But even the crowd can't help me now...
C'mon boys, let's rock the ho-o-o-o-ouse...

Do you L-U-V...

By the sound of things, I'm one of the only people in the world that was actually let down by this year's Super Bowl. And the commercials.

I can't really explain it but I think all but the last five minutes of the game was a big ol' snoozefest. Neither Tom Brady nor Eli Manning played up to snuff as far as I'm concerned. Yes, Giselle, I realize that Tom can't pass and catch the same ball. I get it.

I guess I just don't care much for either team. I have no personal investment in them at all. It's a great game for people living in the northeastern United States, sure. But for the rest of us? Not so much.

The most exciting thing for me was the heads up play by Giants receiver Mario Manningham. Catching that sideline bomb and having the mental wherewithall to get both his feet down while inbounds? Awesomesauce. He was my MVP of the game, without question.

Typically, though, when you have a boring game, you can always look forward to the commercials, right? Not so much lately. They've been steadily losing quality over the last few years. Sure, you get a gem or two here and there (cheetah versus Hyundai, anyone?), but not nearly the consistency that we've come to expect from Super Bowl commercial programming.

The surprise for me was that I actually enjoyed Madonna's halftime show. Before you get your panties in a bunch, my expectations for it were pretty ground level so, basically, any derived enjoyment is a bonus.

Madonna was decent enough. She belted out a few classics and did it pretty well. I loved the addition of the guys from LMFAO and the subsequent mashup they did of her song "Music" and their own song "Party Rock." And her time with Cee Lo Green was pretty fun to watch, too.

I thought, however, that the bits with Nikki Minaj and MIA were very lackluster by comparison. You almost wouldn't know it was either of them performing. And, no, I don't remember seeing MIA flip off the camera or drop an F-bomb. I watched it twice before hearing about the offense and didn't notice it either time.

I was also a bit letdown by the new Madonna track "Give Me All Your Luvin." I haven't heard the studio version of it, but if it sounds anything like what was played live at the Super Bowl, then I doubt I'll be looking into it much further. As I told my brother, who was watching it with me, the song is nothing but a bunch of self congratulatory crap. "Do you L-U-V Madonna?" Seriously? I hate people that sing about themselves unless it is part of a story being told. All the backpatting and asskissing inherent in that song make it more than slightly despicable by my standards.

Maybe I'm just getting old.

I've been making it a point lately to not mention a lot of peoples' birthdays, anniversaries, and other special occasions here on my blog. I hate when I forget to post one or another and either guilt that is either self imposed or put on me by the person I neglected. This is why I'm making it a point to only mention stuff regarding Katie and me.

On occasion, however, I may make an exception. Such exceptions will be granted to those events I deem worthy of mention or for those people who fill out my 20 page exemption form (single spaced and double sided) in triplicate at least six months ahead of time.

I guess it's a good thing the next two people were conscientious enough to fill out the forms well in advance. I guess they knew what was coming!

First off, my brother-in-law and sister-in-law, S&B, just had their first child last Thursday! Woo hoo! Congratulations to you two on a healthy and happy Baby A (I wasn't sure if you wanted me to mention names or not).

Second off, a big congrats to my Sister-From-Another-Mister, Sizzle, on her engagement to her very own Mr. Darcy. See, sis? I told you it would happen. I believed in you!

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Waxypad (a.k.a. Eric)

I kinda liked the halftime show, too... even though Madonna seemed a bit awkward in the heels and stumbled a couple times. The visuals were great and the old Madonna songs are classic. The most disappointing part was the new madonna song and seeing M.I.A. and Nicki Minaj act as her cheerleaders... come on!!! Anyway, it was much better than the Black Eyed Peas.

Marie

I actually had fun mainly because I was with friends and we had A LOT of food. Also drink. I was rooting for the Pats (even though I'm not a die hard fan, but I do love Boston) and my friend was rooting for the Giants (she actually is a die hard fan). I'm guessing this is what most people feel when they don't care if either team wins or loses. I know I've heard that over the years during different superbowls.

The commercials were AWFUL. I think the only ones I even liked were the Doritos ones. That's it. Those advertisers should have paid US to watch those.

I rarely ever pay attention to the half-time show, but this one I did because it was Madonna! But ugh, it was not so good. If only she wasn't wearing such high heels. She looked like an awkward old woman, trying to look young by wearing ridiculously high heels she couldn't even walk in.

All in all, like I said, I had a pretty good time spending it with friends. They definitely make a heck of a lot more fun.

kapgar


"Waxypad"? Really? 


Black Eyed Peas! That's who did it last year. Katie and I were trying to remember it but forgot to even look it up. Thanks!

kapgar


I was with Katie and my brother and that made it fun. And none of us expected much from Madonna so I think we all walked away pleasantly surprised. But if you were looking forward to it, I can't help but think you would be disappointed. 

Sybil Law

WTF. I posted a long comment and it disappeared! Fuuuuuuuuuu....

kapgar


I'm getting tired of this happening. Did you have a CAPTCHA appear?

Suzanne Apgar

As for the commercials, I was disappointed that they didn't air the full version of the Ferris Buehler bit. I did find the Chrysler/Clint Eastwood one to be pretty good. All the flack about it being an endorsement of the automotive bail-out is a lot of crap. I think it was an endorsement of the American economy and the attempt to bring it back to what it was and should be.

kapgar


It wasn't the full Bueller commercial?

pink piddy paws

same here..posted a comment and before I had a chance to enter the captcha, the whole screen disappeared. :(

pink piddy paws

To sum up my previous comment.... Betty White commercial = hilarious
Madonna pulled a hammie = awkward
Superbowl = who cares?

kapgar


There shouldn't be a CAPTCHA at all. An issue Typepad is trying to resolve. In the meantime, me thinks they should just shut it off so people like me don't lose comments. 

kapgar


She pulled her hammie? Heh heh. 

Marty Mankins

You and I are on the same page with the Madonna performance and LMFAO mash up. It was good, but Nikki Minaj was annoying as hell. And I missed the bird flip as well. Seems those who are looking for it, will find it to have something to complain about.

The commercials... there were a few gems, like the Matthew Broderick Honda and the losing weight dog VM ad. And of course, as a Howard Stern fan, I liked his America's Got Talent hosing down the contestants gag.

kapgar


Yeah, they'll definitely find it of they're looking for it. I'm guessing they're disappointed it wasn't someone like Madonna instead to make it a bigger deal. 

Kevin Spencer

Didn't watch anything live on Sunday but I sat and watched all the commercials the other night and my immediate reaction was "meh". And I'll be honest, I don't like the new Madonna song. Seth McFarlane said it best on Twitter:

"The way they rhymed "Madonna" with "you wanna" was terrific. Just tremendous. And a bunch of times! Which was also great. Music is great."

kapgar


Ha! I never saw the Seth tweet but it's sheer brilliance. 

pink piddy paws

Yep, pulled a hamstring during rehearsals. Perhaps she should have rethought her choice of shoes? A nice pair of orthotics would have been a better option. :D

kapgar


Reminds me of Can't Hardly Wait... "What about my shoes?!?!" "Do they serve an orthopedic function?"

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