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Running Blog of Super Bowl XLIV — Saints vs. Colts

America’s biggest unofficial party day has finally arrived! Seriously, this day really isn’t about football. I’m excited for the game, but the game is just an excuse. Whatever happens, happens. But what are you eating? Where/with whom are you partying with? Are you ready for the certain letdown that will be presented from another year of multi-million-dollar commercials? Oh, who cares. We’ll all be wasted and full of 10 kinds of meats by the third quarter. Let’s just get to it already!

2:35 p.m. About one hour away and the drinking has begun. Remember, kids: No counting.

2:36 p.m. I’m not out at a bar. There are a ton in my area that have advertised Super Bowl party buffets, but I just don’t get the point. Why would I want to hang out with a bunch of people I don’t know to watch a game that is on network television and pay for drinks that I can get at home for free? It’s just my father and I chilling at home this year. We’ve got a couple of trays of pepperoni, cheese, crackers, grapes, two plates of kielbasa and about 25 deviled eggs.  The eggs are always the best.

Oh, an I’ve got about two handles of rum in the freezer. Um, I shouldn’t need all of it. If it is gone by the end of today, I’ve got a serious problem:

What will I drink tomorrow?

2:43 p.m. I am so sick of this pregame hype. I watched hardly any of it in the past two weeks and I didn’t watch any of the shows leading up to today’s game.

2:44 p.m. Well, that’s not true. I turned on CBS a few hours ago, but as soon as I heard James Brown say, “Now, here’s Daughtry performing ….” (Click!)

2:45 p.m. I also watched Bill Cowher’s rather lame interview with Plaxico Burress. You can tell he’s not a newsman. Plaxico plays football. That was more like softball.

2:47 p.m. I spent most of the morning watching the Caribbean World Series and the Orlando Magic vs. the Boston Celtics. What a third quarter by the Magic on their way to a big win.

2:49 p.m. Spoiler alert!!! Here is Tim Tebow’s/pro-life ad that will air during this game. I like it, even if I don’t agree with the cause.

2:58 p.m. I’ve already picked the Colts to win by a healthy margin, 38-27. But I don’t feel all that great about it.

2:59 p.m. Dwight Freeney will start in this game. In my mind, it wouldn’t matter either way in the end result. The Colts are still the better team. But obviously, his presence helps. I’m sure the Saints have planned for him.

3:02 p.m. It’s false advertising for CBS to use five clips of Gus Johnson’s voice during that Jay-Z intro. If CBS really wanted to create a great viewing experience, Gus would be calling this game. Not Jim Nantz. Travesty.

3:03 p.m. Only … 30 … minutes … left! We are crawling to the start!

3:09 p.m. AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAND WITH THAT … the CBS apologies have begun! There has to be an explanation as to why we couldn’t hear any of the Saints players in that intro. More disrespect for fans who think their team is already being disrespected.

3:11 p.m. Well, you can’t hear the Colts either. CBS network is an equal-opportunity retard.

3:13 p.m. That wouldn’t have happened if Gus Johnson was running the show. Hell, just tell Gus to start speaking over the players. Peyton Manning’s voice would have never been so compelling.

3:18 p.m. London Fletcher got robbed. If the Walter Payton Award couples on-field performance with community service, how can he not win it? He made it to a Pro Bowl!

3:19 p.m. I don’t remember “God Bless America” being such a jazzy, upbeat ditty. That was a little too much there, Queen.

3:21 p.m. The over-under for the length of the “Star-Spangled Banner” was 1:54, I believe. I would have bet the under.

3:23 p.m. Carrie clocks in at 1:48. Although, there should be a five-second penalty for that last note. She hit that like Pedro Cerrano hits a curveball.

3:26 p.m. That LeBron-Howard commercial was cute. Still doesn’t top the original.

3:28 p.m. WHAT?!?!?! Jerry Rice made it to the Hall of Fame!! AND EMMITT SMITH??? Unbelievable.

3:29 p.m. “Thanks for watching the Hyundai pregame show.”

Thanks for ending the Hyundai pregame show. Let’s get this thing started! Saints get the ball first. Here we go!!!!!

3:32 p.m. Good to see CBS got those audio issues fixed. Better late than never, I guess.

