Superbowl Open Thread

Let’s try this again.

I have no idea why the comments are borked. I was digging someone out of the spam filter since apparently the other front pagers have gone ban crazy lately, and apparently I screwed the whole comments section up.

And front pagers, I beg you- when you ban someone, email me. You have no idea how many whiny ass emails I get everyday about the comments section not being available, then I look, and someone has been banned and that is why they can not post. Sometimes, you ban IP’s that tons of people use. So from now on, email me if you ban someone, explain why, and send me the username and email and ip.

Grumble. God damnit.






228 replies
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    Badmoodman says:

    As I was saying….

    I’m only watching to see if Bernard Pollard accidentally delivers a kill-shot to teammate Ray Lewis. Win/win.

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    Yeah Free at last! Thanks John.

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    scav says:

    movement!

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    mistermix-not logged in says:

    Test

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    poco says:

    So what was that go-daddy ad? My twitter has gone wild!

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    Schlemizel says:

    as I tried – desperately – to ask earlier

    Any good commercials yet?

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    Third or fourth try.

    49ers showing jitters; Ravens looking solid. Slow on defense, but solid.

    49ers fans start worrying. These aren’t the Falcons.

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    cathyx says:

    This is only a test.

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    cyntax says:

    Well that was a well-timed fumble.

    ETA: To say nothing of the game.

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    LeftCoastTom says:

    Hmmm…go niners?!

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    Alison says:

    HOORAY. And now I’ll repeat myself for who knows what number time:

    As I just curmudgeonishly tweeted, I’m from the Bay Area so go Niners, I suppose, but gridiron football is mostly meh to me. I was way more thrilled about Newcastle beating Chelsea yesterday :P

    I’m a terrible American!

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    Comrade Mary says:

    I was digging someone out of the spam filter

    Was that me? I’m sorry.

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    Badmoodman says:

    @poco:

    The Go Daddy ad was wretch inducing. Do not go there again. Trust me.

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    Yutsano says:

    Third time’s the charm?

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    Alison says:

    And obvs now “go Niners” is a bit sadder than it was when I first tried to comment.

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    Wag says:

    The Audi ad was excellent.

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    Cassidy says:

    I was digging someone out of the spam filter since apparently the other front pagers have gone ban crazy lately,

    At least someone cares enough to keep it civil around here. And it was so quiet.

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    FlyingToaster says:

    Go hedgehogs!

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    GOP considers Romney for MA Senate — ANN Romney. God could not love me this much.

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    trollhattan says:

    There it is.

    SF does ‘t seem ready. Repeat of Atlanta game?

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    LanceThruster says:

    Uuunngh!

    Aaaaaahhhhh.

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    Suzanne says:

    That GoDaddy ad was gross. That kiss sounded like a wet fart.

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    Yutsano says:

    @Schlemizel: The Bud commercial with the hawt horse trainer and the CUTE Clydesdale foal rocked!

    (Not watching the game as I’m about to get stuck in a tube and zapped. But it was on my Book of Faces.)

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    dance around in your bones says:

    Well, my whiny-ass comments apparently got eaten, so what the hay.

    Eating potato chips and drinking vodka + orange juice and really don’t care who wins this game. Marginally B’more since I lived there for a while.

    Glad you got it fixed JC!

    @suzanne – my 2 older grandboys were in the room when that ad came on and they both just about puked from the sucky-face.

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    Corner Stone says:

    @Badmoodman: That was disgusting.

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    Badmoodman says:

    Hyundai is spending $$$$$$$$$$ on ads.

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    Pooh says:

    Oreo best commercial so far

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    Corner Stone says:

    Ed Reed. Ball hawk.

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    PeakVT says:

    How long has Al Gore been playing for the Niners? /turns up radio

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    Corner Stone says:

    Scaepernick Strikes Again!

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    Badmoodman says:

    Ray Lewis must feel right at home in this thugfest.

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    TaMara (BHF) says:

    Wow, all the drama is here and not on my teevee.

