A Super Super Bowl

by Melissa Brunner

Judging by the numbers, a lot of people were interested in Super Bowl XLV. The matchup between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Green Bay Packers drew 111 million viewers, making it the most-watched television program of all time.

Of course, you all know that I was tuning in to see my Packers! Seeing them win was definitely a highlight for me. It was made even sweeter when K-State alum Jordy Nelson caught the first touchdown of the game. Not to mention, his name is now in the Packers' record books, topping the team's Super Bowl mark for receiving yards held since Super Bowl I by the great Max McGee.

The commercials always seem to bring reason to tune in. This year's crop was a bit disappointing, I thought. First, it seemed to me there were an awful lot of movie promotions. I do tend to like humor, so I enjoyed the family of bears going to McDonalds, the beaver returning the favor by saving the driver from the washed-out bridge and the pug paying back the guy taunting him with Doritos. For spots *without* animals, the PepsiMax where the woman beaned the runner because her hubby ducked was funny. I saw a lot of talk about the Eminem/Detroit image commercial, but I missed it - I'll have to look it up on YouTube.

The music gets an average score from me. Christina Aguilera messed up a line on the national anthem - I feel for her - it's a singer's-worst-nightmare-type situation, and at least she apologized afterward, but I've never been a fan of over-stylized versions of the song. A lot of people are bashing the Black Eyed Peas halftime show, too, but I actually didn't think it was too bad. They tried to put some production value into it, and, while I don't have an expectation that a live stadium show is going to sound like what you hear on the radio, the microphone troubles detracted.

That's my wrapup! What were your favorite parts?



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