For a good game

The Rams won the toss, the Patriots will get the ball and we’re off.

And for a #AGoodGame






149 replies
  1. 1
    James E Powell says:

    Re-posted from below

    Somebody at the NFL is making not a huge but something of a statement. The notables out there for the coin toss are Rev Dr Bernice A King, Congressman John Lewis, and Ambassador Andrew Young.

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    Brickley Paiste says:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_NFL_players_with_chronic_traumatic_encephalopathy

    People who watch and support football are complicit in maiming and killing people.

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    @James E Powell: yeah, you have to wonder how many people get how big a statement it is.

    (yowza! I wondered where this Morning in America ad was going, being an old who remembers the source, did not see it going there)

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    WaterGirl says:

    @James E Powell: @Jim, Foolish Literalist: What statement do you guys think is being made?

    edit: hit post too soon. The only statement I can think of is one I can’t imagine anyone in the nFL making.

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    The Dangerman says:

    Pats protected by Refs, I;m shocked.

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    @WaterGirl: yeah, it’s too subtle for anyone who doesn’t know who John Lewis is, and those are the people who need to hear it, still: Those are not three randomly chosen people. I can’t imagine there wasn’t some notion of a bipartisan group of elected officials, and somebody– the mayor of Atlanta?– pushed back.
    ETA: edited to reflect speculation rather than knowledge

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    Steeplejack says:

    I keep forgetting I need to watch the commercials.

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    ThresherK says:

    @The Dangerman: I can’t comprehend that call.

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    WaterGirl says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist: Oh, to have been a fly on that wall.

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    2liberal says:

    1. go patriots!
    2. suck it, haters!
    3. they refs are protecting the players, not the patriots

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    RobertDSC-Mac Mini says:

    Go Pats. Agony on every play.

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    Aleta says:

    anti-corn syrup statement

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    GregB says:

    Josh was one of the writers for the John
    Oliver Last Week Tonight Show. A funny comic also good people.

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    2liberal says:

    edelman > talib

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    Steeplejack says:

    @Aleta:

    I’ma start drinking Budweiser now for sure.

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    jl says:

    This goofball thing just starting now? Yeesh, the media was full of pregame fluff all damn morning. I hope whatever current football fans find to be a good game transpires.
    I’ve been fading out of watching football for so long, I don’t really know who is playing or what is going on anymore.

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    Sebastian says:

    @2liberal:

    http://nymag.com/intelligencer.....trump.html

    Look to the top right in the picture.

    Fuck Brady. I hope someone crushes him and wipes that stupid grin off his face.

    Complicit.

    As to the Patriots, I hope they lose but that’s because I support the Rams. May the better team win. But Brady? Fuck that piece of shit.

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    2liberal says:

    @Sebastian:
    when he first started with the patriots, he wore a yankees hat. i don’t like his politics either but there’s a lot of that in sports, particularly with owners

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    Steve in the ATL says:

    @jl: Todd Gurley v. Sony Michel. The rest is just noise.

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    @2liberal: and the big name (white) players. Liberals watching sports must be like rightwxiners watching movies. Or concerts.

    They say Gisele made Touchdown Tommy put away his MAGAt hat, and wouldn’t let him go to the White House. And maybe she and/or some of his teammates have woken him a little.

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    Steeplejack says:

    Funny tie-in ad with Budweiser and Game of Thrones.

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    Lyrebird says:

    @Sebastian:

    Complicit in what?

    Q: Your feelings on the issue of kneeling for the National Anthem. @Patriots Quarterback Tom Brady.
    A: “You have to have respect for everyone’s opinions. … #Sports for me has been the most unifying part of my life. … Never forget that.”#MIGlobal pic.twitter.com/IAS5ZIGOik

    From cnn.com, “Stan Kroenke, owner of the Los Angeles Rams … gave $1 million,” to the Trump campaign.

    I am not that into football, just don’t want Mr. Sh#t Midas in the White House to ruin things he doesn’t have to.

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    Gin & Tonic says:

    Not a Pats crowd here at the Hard Rock in Buenos Aires. But the place is packed.

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    Sebastian says:

    @Lyrebird:

    Shit, didn’t know that. That explains why the rightwing dipshit in my office loves the Rams so much all of a sudden.

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    Aleta says:

    I would have thought ‘where is’ and ‘what is’ and maybe ‘how’

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    Elizabelle says:

    Nice surprise. CBS Sports is streaming the Super Bowl live. With the ads. So I am watching along with you.

