Who won the Superbowl?

The Baltimore Ravens, of course, holding off a jaw-dropping comeback by the 49ers in an extremely thrilling game.  The title of this post refers to who won the Superbowl contest sponsored by this blog by predicting the outcome.  The final score was Ravens 34; 49ers 31.   So the Ravens won by 3.   Therefore our virtual Lombardi trophy goes to JOHN, who guessed Ravens 24-21.  A margin of 3 points.

Now I myself was unable to see the game, being on the road for a speaking engagement.  It seems like I am ALWAYS on the road for a speaking engagement during on Superbowl Sunday, flying back late at night and checking the TV sets in the airports to see how the game is going.   This is probably the third time this happened to me in the last four years.  So I missed what sounds like a really good game.

So if you want to discuss the game–or the commercials, or the blackout, or the national anthem, or the halftime show  (notice how all of these other things have become part of the ritual Superbowl reflections)–comment here.

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://drhambrick.com Drhambrick

    I’m just glad I won’t have to hear the name “Kaepernick” repeated incessantly for the next few months.

  • WebMonk

    Good game? Meh. It had the comeback by the 49ers and the nailbiter ending, but that was about it.

    The Ravens weren’t playing brilliantly, but the 49ers were playing VERY poorly in the first half. Then the power outage came, and the 49ers started their surge, but it wasn’t brilliant play so much as it was the Ravens changing their defense to block the “big plays”. (I’ve never seen that work well.)

    It was a pretty good game, but nothing to be long remembered. (though there were a couple records set – longest kickoff return for one!)

  • WebMonk

    IMO, Kaepernick did a better job with what he had available than Flacco, but the Ravens defense was very solid most of the time and he didn’t have much to work with. (and the several missed passes that really should have been caught) Kaepernick turned several instances where the Ravens had shut down the receivers into impressive running gains, and that’s something that Flacco can’t do.

    Though it gets to be a fuzzy guessing game to determine how much of the Raven’s greater performance vs the 49ers was due to Flacco’s superior QB skills. Maybe if Kaepernick were a better QB the 49ers would have been generating the same opportunities Flacco and the Ravens seemed to regularly have. Lots of what-if-maybes at this point.

  • Sam

    “Now I myself was unable to see the game, being on the road for a speaking engagement. It seems like I am ALWAYS on the road for a speaking engagement during on Superbowl Sunday,”

    You need a better appointments secretary. Or a better calendar, maybe.

  • Pete

    (Pete is unavailable for comment.)

  • http://theoldadam.com/ theoldadam

    Just a bunch of hype to sell a lot of t-shirts and hats.

    Saw some of it. It still bothers me when the coaches are using the f- word to fill most of their sentences with the camera on close-up of their mouths. I refuse to watch the burlesque/halftime shows. People of ALL ages are watching, for cryin’ out loud.

    I miss the good old days with a simple championship game with a marching band at halftime.

    Now…where’d I park my brontosaurus?

  • helen

    “oldadam”, the college games have the really good marching bands, and if they would put the talking heads at the margin and let us watch, they’d be welcome to blather away! As it is, they give me a break time.
    [And I look on YouTube for the bands.]

    Never having watched Supperbowl half time, I did.
    Pepsi gave me a whole new set of reasons to prefer Coca Cola!

  • helen

    Dr. Veith said: Now I myself was unable to see the game, being on the road for a speaking engagement.

    I heard it was a good speech.
    I’m sorry they didn’t record it for those of us a little too far away.

  • fjsteve

    Honestly, I thought the whole Sandy Hook elementary school singing thing was awkward and completely inappropriate. Can someone explain to me what the point of that was?

  • Grace

    The children from Sandy Hook school singing, was very moving – it was one of the best parts of the evening. Half time was disgusting, the whole performance was an embarrassment!

    The game was great. The Ravens deserved to win, and so did their coach, what a guy.

    The commercials were pretty bad this year, they used to be fun to watch.

  • Grace

    fjsteve – “Honestly, I thought the whole Sandy Hook elementary school singing thing was awkward and completely inappropriate.”