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    LanceThruster says:

    “…and crown thy good with brotherhood…”

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    Wag says:

    @Corner Stone:

    It took 42 takes to get it right.

    Lucky geek.

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    JPL says:

    God must want lewis’ team according to twenty-seven percent of the folks polled.

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    Mr Stagger Lee says:

    The Doritos ad, with the little girl getting her daddy and his friends to play dress up was the best in IMHO. The Ravens are running the game so far.

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    Baud says:

    All the ads sucked. Our nation is screwed.

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    I see fear & confusion in Kaepernick’s eyes.

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    Corner Stone says:

    @Wag: I’ve wondered a couple things:
    1) how much he paid some casting director to get that gig
    2) how many takes he calculated he could get away with re-doing before they booted him

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    mai naem says:

    @Southern Beale: Oh, but Massachusetts is not good enough for Ann. Surely, Ann’s fate is to bigger and better things than lil ole liberal sosulistic Mass. I say, she should run for California. Meg Whitman could give her pointers on how to spend the rest of that Romney fortune. And Phil Mickelson’s a neighbor who will donate money to their campaign.

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    Mr Stagger Lee says:

    Another thing, Fast and the Furious 6, really?

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    damned at random says:

    The Doritos goat will haunt my dreams. (Goat eyes freak me out)

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    trollhattan says:

    Hams-for-arms experiment not going as planned.

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    Suzanne says:

    Oreo commercial actually made me laff.

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    Badmoodman says:

    @Mr Stagger Lee:
    Easily the most realistic F&F yet.

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    Baud says:

    Everyone wants to be Sean Payton.

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    John Harbaugh messing with his little brother’s head

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    LanceThruster says:

    @FlyingToaster:

    Go Chipmonks!

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    gwangung says:

    @Mr Stagger Lee:

    Another thing, Fast and the Furious 6, really?

    Fast Five, $209,837,675 box office.

    Really.

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    LanceThruster says:

    @gwangung:

    How much does the car culture and all the ricky-racer wanna-be’s cause premature violent death?

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    Yutsano says:

    @gwangung: Mostly overseas. But…yeah…

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    Corner Stone says:

    The Scaepernick was 3 seconds too late getting that ball out to Moss.

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    BGinCHI says:

    My comment got eaten.

    I solved the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and an obscure mathematical problem but for the life of me I can’t remember what I wrote.

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    gwangung says:

    @Yutsano: Well, $416 million overseas…

    But car chases translates well.

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    Badmoodman says:

    Wonder if the 49ers extreme suckage will continue in the 2nd half.

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    dance around in your bones says:

    @BGinCHI:

    I solved….an obscure mathematical problem but for the life of me I can’t remember what I wrote.

    I bet the answer was 42.

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    Cassidy says:

    No call for slapping the helmet?

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    Badmoodman says:

    Wonder what’s going through Alex Smith’s mind right about now…

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    Todd says:

    @Badmoodman:

    Wonder if the 49ers extreme suckage will continue in the 2nd half.

    I’m already bored with this game.

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    Mr Stagger Lee says:

    Keep watching those Puppy Bowl kiss cams and I will need to start getting Insulin shots.

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    Suzanne says:

    I have a couple of friends who sing in church choirs that think that that gives them the credibility to complain about how EVERY POP STAR who ever sings the National Anthem sucks balls.

    I hate everybody.

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    Badmoodman says:

    Taco Bell: FAIL

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    Todd says:

    The Taco Bell oldsters rocked.

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    Corner Stone says:

    @Badmoodman:

    Wonder what’s going through Alex Smith’s mind right about now…

    “I’m better than at least 15 starting QB’s right now. I’s gonna gets pizzayed!!”

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    elmo says:

    I love goats. Raised properly, they’re like puppies. Our goats used to run to greet me when I got home from work. They also give kisses.

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    Cassidy says:

    WTF!?

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    Todd says:

    @Badmoodman:

    Taco Bell: FAIL

    No way, man. Totally great commercial.

    Amazing run just now.

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    LanceThruster says:

    That was fun to watch.

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    The prophet Nostradumbass says:

    This game’s pretty much over.

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    Badmoodman says:

    Ok, so THAT happened.

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    dance around in your bones says:

    Ok, that was pretty hot B’more!

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    Corner Stone says:

    Former Texan straight kickin’ it!

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    gian says:

    Right now seems like the refs are afraid to throw a flag. Could’ve sworn that pushing a ref in anger was grounds for ejection. And a post whistle head slap next to a ref would draw a flag. But im watching game and kids so maybe my observations are incorrect

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    salvage says:

    Gooooo Ravens!

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    Nom de Plume says:

    @Suzanne:

    gives them the credibility to complain about how EVERY POP STAR who ever sings the National Anthem sucks balls.

    Every pop star who ever sings the National Anthem does suck balls. That song should never exceed about a minute in duration. Anymore, we’re lucky if it clocks in under 3 or 4 minutes.

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    trollhattan says:

    RU kidding me? SF requires fork.

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    The Sailor says:

    “And Along Came Jones …”

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    PeakVT says:

    Niners are hurting.

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    Baud says:

    Air Flacco

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    @Paddy: Thanks for the link I am bawling my eyes out at the Clydesdale one.

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    Mr Stagger Lee says:

    The Ravens are running the table, House of Cards here I come.

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    LanceThruster says:

    @Nom de Plume:

    x2

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    Suzanne says:

    @Nom de Plume: Oh please. Why does it have to be the same every damn time?

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    efgoldman says:

    @Southern Beale:

    GOP considers Romney for MA Senate — ANN Romney. God could not love me this much.

    Not gonna’ happen. Probably Ron Kaufman (a congenital liar) planted the story in the Herald, which is the house organ of the angry white men in MA.
    I don’t even think she can claim MA residency any more.

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    Todd says:

    The Puppy Bowl may be a more competive display.

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    efgoldman says:

    @Yutsano:

    I’m about to get stuck in a tube and zapped.

    Good luck!

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    49ers really need a touchdown here. Also too, every company that is running ads in the second half. Also too, me or I will get really bored.

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    Darkrose says:

    On one hand, I’m a northern California, so go Niners. On the other hand, I really was hoping Culliver would spend the game keeping the bench warm.

    On the third hand, pitchers and catchers report on the 10th, so handegg, whatever.

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    LanceThruster says:

    @Suzanne:

    It becomes more about the singer than the song itself, and each artist tries to outdo the other so we get some pretty weird permutations. But true, they’re free to do it anyway they want, and we’re free to complain.

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    Todd says:

    @Mr Stagger Lee:

    The Ravens are running the table, House of Cards here I come.

    I may wind up sitting with the women and watching Downton Abbey. This is like watching paint peel.

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    The prophet Nostradumbass says:

    @Darkrose: after that last touchdown, he may find himself there for the second half.

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    Cassidy says:

    @LanceThruster: The song itself was really not that great in the first place.

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    Corner Stone says:

    The Scaempernick fails again!

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    PsiFighter37 says:

    I hope the Niners win, mainly because I hate how much Ray Lewis has been deified. But they have got to start playing better soon, and fast.

    Oh, and stop turning the ball over.

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    dance around in your bones says:

    @elmo:

    Goats are pretty cool but they do have a tendency to eat any damn thing in front of their faces, so I’m not sure they are the greatest boosters of Doritos.

    A goat in a petting zoo tried to eat my velvet coat and another one we had on a farm ate a bunch of agave leaves and died of a perforated intestine, poor thing.

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    Julia Grey says:

    GoDaddy…oh that poor actress.

    Volkswagen….what. the. fk?

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    trollhattan says:

    Rookie is rookie. Ah if only…

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    @gian:

    I think you are seeing what I’m seeing. The refs are letting a lot of extra stuff go. I do not know why.

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    LanceThruster says:

    @Cassidy:

    True, though done in the traditonal style I focus on the sentiment embodied at the time.

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    efgoldman says:

    @Cassidy:

    No call for slapping the helmet?

    Hell, in the big scrum after the Reed interception, Balto # 29 threw at least 2 punches at someone on the ground, then pushed a zebra when he got up. Should’ve been an extra 15 on Baltimore and an ejection. Nothing called. As hockey fans know well, calling offsetting penalties doesn’t do shit.

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    Alison says:

    @Darkrose: Same, same, and same.

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    Anne Laurie says:

    @Suzanne:

    I have a couple of friends who sing in church choirs that think that that gives them the credibility to complain about how EVERY POP STAR who ever sings the National Anthem sucks balls.

    Tell them the National Athem sucks balls, so the popstars are being true to the source material. Doesn’t exactly sastisfy the complainers, IME, but it makes them take their whinging elsewhere.

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    efgoldman says:

    @Suzanne:

    … gives them the credibility to complain about how EVERY POP STAR who ever sings the National Anthem sucks balls.

    I’m married to an opera singer (who also sings in church choir.) Your friends are right.

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    LanceThruster says:

    @efgoldman:

    I went to a fight once and a hockey game broke out.

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    efgoldman says:

    @gian:

    And a post whistle head slap next to a ref would draw a flag. But im watching game and kids so maybe my observations are incorrect

    It was suggested by a comment at LG&M that the zebras are afraid to take control of the game. I think that’s right.

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    trollhattan says:

    @PsiFighter37:

    Hey now, Ray probably hasn”t killed any more folks than OJ.

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    max says:

    Was there a problem with comments? Is there a football game on? Is John Cole actually an elderly spinster named Marge?

    It was snowing like Mt. St. Helens had erupted but it all melted in half an hour. Strange day.

    max
    [‘Did you know Microsoft shipped a file with Windows 7 called ‘BWContextHandler.dll’ that they sorta forgot to label or identify internally? (It’s called ‘Bluewire’ and handles Bluetooth tethering. Took a while to figure that out.)’]

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    Suzanne says:

    @efgoldman: No, my friends are pretentious traditionalists. If the Constitution is a living document, then the Anthem is a living song. It doesn’t have to be the same every time, and other stylistic traditions should be brought to it. It,s a drinking song, FFS, not holy writ.

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    Paddy says:

    @Litlebritdifrnt: De nada. I showed the Bud one to a friend who hadn’t seen it and covered my eyes so I wouldn’t look but I remembered it and we both sat here sniffing.

    Here’s a link to the movie previews that aired during the game. The new Star Trek looks awesome and I’m in for World War Z, but I love that end of the world stuff.

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    Todd says:

    The tale will be told 5 min into the 2nd half. If the Niners come out looking like this, it’s done.

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    Cassidy says:

    The refs are letting a lot of extra stuff go. I do not know why.

    The Ray Lewis deification must be completed.

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    Moonbatting Average says:

    I’m imagining John Cole cheering on his hated division rivals, led by an accessory-to-murdering, God-bothering, camera whore just so the Niners don’t get as many Super bowls as the Steelers. Gross.

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    Alison says:

    @Suzanne: My thing with pop stars singing the anthem is – it’s generally meant to be a song everyone sings together, especially at a big game. But when the singers do all the vocal acrobatics and turn it into a pop song, no one else can really sing along. I don’t get as annoyed by it as my parents do, but still, it sort of feels like defeating the purpose.

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    As a Niner fan I can say that this is quite disappointing.

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    LanceThruster says:

    So. much. leg. uuuuunnnnnhh.

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    Morbo says:

    Hard call for me, basically boils down to whether I want the Niners to win because Jim and I share the same alma mater or lose because they’re 5-0 and they’re the Niners. Considering I cheered for the Panthers against Tom Brady’s Pats to no avail, I’m going to go ahead and hope they lose.

