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A Super critique

Dear Editor:

After viewing all past Super Bowls on TV, I feel justified to voice objective opinions on last Sunday’s Super Bowl XLVI telecast. My critique includes four key ingredients – the game, commercials, halftime show and announcers.

The game was sensational, living up to the hype that preceded – a low-scoring defensive battle matching two great quarterbacks in a contest down to the wire, as predicted. Eli Manning earned his MVP honors, completing 30 of 40 passes, no interceptions and adding another fourth-quarter come-from-behind victory to his six during the regular season.

That’s the good news!

The commercials were as expected: freakish, obnoxious, demeaning, juvenile, disgusting and despicable! At what level of intelligence is corporate America aiming its messages? Don’t these ridiculous commercials document the dumbing down of America? I respond by simply muting the “dialog duplicity” and “side-glancing” at the picture. Why can’t I recall ever buying any product as the result of watching a $3.5 million commercial?

Halftime got my attention briefly when I became a Madonna admirer. She should be an inspiration to all 53-year-olds to get in shape. Because of my short attention span for extravagance, I fortunately missed the obscene gesture by M.I.A. – whoever she is. As usual, the half-time show was too long and meaningless, but I awoke in time for the second half kick-off.

As for announcers, I’ve enjoyed 40 years of Al Michaels’ down-to-earth approach – talk about job security! Conversely, Cris Collinsworth forces me to practice my muting skills. Cris is amazing – he’s proven he knows everything there is to know about pro football, never been wrong in his predictions, always been correct in play selection and analyzing every situation after it happens. To prove my point, in December, Collinsworth was voted the worst television football commentator in a 2011 Sports Illustrated poll of NFL players.

In my dreams I can only imagine a Super Bowl game commercial-free, sponsored by a donation from Bill Gates, with the best college marching band as halftime entertainment and Bob Costas and Tony Dungy announcing!

God bless America!

Richard Doran

Parachute


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