*Posted February 7, 2009*
Since the Super Bowl is more than just a game, nowadays, and I'm someone who will sit and watch all 12 hours of PreGame/RealGame/PostGame coverage, I've still got 2/3 of the day to talk about. Here are some of my observations over the course of the day:
-Keith Olbermann (more on him later) TOWERS over Tiki Barber, and he also has a huge gut. Maybe its because he was rocking the shirt-vest-suit layers, but he's become quite the liberal fattie.
-Top Chef brought back some All-Stars from last season for a Super Bowl cook-off. Playing for the Cardinals were loser Andrew and the Italian Chick. Playing for the Steelers were Richard Blais (the best) and loser Spike. The Cardinals team grilled up some sort of pork taco (?), while Blais imagined a sort-of Korean Barbecue (in honor of Hines). Judging the contest was Fat Bettis and Tiki Barber, who easily came to the conclusion that a tailgate needs steak (duh, right?) and the Korean Barbecue won the day. Head Chef Tom Collechio rewarded Richard and Spike with surprise tickets to the game. As far as pregame coverage went, that was probably the highlight.
-The piece they did on Dick Lebeau was really cool, and I hear that the league is considering a rule that would allow the HOF to consider a person's complete career in the NFL (like Lebeau's playing & coaching bundled into one mega HOF package).
-Everyone in the bar up here in WI booooooed the hell out of John Elway, but only a few people clapped for General Petraeus (myself included).
-Was Springsteen any good at half time? People were blown away by his performance, but as someone who doesn't really listen to his music and watched with an open mind, I have to say it wasn't that good. You couldn't understand him, and he sings lousy to begin with. Tom Petty was much cooler last year.
-After the game, people on the ESPN message boards complained once again about the refs handing the game to Pittsburgh, but Cardinals fans were further pissed off because no one in the trophy ceremony applauded the efforts of the Cardinals team. Rooney thanked Obama, Tomlin praised his guys and city of Sixburgh, but no one tipped their hats to Warner and co. SO WHAT?!?!?!? They also hated Harrison for roughing up Francisco. Whatever.
-Ben pushing through the ESPN staff to surprise Chris Berman on NFL Primetime was a pretty cool improvised moment (but hey, Fat Ben knows how to improvise). They then spent the next 5 or 6 minutes gushing praise and respect, which is about time).
-Final thoughts on Kurt Warner getting into the Hall of Fame. Listen up folks, he may have played another heroic Super Bowl, and he knows how to show up for big games, but is that enough? Warner was stinky for 3 quarters which was why their comeback wasn't enough. Warner is now 1-2 in Super Bowls, and he's only had about 5 great years in the league. He spent most of his career as fumbling bum, and just because his epic story makes people weep, it just isn't Hall of Fame worthy. There is a reason Terrell Davis isn't going to make it, and it's not because of his huge numbers in 2 Super Bowl wins. It's because he hasn't had the LONG career of a Fat Bettis. The same thought will be applied to Kurt Warner. To me, the modern standard is Steve Young. Young barely cracks the minimum qualifications to be in Canton, and I easily consider Young's career to be far better than Kurt Warner. If he retires now, he's out. If he plays 2 or 3 more quality years like this one, he's in, and that's that.