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    Cassidy says:

    @LanceThruster: Have you not seen anything re: pop music in the last, oh, 30+ years?

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    LanceThruster says:

    Who says porn can’t be high-brow?

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    efgoldman says:

    @Suzanne:

    It,s a drinking song, FFS, not holy writ.

    Well it was a drinking song (in England) until some idiot married it to the Key poem in the 19th century. The problem isn’t stylistic difference; the problem is that most pop singers don’t have the chops or the range to make all the notes, and when they go flat on “land of the free” its just awful.

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    Badmoodman says:

    This routine has ‘wardrobe malfunction just waiting to happen’all over it.

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    LanceThruster says:

    @Cassidy: Well, Marie Osmond was always a bit of a tart.

    ;-)

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    Suffern ACE says:

    Man. I can’t imagine starting a three hour event with a downer complaint about the anthem. Sets the mood dial to dour.

    And beyonce is no Madonna. This will never top the Greco-Egyptian-high school cheerleading extravaganza.

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    Todd says:

    Beyonce is looking tasty….

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    gwangung says:

    @Badmoodman:

    This routine has ‘wardrobe malfunction just waiting to happen’all over it.

    Bill Theiss Titillation effect.

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    Cassidy says:

    @LanceThruster: Just sayin’, this is pretty modest by today’s standard.

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    Suzanne says:

    @Alison: I can’t help but think that the criticism is somewhat racist. The whitey-white Anthem “ruined” by the singing traditions of black musicians.

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    Elie says:

    @Bob In Portland:

    I can’t stand the “niners” going back to their big rivalry with the Bears. I don’t care a huge amount, mind you, but its really okay if they lose.

    MY teams are the Bears, Seahawks and Giants.

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    Narcissus says:

    The sound on the half-time show seems really…bad, to me.

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    Nerull says:

    @Alison: I’ve been to my share of sporting events at various levels all the way down to elementary school, and I’ve never seen a single instance of fans singing along. Maybe it’s just not done in the midwest.

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    efgoldman says:

    @Suzanne:

    The whitey-white Anthem “ruined” by the singing traditions of black musicians.

    Oh, please. You ever hear Leontyne Price, or Marian Anderson, or Mahalia Jackson sing it? Spine-shivering.

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    gwangung says:

    @Narcissus: Mixed for surround sound and played on a traditional system?

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    The Dangerman says:

    Shoulda lip synched.

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    Alison says:

    @Suzanne: I’m sure from some folks it is, though for me, I’ve been as bugged by white pop-country ladies doing the same thing.

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    efgoldman says:

    @Nerull:

    I’ve never seen a single instance of fans singing along. Maybe it’s just not done in the midwest.

    All the time. I invite audience sing along when I introduce it to start a concert.

    ETA: In New England.

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    Baud says:

    @Narcissus:

    Yep. It’s like they have a single mike somewhere in the end zone.

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    Alison says:

    @Nerull: Really? I used to go to baseball games a lot, and folks in the stands always sang along. Can’t be a Bay Area thing…

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    dance around in your bones says:

    Lately all this dance choreography just reminds me of what Janet Jackson did back in the day. Not that I was a huge fan.

    Plus I hate the flashy flashy give me a seizure lighting stuff. So get off my lawn, you damn kids.

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    JPL says:

    @Narcissus: I was hoping for lip syncing myself. Hopefully those who spent thousands to go to the super bowl can hear better.

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    efgoldman says:

    @Baud:

    It’s like they have a single mike somewhere in the end zone.

    I have it muted, as I do every year.

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    Badmoodman says:

    The 49ers are fortunate they get a very extended halftime break to figure out just what in the Wide World of Sports they’re doing out there.

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    TaMara (BHF) says:

    Best FB comment on the half-time show in regards to Beyonce:

    She needs to stop spreading her legs and showing us her “cash and prizes” as we say in Texas.

