So at this point there’s roughly 15-18 inches of old snow on the ground, 4 inches of new snow (and counting), and I have to go to work to do… MORE INTERVIEWS!!! I’m still in a good mood. Why, you ask? Because THIS happened last night:
After watching the Patriots choke against the New York Giants TWICE in four years (2008, 2012), it was nice to see them finally do their job for a change and win a championship. Not only did they win, but they played a refreshingly good game- as did the Seattle Seahawks. For the first time in a while, I had no idea who was going to win at halftime (more on halftime later), and both teams did an admirable job of trying to bring the championship home to their fans (well, the Pats did a better job, but hey…).
I wouldn’t be a good New Englander if I didn’t dedicate some space to this momentous occasion and celebrate our first Super Bowl win in 10 years and fourth overall win. Congrats Patriots- looking forward to watching the impending Duck Boat parade in Boston (from afar, sadly)!
Here are highlights of the game in case you missed it (or want to relive it):
Other Thoughts On Super Bowl XLIX (49):
- That Halftime Show, tho: Let me be the first to say that I do enjoy Katy Perry- I have all three of her albums, think she’s great- but when they first announced that she was headlining the halftime show I knew that she would put out some dysfunctional spectacle NO ONE over the age of 15 would want to watch. Hell, even the shining beacon of journalistic credibility The Onion correctly predicted that she would suck- although no one predicted the giant lion (Did someone plan the show thinking Detroit would make it?), dancing beachballs and surfboards and the special guest appearance by the “The More You Know” star… Arguably the best parts of the halftime show were when Katy played backup to her special guests Lenny Kravitz and Missy Elliott (where the hell have the two of you been, by the way?)- so let’s just say it was a Lenny and Missy show with special appearances by Katy and let it fade into nothingness…
- WTF Were Those Commercials?: For a variety of reasons, whoever did PR for the NFL should be fired in a year that gave us Aaron Hernandez, Ray Rice, deflated balls, Adrian Peterson, Richie Incognito (whose BS started in 2013). The cherry on the shit sundae they’ve attempted to serve us over and over had to be the often depressing, at times disturbing, and overall boring commercials they aired throughout the night. NO ONE wanted to see Kim Kardashian West’s overexposed ass complain about her First World data problems. NO ONE needed to see 50 Shades of Grey again- the movie’s not even out for two weeks and I’m already sick of it. The Nationwide commercial- which started out with a young boy playing and talking about things he hasn’t gotten to do… and ended with him being dead of a preventable injury- was so bad Twitter already tore it apart and it’s not even up to vote for as part of Youtube’s Ad Blitz. Watching the Furious 7 ad only reminded us that Paul Walker’s dead- interested to see the numbers on that one when it comes out. Jeep’s ad fed into ideas of American cultural imperalism- no one cares that you can drive a Jeep in the Outback, I promise. While I appreciated the sentiments of the NoMore.org, #LikeAGirl, Coca Cola #MakeItHappy, and Dove commercials, I felt like the night of the Superbowl may not be the place to touch those topics interspersed with IBS jokes and braying donkeys (just like I thought we didn’t really need an anti-abortion ad from Tim Tebow last year).Additionally, I couldn’t help but think back to who was sponsoring these ads and wonder if this was a PR move. Positive images of dads after Adrian Peterson? Domestic violence ads after Ray Rice? Call me cynical, but if you’re going to sponsor these ads and still support the same tired, ridiculous BS that the NFL does, I’m not buying.
So which ads did I actually like? Here’s a few- not all- of my favorites:
Pitch Perfect 2
BMW i3- Newfangled Idea
This one gets an actual sentence- I grew up watching these two on Today and actually enjoyed watching them figure out e-mail (yes, younger Millennials, there was actually a time without e-mail).
How could you not like this? In a night where heavier social topics bled into commercials in less successful ways, Always brought gender equality to the fore and got the message across well.
Mercedes Benz- Fable
Because in a night where we celebrate (alleged) cheaters- more on that at the end- it’s important to take a minute to show that they actually do occasionally prosper…
Geico- Push It
This one doesn’t really count to me because it’s been on for weeks, but it’s still good- and much like with Missy and Lenny you have to wonder where these two have been…
Snickers- The Brady Bunch
Because Danny Trejo (and Steve Buscemi)…
Clash of Clans
First- WHO THE HELL is buying Clash of Clans for them to be able to afford Lyam… oops, sorry- Liam Neeson? Second- Liam Neeson? Well played…
A Final Word On DeflateGate:
So you might be thinking, “But GotDegrees, how can you celebrate a team that cheated?” A couple points:
- One, if you’re so worried about some deflated balls in a year where the NFL tried to gloss over multiple murders (Aaron Hernandez), homophobic bullying (Richie Incognito), domestic violence (Ray Rice, Ray McDonald), child abuse (Adrian Peterson), players with gang ties (Desean Jackson) and wild party habits (Johnny Manziel) you should take a minute to sit and reevaluate your priorities.
- Two, so what if they did cheat? It’s the New England Patriots- they represent the area of the country that gave us the Patriarca family, Whitey Bulger, Frank Morelli, Joseph Barboza, the Winter Hill Gang, etc… I could go on, but we’d be here all month. They might as well be called the New England Yardbirds… they might be crooks, but they’re our crooks and we love them.
- Three, 12 division championships. 6 conference championships, and 4 Super Bowls in 15 years don’t lie- if they’re cheating they’ve been doing it for so long they probably deserve an award for that alone, so…
To my fellow Pats fans, enjoy the victory- no matter how many inches of snow you have to trek through today!