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2011 - 2012 NFL Thread

Discussion in 'Sports Programming and Events' started by Scott Kocourek, Nov 3, 2011.

  1. Feb 6, 2012 #781 of 847
    Stewart Vernon

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    Everybody is talking about the halftime bird-flip...

    But...

    Am I the only one who noticed Madonna almost took a spill off the back of the stage when she had trouble stepping up on that highest step early in the show? Good recovery, but man it looked like she almost went for a tumble.
     
  2. Feb 6, 2012 #782 of 847
    Mike Bertelson

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    I say that too. My daughter kept saying "she was supposed to do that". :rolleyes: :lol:

    Mike
     
  3. Feb 6, 2012 #783 of 847
    MysteryMan

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    She admitted prior to the game she was very nervious about doing the halftime show. Turned out to be better way then I expected. I tip my hat to Madonna.
     
  4. Feb 6, 2012 #784 of 847
    Steve

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    What was better? The throw or the catch? The ESPN analysts this morning seemed to think it was the pass, but Manningham's ability (all year) to keep his feet in bounds was pretty amazing, IMO.

    And what is it about Eli and the fourth quarter? Most TDs in a season, second only to Rogers in QB rating for the season, and off the charts in road playoff games. Talk about clutch.
     
  5. Feb 6, 2012 #785 of 847
    djlong

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    I had a feeling the Patriots weren't going to be quite up to winning. Just a tad too much desperation and mistakes did them in.

    I mean, their opening play - a safety? That's a HORRIBLE mistake and it meant handing almost the entire first quarter to the Giants.

    There were a lot of "almosts" in the fourth quarter - one pass caught instead of missed and the Giants don't get the time they need. I knew the Patriots were done when they were up by 2 and the Giants got the ball back. There was enough time for the Giants to score and keep the Patriots from coming back - and I knew the defense wasn't going to be able to hold enough to prevent ANY points. I knew at least 3 were coming for NY.

    But I would be remiss if I didn't say something about the halftime show.

    This was the most self-indulgent display I've ever seen.

    The opening song being a vacuous, vapid pop song about a magazine devoted to a vacuous, vapid industry that promotes lies, deception and hiding your true self. A whole opening of what was basically a product placement ad ("Vogue").

    If I thought that was bad, I had no idea what else was coming. I mena, whole choruses singing Madonna's name? A "marching band" emblazoned with her initial? You normally have to go to politics to see that kind of egomaniacal display. Good grief, the bands I listen to used to get poor reviews for being "self indulgent" in writing songs that lasted over 15 minutes. If *that* is self-indulgent, they haven't invented words for what this was.

    Don't get me wrong - Madonna's got a voice and one heck of a lot of business acumen to go with it (the way she re-invents herself repeatedly over time). But this? Man, I've never seen anything like it and I hope I never do again. She almost looked like she was trying to start her own religion complete with litter-bearing slaves.
     
  6. Feb 6, 2012 #786 of 847
    hdtvfan0001

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    I stopped by a sports bar and the place was 1/2 empty with people still leaving by the middle of the 3rd quarter...so it seems there might be folks (outside of the NorthEast U.S.) who might just disagree.

    The game was everything I suspected it would be...a low-scoring competition between 2 teams that backed into being there. I bet a 49'ers / Ravens game would have been far more interesting and entertaining (and I don't have the slightest emotional equity in either of those 2 teams either...).

    This one was the Superbowl dud of the last last decade.

    But somebody had to win, so given the choice...ALL HAIL THE NEW YORK GIANTS.
     
  7. Feb 6, 2012 #787 of 847
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    Well stated.
     
  8. Feb 6, 2012 #788 of 847
    RACJ2

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    I thought it was one of the more exciting Super Bowl's I've watched. Going down to the last play to be absolutely sure who was the winner. You had two elite QB's who were capable of driving down the field on the last drive, to win the game. Held my interest until the last second.

    It may not have been as exciting to you, because your team looked like the team to beat this year, but they weren't even in it. And I'm sure Packer fans were disappointed and may have been more excited to see Aaron Rogers in the pregame show, then watching the game. Prior to the game, some were predicting that if it was a close one, the ratings will beat last years game. We'll probably find the answer to that soon.
     
  9. Feb 6, 2012 #789 of 847
    Scott Kocourek

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    As a Pack fan myself I would say the Giants kinda made it to the Super Bowl and won it in a similar fashion as the Packers did themselves last season.

    The beginning of the season was so-so and they came alive at the end when it mattered. that's my take on it.
     
  10. Feb 6, 2012 #790 of 847
    RACJ2

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    And in the end, that 2 points may have cost the Pats the game. If they didn't get that safety, the Giants would have been leading by 2 after they scored their last TD. Instead of going for 2, they would have kicked the extra point to make it 3. So it would have been 20 to 17 with a close to a minute left. So all Brady would have needed was to get them in field goal range. And how many times have we seen him do that. If the Pats did make the FG, then we might have seen the first Super Bowl ever to go into overtime.
     
  11. Feb 6, 2012 #791 of 847
    hdtvfan0001

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    That part is quite true...but the reason it went down to the wire was because there was little happening until that point - making it a boring game for over 3 quarters. No big plays, no stellar performances...just methodical practice-squad kind of stuff.

    - 10-9 score at halftime?

    - 1 major drive by each team in the first half?

    - Manning 266 Total Passing Yards...Brady 282 Total Passing Yards...in the "Year of the QB"?

    ...193 total rushing yards by both teams COMBINED?

    Exciting?
     
  12. Feb 6, 2012 #792 of 847
    bidger

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    :rolleyes: 20,000+ posts and you're totally clueless. On this topic anyway.
     
  13. Feb 6, 2012 #793 of 847
    hdtvfan0001

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    All that said - Congrats to the Giants - who won a pretty cleanly-played game for the most part.
     
  14. Feb 6, 2012 #794 of 847
    Laxguy

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    << Snipped bits out >>

    So, I take it you didn't care for it?


    :D

    I agree with what you said. It's also the first year I actually watched the whole half time show. The lighting effects were good at the end!

    I wonder what Vogue paid to be so featured. And one of the dancers seemed to be made up to look like Lady GaGa.
     
  15. Feb 6, 2012 #795 of 847
    RACJ2

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    I would have enjoyed a little more scoring, but it just meant the defenses played well. It could have been like the Pro Bowl game 59-41, now that was exciting. :nono2: Any way, the preliminary numbers are in and it seems this years Super Bowl held its own.

     
  16. Feb 6, 2012 #796 of 847
    Devo1237

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    It wasn't weird, he screwed up scoring the touchdown. He tried to stop on the one yard line because that would have been the smart play. They could have taken a knee on the next down to use up the remaining time and kicked an extra point length field goal for a 1-point win, WITHOUT giving Brady a chance to score with 57 seconds remaining.
     
  17. Feb 6, 2012 #797 of 847
    Devo1237

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    Judging by the ratings, the Patriots are a bland team, too.

    http://www.deadline.com/2012/02/super-bowl-down-a-notch-from-last-year-in-overnight-ratings/
     
  18. Feb 6, 2012 #798 of 847
    Laxguy

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    I understand what happened and why. What was weird to me was looking up and seeing him fall backwards into the end zone. On replay I understood the strategy on both sides.
     
  19. Feb 6, 2012 #799 of 847
    RACJ2

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    Devo1237

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    Yeah, it was weird that he didn't just stop. It sure seemed like he had time, and knew that was the right move. He must have been surprised that the Patriots opened up that HUGE lane for him to score (probably a smart move on their part to get the ball back and keep their timeout).
     

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