Mesmerizing Superbowl LI

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Even though I was rooting for underdog Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons in Superbowl LI,  I have to admit that the comeback by Tom Brady and the New England Patriots was mesmerizing.  The much less experienced Matt Ryan and the Falcons were winning 28-3 at halftime, a lead that carried them well into the third quarter.  Falcon fans and Brady haters were celebrating everywhere.  Even the Patriots’ cheerleaders looked less than spirited.

It seemed like the Patriots could not get anything right when the extra point was missed on their first touchdown.   However, another touchdown with a two-point conversion brought the Patriots back into the game.  A Falcon fumble and injury in the fourth quarter continued to fuel the train wreck orchestrated by Tom Brady and his offense.

From that point on, it was the Falcons that could not get anything right, especially when committing a few undisciplined penalties, one of which left them out of range for a field goal that might have slowed the Patriot’s momentum and run them out of time.  Instead, the penalty resulted in the game-tying Patriots’ touchdown.

In the first ever Superbowl overtime,  the Patriots won the coin toss giving them first possession of the football.  This meant that a touchdown would win it for them; a field goal would give the Falcons their chance to score. The Patriots needed no further encouragement; they marched down the field and over the goal line, with very little resistance from the stunned Falcons, for a Patriots (and Tom Brady’s)  5th Superbowl win.

Whatever you think of Tom Brady and however tired you are of him winning, it was an awesome and mesmerizing game to watch, at least the last half was.  If you only tuned in at half time to watch Lady Gaga, I hope you watched the rest of the game.   Whether or not Tom Brady upstaged Lady Gaga is debatable; she did perform a spectacular show.

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Superbowl Sunday BBQ’d Sausages

Although the temperature outside is very cold here again today, we decided to BBQ sausages for a pre Superbowl treat…

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That -18 degrees is Celsius, which converts to 0 degrees for those of you who like your temperature measured in  Fahrenheit.   We had to shovel a path through the snow piled on our back deck to get to the BBQ, and then pry the frozen cover off it, but thankfully it fired up quickly…

Every time I opened the lid of the BBQ, the inside temperature took a nose dive, so the sausages were cooked in no time on the highest temperature setting…

Luckily it’s warmer in Arizona for the Superbowl!

Superbowl Disappointment in New Jersey

Thankfully Bruno Mars’ half time show was worth the watch; the game itself was a disappointment.  Unless of course, you are a Seattle Seahawks fan…

Denver Bronco’s superstar quarterback Peyton Manning never got his game on.  A turnover on the first play of the game resulted in a safety for the Seahawks and things only got worse for him from there. Manning and the rest of the Broncos threw interceptions and fumbled the ball repeatedly, with the Seahawks scoring on many of these mistakes.  I believe there were six turnovers in all, including two badly thrown interceptions.

The MVP of the game was awarded to Malcolm Smith from the Seahawks’ dominating defensive squad, a great choice as it was obvious that  the league’s top offense (Broncos) was no match for the league’s top defense (Seahawks)   The only glimpse of the Bronco’s offensive finesse came late in the game with a touchdown pass from Manning to Damaryius Thomas.  Unfortunately for the Broncos and their fans it was too little, too late…

The Seahawks however showed scoring ability from many players, both offensive and defensive.  An early interception by Kam Chancellor resulted in a run down the field followed by a subsequent touchdown by Marshall Lynch.  A second interception saw Malcolm Smith pick off another errant pass from Manning followed by a 69 yard run  into the end zone.   A magnificent 87 yd. kick return by Percy Harvin gave the Seahawks yet another touchdown.  Quarterback Russell Wilson hit receiver Jermaine Kearse with a few spectacular throws, one of which resulted in a touchdown and another coming very close.  Kicker Steven Hauschka did his job with two field goals and the extra points on each touchdown.

This was a first superbowl win for the Seattle Seahawks.   I do like to see the underdog win. Congratualtions to their players and fans.