    The school has gone through one of the saddest times. The children were so young to die, and those left are some of the siblings.

    The trauma for all the children will most likely never fade away completely. Having something to look forward to, such as the Super Bowl, gave the kids something fun and exiting, taking their minds off such a horrible tragedy. It was most fitting, the childrens choir singing. Did you see the faces of the players as they watched the kids? – that said it all – great big guys, trying to hold it together, as the children swayed back and forth singing.

  • SKPeterson

    Silly people – America won. Stick to the script.

  • rlewer

    It seems that the power drain of the half time show set off a warning in the power system that turned off the lights. It would have been better to have turned them off before the girly show.

  • fjsteve

    Grace, I understand your point but, in my opinion, it was a big publicity stunt. Those “great big guys, trying to hold it together,” with cameras zooming in on the tears, provided exactly the desired effect. Maybe I’m too cynical but I doubt many, if any of those involved from the network were honestly doing this in the best interest of those children.

  • Grace

    fjsteve @ 14 “Grace, I understand your point but, in my opinion, it was a big publicity stunt. Those “great big guys, trying to hold it together,” with cameras zooming in on the tears, provided exactly the desired effect.”

    No “publicity stunt” at all. Being involved in a Child Abuse Charity, I can guarantee you, that those who are involved to help children, big strapping men who play sports (pro teams) of all flavors, have big hearts, they don’t always advertise their involvement to help the unfortunate – but when it comes to kids, they will attend all sorts of dinners, and anything else to promote fund raising.

    You might not know this, but their wives are heavily involved with charities to help kids.

    Not all people have big hearts, no matter what they do in their lives, either as professionals of any stripe, but I’ve observed a lot of sports figures who come out to help – the public doesn’t always know just how much they do.

  • http://www.caryschwarz.com saddler

    “So God made a farmer…”

  • Grace

    God made everyone of all sizes, all shapes, some strong as bulls, some short and tall, some beautiful as the flowers in spring – and yes HE created farmers too. :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/mesamike Mike Westfall

    I liked the Paul Harvey “So God Made a Farmer” spot for Ram trucks, but they cut parts of the monologue out and condensed some of the long pauses to make it fit into the 2 minute spot.

    The uncut version is on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QuzhwkaNC40

    I suppose even that is just part of an even longer speech.

  • TE Schroeder

    Ray Lewis badly mangled Romans 8, “If God is for us, who can be against us?” Does that mean that there are more pagans on the 49er’s than on the Ravens? Or did God regard each team as a whole; i.e., the Ravens are God’s chosen people while the 49er’s are evil? If that’s the case, then the Chiefs and the Jaguars must have really done something to get God steamed.

  • Benny

    @TE Schroeder good one!

  • Orianna Laun

    The game was okay, as I really cared not about the outcome. I hope that next year the performers are better. The half time show was a bunch of women parading around in their skivvies, making my three-year-old ask what she was wearing. Alicia Keys had a nice dress, but a poor rendition of the National Anthem–I don’t recall all those notes in the score originally, not to mention, she should have picked a better key for herself. As for the Jennifer Hudson/Sandy Hook choir, the kids sang well. I am torn on the whole valid recognition vs. stunt. I am sure it was very meaningful for those children and helped give them something to look forward to and back at fondly. On the other hand, will they not think, “I got to sing at the Super Bowl because my school was shot up and my friends and siblings were killed and I was not”? That seems like a burden in itself. Did the Columbine choir sing for a major sporting event in 1999?
    As for the commercials, some were funny, the Go Daddy ones were awful as usual, the Budweiser ones are not as good as when AB was not owned by a Belgium company, despite having a Clydesdale in one commercial. I’m with theoldadam: give me the marching bands.

  • Hanni

    Marching Bands, Yes! Cheerleaders and scantily clad dancers, No!

  • http://www.redeemedrambling.blogspot.com John

    Kaepernick…Kaepernick…
    It’s one of those words like “pumpernickle” or “gumbo” that is just fun to say :-D


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