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Here’s my Super Bowl analysis

Here’s my Super Bowl analysis and brain dump. One ground rule: I enjoy humiliating blowouts as long as a team I don’t like and/or don’t care about is on the losing end. It’s kinda like watching a bad Hildi room, only the stadium walls stay intact.

The security to get in was incompetant on an epic scale. No two screeners prohibited the same things, despite a loudspeaker constantly annoncing what those were. It took *forever* out in the hot (~90 degree) sun to get even up to the checkpoints, and several fans were sick and/or fainting and had to be soaked in cool water.

Kudos to the organizers of the NFL’s official tailgate party “North of the Border” (free Mexican food and drinks for corporate assclowns like myself who nonetheless didn’t rate high enough to make it into the super-secret Corporate Hospitality area). Kudos also to the San Diego trolley system, which quite efficiently got everyone out of the stadium relatively quickly (it took us about an hour from leaving our seats at Jack Murphy/Qualcomm to being back at our hotel). And kudos for the musical organizers: the halftime show was among the best I’d ever seen. However, my brain still hurts from the pregame show, in which Styx were brought out to play “We Are The Champions / We Will Rock You” (wha?!). Other neat highlights: free mini FM radios in every seat cushion plus stadium-area FM broadcasting of the official Bucs radio guy, the official Raiders radio guy, the audio from ABC-TV (Madden and Michaels), CBS radio’s feed, and a Spanish-language broadcast. I kept one ear on Al and John the whole game, which occasionally helped when I lost track of where the ball was going.

Random nitpick: you’d think at Qualcomm Stadium, renamed by/after the inventors of the CDMA technology used in my phone, I’d be able to reliably make and take digital cell calls (I know, I know, nearly every fan there had a phone and many of them were using them). Still, the situation was worse at San Diego’s airport, where no usable digital signal from either Sprint or Verizon existed (I guess the “can you hear me now” guy hasn’t been there yet).

Also, San Diego is a beautiful area with a great climate and some amazing restaruants. If not for the high cost of pretty much everything (welcome to California, leave your left nut at the door) it’d be a near-ideal place to live.

Game analysis: while broiling in line to get in, I saw a Bucs fan ahead of me in line with a sign that said “HEY RAIDERS: CHUCKY’S BACK!”. That pretty much says it all for the game. One note: the crowd was so heavily biased to Raiders fans it essentially was a home game for them. Unfortunately, the 3rd down crowd noise when the Bucs were on offense mainly served to lure the Raiders offsides, so it was a mixed advantage at best. Also, in my best TMQ impression, I’d like to note that I knew the Raiders could never come back when they ended the second quarter with the safe-but-failed rushes and no attempt whatsoever to move the ball or even try a Hail Mary. I even yelled “CALLAHAN YOU PUSSY!” for effect, but clearly it didn’t help.

Anyway, that’s way too much writing for a “link-blog”, so I’ll stop here. If other random thoughts crop up I’ll post ’em though.

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