In the words of Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco, Super Bowl 47 was, well, let’s just say “awesome” without his X-rated adjective.
I imagine there was a lot of cursing going on during the Ravens’ 34-31 victory over the San Francisco 49ers because of the 34-minute delay, the late safety that disturbed scoring and betting pools and the attention given to controversial Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis by CBS.
If you want to read Flacco’s exact wording, you should head to Twitter, where I tweeted first impressions throughout the night.
We’ll get to them soon, but first here are some of my lasting impressions of Sunday’s telecast.
CBS spent too much time focusing on Lewis, but at least play-by-play Jim Nantz and analyst Phil Simms addressed why he is such a polarizing figure late in the fourth quarter in explaining his involvement in a double murder 13 years ago.
Simms was the Mitt Romney of the game, telling viewers one thing about a key play or decision, then changing his mind. It became aggravating, especially when he waffled on whether a key hold on the Ravens should have been called in the final two minutes. The non-call essentially decided the game.
CBS didn’t spent enough time explaining how the Ravens defused the 49ers vaunted pass rush.
Ex Bill Steve Tasker was a calming figure during the blackout and earned much Twitter praise, but I didn’t understand his explanation of what caused the lights to go out.
49er Coach Jim Harbaugh gets the Bills Belichick Award for not coming out to talk to Tasker for a brief interview after the loss. In fairness, he also didn’t come out for an interview after the 49ers beat Atlanta to make the Super Bowl.
I didn’t think much of CBS’ new graphics, primarily because I couldn’t tell what was new about them.
Channel 4’s promo for its news team near the end of the game was weaker than the 49ers pass rush.
I didn’t love most of the commercials, which as usual were overloaded with sexual images. I preferred the Paul Harvey narrated ad on farmers, the Oprah Winfrey narrated ad honoring our servicemen and the moving Clydesdale ad. Even ads featuring Amy Poehler, Seth Rogen and Paul Rudd (together) fell flat with me. However, I was too busy tweeting at times to give them my full attention. That was a good thing during the GoDaddy ad that featured the big kiss between the beauty and the nerd.
Without further ado, here are some of my tweets from Sunday night: I added a few extra words to the initial 140-letter count that help explain things a little better and also explained what I was referring to when it isn’t obvious:
President Obama said in the pregame “it is going to be a great game. I have some wings waiting for me upstairs.”
Cheers to CBS pregame analyst Boomer Esiason for putting Shannon Sharpe’s interview with ex-teammate Ray Lewis in proper perspective. ( Sharpe asked Lewis about the double murders and didn’t follow up after Lewis gave a weak defense that included a reference to God. Thank god, Esiason said he wasn’t sure he was buying the answer.)
Baltimore Coach John Harbaugh references former Bills Coach Marv Levy’s “where else would you rather be right here right now.”
Esiason scores again: “If I’m the 49ers I am sick and tired of Ray Lewis.”
Just looked it up. Joe Namath is 70 in May. Makes me feel old.
Four shots or more of Lewis in opening. CBS should have listened to Esiason.
I suppose Lewis believes God helped him win coin toss.
CBS hasn’t noted ex Bills Donte Whitner getting burned.
Volkswagen runs controversial ad after controversial play call. Can you guess why the ad was controversial? (No one guessed right. Some ad critics thought the ad featuring a white guy talking with a Jamaican accent was “racist.”)
Ravens’ gamble on fake kick didn’t work but might not hurt if they score now. Just cost them 30 yards or so.
I guess Phil Simms agrees with me. (He said pretty much the same thing as I did in the above tweet, though it cost Ravens 50 yards, not 30.
And I thought Donte Whitner was undressed. (After seeing Beyonce’s outfit at halftime).
She looks great but I can’t hear her singing too well. (More about Beyonce)
I think I will prefer her upcoming HBO concert. (And even more about Beyonce).
I believe the music in the awesome ad for the military was the theme from the HBO miniseries “The Pacific.” (It was).
Glad I am not on deadline. (Written during the blackout when I felt the pain of Buffalo News sportswriters covering the game).
Did Shannon really say the game was ABOUT to get away from the 49ers? About to?
Can’t imagine ad buyers are too happy about what this is doing to commercials.
This would happen if the Bills were up, 28-6, in the Super Bowl. (This was my most popular tweet judging by the retweets.)
I don’t understand what an outside feed is and why it cut the lights. (After Tasker explained the NFL’s explanation of what happened).
CBS should have stuck on Harbaugh bros as they met, caught them late. (The post-game handshake)
Did we really need to hear from Ray Lewis? (Nantz interviewed two Ravens after the win – Flacco the MVP and Lewis, who didn’t seem to have much impact on the game I wish the lights had gone out again as Lewis talked).
Thought the same thing. (This was a reply to a tweet by the Buffalo News’ Jay Skurski, who noted what “an absolutely bizarre tweet” came from Bills officials “congratulating Ray Lewis and the Baltimore Ravens.”
The Bills were as tone deaf to what many people feel about Lewis as CBS was.