Superbowl post-mortem

What a game. Though I was for the Giants, it’s a little sad to see perfection marred. As for the other aspects of the spectacle: I have always liked Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, but I don’t see what their mini-concert had to do with the Superbowl. And commercials or other enterprises that try too hard lose their effect.

About Gene Veith

Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

  • http://gpiper.org/katiesbeer Theresa K.

    I thought the half-time show was a way to get wives, daughters and other non-football fans to watch the game and the commercials. I mean, explain why Minnesota featured Dorothy Hamill and Brian Boitano skating for the half time show at the Metrodome in 1992?

    From Wikipedia: The halftime show was titled “Winter Magic” and featured a celebration to the winter season and the Winter Olympics. In addition to dancers and performers, former Olympic champions Brian Boitano and Dorothy Hamill skated on sheets of ice that were embedded on the tops of large platforms that were place on the field for the show. Singer Gloria Estefan performed during the show’s finale.

    Oddly, I have no memory of this show, but I was a mom of two toddlers in 1992 and that explains much.

    Source: http://www.nfl.com/superbowl/history/entertainment

  • http://gpiper.org/katiesbeer Theresa K.

    I thought the half-time show was a way to get wives, daughters and other non-football fans to watch the game and the commercials. I mean, explain why Minnesota featured Dorothy Hamill and Brian Boitano skating for the half time show at the Metrodome in 1992?

    From Wikipedia: The halftime show was titled “Winter Magic” and featured a celebration to the winter season and the Winter Olympics. In addition to dancers and performers, former Olympic champions Brian Boitano and Dorothy Hamill skated on sheets of ice that were embedded on the tops of large platforms that were place on the field for the show. Singer Gloria Estefan performed during the show’s finale.

    Oddly, I have no memory of this show, but I was a mom of two toddlers in 1992 and that explains much.

    Source: http://www.nfl.com/superbowl/history/entertainment

  • Joe

    In my opinion the prefect season was marred in week four when the Patriots were caught cheating.

  • Joe

    In my opinion the prefect season was marred in week four when the Patriots were caught cheating.

  • celticfan

    I had to work, so I missed the game. But in my opinion the REAL game took place on Saturday.

  • celticfan

    I had to work, so I missed the game. But in my opinion the REAL game took place on Saturday.

  • http://www.cockahoop.com/ tODD

    I guess I’m confused — what has any half-time show had to do with its Superbowl?

    I think Petty et al. are fine — though I don’t own any of their albums, I found myself humming along during the show. I just appreciated that it was a simple, straightforward concert. No medleys. No ludicrous spectacle (well, relatively — there was that giant image of a … galaxy? … that certain fans were holding up and rotating). Just music.

    Also, Tom Petty looked old with that beard!

  • http://www.cockahoop.com/ tODD

    I guess I’m confused — what has any half-time show had to do with its Superbowl?

    I think Petty et al. are fine — though I don’t own any of their albums, I found myself humming along during the show. I just appreciated that it was a simple, straightforward concert. No medleys. No ludicrous spectacle (well, relatively — there was that giant image of a … galaxy? … that certain fans were holding up and rotating). Just music.

    Also, Tom Petty looked old with that beard!

  • http://chaz-lehmann.livejournal.com Pr. Lehmann

    No one has yet persuaded me that the Patriots actually cheated.

  • http://chaz-lehmann.livejournal.com Pr. Lehmann

    No one has yet persuaded me that the Patriots actually cheated.

  • http://www.pagantolutheran.blogspot.com Bruce

    I loved the fact that little brother Eli matched what big bro Payton did last year: win the MVP award. That scramble and pass in the fourth quarter sealed the deal. What an interesting family the Mannings are! And to see Payton up in a box cheering on the feats of L’il Eli was fun. I remember Payton early in his pro career at a news conference, lightly suggesting that opposing college football defenses “be nice” to his little brother.

    I watched the game with the sound off, listening to my son’s new band practice in our basement. So I missed most of the commercials, which is the other reason to watch the SuperBowl. The halftime show on tv is not worth watching–stupid graphics and lousy sound. If I want to listen to Tom Petty, I’ll buy a cd.

    This Super Distraction now past, we can focus on the serious business of college basketball. I see my Badgers are ranked 8th! Go Red!

  • http://www.pagantolutheran.blogspot.com Bruce

    I loved the fact that little brother Eli matched what big bro Payton did last year: win the MVP award. That scramble and pass in the fourth quarter sealed the deal. What an interesting family the Mannings are! And to see Payton up in a box cheering on the feats of L’il Eli was fun. I remember Payton early in his pro career at a news conference, lightly suggesting that opposing college football defenses “be nice” to his little brother.

    I watched the game with the sound off, listening to my son’s new band practice in our basement. So I missed most of the commercials, which is the other reason to watch the SuperBowl. The halftime show on tv is not worth watching–stupid graphics and lousy sound. If I want to listen to Tom Petty, I’ll buy a cd.

    This Super Distraction now past, we can focus on the serious business of college basketball. I see my Badgers are ranked 8th! Go Red!

  • http://www.geneveith.com Veith

    Bands and football have always gone together. But not THAT kind of band! I would have been happier if Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers marched over the field and formed kaleidoscopic shapes.

  • http://www.geneveith.com Veith

    Bands and football have always gone together. But not THAT kind of band! I would have been happier if Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers marched over the field and formed kaleidoscopic shapes.

  • celticfan
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  • Geremy

    We had a DCE cluster today, and it was brought up in our devotion about perfection and the game last night. It really led to an interesting conversation about how we as a culture woo over the perfect season and the perfect team, and then our hearts are shattered when it doesn’t happen. Actually, our culture has shifted to a “perfection” mindset in general, something that never happened until the invention of penicillin. Now, we all expect things to be perfect and complain and sue when things go wrong or someone gets hurt or we lose out. It was a great segue into the only perfection that matters—the perfection of Christ and how through baptism into his death and resurrection, we are now perfect in God’s eyes, too.

  • Geremy

    We had a DCE cluster today, and it was brought up in our devotion about perfection and the game last night. It really led to an interesting conversation about how we as a culture woo over the perfect season and the perfect team, and then our hearts are shattered when it doesn’t happen. Actually, our culture has shifted to a “perfection” mindset in general, something that never happened until the invention of penicillin. Now, we all expect things to be perfect and complain and sue when things go wrong or someone gets hurt or we lose out. It was a great segue into the only perfection that matters—the perfection of Christ and how through baptism into his death and resurrection, we are now perfect in God’s eyes, too.


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