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OK, this isn't really sponsored. That's just my reaction to seeing all those Fox notes claiming that it was the Ritz Crackers Super Bowl pre-game show. (Hey, if Ritz really gave us the show, why are all those other commercials there?) Ironically, I do have some Ritz at home; in protest, I quickly put them away and brought out some store-brand crackers.
Here are a few of my other comments. (I'll add more; also, please read the personal memory in the previous blog.):
1) By nature, red-carpet interviews are pointless and inane. We only watch them because we're looking at actresses in their evening gowns. The red-carpet moments here were useless.
2) By comparison, the Bill O'Reilly interview with Barack Obama was quite strong. Two smart men were at the top of their game.
3) Yes, there are some good national commercials. (I liked the talking-baby ones that had take-offs on Terry Bradshaw and Howie Long.) Local commercials are another matter. Where I live, someone proudly proclaimed "Mid-Michigan's favorite prime-time newscast." He anchors Mid-Michigan's only prime-time newscast.
4) Howie Long, incidentally, ranks alongside Troy Aikman as the best of the analysts, sharp and smart.
5) Some of the Fox profiles emphasizes quick editing over content. There was very little, for instance, to emerge from the Aaron Rodgers piece.
6) Frank Caliendo had an interesting idea -- pretending to be George W. Bush delivering a football stand-up routine. The problem: The routine was sort of based on bad jokes, requiring ... well, bad jokes.
7) Just because you deal with the NFL doesn't require you to be mealy-mouthed about them. Chris Myers' report about 1,000 people losing their seats -- a late decision by the fire marshal -- was inept, sort of making excuses without really explaining what happened. Also: How, exactly, do you "re-locate" 1,000 people in a sold-out stadium. Re-locate to a tent outside? To Fort Worth? Re-locate them like we did the Lakota in the old West and the Japanese-Americans in World War II? We'll see.
8) The day's oddest little self-serving sentence came from four-time winner Terry Bradshaw. He said, approximately: "It must be hard to lose a Super Bowl. I don't know, because I never did." Thanks for reminding us.