The commercials are at the bottom of this post. But if you’ll allow me just a moment, I’ll explain what got me thinking about ’em in the first place.
As a lifelong fan of all things hockey, I’m well aware that it’s the black sheep of the United States professional sports “family”, viewership-wise. To illustrate, the NBA’s playoffs ratings are destroying the NHL’s right now; it’s not even close. Even the NFL draft (the freakin’ draft?!?!?) crushed the Boston/Montreal Game 6 Semifinal in the ratings by a 5-to-1 margin.
And this has been the trend, unfortunately. Heck, the first two games of the 2012 Stanley Cup Finals (both nationally broadcast on NBC, by the way) got soundly thrashed by RERUNS of the following programs: ‘Dogs In The City’, ‘America’s Funniest Home Videos’, ‘Secret Millionaire’, ‘America’s Got Talent’, ‘Grimm’, ‘2 Broke Girls’, …and a rerun of the rerun of ‘America’s Got Talent’.
That’s the difference between getting beat …and getting a beat-down.
And yet, both the league and the sport are positioned for success, perhaps now more than ever before.
We were denied the opportunity to see it last year, but thankfully it’s back. And if you haven’t seen this event before, you owe it to yourself to watch.
It’s gonna be special, especially with having skipped a year.
Even if you’re not a hockey fan, …try it.
I think we need to stop seeing each other, and you deserve to know why.
It’s not as if we haven’t had some good times together, I’ll admit. We’ve shared joy and sorrow; anger and elation. You played, I watched; it worked out well. All in all, we’ve been pretty compatible.
But now, things are …different. You’re lying to me, and you’re lying to yourself. You have a problem, and until you deal with it honestly, we can’t go on this way.
It’s not that I’m against change, but I don’t like changing stuff just for the sake of changing it.
And it’s official: the Miami Dolphins have changed their logo, which for my money was one of the most enduring, and endearing, left in sports today. They went from this:
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I am blessed/cursed with a weird memory.
Regardless of my efforts to the contrary, I still struggle to recall specifics of history or dates. For instance, I can’t tell you with absolute certainty when the Spanish-American War started, or if Martin Van Buren was president immediately before William Henry Harrison, or immediately after.
Yet with zero effort, I can tell you the name of the fill-in drummer that Kiss used when recording their ‘Dynasty’ album (Anton Fig), or where the first indoor Super Bowl was played (the Louisiana Superdome in Super Bowl XII).
It wasn’t completely without merit, I suppose: I won a decent amount of money back in college with Super Bowl trivia, in particular.
Thus I could completely bore you with facts about all of the Super Bowls which are included in the clip below. But rather than that, I’ll let you enjoy just a few minutes of the most thrilling games ever played on football’s biggest stage.