The Green Bay Packers won Super Bowk XLV with a 31-25 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers. Packers QB Aaron Rodgers was named the game’s MVP after throwing for 304 yards and three touchdowns.
YOUR SUPER BOWL XLV MVP, AARON RODGERS
DREW BREES: QUARTERBACKS NEW ORLEANS SAINTS TO SUPER BOWL WIN
This is going to be the longest and greatest Mardi Gras celebration in history.
After 42 seasons filled primarily with embarrassment and futility, the New Orleans Saints are Super Bowl champions. Cornerback Tracy Porter intercepted a Peyton Manning pass and returned it 74 yards for a vital Saints touchdown as New Orleans defeated the Indianapolis Colts 31-17.
Saints quarterback Drew Brees completed a Super Bowl record 32 passes and was named the game’s MVP in the Saints victory.
TRACY PORTER NEVER HAS TO PAY FOR ANOTHER DRINK IN NEW ORLEANS THE REST OF HIS LIFE
AFTER DECADES OF EMBARRASSMENT, SAINTS FANS CAN FINALLY SHOW THEIR FACES
This weekend, when the Indianapolis Colts play the New Orleans Saints in Super Bowl XLIV, it’s being reported that over 50% of all American adults will have money bet on the game.
However, remember, as you place your bets, that of the past 19 Super Bowls, Vegas has made money 17 times. Bettors have come out ahead just twice in that period. The Colts are 5 1/2 point favorites in this year’s game.
Most Las Vegas casinos are offering around 300 prop bets. You can gamble on ANYTHING related to the Super Bowl. You can bet on the coin flip, the number of times Reggie Bush’s girlfriend, Kim Kardashian, appears on camera during the CBS telecast (over/under 2.5), or the amount of time it takes Carrie Underwood to sing the national anthem (over or under 1:42.) Another popular bet is who will score more points, the Colts or NBA player LeBron James.
A special prop bet you can wager on this season is the color of the Gatorade that will be dumped on the winning coach. The odds:
Yellow is the favorite at even money. Clear Gatorade is the next choice at 8/5 followed by orange, lime green, blue and longshot red (at 25/2.)
KIM KARDASHIAN’S ARMORED SUPER BOWL LIMO
TMZ.com has discovered that New Orleans Saints running back Reggie Bush’s celebutard reality tv show girlfriend Kim Kardashian will be traveling around Miami in a “tank/limo hybrid” during Super Bowl week. The Vault XXL2 by Armor Horse is equipped with bullet-resistant armor and a gun turret. Kardashian also has her choice of interiors:
or “Shagadellic” :
LARRY FITZGERALD SR.
Slate.com may do a worse job of writing about and covering sports than any newspaper, publication or website in the history of the English language. They are generally awful. However, Slate has a great piece today that breaks the myth of “Larry Fitzgerald Sr.-objective journalist.”
Fitzgerald, of course, is the father of Arizona Cardinals superstar wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald who has had a record-breaking NFL post season on his way to playing in this weekend’s Super Bowl. Fitzgerald Sr. is also a newspaper reporter and sports commentator. There have already been a host of columns and stories written about how the elder Fitzgerald will be in the press box this weekend when his son and the Cardinals take on the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XLIII. Virtually all of those articles portray Fitzgerald Sr. as a paragon of journalistic ethics who, though he is now a single parent and deeply loves his son, refuses to “cheer in the press box.” They all quote Fitzgerald Senior as vowing to remain objective.
The articles that portray Larry Fitzgerald Sr. as an objective journalist (such as those written by Rick Reilly in SI and the USA Today’s Jarrett Bell) are simply perpetuating a myth. Actually, more like a lie. Larry Fitzgerald Sr. is anything BUT objective when writing about his son the football player. As the Slate.com article points out, Senior has written about his son in the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder at least 23 times since 2003 (and he works for a WEEKLY publication.) In virtually every single one of those pieces, Fitzgerald Sr. comes across as a hackish PR flak for his kid. Larry Fitzgerald Sr. may be a great guy, but he’s no “objective journalist.”
Today is Media Day at the Super Bowl in Tampa. The day was designed specifically for overpaid, lazy columnists and media types like Rick Reilly. They can mail it in by doing lazy puff pieces like Larry-Senior-Loves-His-Son-But-Won’t-Cheer-In-The-Press-Box. This frees up your typical journalist to spend most of his time in Tampa eating free NFL food, chasing hookers, and going to whatever corporate Super Bowl parties that haven’t been cancelled by the recession.
Super Bowl Media Day is the biggest waste of time in history.