3:34 p.m. I don’t mind that third-down call by the Saints. Try to make an impact early. Both teams will get the ball plenty, so take a shot on your first possession. Meachem was open, too.

3:35 p.m. And there’s Dallas Clark to open the Colts’ offense. He is a chic pick for MVP.

3:38 p.m. The Saints are getting pressure, but not enough to reach Peyton. He is throwing off-balance, but he’s still getting it away and finding wide-open targets. As I figured, there are too many weapons in this Colts offense for New Orleans to stop. But the pressure this early in the game is a good sign.

3:41 p.m. Just too far ahead of Garcon. Matt Stover gives us our first Super Bowl points and now here is our first Super Bowl commercial!

3:43 p.m. Bud Light: Meh. Snickers was funny, only because it had Abe Vigoda.  You can just look at him and crack up. I like that version of the Tebow commercial. Him decking his mom is rather odd, but funny. How can you celebrate life when Tim Tebow is too busy crushing a woman’s uterus?

3:46 p.m. Oh, tough one by Doritos. Usually they have good spots. That wasn’t one of them.

3:50 p.m. Tough start for Colston. He drops a pass and another intended pass almost gets picked off. He should have done more to avoid that.

3:52 p.m. That new Robin Hood movie looks awesome. But I bet Errol Flynn is rolling over in his grave.

3:53 p.m. The best commercial so far is actually a spot for NCIS. Just seeing an old lady gets slapped in the head and then seeing a dog hit a guy in the head … THAT’S COMEDY!

3:56 p.m. All those “over” bets aren’t looking so strong right now.

3:57 p.m. As much game-planning time has been spent on Peyton Manning, it’s the Colts’ running game opening things up for that offense. That leads to safeties cheating up and Peyton burning them deep.

3:59 p.m. Joseph Addai just about stole Darren Sharper’s jock on that long run.

4:01 p.m. Addai’s season-high in rushing is 80 and that came last week against the Jets. In this first quarter, he has 58 yards on five carries.

4:01 p.m. And that’s what happens. The Colts’ running game is effective and the end result is a beaten DB for a touchdown. 10-0, Colts!

4:04 p.m. Those Go Daddy commercials are getting really old.

4:06 p.m. The T-Pain commercial was good, but … FIDDLE-PLAYING BEAVERS FOR THE WIN!!! Stop the show! Give that man the Academy Award.

4:07 p.m. I have no idea what that beaver commercial was about, but who gives a damn?? THEY’RE BEAVERS!! AND THEY’RE PLAYING HUMAN INSTRUMENTS! That’s enough to satisfy my tastes.

4:10 p.m. That shoe commercial with Joe Montana is the early leader for “Biggest waste of $2.5 million.”

4:11 p.m. Saints HAVE to get something done on this drive. They can’t let this become 17-0.

4:13 p.m. Wow, what two great efforts by Pierre Thomas! Maybe that rallies New Orleans.

4:17 p.m. Nice power there by Freeney. Brees was lucky to hang onto that ball. But at least the Saitns got a field goal. They just needed something, anything on that drive. 10-3, Indy.

4:21 p.m. Cute ad with Leno and Letterman, but what do you think the odds are that Leno and Letterman were actually in the same room when that was commercial filmed.

4:22 p.m. Two commercials about not wearing pants, back-to-back. That kind of stole Dockers’ thunder. And please, no more Brett Favre commercials. We get it. He doesn’t like to retire. Stop it. Give me something original.

And really, these commercials have been lacking in originality.

4:25 p.m. Nice defensive stand by the Saints, even though Garcon really helped them out.

4:27 p.m. But, Ryan Leaf stepped on the stage next after Peyton Manning. Interesting how the NFL failed to mention that.

4:28 p.m. Antoine Bethea nearly turns this game right around. And hey, we have a Jeremy Shockey sighting!

4:30 p.m. I’m surprised we haven’t seen Kim Kardashian yet. That’s class by CBS. No one cares to see her sitting in a dark press box.

4:32 p.m. Former fantasy darling Lance Moore shows up. He couldn’t have asked to be more open. Devery Henderson gives some of it back after a horrible end-around play call. Why there??

