The Superbowl today starting now

The Superbowl is about to start and while I might have preferred Denver on other grounds, this epic rant by Richard Sherman after the NFC championship game has me totally won over. Defensive corners are seldom the stars, but Sherman in the very last minute had gone one-on-one with the star receiver of the 49ers and had tipped the ball away after an acrobatic half twist and pike that ended up with a Seahawk interception. So there he was, being interviewed, moments later.

Might just mention here the best book on North American football ever, The Blind Side, which is about how the least glamorous position in the game, left offensive tackle – which incidentally was the position I used to play – became the second highest paid position on the team. An amazing story in many ways, by the incomparable Michael Lewis.

Enjoy the game for those who enjoy the game.

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38 Responses to The Superbowl today starting now

  1. .

    Charlie Waters was the Miami and Dallas CB and he was one of the greats. (He was also versatile at QB, safety and wide receiver).

    A great football player will make their position work for them. Bradley Clyde was a lock forward and rated the best league player in the world for two years (he may have been runner up once).

  2. Rabz

    Good to see all that gerbil worming hasn’t prevented the game from going ahead.

  3. .

    The snow is because of global warming, squire.

  4. Go Tiges

    Actually the rant made me want to support the other side. Yes it was a brilliant intercept, but then he went over to rub his opponents nose in it. The commentators criticised him for that and he went off at the interviewer. As my old coaches used to say to me, beat, but never try to humiliate your opponent. That’s not what sport is about. Anyway, recording it and looking forward to seeing it tonight. It’s a great game of strategy and tactics.

  5. Rabz

    The snow is because of global warming climate change, squire.

    Fixed.

  6. james

    It has been pointed out that while most corner backs are not exactly bright Sherman is one of the few of well above average intelligence who actually deserved his academic scholarship and graduated with flying colours.

    This kind of kills any excuse he might have had culturally for behaving like an idiotic 7th grade drop-out thug from south central.

  7. Paul

    I’ve had family who taught in the US for a few terms. Much of the vibrant diversity passes with flying colours, because the repercussions aren’t worth it for either the teachers or the school. Call me what you like but that’s the reality in the US.

  8. Andrew

    How is what Sherman did different to the screeching harpy did in Parliament? “Oh, he’s looking at his watch!” Only difference is Sherman didn’t plan it, and his abusive rant wasn’t scripted by an important hatemonger.

  9. Infidel Tiger

    Seattle 22-0. Wonder how Floyd Mayweather and his $10mn bet are feeling?

  10. Ant

    You guys are a bit slow.

    It’s now “Global Climate Disruption”

  11. I am the Walrus, koo koo k'choo

    Let me know when the translation to English becomes available.

  12. Andrew

    Climate Weirding.

    BTW it’s +5C in Noo Joisey today so whatever it is, it’s worse than we thought.

  13. Driftforge

    Hmm. Are Denver out to break their record for the biggest loss in a Superbowl (45 points). They’re already in second place…

  14. Mark from Melbourne

    Denver have looked like deers in the headlights since the first play.

    Port Adelaide 2007 springs to mind…

  15. Token

    No sure if they are going to be pummelled as bad as that Drift.

    Peyton Manning finally delivers a TD & 2 point conversion.

  16. Driftforge

    Yeah, when I looked it was 36-0.

  17. james

    It.

    Floyd looks like proving the idiom about a fool and his money being not exactly inseparable.

  18. south

    As someone who grew up with Mark ‘Jacko’ Jackson playing VFL I’m really not sure what all the fuss is about.

  19. Ubique

    Looks like the legalisation of marijuana in Colorado didn’t work out so well for Denver. They’d come into the Superbowl on such a high.

  20. Alfonso

    Those boys are pretty unfit endurance wise…but at least they tackle.

  21. Demosthenes

    Superbowl – a nice thing to have on in the background, but there isn’t much to actually see.

    According to a Wall Street Journal study of four recent broadcasts, and similar estimates by researchers, the average amount of time the ball is in play on the field during an NFL game is about 11 minutes.

    In other words, if you tally up everything that happens between the time the ball is snapped and the play is whistled dead by the officials, there’s barely enough time to prepare a hard-boiled egg. In fact, the average telecast devotes 56% more time to showing replays.

    So what do the networks do with the other 174 minutes in a typical broadcast? Not surprisingly, commercials take up about an hour. As many as 75 minutes, or about 60% of the total air time, excluding commercials, is spent on shots of players huddling, standing at the line of scrimmage or just generally milling about between snaps. In the four broadcasts The Journal studied, injured players got six more seconds of camera time than celebrating players. While the network announcers showed up on screen for just 30 seconds, shots of the head coaches and referees took up about 7% of the average show.

