Hey! What a game!
I must admit I fell asleep from the time Carolina punted for the
second time until about 5:00 remained in the first half, but the rest
of the contest was very much a classic duel with a great finish.
Clearly, one of the best in the series which includes about eight to
remember and 30 bummers.
As for the halftime stunt, I didn't see it, except in the
repetitive news items. Nor did I see such imaginative scenarios as
Dick Enberg tip-toeing around in a tutu or Terry Bradshaw blowing
kisses to a group of old linebackers, or anything else dreamed up by
the CBS broadcasting entourage.
Nor did I hear much from the sidelines, or for that matter, much
in terms of opinions from the game's analyst, former quarterback Phil
Simms, whose drone-line voice and instant analysis of what the
ball-carrier is thinking as he takes the handoff and darts to the
right, rather than the left, simply serves to irritate me.
The trick here, is all in the thumb, or fingers, sort of like
playing Pac Man.
You've got to be quick to get it all, and sometimes my wife
wonders out loud if my wrist is beginning to feel overused, but I
quell that argument quickly by explaining the need for exercise in
these times of retirement.
So, without further ado, I'd like to explain how I saw Super Bowl
XXXVIII my way, which is without a doubt better than anyone else,
assuming I'm the only one from Mars.
First, and this was really important leading up to the 3:30 p.m.
kickoff, another channel had a 90-minute broadcast of poker from 1:30
p.m. to 3 p.m., featuring a "Texas Hold 'em" style of seven-card stud
with money all over the place at stake.
It was very entertaining and ate away 90 minutes leading up to the
kickoff, which I might otherwise have been irritated listening and
watching CBS with the usual plate of pregame garbage.
A break for a snack at 3 ate away another 15 minutes, so at 3:15 I
was up and ready for the 3:25 kickoff.
It wouldn't be long before my early-game nap, which caused me to
miss some of the commercials, but I was back and in the mix for the
last 3:00 of the second quarter as things broke loose.
As the clock ticked off the final second before halftime, and with