4:35 p.m. Saints do the smart thing and let it run down to the two-minute warning. Give Manning as little time as possible in his half-ending drive. Because you know he’ll put something together.

4:38 p.m. And all that time of possession won’t mean anything unless the Saints score a TD here.

4:41 p.m. Just run straight ahead! The Saints have to go for it here!

4:42 p.m. I have no problem with the Saints going for it. It’s the Super Bowl. A field goal would only put you down by 4 and on the worst-case scenario, you give the Colts the ball at the 1 …

4:43 p.m. But that is a horrible play call. You’ve got to put the ball in Brees’ hands and see what he can do. Play action pass!!! Not running this stupid off-tackle stuff. That didn’t work on third down, guys! What made you think it would work on fourth??

4:44 p.m. NOW the Saints call timeout? They basically wasted 45 seconds. Whew, rough end to this half.

4:46 p.m. Nice defense by the Colts on that punt return. Let’s see what the Saints can do with 35 seconds and one timeout. Although, if they had handled it correctly, they would have about 1:20 to play.

4:47 p.m. Nice job by the Saints to spike that quickly and save that timeout. They still have about 3-4 plays left.

4:50 p.m. Very conservative end for the Saints, taking what they can get. Hartley hits another long field goal, so it’s just 10-6 at the half. Quite a victory for both teams. The Saints kept it close and the Colts are still ahead, despite getting dominated in that quarter.

Time for more drinks!

4:53 p.m. Super Bowl rating have gone up in each of the past few years and with this matchup of two great offenses and two great quarterbacks, with the involvement of New Orleans, I expect this game to be the first Super Bowl watched by more than 100 million in the U.S.

With that being said, most of those people have to be somewhat disappointed right now. This game hasn’t been exactly what we expected, to say the least.

5:02 p.m. Hey, kids, look! It’s The Who! Yeah, that band that plays the CSI theme songs. They had a career before that, you know.

5:03 p.m. Wouldn’t it be great if Daltrey just stopped and said, “Now we’re going to play something off our new album.” The fans would boo him out of Miami.

5:05 p.m. Whenever I hear “Teenage Wasteland”, that background electronic sound remind me of slot machines in Vegas.

5:08 p.m. I think someone needs to give Pete Townshend a longer shirt.

5:12 p.m. Assisted by a little echo effect, I guess Daltrey still has the pipes to belt out that scream.

5:13 p.m. Overall, that was a circus. I mean, it’s cool to see The Who, but it’s so awkward to see them perform in their mid-60s. And you haven’t heard the last about Townshend’s exposed belly. Let’s just get the second half started.

5:16 p.m. The big mistake in this game so far has been the way the Saints handled that possessions inside the Colts’ 5-yard line. Only one throw in four plays and that didn’t even reach the end zone. That was too safe.

5:20 p.m. Nice use of the dramatic chipmunk, CarMax.

5:22 p.m. The first “WHOA” play of the game comes at the start of the second half. What a gutsy/stupid call by Sean Payton to do an onside kick there. It’s only a smart play because it worked. But really, that is ridiculous.

5:23 p.m. Hank Baskett could have secured that ball for the Colts. Kendra is not going to be happy about that one.

5:24 p.m. Pierre Thomas is scheduled to be a free agent this offseason. This tough running is earning him some serious money.

5:26 p.m. Brees is rolling. Again, how did he not throw a pass on third or fourth down from the 1-yard line again???

5:27 p.m. Holy Jesus! What a drive for Pierre Thomas, finishing the last 15 yards on a screen pass for a touchdown. 13-10, Saints. Now, this is starting to get fun!

5:28 p.m. How does anyone see Jake Gyllenhall as an action star? He is miscast in that “Prince of Persia” film.

5:30 p.m. Megan Fox in a bath? Whatever. Guy falling off ladder because his buddy is too busy watching Megan Fox in a bath? Fantastic.

5:35 p.m. That pass from Manning to Clark is straight stupid. No human should be able to do that.

5:36 p.m. Colts break into their no-huddle offense … and Clark has another completion, down to the 4-yard line.

5:38 p.m. Addai and Thomas have been stupendous today. Touchdown by Addai and it’s 17-13, Indy.

