A Super game, even without Bieber
FINALLY, BIG Brother fought back. Serena Williams had trumped Venus and Eli Manning had out-clutched Peyton - and, of course, Albert Brooks always has been a bit funnier than Super Dave Osborne - but on Super Bowl Sunday John Harbaugh outlasted bratty little sibling Jim for the family's first Lombardi Trophy.
(Spectacular game, but, hey, New Orleans - no lights, no more Super Bowls. That delay caused dip issues for me.)
As usual, I took it all in and took copious notes:
2:05 p.m. ET: CBS's Solomon Wilcots is live at the Ravens' hotel - I could swear I see two tiny bottles of shampoo in his right jacket pocket.
2:06: Steve Tasker is at the 49ers' hotel and says the team "has rehearsed their snack schedule" - just like Couch Slouch does!
2:08: Packers' Clay Matthews tells Greg Gumbel, "Somehow I tricked the execs at CBS to let me on set with you." Shannon Sharpe did the same thing nine years ago.
2:53: Rachel Ray with the standard I'll-show-you-something-to-cook-at-home-but-you-never-will-because-you-have-no-idea-what-you're-doing-in-the-kitchen segment.
3:20: Boomer Esiason keeps shaking hands and high-fiving on the CBS set; is he running for office?
4:04: They show live shot of MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., site of Super Bowl 48. Several Jets fans already are lined up at the beer concession.
4:08: "How Super of a Bowl is it," my sage stepdaughter Mia wonders, "if Justin Bieber's not even there?"
4:23: If CBS does one more heartbreaking pregame feature, I'm going to jump on the next raft and join Greenpeace.
4:35: So President Obama might not let a son of his play football; I doubt he would've said that a month before the election.
5:58: Maya Angelou for Union Bank. Really? What's next, the Dalai Lama for Michelin Tires?
6:20: What's with Jennifer Hudson? Have a Mallomar bar, sweetie.
6:22: Alicia Keys isn't lip-synching the National Anthem, but I think that was a player piano.
6:27: A black president and a black Super Bowl referee? This civil-rights thing is moving at warp speed.
6:32: Every Super Bowl should start with a touchback - it allows us to catch our breath.
6:33: You prep for two weeks and have illegal formation on the first play? Bad coaching, man.
6:35: Doritos get all the press, but Fritos are the bomb.
6:38: Delaware has now produced two Super Bowl quarterbacks, Rich Gannon and Joe Flacco. That would be like Taco Bell producing two Le Cordon Bleu instructors.
6:40: I believe that Colin Kaepernick, on his left arm, has tattooed the entire menu of IHOP.
6:42: Every time Flacco drives for a touchdown, his asking price goes up a million.
6:46: I always wait until the first Budweiser commercial of the day to drink my first PBR.
6:54: I half-expected David Akers to have a cigarette and a blindfold when he came out for his first field-goal attempt.
8:09: Beyonce runs the pistol offense at halftime.
8:32: Ravens' Jacoby Jones returns second-half kickoff 108 yards to make it 28-6.
8:33: Most of my Super Bowl guests aren't even arriving until the fourth quarter. Gosh, I'm going to have to entertain them myself.
8:37: The Superdome goes dark - my guess is Shannon Sharpe tripped over his tongue and caused a power outage.
8:45: Uh oh, Solomon Wilcots and Steve Tasker have the only live microphones. The White House could declare it a national emergency.
9:03: If this delay goes any longer, CBS might fly in Charlie Rose to fill.
9:32: 49ers score twice in 2:21 after lights mysteriously went out; Oliver Stone's thinking he has a new film.
9:34: I remember I needed a power outage during my second honeymoon to change momentum.
10:05: These 49ers have made more comebacks than Robert Downey Jr.
10:20: When calls go against 49ers, Jim Harbaugh looks like his dad's just grounded him for a week.
10:31: Is "Elementary" still going to be on?
10:34: 49ers fail on fourth-and-goal; Jim Harbaugh's head explodes and Ravens survive, 34-31.
10:40: I imagine I'm the only one who thinks the 49ers win this game if they start Alex Smith.
10:45: Boy, Ray Lewis is going to be fired up in retirement with two Super Bowl rings and no murder charges.
Ask The Slouch
Q. I have a bet with my brother: I say the Pro Bowl was last played in 1993; he says it's next week. Who's right? (Dan Morgiewicz; Burke, Va.)
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Q. If ESPN televised Groundhog Day in Punxsutawney, Pa., would it be a weeklong event? (Binny Natto; Dormont, Pa.)
A. From your lips to Bristol's ears, I fear.
Q. Will the Ford Motor Company resurrect the Mercury Cougar line and hire Danica Patrick to drive it? (Joe Ogle; Greenwood, Ind.)
A. Pay the man, Shirley.
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