Superbowl XLIII

In Uncategorized on February 5, 2009 at 4:54 pm

page8superbowl After the embarrassment felt among Philly fans during the January 18th game against the Cardinals, many Eagles fans have put their money, and more importantly their hopes, in the Steelers avenging their fellow PA team.  However, despite what many would like to believe, Super Bowl XLIII was not a sure thing by any means for either team.

On February 1, 2009, the 43th Super Bowl began in Tampa to receive very mixed feelings on its outcome. Many took the first quarter as a strong indication of the game’s overall outcome.  In the starting minutes of the first quarter, the Steelers had a 10 point lead on the Cardinals.  Even furthering their confidence was a nearly 100 yard touchdown by the final seconds of the first half, but things would start to look very different after halftime.

Slowly but surely the Cardinals began to pick up their defense by the early minutes of the third.  Similar to their past games, including that against the Eagles, by the end of the third quarter, their offense was also taken up a notch.

The score was 16 – 20 by the final minutes of the fourth quarter.  Suddenly, the game took a turn for the Cardinals when Quarterback Kurt Warner threw a 64 yard touchdown pass to receiver Larry Fitzgerald.  It was with this goal that Arizona took the lead for the night, 23-20.

Despite this truly jaw dropping play by Warner, Roethlisberger still managed to lead his Steelers to victory in the final minutes of the game with one final touchdown, making the final score a close knit 27 to 23.

Despite the excitement ever present in the actual football game, many Super Bowl viewers are either more obsessed with, or at least equally so, with the Super Bowl commercials and halftime show.

In recent years the elite standard in Super Bowl commercials has always been Budweiser, and this year has been no exception. In 1994, the Bud Frogs, named Bud, Weis, and Er, debuted and revolutionized the way viewers thought of the brand.  After several variations, including Louise and Frankie, the Brooklyn-accented Chameleons and their “Hitman- Ferret”, Bud has since moved onto the Clydesdale and the Dalmatian “approach.” Similar to recent Super Bowl games, Sunday’s game also brought about several variations of the Clydesdale, once again showing Budweiser’s domination of Super Bowl commercial time.

For Super Bowl XLIII, the halftime show became very much a “blast from the past” when the legendary singer/songwriter Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band performed.  Nicknamed “The Boss”, Springsteen started his mainstream career in 1972, with his debut album, entitled Greetings from Asbury Park, NJ.  Since then, he has had more than 15 albums and is currently launching the new and highly anticipated Working on a Dream, which was released on January 27 of this year.  Despite being almost four decades later, Springsteen and the E Street Band are still holding their own and still mesmerizing fans, both new and old.

In truth, this Super Bowl very much had something for everyone: an edge of your seat, minute-by-minute football game, a series of heartwarming animal ads, and a halftime show that truly proves that some things never go out of style.


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