5:40 p.m. Just thinking: How invisible has Reggie Wayne been in this game? You have the feeling that he has to bust out at some point.

5:43 p.m. The E-Trade commercials are good for a chuckle, but that new baby can’t hold a candle to the original E-Trade baby.

5:45 p.m. And here we go, with the Saints crossing midfield. We are finally getting the game we expected.

5:49 p.m. Another nice boot by Garrett Hartley. So, he’s the first kicker in Super Bowl history to hit three field goals? Great. I’m sure I won’t need any help not remembering that.

5:53 p.m. The quality of these commercials in the second half are falling fast. LOTS of wasted money there.

5:55 p.m. End of the third quarter. 17-16, Colts. I am expecting a very active fourth. That’s what many recent Super Bowls have given us.

6:00 p.m. Uggggggh! After all this food, I feel like I need a second wind.

6:01 p.m. We finally see a deep throw down the field. There has been a remarkable lack of those tonight, considering the two offenses.

6:02 p.m. Nice throwing from Manning and THERE is Reggie Wayne. Big conversion to keep this drive going.

6:05 p.m. I understand that you have to kick on fourth-and-11, but Matt Stover from 51 yards out? That’s not a good bet. I would much rather pooch-punt it and give the Saints the ball inside their own 10.

6:08  p.m. That decision to go for a field goal there will certainly be questioned after the game.

6:12 p.m. Brees has completed nine consecutive passes.

6:13 p.m. And the 10th consecutive completion gives the Saints the lead! What a gift for Shockey. He hasn’t done much today.

Of course, Payton is going for two here. What do you expect from a man who decided to do an onside kick to start the second half of a Super Bowl?

6:14 p.m. Lance Moore juggles it … but that is going to be reviewed!

6:17 p.m. I think Moore had that as he came to the ground. As his knee hit, he bobbled the ball, but it never hit the ground and then the Colts player kicked the ball out of Moore’s hands after he hit the ground.

6:18 p.m. I think that should be overturned. Moore clearly has the ball, possession and reaches it over the goal line until Lacey kicks it out.

6:19 p.m. How can Jim Nantz say Scott Green explained that well? That was a sloppy, nervous, dull explanation. But hey, it’s effective for the Saints. 24-17, Saints. 5:42 to play. They will get the ball back tonight.

6:21 p.m. So, who’s going to wait in line for three hours to get their free Grand Slam breakfast tomorrow? Not me.

6:23 p.m. Peyton gets a full epoch of time in the pocket and let’s just settle in. This should be a good QB battle for the final 5 minutes.

6:24 p.m. Malcolm Jenkins almost sealed this Super Bowl for the Saints!! Instead, Peyton gets the ball back and the Saints pick up another first down.

6:25 p.m. The Colts are looking good, but Peyton has to be thinking about the amount of time that will be left on the clock for Brees and Co.

6:28 p.m. Even Charles Barkley can’t saved this crop of Super Bowl commercials. What the heck is Lamar Odom doing in there? It’s been one of the worst years for Super Bowl ads.

6:29 p.m. TRACY PORTER TAKES IT BACK TO THE HOUSE! TOUCHDOWN SAINTS!! 31-17 WITH JUST 3:12 TO PLAY!!! What is Tony Dungy thinking right now?

6:32 p.m. This is a pretty stunning result, but the Saints have played better and tougher this game. There is no denying that.

6:35 p.m. Some cops in New Orleans probably hate this. They have a loooooooooooooong night ahead of them.

6:36 p.m. Collie is just a simple ankle tackle away from making this pretty interesting. Finally, a completed pass deep down the field.

6:39 p.m. Oh, a late hit! What a stupid play by the Saints. More yardage for the Colts and most importantly, a clock stoppage. Stupid!

6:41 p.m. These passes over the middle aren’t what the Colts need. The time is a-wasting.

6:42 p.m. Even if the Colts hadn’t taken a timeout there, they still would have gone with an onside kick.

6:43 p.m. First of all, why are they rushing with so little time left?!?! What a waste of a play. And then Wayne finishes a pretty bad game with a drop because he was too busy worrying about the upcoming hit.

6:45 p.m. How many books and movies will be made about this?

