Jim Harbaugh is a great coach and with a young quarterback as talented as Colin Kaepernick, future success is assured.
Lewis Leaves On Top
One of the greatest players in NFL history has played his last game and he will cherish it as a Super Bowl champion.
Ray Lewis’ announcement that he was retiring at the end of the season turned out to be the perfect motivation for a team that wasn’t as good as the Broncos, Patriots and 49ers.
Yet the Ravens are Super Bowl champions and Lewis is retiring at the top of his game. He’s not the young stud he was in 2001 when he was MVP of Super Bowl XXXV. But his leadership got them through. The team that followed its leader put the pressure on themselves to win.
And, of course, Lewis’ play was the most impressive of any defender this postseason. He led all players with 51 tackles in four games.
“It’s no greater way, as a champ, to go out on your last ride with the men that I went out with, with my teammates,” Lewis said.
Change The Game, New Orleans
That blackout could have ruined the day for Baltimore.
Let’s be honest, the way that game was going, San Francisco was a few minutes away getting blown out of the building. Hard work, effort and momentum trumphs talent any day and that was happening before the blackout.
In basketball, teams gasping for any call timeout to halt a run. You can’t do that in football. Teams rally after halftime adjustments and the 49ers got the chance to do so — twice.
The 49ers were very fortunate to get that 34-minute delay. For the fans and the team to complain about one missed penalty is insane. There were tons of missed calls, only they’re not missed calls when it happens all day. It’s called letting the players play and that happens all the time in the postseason in all sports.
What was crazy was the media getting access to the winning team before 10 a.m. the morning after the Super Bowl. There was Joe Flacco this morning, talking about how great it was to meet Jay-Z. Ravens Coach John Harbaugh had been photographed dancing with his daughter at 4:30 a.m.
Yet, he was at a podium in a suit early. Push that to noon at least, sheesh.
Super Boobs XLVII
Plenty of attractive ladies performed live, the most eye opening being Beyonce.
There were no wardrobe malfunctions — thank you, Janet Jackson (or is it no thank you?). Speculation had built that Jay-Z would perform with his gorgeous wife. At the Super Bowl gathering I attended, someone even suggested there might be a Jay-Z wardrobe malfunction, in which case all Super Bowl singing performances would have to be canceled forever.
Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams, Beyonce’s former Destiny’s Child running buddies, joined her during the halftime performance. You couldn’t even tell Rowland had wok done on her chest, excellent job, doctor.
Boy, Farrah Franklin, LaTavia Robinson and LeToya Luckett must feel as if they goofed. They used to be part of Destiny’s Child in one form or another. This is probably the first time you’ve heard their names.
Speaking of boobs, they were lacking on Go Daddy’s part. However, the domain name site continued its misogynistic ad campaign with professional hottie Bar Rafaeli making out with the less-than-comely Jesse Heiman. The kissing session had to be shot 45 times.
Kudos to Rafaeli for even doing this. I’m sure had Heiman been wearing nice clothes, hair in place and cheeks less yucky (his skin can’t be like that all the time, right?) it could have been accepting.
You be the judge, maybe he’s funny with an incredible personality: