Super Bowl

Super Bowl: A cold night for red hot chili quarterbacks



(This is the first of three stories I sent to papers, previewing the Super Bowl)


By MIKE HUGHES

Wait ... is it the Super Bowl already?


If this is Monday -- it is, I checked -- then life is already in Super Bowl mode.

Today, lots of shows -- "The Talk," CBS Sports Network, CBS Radio Network, parts of "The Insider" -- begin broadcasting from New Orleans. Others arrive later, including CBS' morning show on Thursday and its evening news on Friday.

Are we ready for football?


Somewhere in the midst of all those clips and commercials and concerts, there will be a football game Sunday. For many of us -- not really keen on Ravens and 49ers -- it will be fresh turf. Here's the story I sent to papers, with CBS people looking at some of the key points. The previous blog is an overview of the TV day:

 

By MIKE HUGHES

For casual football fans, Sunday's game
is a challenge.

Hey buddy, got a dozen hours to spare?


On Sunday, the rest of life will gently recede and the Super Bowl will consume us. With that in mind, I'm sending several stories to papers; here's the first one, a viewer's guide to Super Sunday:

 

By MIKE HUGHES

On Sunday, people will conspire to
gather near their TV sets.

Super Bowl, Part II


Just how long is a moment, anyway?

At one point, the Fox Super Bowl pre-game show said we were "a few moments from kick-off." We were 45 minutes away.

I'm not complaining overall, of course. Anything that concludes with the Packers winning the Super Bowl is good.

I had a bunch of comments in the previous blog. A few more:

1) Overall, Fox did a good job. In particular, Troy Aikman is a first-rate analyst.

Super Bowl pre-game


Welcome to the Super Bowl preview blog, brought to you by Meijer graham crackers. I ...

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.):

Super Bowl: A Packer memory


As I watch the Super Bowl preview -- approximately 47 hours, stuffed with enough plugs to jolt even Regis Philbin or Ed McMahon -- I wanted to throw in a personal memory.

Yes, I'll throw in some new comments after the Super Bowl and "Glee." First, however, here's a commentary I sent to papers:

A sorta Super night


OK, it was mostly a super night for TV viewers. Here are a few of my views of the Super Bowl telecast; please add yours:

1) The top-notch pre-game music offered opposites. First, Queen Latifah had the spledid backing of a children's choir; then Carrie Underwood worked alone, for a strong version of the National Anthem.

2) Carrie, incidentally, looked rather terrific in white. That would have been Elvis' favorite outfit, once he lost 100 pounds or so.

Super Bowl thoughts


My Super Bowl view: It was definitely the best one ever.

It was tough, taut, muscular, kinetic. It was filled with action, excitement and stardom.

Also, the game was OK.

What I'm talking about, of course, is the Bruce Springsteen halftime show. In Super Bowl halftime standards, it was twice as good as the Rolling Stones, three times as good as Paul McCartney. Even if Janet Jackson's exposure had been doubled, Springsteen's show would have been better. Maybe.