John Heaton (jheaton) wrote,
John Heaton

Super Bowl XLVIII

I did something yesterday I don't recall having done in more than 20 years: watched the Super Bowl from start to finish. I don't like football enough to choose to watch a game just because a game's on. That said, I have no particular objection to football, and if I happen to be in a place where a football game is on TV, I'll usually end up paying attention to it and kind of enjoying it.

That was what happened last night; I was working and the sammich shop, and the game was on because the GM wanted it watch it, and since it was on I watched it too. And true to form, I kind of enjoyed it. It sort of reminded me of that Simpsons episode where Sideshow Bob steps on all the rakes. At first it was kind of fascinating to see Seattle score so quickly and so often, then it got kind of tiring -- what, they scored again? -- before cycling back to kind of fascinating in a "how much worse can this possibly get for the Broncos?" sort of way.

Anyway, here are some interesting things about or tangentially related to last night's Super Bowl that I learned today. Bear in mind before reading further that some people have accused me of not understanding what the word "interesting" means.

* Seattle's Malcolm Smith became only the third linebacker to win the Super Bowl Most Valuable Player award. The first LB to win was Chuck Howley, who played for the Dallas Cowboys in Super Bowl V. Howley made made two interceptions during the game, one of which prevented a Baltimore touchdown. But here's the interesting part: the Dallas Cowboys lost. I'll concede that there's a certain inherent value to preventing a touchdown by the other team -- Seattle only made it to the Super Bowl because Richard Sherman did just that on the last play of the NFC Championship -- but I looked over the game summary and I found at least one person who I think may have been more valuable: Jim O'Brian, the Baltimore kicker who scored the winning field goal with five seconds left on the clock. Another person arguably more valuable than Howley: his teammate Mike Clark, who scored 7 of Dallas's 13 points. Or anyone, really. Howley declined the award, incidentally.

* Speaking of this year's MVP, I saw his "I'm going to Disney World!" commercial today, which got me wondering just how that whole thing works. If you're voted MVP, are you required to do the commercial? What happens if you say something else? (One of my coworkers and I got a good laugh out of imagining Marshawn Lynch being named MVP and, when asked what he would do next, saying, "I'm gonna eat a big bag of Skittles!" But surprisingly for an 15-second ad that is made on the fly, Disney puts a lot of work into making them. According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, Disney starts negotiating contracts with various players from both teams well in advance of the game. If one of the those players is named MVP, they get some money and the commercial and the trip to Disney World and all that. If they don't they get nothing. Interestingly, Smith was not one of the players Disney contracted in advance of the game; they made the call to his agent right after he made the pick-six that won him the award, and his commercial didn't air right after the game because they hadn't come to a deal yet.
Tags: sports: football

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