Live-blog the Super Bowl

Here is where you can comment on the Super Bowl as the game is unfolding.  Comment on the plays, analyze what you see happening, complain about mistakes, talk trash, get into sports arguments, whatever you want.

Live-blog the Super Bowl commercials

A curious development in the history of the NFL championship game has been the role of commercials.  Viewership is so huge for the big game that ad agencies have been going all-out to come up with the best commercials they can devise.  So commercials have become themselves a beloved part of the festival.  And for much of America whose teams didn’t make it into the game and for people who don’t care that much about football at all but go to watch parties anyway, the commercials are the best part.

So this is the place to live-blog the commercials.  Which ones work and which ones don’t?  Which is the best?  Which ones are really bad?  Which ones are clever, funny, or mildly amusing?  Do any of them actually make you want to buy their products?  Are any of them as good as this one?

The Patriots cheated!

The NFL has determined that the New England Patriots used under-inflated footballs, which are easier to throw in bad weather, in the victory over Indianapolis that sent them to the Super Bowl.  Patriot coach Bill Belichick also cheated against St. Louis in 2007 when he was found to have spied on a practice, affecting another Super Bowl-related game.

The penalty for this kind of thing is a minimum $25,000 team fine, plus maybe the loss of a draft pick.  But doesn’t this merit forfeiting the game and, this being a second offense, the banning of the coach from the game? [Read more…]

Why do the winners riot?

Ohio State beat Oregon to win the collegiate football championship, the first one under the new playoff system.

Question:  Why in America do fans of the winners of big games riot, setting fires, breaking things, threatening cops?  In other countries, sports violence is a problem, but my impression is that it’s usually losers and fans who feel cheated who start tearing up things.

To switch to the NFL, I don’t think Detroit fans rioted when the penalty flags against Dallas were picked up, and no one rioted in Dallas when an apparent catch was ruled incomplete in the game won by Green Bay [hooray!].  And there were no riots in Oregon.  But the victorious Ohio State fans felt so happy that they set 89 fires. [Read more…]

College Football Playoff controversy

This year we will have a college football championship playoff, eliminating all of that controversy over end-of-the-season ratings.  So we thought.  But there is still controversy about which four teams were selected to play.  Earlier last week, Texas Christian University was ranked #3, going on to defeat Iowa State by 52 points.  But when the final four was announced, Ohio State made the cut, leap-frogging both TCU and Baylor! [Read more…]

Unions for college football players

The National Labor Relations Board, acting on a case brought by Northwestern University athletes, has ruled that college football players qualify as employees and so have the right to unionize. [Read more…]