Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Bob Lobel: A Mediocre Bowl

By Bob Lobel (@boblobel)

Peyton Manning's last pass went for two points. 

Maybe he didn’t play like a Hall of Famer, but he didn’t play like a college freshman either. Did they do the "going to Disneyland" thing with MVP Von Miller? I might have missed it. 

People are actually whining about Peyton's poorly disguised plugs for Budweiser and Papa John's. So what? Maybe he had a going away list. 

He should have thanked the chemists and medical folks who procured the HGH, or whatever got him back on the field after neck surgery.

If it were me, I would hold up their picture with the usual Dr. mask covering what needs to be covered. 

Did we forget that most Super Bowls are not very exciting? Not all, but most, disappoint. This was maybe a four on a 1-10 scale. It must have felt dreadful for the CBS truck on the front line of production. Why? Well, for one thing, they kept reminding people that they likely are watching Manning's last game, so be part of history and watch so you can tell people you were there (kinda). 

Commercials seemed  pretty flat for the money they were paying. Did you notice the number of promotional spots for CBS weekly shows? Add them up and apply the $5 million per 30 seconds and see what that would have been worth.  

I am also convinced that the league itself has made it more and more difficult to do a good job by changing so many defensive backfield rules.  There is a lot of pressure on those people in stripes. I would want no part of that.  

Wonder what the personality profile of those controlling the action on the field is. Sometimes it seems as if both teams are playing against the officiating. It's like a side drama to the main story. Then there is “our Tom.” 

Sliding in the back row, sunglasses on, appearing to shy away from cameras  with no sign of the commish to pledge to protect the integrity of the game. He’ll get another chance in public when the Brady Bunch assemble in some appellate court, and finish the punch line of a joke that the league began telling over a year ago. 

I am just a little confused: Who is doing the appealing, the NFL or the Brady Bunch? 

Just like Super Bowl 50, wake me up when it's over.

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