If you are an NFL purist like myself, you couldn't have asked for a better game than last night's Giants' Super Bowl win over the Patriots by a score of 21-17. Just like Super Bowl 42 produced the HELMET CATCH, Mario Manningham continued his playoff hot streak with an unbelievable grab near the sidelines while keeping both feet in bounds. An unrestricted free agent, Manningham's play over the last several weeks should garner him a lot of attention on the open market. And with another Super Bowl in his back pocket, Tom Coughlin's hot seat should be a bit cooler for a little while longer.
Aside from Manningham's catch, here are a couple other observations I took from last night's game:
1. The Commercials Seem To Be Getting Worse Every Year
This is obviously more opinion than fact. And I will likely be bashed or people will agree with me that last night's foray of commercials were some of the worst I have seen in years. When I saw Bud Lite's new way of stealing people's money by making a Platinum version of their beer, my first thought was "They spent all that money on this?" Aside from being crappy beer, the commercials themselves weren't even that good. Definitely not worth the millions they put into them.
There are too many automobile commercials. I can understand why Detroit wants to continue getting their city out there in a positive light. And adding Clint Eastwood was pretty cool. This commercial was more about the people who still live in the city than pumping an actual car, which I can agree with. But when you live in an economy where many people can't even afford heat in the Winter, let alone a new truck or car, it seems to me it's a waste of money. So outside of Eastwood's Detroit commercial, all of them were meh.
My favorite: Hands down the baby/grandma slingshot Dorito commercial. Mainly because it was somewhat original and it did give me a chuckle.
2. The Half-Time Show Actually Wasn't That Bad
If you were a boy growing up in the 80s, Madonna was as sexy as you could get back then. Even in the early 90s, she still had it going on. Fast forward to 2012 and I have to admit I got into her half-time show. Why? Because she played all of her hits from back then and she is still sexy as all hell. Many won't agree with me there. But for God's sakes she's 53!!!! How often do you see a 53 year old woman look like that these days? I won't go deeper into Madonna's show. But hearing her older songs brought me back to when I was younger. I do admit that ever since Janet Jackson's "Boob-Gate," the shows have been pretty good. VAN HALEN FOR SUPER BOWL 47!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
3. Eli Manning Should Be Considered In The Same Class As Tom Brady
One of the questions Manning was asked leading up to the Super Bowl was if he considered himself up there with a guy like Tom Brady. Without hesitation, he emphatically said "YES" and didn't back down. If the Giants showed anything this year it's that all you have to do it get in the playoffs and everyone starts off with a clean slate. At 9-7 and barely winning the NFC East, many couldn't see the Giants getting past the Packers at their home turf. But after now winning 2 Super Bowls, the arguments that Eli is still a step below guys like Brady and Peyton Manning should start dwindling down a bit.
Have any other observations you'd like to throw in? Or do you disagree with anything I stated above? Please feel free to comment below.