Monday, February 6, 2017

Super Bowl LI: Final Thoughts

Super Bowl 51 was a great game to watch for anyone that isn't an Atlanta Falcons fan. In the event you got so drunk that you forgot what happened, the New England Patriots came back from a 28-3 deficit to win the game, 34-28 in OT. Here are some quick thoughts on the game:



  • The Falcons play-calling with under 5 minutes to go in the 4th quarter was among the worst of all-time. After marching the ball inside the Patriots 25-yard-line with an 8 point lead and the clock running down, the Falcons called pass after pass and it killed them. A field goal in that situation would've made a Patriots comeback very difficult. On third and long from the 35 (still in field goal range) they called yet another pass, and while it was completed for 5 yards, the Falcons were called for holding and were moved out of field goal range. After hearing what a "genius" Kyle Shanahan is all week, he choked big time in the 4th quarter.
  • The Super Bowl commercials continue to be a major disappointment year after year. It's amazing to me that these companies will spend millions of dollars for the advertising slot, millions more to get a celebrity on their commercial, but they skimp in hiring the company that actually creates the commercial. I propose we just let the company that makes the ESPN Sportscenter commercials make every Super Bowl commercial for the rest of eternity. And for Christ's sake, talking to your Google robot thing to turn on your lights or to ask a meaningless question is the worst advertising campaign I've seen. It doesn't seem to make anything more convenient, and for that reason I refuse to learn what the product is actually called.
  • Tom Brady and Bill Belichick are the greatest player and coach of all-time.
  • I feel so bad for Matt Ryan, who seems like a genuinely nice, humble guy who deserves nothing but praise. He's the kind of teammate everybody would enjoy playing with. I'm not sure if the Falcons will contend again next season, because the NFL scheduling is stacked against divisional winners, but Matt Ryan proved he's one of the best quarterbacks in the league. I also feel terrible for Falcons fans in general, as this is almost certainly the most heart-wrenching loss in any sport.
  • Was it just me or did Tom Brady's arm look considerably weaker than usual? His deep balls had little or no zip, he missed several throws he usually always hits, but he managed to get it done so I doubt it'll be talked about at all. It wouldn't surprise me if Brady has some kind of minor shoulder or elbow surgery this off-season.
  • Let's get ready for Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis next year! Maybe the stars will align and we can watch our beloved Vikings play in the big game at US Bank Stadium. Highly unlikely, but a guy can wish.