    Did I miss the Bob Dylan Bud one? Liked it.

    What’s been the best ads so far?

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    Elizabelle says:

    I liked the penguins and the aquarium. Moar of that, please.

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    James E Powell says:

    @Sebastian:

    Are there any NFL owners who aren’t RW nutjobs?

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    NotMax says:

    @James E Powell

    Statistically speaking, gotta be some in Green Bay.

    ;)

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    Sebastian says:

    @James E Powell:

    Most likely not. Huge racists, too.

    I am wondering how many CEOs of Fortune 100 are -not- RWNJ. The only ones on top of my head are the CEO of Cisco (although he might be just too smart to show it) and def the CEO of Patagonia.

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    Steeplejack says:

    @Elizabelle:

    I thought the Google “translating” ad was actually touching. Bastards.

    Favorite so far was the Jason Bateman elevator ad. Can’t even remember what it was for now. Car buying?

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    @James E Powell: I believe the Rooneys supported Obama, but that’s the only case I’m even vaguely familiar with

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    Steeplejack says:

    @NotMax:

    LOL. I was just gonna say.

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    Aleta says:

    @Steeplejack: It was for beet loaf.

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    Elizabelle says:

    @Steeplejack: Where Lassie rescued? Mercedes?

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    JCJ says:

    @James E Powell:
    The owner of the Iggles.

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    J R in WV says:

    Holy Cow — I’m watching the Superb Olw on a remote knob in SE AZ via my Hughs Net sat link on CBSSPORTS.com… And the Pats are only up 3 so far.

    Oops, now it’s breaking up!!!!

  38. 38
    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    am I gonna have to pay for a new streaming service to see the new Twilight Zone?

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    Sister Rail Gun of Warm Humanitarianism says:

    @Elizabelle: Hyundai.

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    Steeplejack says:

    @Aleta:

    I really felt that guy’s gag reaction. Blech.

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    Duane says:

    @Lyrebird: Shitmidas isn’t in attendance. I wonder why. Maybe hasn’t learned the National Anthem yet.

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    Steeplejack says:

    @Elizabelle:

    I think Jason Bateman was trying to let the couple out at the car-lot floor, and the woman whipped out her phone and said they bought on line at [whatever].

    The Mercedes ad was events listening to the guy’s “wishes.”

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    Yarrow says:

    I purposely avoided any Super Bowl commercial previews so I could enjoy enjoy them live. I liked The Dude. Heh.

    Hard to believe the score. Did not guess that.

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    Steeplejack says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist:

    Yep, you’re going to have to get CBS All Access, or whatever they call it.

    But look on the bright side: you’ll get to catch up on every season of NCIS!

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    NotMax says:

    @Duane

    Busy, busy, busy negotiating a yuge discount for serving Chick-Fil-A when the winning team visits.

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    Steeplejack says:

    I liked the Audi ad where the guy’s grandfather was giving him this futuristic car from the old barn, and then it turned out the guy was choking on a nut (?) and having a near-death experience.

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    Yarrow says:

    @Steeplejack: I loved that one. My favorite so far. I think it was for Hyundai.

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    @Steeplejack: I wonder if they have the whole Matlock and Murder She Wrote libraries.

    After all, I’m not getting any younger.

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    JR says:

    The rams should have run there

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    Steeplejack says:

    I don’t like Jim Nantz much, but at least Al Michaels or Brent Musburger isn’t involved.

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    Steeplejack says:

    I think I will take a pass on Maroon 5 and the halftime show.

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    and now for the moment we’ve all been waiting for: That middling band from the mid-aughts you can’t remember if you hated or meh’d, you know, the one you always confuse with that other one

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    Elizabelle says:

    I will have to look up that Hyundai ad later.

    Anybody watch the pre-show interview with Trump? (Gag.) I kid. I was out walking. Gorgeous sunset tonight.

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    Steeplejack says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist:

    That’s what I want on my tombstone: “Wished he had watched more TV.”

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    Gin & Tonic says:

    @Steeplejack: I’m wondering if I’ll get it here. No US commercials on this feed.

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    NotMax says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist

    Will they or won’t they form a wall?

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    Aleta says:

    @Steeplejack: I thought his car was going to change color outside.

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    Steeplejack says:

    @Elizabelle:

    I roused myself to don my tactical gear (pants!) and went to get Chinese takeout. Hot and sour soup, chicken fried rice. Basic but delicious. And it was good to stick my snout out of the burrow after holing up against the frigid weather this week. Broke 50° today, I think, and it’s going up to 55° tomorrow and 65° Tuesday.

