The Monday morning after the Superbowl is likely not the best time to be structuring a post – particularly when fulminating over what has to be rated as the worst Superbowl ever.
Not to take away anything from the Seattle Seahawks. Their coaching staff evidently decided that the success of the Denver Broncos during the regular season and the playoffs was the result of a record-setting performance by the aging Peyton Manning in what may prove to be the culmination of a noteworthy career. How do you deal with the lynchpin of an over-performing opponent? You concentrate on harassing their star to the point of distraction, shutting down that aerial bombardment by physical contact, disrupting the timing that is an integral segment of an effective passing game; not to mention roughing up his receivers. And it worked to perfection. Of course it did not help the increasingly obvious fragility of the Denver offense when their first play of the game resulted in a safety that cost the Broncos the loss of the ball and putting them down two points from the get-go.
From that point on it was all downhill for Denver and their fans and perhaps even the enraptured Seattle contingent grew a little bored near the end of the game with the utter lack of competitive capability exhibited by their opponents. Perhaps the unkindest (though unintentional) moment of all surfaced during one of the interminable interviews before and after the contest when Seattle’s young quarterback Russell Wilson revealed that as a ten-year-old he had attended a Peyton Manning football camp.
Besides the disaster on the field, the so-called halftime show was abysmal. The “musical talent” provided by Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers was loud, atonal and lacking in much of anything that indicated basic understanding of the structure and rhythm of music. Which did not appear to bother the frenzied mass of young fans senselessly gyrating to the severely limited beat of what seems to pass for music these days.
But at least there were a couple of entertaining commercials (the seemingly best source of entertainment for this over-hyped extravaganza that commands massive amounts of revenue from its fan and commercial bases). Budweiser, as usual, tugged at heart-strings. As someone pointed out, “With puppies, horses and beer you can’t go wrong”. And the Cheerios family interlude was gentle and creative.
Perhaps if one is really interested in some drama, you might consider searching out repeats of the Barack Obama/Bill O’Reilly interview during Fox’s Super Bowl pregame show. At least the playing field proved to be somewhat level.