NEW ORLEANS IS THE SUPER BOWL CHAMPIONS!! Bourbon Street, watch out! It’s usually crazy. But tonight, HOLY F—!! It’s going to be nuts tonight.

6:47 p.m. It’s hard to ever say a city deserves it. It’s said too often, but yeah, the Saints and New Orleans deserve this one. I can’t wait to read all the emotional columns that will be written about this game this week.

6:51 p.m. CarMax is making a late push for best Super Bowl commercial(s) with that dramatic animals campaign. Although, there isn’t a very strong crop to overcome.

6:52 p.m. Pierre Thomas was the early favorite, but Drew Brees is the easy pick for MVP.

6:53 p.m. Why does Dan Marino now sound like Mr. T?

6:54 p.m. It was a decent game, but not great. Even if the Colts had scored on that last drive and forced an onside kick, this game didn’t have enough all the way through to be considered a great game. At times, it wasn’t very exciting.

6:56 p.m. Who Dat, indeed.

6:58 p.m. Len Dawson is getting mobbed in there. Back up, guys. They’ll be time to touch it soon. (she said)

6:59 p.m. New Orleans Saints, Super Bowl champs. That seems so ridiculous to say.

7:00 p.m. I’m glad for Sean Payton, a former Giants offensive coordinator who got a lot of flack in the team’s postseason failures in the last decade. It’s nice to see him on the top.

7:02 p.m. That could be your team up there, Dolphins fan. But hey, management wanted to go another way than Brees.

7:04 p.m. Well, that’s it. Football season is over. It was, as always, an exciting year. I’ll be ready for it when camps open in July. I’ll be well into my fantasy football planning by then. But for now, congratulations to the New Orleans Saints and their fans. Like I said, no team and group of fans deserve this more than you.

AND BRING ON THE BASEBALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

7:05 p.m. Thanks for following along tonight. The game was pretty good. I am stuffed and kind of buzzed. It was a productive Super Bowl Sunday.

Talk to you later!!

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  1. Scott
    February 7, 2010 at 3:42 pm

    27-23 Saints

    • spokes310
      February 7, 2010 at 3:55 pm

      I feared this game would start like this, with each offense not doing much.

  2. Scott
    February 7, 2010 at 4:06 pm

    The Doritos Autotune commmercial was a nightmare.

    • spokes310
      February 7, 2010 at 4:08 pm

      BEAVERS!!! I have no idea what it was about, but that’s a winner!!!

  3. Scott
    February 7, 2010 at 4:22 pm

    Brett Favre commercial FTW!

  4. Scott
    February 7, 2010 at 4:29 pm

    Drew Brees on the overthrow “G** Dammit!” FTW!

  5. Scott
    February 7, 2010 at 4:54 pm

    This game reminiscent of Super Bowl XXXVIII?

    • spokes310
      February 7, 2010 at 5:02 pm

      But even that game had a better first half. We’ll just have to hope for an explosive second half.

      • Scott
        February 7, 2010 at 5:08 pm

        Arguably the Who are putting me to sleep.

      • spokes310
        February 7, 2010 at 5:10 pm

        It’s not great. It’s a little embarrassing.

  6. Scott
    February 7, 2010 at 5:14 pm

    Do you think Warren Sapp might have had “a lil bit” before the alleged domestic dispute?

    • spokes310
      February 7, 2010 at 5:25 pm

      Lil bit, lil bit.

  7. Scott
    February 7, 2010 at 6:14 pm

    GOTTA HAVE SHOCKEY!

    • spokes310
      February 7, 2010 at 6:23 pm

      He’s so a whole lot of nothing.

      • spokes310
        February 7, 2010 at 6:31 pm

        Terry Porter wins the Super Bowl!

  8. Scott
    February 7, 2010 at 6:37 pm

    And the Colts are showing indications, they’re not done yet!

  9. Ruzzo
    February 7, 2010 at 8:23 pm

    I get the feeling I know this “Dolpins fan” you’re referring to…

    • spokes310
      February 8, 2010 at 10:33 am

      No, no, no, no, no.

      No.

      NO! NO!

      OK, yeah it’s mostly about you. But what did you expect? Your GM fucked up big time.

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