    So sorry I missed Trump.

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    J R in WV says:

    @Steeplejack:

    Oh Hells Yeah !! Almost all of the SB halftime shows I remember were terrible. Bruno Mars was OK for a guy I never heard of before.

    I’m sure there have been a couple that were OK, I just can’t remember then, who remembers all the TV they watch?

    ETA moving a comment from the no football thread:

    Hope the second half has more offense than the first half, for the Rams. The Lost Rams are less offensive than the Cheatriots, even if the owner kicked in to Trump’s funding, as the Kraft family are just offensively fond of Trump.

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    Duane says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist: Maroon 5. That’s Cohen, Papadopoulos, Stone, Flynn, and Manafort if I remember right.

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    O. Felix Culpa says:

    Meh game thus far. And who are these people in the half time show? Should I know them?

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    A Ghost To Most says:

    @Brickley Paiste:

    People who watch and support football are complicit in maiming and killing people.

    I can live with the guilt.

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    Elizabelle says:

    When was the Lady Gaga halftime? That was a good show.

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    Gin & Tonic says:

    Yes, this feed carries the halftime show. Can’t hear anything anyway.

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    Steeplejack says:

    @Aleta:

    Yeah, me, too. Dashboard lights?! Big deal.

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    O. Felix Culpa says:

    @Gin & Tonic: Ms. O is running the vacuum cleaner right now and I don’t feel like I’m missing much.

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    A Ghost To Most says:

    @Duane: Wouldn’t that be Matroyska (sp?) 5?

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    Elizabelle says:

    They keep bleeping out the rapper’s lyrics. How odd, since a whole stadium is hearing them. Broadcast standards.

    Who is this?

    I wish Prince was still with us. I wish he was playing this halftime.

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    Steeplejack says:

    @Gin & Tonic:

    Thank your lucky stars. Maroon 5 is even worse than I remembered.

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    Gin & Tonic says:

    Fuck. Somebody just cranked the volume way up.

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    frosty says:

    So, we’re on our first stop of this year’s Snowbird Road Trip, set up at our campsite in Ft Clinch State Park … and they people next to us are watching the Superb Owl on a TV outside. I’d planned not to watch because I hate the Pats and the Chargers belong in San Diego. Worst thing: I had to listen to the halftime drivel!! I always mute that at home.

    And this music sucks.

    ETA: Spousal Unit sez “Just because they set it up so you can watch a TV outside, doesn’t mean you should.”

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    O. Felix Culpa says:

    @Elizabelle: Two years ago, in 2017. It was a good show.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @J R in WV: Prince.

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    Elizabelle says:

    Bruno Mars was good.

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    Gin & Tonic says:

    People are singing along. Shoot me.

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    Seanly says:

    @A Ghost To Most:

    Plus I think all the terrible shit America has done with our tax dollars over the last 200+ years make enjoying football pale in comparison for moral complicity with monstrous behavior. I’m just trying to get by day to day and maybe retire before I die.

    Also, the only thing more boring than baseball is f*cking soccer. I’ll continue watching football for the remaining 5 to 10 years that it’s a going concern. Well aware that the problems with CTE will make the inability to get insurance will be the death of football…

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    O. Felix Culpa says:

    Wardrobe malfunction! Aaiieee!

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    Gin & Tonic says:

    @O. Felix Culpa: Name a talented vocalist who feels a need to strip down while performing.

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    NotMax says:

    @Seanly

    Golf? Cricket?

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    Bruuuuce says:

    Game summary so far:

    1. Not nearly enough Tom Brady being hit hard
    2,. Not nearly enough Jared Goff taking downfield shots for TDs
    3. One half to go until baseball season begins

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    O. Felix Culpa says:

    @Gin & Tonic: Prezackly.

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    Seanly says:

    @NotMax:

    My wife shits a brick if I even accidentally land on golf, but yes, that might be more boring. Never seen cricket live…

    LOL, I see Rams just discovered that Todd Gurley can run the ball.

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    Aleta says:

    best ad, followed by lamest halftime opening lounge act, tamest fall off a stage, fakest hired girl fans, best floating lit drones, way too much guy singer.

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    O. Felix Culpa says:

    Was going to say something snarky about the Rams offense, but finally it shows up for a few plays, at least.

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    Aleta says:

    @J R in WV: Prince, Beyonce a few years ago.