According to an article in the Kansas City Star, NBC still has unsold commercial time for this week’s Super Bowl. It’s virtually unheard of that a tv network would have slots open this close to the game.
NBC has been charging $3 million per 30 second commercial. They had 67 spots originally available. Spotbowl.com has identified 49 confirmed ads. If their list of this year’s sponsors is accurate, this will be the most boring year for Super Bowl ads in history. Media experts have been saying corporations are choosing to run low-key ads during these tough economic times (if they decide to advertise at all.)
Some of the ads scheduled to run are a Budweiser commercial featuring Conan O’Brien, Godaddy.com spots with Indy Car driver Danica Patrick, and a Coca Cola ad that is a remake of the classic “Mean Joe” Greene Coke commercial shot this time with Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu. Denny’s restaurant is one of the few new Super Bowl advertisers. The company is scheduled to debut its “real breakfast” versus “candy breakfasts” ad campaign.
One survey concluded 58 percent of people who watch the Super Bowl (67 % of the women surveyed) would rather miss some of the game than ANY of the commercials.
NFL GOES SLUMMING
BARACK OBAMA’S INAUGURATION: FOURTEEN TIMES BIGGER THAN THE SUPER BOWL
The build up begins today for Super Bowl XLIII. In the coming week, you’ll hear and read lots of stories about the economic impact the game will have on the city of Tampa.There’s no doubt the financial benefit a Super Bowl has on a community can be huge. However, in an appearance on CNN Sunday, writer Rick Horrow said the economic impact of this month’s presidential inauguration was even bigger for Washington D.C.
In fact, according to Horrow, the economic benefit for Washington was FOURTEEN TIMES bigger than a Super Bowl. Horrow has been making the rounds on the television talk shows and has an article in Business Week. He says the two million out-of-towners who came to Washington D.C. for the inauguration rented far more hotels and spent far more money in bars and restaurants than the typical Super Bowl crowd.
While companies like Playboy are cancelling their Super Bowl parties in these tough economic times, the January 20th inauguration featured no less than 900 parties, galas and balls in just the D.C. area. Adding to the Super Bowl atmosphere, Kanye West, Jay Z, Beyonce, Mary J. Blige, Rihanna, Cheryl Crow, Aretha Franklin, The Beastie Boys, Yo-Yo Ma, and Itzhak Perlman were just a few of the performers at this year’s presidential inauguration.
Here’s a layup story you’ll be seeing again and again for the next ten days. The recession has apparently hit another aspect of the sports world. Scalping. People who are trying to resell their Super Bowl tickets this year are finding the price they’re going to get has dropped some 40 percent from last season.
Some reports have Super Bowl tickets to this year’s game in Tampa being sold for barely over face value. Reuters, The Phoenix Business Journal, the Tampa Tribune and numerous other newspapers and blogs have already run stories on the suffering of ticket scalpers and we’re not even to Super Bowl week or media day yet. Ticket agencies such as StubHub and RazorGator are also feeling the pinch. They’re getting killed compared to ticket prices in an ordinary year.
There are also economic reasons that the two markets involved in this year’s game may be contributing to the low scalping prices. Rust Belt cities, like Pittsburgh, have been hit hard by layoffs and the recession. Meanwhile, the Phoenix market has been clobbered by the housing collapse.
Then again, the Washington Post points out that while Super Bowl tickets may be going for only $1,200, scalped tickets to Barack Obama’s inauguration this week were fetching $40,000.
CARDINALS COACH KEN WHISENHUNT HOISTS NFC CHAMPIONSHIP TROPHY
The long-hapless Arizona Cardinals are going to the Super Bowl. Arizona won the NFC Championship with a 32-25 victory over Donovan McNabb and the Philadelphia Eagles. The Cardinals were led by wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, who had an incredible first half, with three touchdown catches.
Quarterback Kurt Warner, who led the St. Louis Rams to victory in Super Bowl XXXIV in 2000, completed 21 of 28 passes with four touchdowns and no interceptions. He was in control and looked like the former Super Bowl MVP he is and coming off a regular season in which he threw for 4,583 yards and 30 touchdowns. Fitzgerald has already set the NFL postseason record with 419 yards receiving this year and he still has the Super Bowl to play in.
The Cardinals came into this season with only one playoff victory in the franchise’s last 50 years. The Cardinals have the longest championsip drought in professional football. They last won the NFL title in 1947. Although they’ve been around since 1898 (making them the oldest franchise in pro football) that 1947 champiuonship is the only one in club history.
The Cardinals home crowd was incredible. People in Arizona have literally never had anything to cheer for in the history of the franchise. Sunday was different. The sold out crowd was a screaming see of red.