Super Bowl Open Thread *UPDATED*

49ers-seahawks-2014 footballThis weekend has been non-stop family stuff.  I find it almost impossible to blog under those circumstances.  And of course, in a few hours, the Super Bowl begins.  I’m not rooting for either team, which makes watching the game a very pleasant experience for me.  I always get ridiculously stressed out when my team (always the 49ers) is one of the teams playing.  Today, I can just relax and watch.

UPDATE:  Yikes!  That was quite possibly the ugliest pro game I’ve ever seen, let alone the worst Super Bowl game I’ve ever seen.  We actually watched to the bitter end, just to see if it could get any worse for the Broncos.  My kids were inclined to castigate Manning but I reminded him that, while he wasn’t doing that great a job, his teammates were failing to protect him, nor were they able to withstand the Seahawks’ defense.

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  • JKB

    Here’s Gov. Scott Walker on Uncommon Knowledge.  In the first 3 minutes he give the best answer as to why he rejected creating a state-branded Obamacare website.  Spoiler:  Because it was just branding, the feds still controlled everything….except presumably owning the blame.
    Wisconsin governor Scott Walker

  • Caped Crusader

    Have had long held belief that these pro games are about as honest as big time wrestling matches of  yesteryear. Now I know for sure. A total waste of time watching them.


    I know very little about football. I had heard that Denver was called ‘orange crush’ but had to check on a wiki page to determine why. I understand a little bit more now. Having just noticed the score at the 3rd quarter of 35-8 in favor of Seattle – I think Denver’s new nickname will be Orange Crushed unless there is a change of fortune in the last quarter.

  • Earl

    Well….Denver hasn’t been the “Orange Crush” for a lot of years!!  And Sadie certainly hit the nail on the head about their name for the next few years, at least.
    I’m genuinely saddened for Peyton Manning, who’s a decent guy and a great talent.  If you don’t get that, you need to read the Sports Illustrated article on him a few weeks ago.  I really believe that eventually he’ll be in the Hall of Fame in Canton….but he may have to wait a bit – the man can’t seem to win consistently when the stakes are high.  Compare to Montana!!
    I’m so glad I stayed home and re-balanced my portfolio, rather than go watch that horrible game with my brothers-in-law!!  Horrible.

  • 94Corvette

    I cannot claim to have come up with this but a friend of mine said that he tuned in tonight expecting to see a football game and a music show at halftime – and he lost on both accounts.

    • Caped Crusader

      A sage friend with a gift for words.

  • jj

    Manning is unquestionably in the Hall of Fame, but it’s for the body of work, not the championships.  He reminds me a bit of Dave Winfield, whom George Steinbrenner rather cruelly, but completely aptly, called “Mr. May” back when Reggie Jackson was “Mr. October.”  Winfield’s in the baseball Hall, his career numbers are great, but he never really contributed anything to the championships: under pressure to perform he was a bust.  He hit lots of home runs when the Yankees were leading 9-2.  When they needed one in the ninth to win it or send it into extra innings, Reggie did that – Winfield struck out.  That’s Peyton Manning.  He’s lost a lot more conference championships than he’s won, and he’s now 1-3 in Super Bowls.  He doesn’t win the big ones – never has.  Even in tonight’s blowout, he broke the record for completions in a Super Bowl, but it was an invisible accomplishment: he couldn’t get into where it counts, the end zone.  Without a penalty to give him a free first down it would have been a shutout.  I’m sure that in many ways his career, stellar though it is, has been a disappointment to him.  He has all the individual records, which is great, what an accomplishment – but he’s not a winner.  Though I must say, I didn’t think he’d get slaughtered the way he did tonight.  The Seahawks put him right into perspective.

    • Caped Crusader

      That even goes back to college where he was idolized. Peyton Manning did not lead the Vols to a national championship, but it was “Tee” Martin, a small black quarterback,  the following year  in 1998. 