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    Steve in the ATL says:

    It’s worked out scoring-wise, but I have to question the Rams defensive strategy of not covering Edelman

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    Kathleen says:

    @Steeplejack: From what I see on Twitter HT show pretty bad. Can’t discern details. Onion headline on Twitter: “Half time show marred by functioning sound system”.

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    O. Felix Culpa says:

    Squee. Baby orangutans.

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    Kathleen says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist: Has anyone seen Maroon 5 and Train in the same room at the same time? I think not.

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    Elizabelle says:

    What’s with all these damn robots in commercials?

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    Lyrebird says:

    @Sebastian:

    That explains why the rightwing dipshit in my office loves the Rams so much all of a sudden.

    What fun… or not.

    Rams do have the boldest helmet design, I give them that for sure!

    @Duane:

    Shitmidas isn’t in attendance. I wonder why. Maybe hasn’t learned the National Anthem yet.

    Maybe he’d know the fans aren’t cheering for him so forget it…

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    debbie says:

    @Aleta:

    Something was going on with the camerawork; it looked kind of pre-taped to me

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    debbie says:

    @Gin & Tonic:

    And was it even worth seeing?

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    mad citizen says:

    Dang, never heard anyone not liking Al Michaels. This is a boring game.

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    Lyrebird says:

    @Duane:

    Maroon 5. That’s Cohen, Papadopoulos, Stone, Flynn, and Manafort if I remember right.

    Okay that’s awesome, luckily I wasn’t drinking anything when I read this. Glad I got my browser unstuck.

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    Alternative Fax, a hip hop artist from Idaho says:

    @Steve in the ATL: It’s a sound plan if they’re not interested in winning. Only thing I can figure.

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    Gin & Tonic says:

    @debbie: You tell me. I’m more of a fan of half-naked women, myself.

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    O. Felix Culpa says:

    @debbie: No.

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    mapaghimagsik says:

    Nice to watch the Verizon commercial talking about how the help first responders. Looks like they’d like us to forget when they throttled first responders during the LA fires

    Cocks.

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    Steeplejack says:

    @Kathleen:

    “Half time show marred by functioning sound system.”

    Truth.

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    ChuckInAustin says:

    @Elizabelle: Prince was the best

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    WaterGirl says:

    @Elizabelle: The Immp would like to have a word with you…

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    chloe says:

    Okay. One point for Dietz nuts. Yes, I’m mentally 13 years old right now.

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    debbie says:

    @Gin & Tonic:

    Definitely not. Plus, considering Atlanta’s temperature just now is 53 degrees, it was also gratuitous.

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    O. Felix Culpa says:

    Romo hawking Skechers. Lame.

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    Steeplejack says:

    @mad citizen:

    Now I know you’re a troll! //

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    mad citizen says:

    @Steeplejack: It used to bug me how Al Michaels would always swallow the “H” in some “H” words, like instead of saying “Huuuuge!” he’d say “…uuuuuge!” But I kind of dig it now. I don’t mind him at all. Costas doing anything was my favorite, but I don’t have cable so don’t hear him doing MLB games. Don’t listen to too much of sports at all, really. Mostly a few Colts games, and the Pacers if they happen to be on free tv in the playoffs.

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    O. Felix Culpa says:

    Andy Warhol?

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    O. Felix Culpa says:

    Dylan!

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    Elizabelle says:

    @O. Felix Culpa: Yes! Was waiting for that. Love the ad. And the doggie.

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    Elizabelle says:

    @WaterGirl: Good point.

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    mad citizen says:

    @Elizabelle: Pete Townshend/The Who, the Beatles and Bob Dylan making money tonight with the music.

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    O. Felix Culpa says:

    @Elizabelle: Doggie was great.

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    chloe says:

    All the prior robot ads were a failed attempt to make Alexa seem less creepy.

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    O. Felix Culpa says:

    @chloe: I liked Harrison Ford’s dog though. Shades of Badger.

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    Elizabelle says:

    @O. Felix Culpa: Harrison’s not talking to the dog. Internet shopper.

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    Yarrow says:

    @O. Felix Culpa: That ad made me laugh. Love the dog. Not sure it was a good ad for Alexa though. Seems like Alexa messes everything up.

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    Elizabelle says:

    What? Enough parents are keeping their sons out of football? Yeah, now give it to the girls. Hokey.

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    O. Felix Culpa says:

    @Elizabelle: Ditto.

