The folks actually going in to the game will be missing out on most of the performance. From the security to the luxury hotel boats to the merchandising hype - I read somewhere that the TV ads cost something like $2M per 30 seconds. Sheesh. There's a contest, best Super Bowl ads. I will get more than my money's worth by sitting on my couch watching it all unfold. Maybe see some mediocre singer, her tit falls outta her shirt. I pray no terrorist violence, but hey, for the half a buck's worth of electricity, some popcorn and soda pops, let the games begin.Posted by chasmatic at February 1, 2014 6:15 AM
It's a game. Yes, there's a lot of athleticism and skill involved, but still, it's a game. The hype and marketing is over the top. The streets of Seattle and Denver will be deserted during game time. All for a game.
Yet I admit, I will be glued to the tube for the whole four hours. Go Broncos!Posted by Jimmy J. at February 1, 2014 8:10 AM
Actually, the folks who made the "Sum of All Fears" movie chickened out big time -- in the novel, the terrorists were Jihadis (vs. neo-Nazis in the movie) and the football game involved was, in fact, the Super Bowl (being played in Denver).Posted by bfwebster at February 1, 2014 12:46 PM
...Ambassador Stevens could mot be reached for comment.Posted by leelu at February 1, 2014 1:33 PM
I love how the lighting completely changes as they switch from location shot to Universal Studios soundstage shot. All the better to display Robert Shaw's receding hairline.
The rear-projection shot was a hoot, too. I had forgotten how crude special effects used to be...Posted by B Lewis at February 1, 2014 2:30 PM
It's the same old story. Boy finds girl. Boy loses girl. Girl finds boy. Boy forgets girl. Boy remembers girl. Girl dies in tragic blimp accident over the Rose Bowl on New Year's Day.Posted by Phaedrus at February 2, 2014 6:57 AM
I have never, nor will I ever, spent more than 30 seconds watching any sporting event, ever. Watching that stuff is only slightly more boring than sleeping. I have plenty of more interesting and entertaining things to do.
My wife however has watched every single minute of every single game ever played in the past 30+ years and will not be distracted by anything else. I exaggerate of course but only slightly.
I designed a multi-million dollar mansion for a very famous NFL player that everyone has heard of yet I could not bring myself to watch him play.Posted by ghostsniper at February 2, 2014 9:26 AM
It's a point of pride that I usually cannot name both teams playing in the Superbowl, but living in Seattle, I can't do that this year.
This is a great day to be out, but the Lovely Wife wants to see the game. I'm going to miss her.Posted by Estoy Listo at February 2, 2014 10:15 AM
My wife turns into a different person when she watches a football game and after all this time I still have not come to terms with it. Not really. I just avoid it. Normally, she is quiet, polite, and unassuming - the perfect wife and life companion. In front of a game she curses, she climbs the back of the couch, she screams, the cats hide, she talks on 2 phones at the same time while typing on the notebook computer, she drinks nothing and eats nothing, all focus is on *the game* and when it is finally over it's like someone let the air out of a beach ball, and I'm glad things are back to normal.....til next year. The key to a long (30 years), happy marriage is a detached garage.Posted by ghostsniper at February 2, 2014 3:09 PM
Well there was a disaster at the stupor Bowl. A team called the Denver Buncos showed up.Posted by Peccable at February 3, 2014 4:13 AM
No, Peccable, they forgot to show up. When every cabbie, bartender, and hooker in town tells you you've got it locked up, it sometimes affects the mind. Denver was down and Seattle was up. That wasn't the Denver team that beat New England in the AFC championship. That's my theory and I'm sticking to it. :-)Posted by Jimmy J. at February 3, 2014 2:36 PM