    11 minutes sounds terrible, and it is – there’s more happening in test cricket – but the WSJ repeated this exercise with baseball a few years later and found they only average 18 minutes of action, and that was being generous with ‘action’, so it’s not just NFL that has a problem.

  22. Zatara

    Yeah yeah, American football, boo hiss.

    And by all means, invoke a “study” by the WSJ, where the sum experience of sport is sniffing the bleacher seats after.

    Meanwhile, if you want to view an American football championship game worth watching, might I recommend the NCAA College Football Championship match? (With all commercials and BS edited out)

  23. Zatara

    6 of the 10 largest stadiums in the world by seating belong to US college football teams who tend to pack them for every game. The MCG is the only Australia stadium in that group of 10 and they come last. While size may not be everything quantity has a quality all its own.

    On the other hand, IMO professional football in the US isn’t worth watching, Boring, predicable and bland at best.

  24. Demosthenes

    And by all means, invoke a “study” by the WSJ, where the sum experience of sport is sniffing the bleacher seats after.

    They match what other people have measured. They mention two at the bottom of the article (including one from 1912!), both at 13 minutes, and this guy stopped the clock at 12 minutes. It’s great, gives you time to eat wings and drink beer and talk to your friends. Just keep half an ear out for changes in pitch in the commentator’s voice so you can turn around in time for some sport.

    Meanwhile, if you want to view an American football championship game worth watching, might I recommend the NCAA College Football Championship match? (With all commercials and BS edited out)

    The opening shot is of players and dignitaries walking onto the field for the coin toss. It’s a minute until the coin is tossed. After interviews, commentary over shots of players and the crowd, it’s 3:20 before kick-off. Play lasts six seconds, then we have 40 seconds of player info, then another play for eight seconds. I’d hate to see the BS they edited out.

  25. Zatara

    Sounds as if you need to avoid American football at all costs Demosthenes.

    But it’s so much fun to bitch about right?

  26. Token

    But it’s so much fun to bitch about right?

    Can’t wait for his review on Beijing Opera as I suspect it is more his style.

    …btw thanks for the link Zatara. Will enjoy watching it tonight.

  27. Gab

    I’d love to experience the Superbowl in person at the stadium. An amazing atmosphere by all accounts.

  28. Token

    Absolutely would love a Superbowl trip with a lead up tail gate party – brews and smoked BBQ meat.

  29. Demosthenes

    But it’s so much fun to bitch about right?

    The mildest of criticism, based on irrefutable empirical facts, is not bitching. Particularly when I point out the good points of the situation. Perhaps you’re a Denver fan?

  30. stackja

    Does Coca-Cola need Ardmona money to pay for SuperBowl ad? And supposedly Coke supports homosexuals.

  31. Infidel Tiger

    Does Coca-Cola need Ardmona money to pay for SuperBowl ad?

    Unlikely. SPC Ardmona is owned by Coca Cola Amatil, an Australian company.

  32. stackja

    Infidel Tiger
    #1176603, posted on February 3, 2014 at 5:46 pm
    Does Coca-Cola need Ardmona money to pay for SuperBowl ad?
    Unlikely. SPC Ardmona is owned by Coca Cola Amatil, an Australian company.

    Company Overview – Coca-Cola Amatil
    ccamatil.com/ABOUTCCA/Pages/CompanyOverview.aspx‎
    CCA’s major shareholderThe Coca-Cola Company – owns 29% of CCA’s shares and has two directors on CCA’s nine member Board of Directors.

  33. Infidel Tiger

    Thanks for proving my point. It’s an Australian company.

  34. Grigory M

    Disappointingly one-sided game today. Peyton Manning and his Denver Broncos teammates had an off day. But all credit to the Seattle Seahawks – they came to play and they capitalized on their opportunities. Still an excellent spectacle on the day. I was in Miami for Superbowl XLIV, but didn’t get to the game – bought a T-shirt though.

  35. stackja

    Infidel Tiger
    #1176610, posted on February 3, 2014 at 5:53 pm
    Thanks for proving my point. It’s an Australian company.

    Controlled by an American company.

  36. Zatara

    “The mildest of criticism, based on irrefutable empirical facts, is not bitching. Particularly when I point out the good points of the situation.”

    I tried that line once as well but she still slugged me.

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