  • Danny Lemieux

    I was awed by Seahawk (and former Wisconsin Badger) QB Russell Wilson: just 25 years old and only 2-years in the NFL. This is talent with a great future. The Seahawks defense was perfect, absolutely perfect. It may sound strange, but I’ve been a fan of Seahawk Coach Pete Carroll every since his USC team trounced my alma mater at the Rose Bowl…I recognized that his USC team played a fluid but mechanically perfect style of play that took this magnificent game to a wholly new level.

  • Ymarsakar

    Football is like armies, the general (coach) matters a lot more than the players.

  • Matt_SE

    Having grown up in Washington state, and having endured the “dark days” of the Seahawks (basically, everything up until now), I was for the Seahawks. The family was also watching until the end, just to see how absurd the outcome would be. We were hoping for a 50-point spread.
    Alas, there’s always next year.

  • Matt_SE

    It reminded me of the SNL “da Bears” skits:
    Prediction: “204 to 7…at halftime.”

  • Ymarsakar

    To exclaim on my sports analysis, for most of the time I was unable to distinguish the score. As in, I didn’t know if the top letters belonged to which color uniforms or which team. So I spent much of the time watching a game, unable to distinguish between who was winning or losing.
    That is a high level of analytical ability, is it not?

  • Earl

    Ymar:  My first reaction to your coach/players remark was “Oh, please!”…..but an instant later I thought of poor Alex Smith’s experience in S.F.  Six offensive coordinators and three coaches in five years, or something like that….and nothing terribly distinguished – for either the team or the QB. 
    Then a new coach, Harbaugh (former QB), came to town…..and suddenly, Alex Smith took them to the post-season!  Harbaugh’s wisdom was to design an offensive scheme around Alex’ talents, rather than attempt to press Alex into whatever scheme was his favorite.  It made all the difference to have a different “general”.
    That being said, anyone who knows anything about football knows that talent level is important.  The BEST coach cannot win if his players aren’t very good.

    • Ymarsakar

      That’s why I said he was more important than the players. Not that anyone was irreplaceable in the grand scheme of things. More important can be transliterated as pound per pound, more influential. And certainly if you add in the heavy linebacks and armor, that is true.
      As in martial arts, the decade or so I’ve trained my body and hands equates to tactical advantage. Each finger is a player and increased speed is a result of individual player abilities and endurance. Yet if a completely inexperienced person was body transfered into my body, he could not utilize even 5% of my abilities. Yet if I transfered into another person’s body that has never had sports, athletic, or martial training, I could still utilize almost half of what I currently know.
      That is the difference between a superior tactician and strategist, vs an inferior one. A strategy or plan/play that requires certain talents is inferior to the strategist that can make use of any raw material.
      The field I work in, so to speak, is designed around the goal of crushing human talent using superior planning and logistics. Lethal force issued from the human body, cares not whether the target is talented or not. Much in the same sense that tornados and tsunamis do not.

  • Ymarsakar
    For those that wish to see fire in sports games, try that series out. I learned a lot about baseball from that one.

    For basketball, that’s a burning passionate one.

  • beefrank

    I could not help but think my team, the Niners, who were only a couple of inches from winning the conference championship, could have played the Broncos the same way winning by the large margin with their defense.  Oh, well. Until next season.

  • raymondjelli

    I’d hate to see Denver’s offensive line get blamed for not protecting Peyton. I’ve not seen a less mobile quarterback. He didn’t move left, right, back or forward.  Russell Wilson did more under far more pressure. Maybe Peyton’s neck injury was a big factor in his play, maybe he is old or maybe he couldn’t handle Seattle not having any ready weak spots for him to exploit. Denver’s whole team played flat, unhappy football.
    By the way weren’t these some of the most  depressing commercials ever aired in America. They all seemed to go “Times are bad. Being American stinks, our civilization is almost done, we’ve had it but we’ll keep going because we’re Americans. Sure we don’t build anything, we’re ashamed of ourselves just for being alive and we’re dying of exotic diseases but we’re Americans and we’ll keep going. This message brought to you by a politically correct self-hating corporation that would rather not exist any more but we’ll keep selling our worthless crap because Americans keep going.

    • Ymarsakar

      Decadence was with the Roman Empire even as the barbarians breached the territorial walls. Both West and East Empires.