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    @O. Felix Culpa: @Yarrow: Harrison Ford seems pretty good at comedy, I’m surprised he doesn’t do more

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    A Ghost To Most says:

    @mad citizen: Al Michaels is a wingnut asshole.

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    Elizabelle says:

    Moving to see Jamal Khashoggi. Good ad. WaPost.

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    A Ghost To Most says:

    @Seanly:

    Also, the only thing more boring than baseball is f*cking soccer.

    Cricket. In Oz, I got roped into watching a whole day of cricket. I’ll never get that day back.

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    J R in WV says:

    @Omnes Omnibus:

    @J R in WV: Prince.

    Very true, the man was a genius 24/7. Such a loss for music.

    ETA: how did I mis-remember that?

    @Aleta:

    Prince, Beyonce a few years ago.

    Yes, Beyonce also. Omnes beat you on Prince…

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    Elizabelle says:

    And that’s a wrap.

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    chloe says:

    @A Ghost To Most: Should have watched some Aussie Rules instead. Whatever else it may be, it’s not boring.

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    mad citizen says:

    @A Ghost To Most: I’m glad to evaluate that if you have evidence, but I’ve never read anything either way. Google turns up an out of touch comment about taxes being too high, and saying Trump’s comments on the NFL protests was like throwing a match on a fire, but that’s hardly wingnut.

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    A Ghost To Most says:

    @chloe:
    I watched a lot of it while I was there, and found it to be highly entertaining, even if I didn’t quite understand all the rules.

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    O. Felix Culpa says:

    @Elizabelle: Thank goodness.

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    A Ghost To Most says:

    @mad citizen:

    this Twitter thread explores it.

    It’s been common knowledge for years.

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    Aleta says:

    That one interception won the game.

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    chloe says:

    @A Ghost To Most: Best I can tell, it’s a cross between gridiron, rugby and quidditch :)

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    A Ghost To Most says:

    @chloe:
    Quiddich shape field.

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    O. Felix Culpa says:

    @A Ghost To Most: I don’t know much about Aussie rules, but rugby sevens are fun.

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    2liberal says:

    and they tie the steelers for most SB wins.

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    A Ghost To Most says:

    @O. Felix Culpa: Never played either, but enjoy watching both. I grew up playing hockey, mostly as a goalie.

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    Martin says:

    @2liberal: Tom Brady ties the entire history of the Steelers for SB wins.

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    A Ghost To Most says:

    @Martin: And MAGAt nation scores a badly needed win. At least they won’t go 0-fer for the year now.

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    mad citizen says:

    @A Ghost To Most: That twitter thread is dead. Google shows, circa 2007, he contributed 100% to R’s, but that doesn’t make a wingnut. And it’s from 2007 (https://www.newsday.com/entertainment/celebrities/celebrities-who-are-republican-conservative-1.3890829). Also found this looooong list from 2017 of celebrities who are R’s, and Al Michaels is not listed: https://www.newsday.com/entertainment/celebrities/celebrities-who-are-republican-conservative-1.3890829

    To be clear, I’m neutral on the guy, if people keep their politics out of their job, I don’t think about it. It’s their business. But I’m still not finding wingnut evidence. I found a Daily Kos link saying he is an A-hole, but didn’t read that one–it’s from 2006.

    Good evening all! Too bad the Pats won again.

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    A Ghost To Most says:

    @Steeplejack: Thanks , it timed out while trying to fix.


    Newsday article on wingnut celebrities

    Google “al Michaels right wing”. There are no lack of references. One is a DKos article from 2006 that calls him an asshole.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @O. Felix Culpa: Sevens is a silly sport but better than League.

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    Viva BrisVegas says:

    @A Ghost To Most:

    Cricket. In Oz, I got roped into watching a whole day of cricket. I’ll never get that day back.

    That’s what beer is for.

    @A Ghost To Most:

    Quiddich shape field.

    It’s played on a cricket ground. It was designed by a cricket guy who wanted his players to stay fit over winter, but not get injured.

    It’s not my game, it’s mostly played in the south and west of the country. The brand of football for the other half of the country is Rugby League (a completely different game to Rugby Union, thankfully).

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    O. Felix Culpa says:

    @Omnes Omnibus: They were fun to watch when I was living in Hong Kong.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @O. Felix Culpa: Many silly things are fun. When I played sevens, I was the hooker.

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    mad citizen says:

    @A Ghost To Most: I’m back. I’ve been thru that Newsday article/list twice and do not see Al Michaels listed. Besides, does just being an R make one a wingnut?

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