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    @Nerull:

    Back in the day, when the Browns did not suck, my section of drunks always sang the national anthem.

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    gwangung says:

    A lot of my gay friends on Facebook started squealing when Destiny’s Child reunited…

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    Suzanne says:

    @efgoldman: Well, I’ve heard audio of ose performers singing it. The majority of the criticism I hear has to do with the vocal flourishes some singers put on the ends of the phrases, which is a style brought from gospel music. And, of course, it,Sony my white friends and acquaintances that whine about it.

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    The Dangerman says:

    Just about everything about this Super Bowl has sucked (although Walter was happy in the GoDaddy ad; lucky fuck, thought the ad sucked, too)

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    Cassidy says:

    I like Beyonce. I’m just glad they didn’t pick Rhianna. I’m glad they brought Destiny’s Child in. Spreading the wealth is a good thing.

    @Alison: Yeah. When I hear conservatives complain about it, I assume that it’s more about the blah people ruining a perfectly good patriotic ‘Murikan song. Everyone else I just give the benefit of a doubt as being traditionalist for something they’ve probably never heard played traditionally. Personally, I don’t like any R&B after Motown and can’t stand most country.

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    2liberal says:

    @Julia Grey:

    re: godaddy ad. It was actually a supermodel. they went from softcore porn (good) to really gross (bad)

    LINK

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    patrick II says:

    Just before San Fran’s first field goal, Kaepernick threw a pass into the end zone that was touched by a receiver, but was too high to be caught. I thought Kaepernick was actually throwing to Moss — open at the back of the end zone — and that the receiver who deflected it actually made a unexpectedly great play to get his hands on it, but cost SF an early touchdown.

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    LanceThruster says:

    @Cassidy:

    That’s the siren’s song of family entertainment. For me to like the performance I have to like the tune and overall, I’m not moved by the peices (but for those Big Beyonce fans she’s probably going over well). My two favorite pretty girl visuals are the Rockettes in Iron Man gear for the AC/DC “Shoot to Thrill” Iron Man 2 stadium footage. I also love some YouTube clip of Bryan Ferry doing “Let’s Stick Together” with two girls in danskins just making me glad to be alive,

    I’d have to think about sexy female artists to pick my fav. It’s about the music for me overall, the visuals are gravy for the most part.

    Love, love, loved Re Styles of the Tubes. It was like watching Gwen Verdon of “Damned Yankees.”

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    TaMara (BHF) says:

    Dammit. As a girl who remembers the day her dad came home from Vietnam, that Jeep ad just undid me. Please pass the kleenex.

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    Corner Stone says:

    @Paddy:

    The new Star Trek looks awesome and I’m in for World War Z, but I love that end of the world stuff.

    Nothing lasts forever.

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    gian says:

    @Nerull: if its take me out to the ball game everyone sings along
    Not sure about anthem. I have vague memory of being told that it was bad protocol to applaud at the end of it. I also remember people singing along
    But that was some 30 years ago. I haven’t been to a game in decades

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    dance around in your bones says:

    @Badmoodman: The agony of defeat?

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    Ted & Hellen says:

    Were all the non-bots banned?

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    Suffern ACE says:

    @gwangung: as they should. But how do they decide which of the members get back.

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    Mr Stagger Lee says:

    @Badmoodman: Maybe play Alex Smith? Just a thought.

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    LanceThruster says:

    @Cassidy:

    I don’t overthink it. Musical taste is like a taste in food. You don’t really have to jusify it. There’s been plenty of “white” versions that are non-traditional that I didn’t like either.

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    efgoldman says:

    @Cassidy:

    Yeah. When I hear conservatives complain about it, I assume that it’s more about the blah people ruining a perfectly good patriotic ‘Murikan song.

    At a Celtics-76ers playoff game in the early 80s, Philly had Grover Washington Jr play it as a sax solo. Lots of flourishes. Lots of bitching. I loved it.

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    @TaMara (BHF):

    Me too it was incredibly powerful.

