- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Party time

“As the final seconds ticked off the clock in the Saints’ 31-17 victory in their first-ever Super Bowl appearance, cameras on every sports television network in America focused their lenses on Bourbon Street. …

“Thus, the unofficial world record for the quickest and largest “impulse” party ensued down on the streets of New Orleans. We were all ready for it. Saints fans already had their dress rehearsal two weekends ago. … “This Super Bowl was different than the rest. Never before has an NFL championship meant more to a city. What last night’s game proved more than anything was that sports have the potential to be a much more powerful tool than we credit them to be.

“The strangely correlated relation between the state of the city of New Orleans and New Orleans Saints’ football has become an inspiring story that has captivated our entire country.”

Mike Foster, writing on “New Orleans Saints’ Win Proves American Sports Are More Than Just a Game,” on Feb. 8 at the Bleacher Report

Halftime lament

“Speaking of Roger Daltrey … [The Who’s Super Bowl halftime show] was more like The Why …

“I forced my kids to watch it for purposes of cultural instruction, at least until about the third note of ‘Pinball Wizard’ when it became too painfully embarrassing. We clicked over to ESPN for more sports blah blah blah, checked back. The geezers were crawling through their medley … that high-tech light show and pyrotechnics actually were impressive, held us for a minute, but only served to make the oldsters look lamer …

“Someone please tell the NFL that geriatric has-been halftime shows are painful, especially when the 60-somethings insist on dressing retro and are hanging out of their mod gear. At least Paul McCartney a couple of years ago was skinny enough that if you squinted he could almost pass for the teenager he was dressed and behaving like, though with McCartney earplugs have been mandatory since he stopped being a Beatle.…

“I thought the big target age range is something like 18-to-35. Please, NFL, target them. Id rather watch rap. Some eye candy with full vocal range, please. Speaking as a near-geezer who fondly remembers these acts from when they were big and has an iPod full of them, Superbowl halftimes are like the Lenins Tomb of Rockn’Roll.”

Jules Crittenden, writing on “WhoDat And The Why?” on Feb. 8 at his blog Forward Movement

The ad show

“These are the two ads run by Focus on the Family featuring Pam and Tim Tebow that aired before and during the Super Bowl. To say they are tame is a major understatement. When you think back to all the shrill comments made by the pro-abortion groups, you begin to see just what these people are truly afraid of.

“What the pro-abortion side is worried about is that the pro-life message is becoming mainstream. Just last month Sarah Palin and her daughter Bristol were on the cover of In Touch magazine with a big fat pro-life message. The pro-abortion side is fearful of these pro-life messages becoming mainstream because they are very hard to counter. [The Tebows’ ad] is positive; it is uplifting and makes a profound point in the gentlest way. Now try to imagine making a pro-choice message with all the same elements, pretty hard to do without being absolutely perverse.”

Clifton B., writing on “Focus On The Family’s Pam and Tim Tebow Super Bowl Ad,” on Feb. 7 at his blog Another Black Conservative

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