Sunday, February 04, 2007

Liveblogging the Super, er, Big Game

Good evening and welcome to the Americans Amuck liveblog of the Super Bowl. Why would two Americans in London want to liveblog the Super Bowl, when half a million antisocial, football-obsessed nerds will be doing the same? Well, first of all, you will remember that I bet on it last year, but was unable to watch. Secondly, it is a celebration of the end of the secular holiday season in the United States (it starts on Halloween and ends on Super Bowl Sunday--think about it and you know it's true). Thirdly, the Super Bowl is a lens through which the rest of the world sees the United States.

And finally, I thought it would be interesting for Americans to hear how the rest of the world gets to view the game. Since they'll be taking the U.S. network feed, but not the commercials, I envision looooonnnnnngggg studio commentary breaks interspersed with a Coors (yes, Coors, not Budweiser) ad or two (we're drinking Groelsch, and when that's finished, we'll switch to Kroenenburg Seize Cent Soixante Quatre). We probably won't get to see the American advertisements.

To kick things off, I wanted to mention that the Guardian (scroll down) had some coverage Friday of the NFL regular season game next year between the Giants and the Dolphins at Wembley Stadium, the big stadium that couldn't. While you can't see it online, the Guardian illustrated the article with a football that had two white stripes and a Nike swoosh. What's funny about that, you might ask? An NFL football has no stripes, and if I'm not mistaken, Reebok is the official sponsor of the NFL.

This just in: Don Johnson is in the Sky Sports One studio. Some Miami connection, and he's starring in, uh, Guys and Dolls on the West End and we do get to see the halftime show with Prince and, uhm, Billy Joel.

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Anonymous The Old Man From Scene 24 said...

Does anyone but American ex-pats actually stay up and watch the Super Bowl over there?

10:30 PM  
Blogger Smitty Werbenmanjensen said...

Probably not, although our downstairs neighbor seemed to know all about the game. He's Scottish though, so.

10:38 PM  
Blogger Schmutz said...

If our holiday season stretches from Halloween to the Super Bowl, then is Valentine's Day some sort of coda?

12:19 AM  
Blogger Smitty Werbenmanjensen said...

Valentine's Day is its own special season.

9:22 AM  
Blogger Middle Kid said...

You and the Missus haven't been married very long, have you.

7:25 PM  

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