Eight posessions - that's the story of the Super Bowl. Through a combination of circumstances and two gutsy calls - one worked out, one sort of did - New Orleans limited Indianapolis to just eight posessions and won the game. A typical NFL game has around a dozen posessions per team. I'm thrilled for New Orleans and their fans, as I imagine most of are today, but most of all I'm happy we got an intriguing final football game for the next seven months. The most important play absolutely no one will talk about today is the Colts failure to convert on 3rd and a half yard after they stopped the Saints on 4th and goal. I understood the basic run calls on the first two plays, since they needed to get it out from the edge of the end zone. Once you're outside the 10, why are you calling a predictable run into the pile when your passing game has been effective? By getting the stop and scoring a field goal as a result of ensuing field position, the Saints redeemed Sean Payton's gamble to go for the TD. Maybe if they don't do that, he doesn't have the nerve to call for the onside kick that changed everything. Good thing ESPN spent time debating whether Peyton was now the greatest QB of all time before they played the game, huh?
The only debate sillier than that one was the nonstop discussion of the Tim Tebow Focus on the Family ad. At the time I wrote this, 43 percent of the people voting in a poll on Huffington Post actually were saying CBS shouldn't have aired an ad "with this type of message" - seriously?! Considering Huffington Post's readership, I suppose it's a positive sign that 57 percent of people likely to be pro-choice were willing to be reasonable about it. The loon from the Women's Media Center who thinks the ad's "tackle" showed an undercurrent of violence against women clearly isn't capable of that. Can't say that I thought the ad was all that effective, but not many of this year's were.
The Who were what I was afraid they'd be - a shadow of their once great past. I'm all for booking legendary acts, but they need to still be capable of performing at something resembling what they were in their prime. It's a shame a lot of kids will think that's what the Who was like. Someone else who no longer is his prime: Jimmy Johnson. The former Cowboys coach will appear in ads for a "male enhancement" product - one that's so embarassing that the last celeb they hired gave the check back once commercial filming started because he just couldn't go through with it.