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    FlyingToaster says:

    @LanceThruster: I didn’t see any chipmonks on the PuppyBowl. Puppies, kittens at halftime, a hamster cameraman and a parrot on twitter, plus the hedgehog cheerleaders.

    Maybe after I put WarriorGirl to bed I can pay more attention.

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    Cassidy says:

    @LanceThruster: I hear ya. I try and consider the source when I hear that complaint. I don’t like all the vocal flourishes either, but that’s because I think today’s pop singers are covering up for a lack of range and training. It’s an easy out.

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    LanceThruster says:

    An to resurrect my lost comment at the very start of the thread, as an antheist, I found the Sandy Hook choir singing about God’s grace shed on America a bit unnerving…but that’s just me.

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    The Dangerman says:

    @Mr Stagger Lee:

    Maybe play Alex Smith?

    I had a feeling coming into the game that Kaepernik (sp?) was going to get clocked and Smith would play (and play well). Other than the clocking, Smith is sitting.

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    Todd says:

    @Badmoodman:

    The 49ers are fortunate they get a very extended halftime break to figure out just what in the Wide World of Sports they’re doing out there.

    Shouldn’t have taken that long for them to figure out they’re losing, and heading into rout territory.

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    patrick II says:

    I normally prefer the more traditional renditions of the national anthem to some pop star’s attempt to “make it their own”. But I would not want to have missed Marvin Gaye, Jimmy Hendrix, or Jose Feliciano’s beautiful versions of the anthem. So I’ll live with some less stellar attempts.

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    trollhattan says:

    Xenu ad! What is this, The Atlantic?

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    elmo says:

    @TaMara (BHF):

    My Dad was career Navy, and I remember him coming home from Westpacs during Vietnam at least twice. Westpac were nine months back then.

    He died Dec 14, on my 46th birthday. I left the room as soon as I understood where that Jeep ad was going.

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    Todd says:

    Done.

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    efgoldman says:

    Oh shit. This one’s over.

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    Baud says:

    Holy shit.

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    LanceThruster says:

    @FlyingToaster: I didn’t see it. I was riffing on Groundhogs/Chipmonk rivalry in “How to Succeed in Business…”

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    Kathy says:

    Downton Abbey, here we come!

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    Badmoodman says:

    GREAT START, NINERS!!!!!

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    Wag says:

    Holy shit. What a kickoff return.

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    Corner Stone says:

    There ain’t nobody catching that dude.

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    trollhattan says:

    Cheez. Game ovah.

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    Suffern ACE says:

    Well there goes that plan

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    dance around in your bones says:

    Well, I guess the 49’ers just figured out that it IS the agony of defeat.

    Holy shit.

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    jayboat says:

    rut ro

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    The Dangerman says:

    Niners special teams distracted by Beyonce?

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    chopper says:

    goddamn that was a return. 109 fuckin yards.

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    Badmoodman says:

    If you bought ad time in the second half, especially the 4th quarter, good luck.

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    PeakVT says:

    Wow. Game o-vah.

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    PsiFighter37 says:

    That’s sick. 109 yards in 11 seconds.

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    Todd says:

    That was as tight a route on the run as I’ve ever seen.

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    LanceThruster says:

    @patrick II:

    Very good observation.

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    Cassidy says:

    @LanceThruster: I was hoping they’d do it right and have 20 open spaces in their choir. Talk about missed opportunities.

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    efgoldman says:

    @Kathy:

    Downton Abbey, here we come!

    mrs efgoldman’s already there. Tuxedos and gowns.

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    gbear says:

    I want to support San Francisco because it’s my favorite city, but as a Minnesotan, I really don’t want to see Randy Moss get a superbowl ring. I’d like to see him just go away.

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    The Dangerman says:

    oh oh

    ETA: Turn out the lights, the party’s over….

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    Nerull says:

    Ha, the announcers audio got cut out. If God really loved us he would make sure it doesn’t come back.

