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theamazeeaz
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Did anyone watch it? I've checked the score, but I don't really have a horse in the race (or like football). Was it interesting?

Apparently the power went out.

I had the TV on when Beyonce did the concert. I wasn't impressed. It was a nice show, but it showcased the issues with doing such a theatrical performance and trying to sing live at the same (or at least pretend to).

Oh, I guess it's over. The team fewer people were rooting for won.

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Pretty good game...better team won.

If I hadn't DVRed the game and was able to fast forward through the blackout, I might have been upset by it.

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Looked to be a blowout, then it became a tight game all the way until the end. When you give up a safety on purpose, just to drain the clock, you know it's tight.
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Well it was a blowout until the power went out. All the momentum was with Baltimore including a 108 yard kickoff return on the first play of the second half. Pretty much right after that (there might have been a play or two) the power went out. Baltimore then came out flat and the 49ers came back swinging. It came down to the last seconds and the Ravens barely held on for the win. I would say the blackout wins the awards for game changer.
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I ended up cheering for the 49ers because a coworker/good friend is a HUGE fan of the team. I was feeling pretty bad for her until the blackout happened and they made a serious comeback. I'm such a sucker for underdog situations. By the end of the game, I was screaming and watching the game through my fingers.

I'm pretty curious to find out what caused the blackout. I just kept thinking, "Well, that's the last time they let us host a Superbowl." Which may be for the best. I'm glad I'm sitting out Mardi Gras this year. I don't think I could have handled the insanity of Mardi Gras tourists and Superbowl tourists at the same time.

Didn't care for the halftime show. Nothing against Beyonce personally, I think she's a pretty cool person based on things I've heard her say. But I don't understand the appeal of her music.

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Kwea
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Between the balckout and the hold that wasn't called at the end of the game in the end zone, I'd say this was a weird game. Fun to watch, but I am not sure the better team won.

I am a Pat's fan, so I didn't have a horse in this race.

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Lyrhawn
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The Dodge commercial with the Paul Harvey monologue probably had the biggest effect on me, and I didn't think it could get more emotional than those damn Budweiser Clydesdales. But the whole majesty of the American farmer thing resonated in some deep-seated pr-programmed Jeffersonian myth of the yeoman farmer way.

And what few farming families I know personally I know really appreciated it.

Oh, yeah, and there was a football game happening too. Um, go team! Score points! Beat the enemy!

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Kwea
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I disliked the Farmer one. 90% of farms today are Agribusiness, but they still get huge tax breaks and subsidies meant for local farms. Left a bad taste in my mouth to be honest.
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Lyrhawn
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Yeah, that was one of the first things my friend next to me mentioned, and I agreed.

But corporations aren't farmers, they're corporations.

For the family farms that still exist, it resonates.

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I had a friend (fellow military man) who was disappointed that Jeep led their commercial with a quote by Oprah thereby ruining an otherwise good attempt at a tear-jerker.
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Lyrhawn
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I think it was ruined for me once it became clear Jeep was trying to cash in on being attached to the USO.
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I wasn't too bothered by it. They DO have a historical link to the military.
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I admit I did not watch the Superbowl. I kept thinking cynically that it would be appropriate for the Superbowl to be flushed. I gather that it almost was, due to a power outage that delayed the game by over 40 minutes.

I heard that the Baltimore Crows--I mean, Ravens--won. Eat Crow, 49'ers!

The only thing I sort of regret was not seeing the Superbowl commercials, since they often show a lot of creativity and entertainment value. Anyone have any preferences for the best ones?

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I thought the game, halftime show, and commercials were generally pretty boring.
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quote:
Originally posted by Kwea:
I disliked the Farmer one. 90% of farms today are Agribusiness, but they still get huge tax breaks and subsidies meant for local farms. Left a bad taste in my mouth to be honest.

It was true when Paul Harvey first said it?
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Lyrhawn
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quote:
Originally posted by BlackBlade:
quote:
Originally posted by Kwea:
I disliked the Farmer one. 90% of farms today are Agribusiness, but they still get huge tax breaks and subsidies meant for local farms. Left a bad taste in my mouth to be honest.

It was true when Paul Harvey first said it?
In 1978? Certainly more true than it is today, but looking at it that way I think misses the point. I think if you asked Paul Harvey, or any modern day family farmers, about giant agribusiness corporate farming, they would draw a clear line between themselves and that. What Harvey said about family farmers 30 years ago still resonates today because it's still true for the family farms that are left. Just because there are less of them doesn't mean it's less true for them.
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I couldn't enjoy the farmer one because I was bracing the whole time for whomever the advertiser turned out to be. I worried it would turn out to be Monsanto or something.
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quote:
Originally posted by stilesbn:
Well it was a blowout until the power went out. All the momentum was with Baltimore including a 108 yard kickoff return on the first play of the second half. Pretty much right after that (there might have been a play or two) the power went out. Baltimore then came out flat and the 49ers came back swinging. It came down to the last seconds and the Ravens barely held on for the win. I would say the blackout wins the awards for game changer.

I'd say it was the Baltimore defense that gets the credit. My 49ers haven't been great in the red zone this season, but they denied us on a couple of really big drives. Given that a couple of Ravens plays that led to touchdowns were flukes (no team can take real credit for a kickoff return- it's mostly luck), the score could *easily* have been 40-something 9ers, to maybe 20 Ravens. But the Raven's defense shut down the 9ers in the first half, and that helped them to hang on to the win. A couple of plays turning out differently could have had a big impact on the game, and though Flaco definitely played a hell of a game, Kaepernick also displayed incredible talent. The Ravens were just able to shut him down, so I give all the credit in the world to them for that- he is quite possibly going to be the best quarterback in football in a few years time.
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