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Super Bowl? more like Super Boring

The most exciting part of the Super Bowl is a tie between the opening kickoff and the halftime show.

Honestly, were you really excited about anything else that happened in that game?

Devin Hester is always an exciting player to watch and Prince is an incredible entertainer. Other than that, what happened in the Super Bowl that is enjoyable to talk about?

It was nice seeing two guys from “The U” score the first two touchdowns in the game. It was nice seeing Peyton Manning finally win the big game. It was nice seeing an African American coach win the Super Bowl. But was I begging for more? Not in the least.

There were eight turnovers in the game. How does that happen? When two crappy teams make it to the Super Bowl. I know everyone hates the Patriots, but why did they have to blow that game? At least they would have won in enjoyable fashion. At least the Saints would have been a good story. Here are a few reasons why the Super Bowl sucked:

1) It’s not like the Colts went out there and played this crazy, awesome defensive game. They were playing Rex Grossman. He cruised through the first half and choked hard in the second.

2) Peyton Manning won the MVP award by throwing for 239 yards, a touchdown and an interception. That is lame. I’d rather see a wide receiver who doesn’t even score get it (Deion Branch 2005). Or a wide receiver who scores once on a trick play (Hines Ward, 2006). Or a kick returner (Desmond Howard, 1997).

3) The Bears turned the ball over five times. That is pathetic. I don’t care if it’s raining, snowing, sandstorming or infested by locust. It’s the biggest game in the sport of football. Hold on to the ball. I didn’t even mention the dropped pass on fourth down by Desmond Clark when the game was winding down.

4) As a whole, the commercials were lame. There were a few decent ones, but I was not impressed.

5) The game was on CBS. That is all that needs to be said.

There were however some good things to take from the game.

1) Devin Hester became the first player in Super Bowl history to run back the opening kickoff. I’m willing to bet if anything was fixed in that game it was that play. The NFL really wanted to have a great beginning to the game but end up with Peyton Manning as the hero.

2) Prince’s set was awesome. His performance was much better than Rex Grossman’s and Peyton Manning’s. As a matter of fact, Prince was the real MVP of Super Bowl XLI. Although he played mostly covers, his set rocked my socks off. He played Foo Fighters better than the Foo Fighters do. He rocked out to “Proud Mary” and even threw in “All along the Watchtower.” Although it was kind of weird to play at halftime, “Purple Rain” sounded pretty sweet too.

He had some goofy headgear on, but his stage was easily the coolest thing I’ve ever seen. There is a reason this is the longest paragraph in this column. Prince owns the halftime show from this point on. He made the Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Aerosmith and Janet Jackson’s nipple look like amateurs.

Fact is, with a salary cap, the NFL will never again see teams like the 49ers and Cowboys of the 80’s and 90’s again. We’ll have to suffer through Super Bowls where defenses can stop the vertical passing game. There will rarely be 40-plus points scored by one team and there will be at least four field goals kicked in each game.

Since I’ve been alive there has not been two straight championships that have been that boring. Neither Super Bowl XL or XLI was exciting at all. There were terrible quarterbacks (with the very slight exception of Peyton Manning) and all around sloppy play. Who likes that?

The Super Bowl should be exciting, hopefully that will happen again some day.

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