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    What the hell am I seeing?

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    TaMara (BHF) says:

    @elmo: Oh, I am so sorry. I just talked to my dad yesterday and when I hung up I thought, so many of my friends can’t do that and I dread the day I have to face it. My dad was career Air Force, military brats unite!

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    FlyingToaster says:

    @LanceThruster: It’s running in marathon over on Animal Planet. WarriorGirl has been glued to it since 3 (modulo violin practice, bathroom breaks, and pizza). She has 8 more minutes and then it’s hair-washing time.

    I couldn’t be bothered with the football game. In every poll, I kept voting for the comet. Which is now too late to save us from the Ravens.

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    NotMax says:

    Upper, lower and lowest lawns all mowed.

    Off to do a little shopping locally. Should be no prob to find parking.

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    LanceThruster says:

    I didn’t care about who won (and I’m from SoCal) for the most part but SF’s got enough to be happy about (beautiful city). Never been to Baltimore but I really like John Waters. I’m surprised how established franchises die (Colts, etc.), but then I thought Pan-Am would still be here in 2001.

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    Power outage. I mean come on, you can’t keep the power on for the super bowl?

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    Badmoodman says:

    Perfect

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    Badmoodman says:

    Someone better keep an eye on Ray Lewis.

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    Nerull says:

    Someone needs to go down to the basement and flip the breaker.

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    Kathy says:

    Think the Niiners had something to do with the outage?

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    LanceThruster says:

    @Cassidy:

    Like the empty chairs at the OKC memorial. Not a bad idea stylistically.

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    Cassidy says:

    @LanceThruster: Prettymuch. It’s macabre, but would have made a visual impact.

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    LanceThruster says:

    Power outtage. Is there a hurricane? Lock the doors/barricade the bridges!

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    LanceThruster says:

    @LanceThruster:

    Proof that God hates illumination.

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    Badmoodman says:

    Can this somehow be an embarrassment for Bobby Jindal? Ok, good.

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    LanceThruster says:

    Who’s the bearded commentator that looks a little like Elliot Spitzer?

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    trollhattan says:

    Infrastructure unimportant. #GaltBowl.

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    Badmoodman says:

    @LanceThruster: You must mean Bill Cowher?

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    LanceThruster says:

    @Badmoodman:
    Lt grey jacket/lt blue shirt?

    Who’s he? (sorry)

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    gian says:

    @Cassidy: you are correct. Like the missing man flight formation
    i do agree they should’ve done it

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    trollhattan says:

    @Nerull:

    Put a penny behind the fuse.

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    Badmoodman says:

    @LanceThruster: Former Superbowl winning coach with the Steelers.

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    LanceThruster says:

    @trollhattan:

    xD

    The free market can fix anything.

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    @patrick II:

    But I would not want to have missed Marvin Gaye, Jimmy Hendrix, or Jose Feliciano’s beautiful versions of the anthem

    Aretha Franklin, 1968 Democratic National Convention.

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    Cowher makes the first call for Alex Smith.

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    LanceThruster says:

    @Badmoodman: Thx. Appreciated.

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    Morbo says:

    So, who wants fried squirrel?

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    LanceThruster says:

    @trollhattan: Get all the cars in the parking lot to shine their headlights at the field.

    Problem solved (at least it din’t knock out the entire corridor grid for the region).

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    LanceThruster says:

    @Morbo:

    Free range?

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    trollhattan says:

    @James E. Powell:

    Always wanted the anthem changed to “America the Beautiful ” and only sung by Ray Charlles.

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    LanceThruster says:

    @trollhattan:

    Not a bad idea at all.

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    Schlemizel says:

    @Paddy:

    Thanks! you saved me from having to sit through what is usually a horrible football game for the only entertaining part.

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    Badmoodman says:

    Gawd, I really can’t stand either Harbaugh.

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    Soonergrunt says:

    @ John Cole: And anyone else who cares for that matter–
    I don’t ban.
    Ever.

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