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Thoughts From the Sidelines

A Super Bowl worth remembering

By Sumner Spence | Feb 07, 2013

I was finally correct with one of my predictions! My choice, Baltimore, won the game 34-31. In the first half Baltimore dominated the game on offense. I thought the Ravens were going to crush the 49ers like they did the Giants in the Super Bowl matchup to end the 2000 season. The game looked like it might turn around when the 49ers took advantage of the long delay for the power outage and hit their own reset button! If the ref had decided to call the holding penalty on the goal line at the end of the game, the 49ers would have had a very good chance to win. Baltimore made a great call to take the intentional safety. That basically won the game for them.

There were some pretty good Super Bowl commercials this year. My favorite was the Clydesdale commercial at the end of the game. Budweiser tugged on our heartstrings playing up the relationship between a horse and his first owner. I also liked the Taco Bell commercial with the old people breaking out of the nursing home! Overall, they were all pretty good.

So the football season closes and the golf season has started with great momentum because Tiger and Phil have won in back-to-back weeks. This is great for TV ratings. This past weekend was typical Phil stuff. It doesn't matter how good or bad he's playing the week before; he can turn the switch on and off like no one else! He almost shot 59 in the first round of the Waste Management Open in Phoenix. Ironically he and Tiger both won their tournaments by the same margin of four shots.

Speaking of good viewing--What's everyone think of the grandstand approach for viewers? It sure changes up the game. I think it's good once in a while and perfect for the Ryder Cup team format, but golf is still a game of deep concentration and I don't want to see it become a rowdy spectator sport.

That's it from the sidelines for this week.

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