Just killing time until Grey’s Anatomy

I dunno, maybe it’s because I was getting the kids to bed and doing laundry and I’m just not feeling my best today… or maybe it’s because I’m just getting old and jaded (shaddup)… but this year’s Superbowl was perhaps the lamest in recent memory. For me. If it was a great game for you, well then, um, great. I’m happy for you.

It’s only fair to point out, I suppose, that I don’t care at all about either the Steelers or the Seahawks. Chickadee stated emphatically that she was cheering for the Seagulls and I assured her that that was as prudent a course as any. (Later I did correct her, but really I think the Seagulls is a great name for a a football team.) So the teams didn’t move me. The actual gameplay wasn’t very exciting. The commercials were dumb. The halftime show FRIGHTENED me.

[Note to Mick Jagger: Enough, already. Also, consider some aerobics or something to build up your pulmonary endurance. Or a nebulizer you can take onstage with you.]

I think the commercial that annoyed me the most was the one about how we’re all united by the Superbowl itself. That all Americans are watching it today, whether for the game or just for the commercials, and what could be more American, and blah blah blah I dunno, I stopped listening.

And yet, I WAS watching, even though I was not particularly impressed, out of reflex, if nothing else. Because I’m American? Or because I’m stupid? I mean, I just don’t know that an entire commercial about how our nation’s love of the Superbowl binds us all together is really the very best depiction of Americans. Just because it’s something many of us do doesn’t make it something admirable.

Do we make commercials about the greatness that is people steering their cars with their knees while they talk on cellphones and scarf down cheeseburgers?

Do we make commercials about solidarity through working 80 hours a week, accumulating a lot of STUFF, and becoming strangers to our kids?

Do we make commercials praising how we’re all one big family and we know that because we shop at WalMart and pick things up in one aisle and decide we don’t want them and hide them on the endcaps of other aisles?

Wooo, we’re Americans. Yay us! Also, we make beer commercials!

Oh well. Maybe next year’s Superbowl will be slightly more… super.

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26 Responses to “Just killing time until Grey’s Anatomy”

  1. 1
    Amanda February 5, 2006 at 11:03 pm #

    I couldn’t agree more. That commercial annoyed the crap out of me.

  2. 2
    Chag February 5, 2006 at 11:11 pm #

    “Do we make commercials about the greatness that is people steering their cars with their knees while they talk on cellphones and scarf down cheeseburgers?”

    Beautiful. THAT is America!

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    buffi February 5, 2006 at 11:24 pm #

    I couldn’t overlook the irony that my kids were “appreciating” the beer commercials so much.

    My favorite though, was that SugarPlum kept calling it the “Extra Large Super Bowl.” You know, Super Bowl XL.

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    diane February 5, 2006 at 11:25 pm #

    Honestly, after the Janet Jackson debacle, the Superbowl has become terribly underwhelming.
    Thank you for this post–I now feel 100% convinced skipping the whole damn thing was the right choice (prior to reading, I was at about 95%).
    P.S.
    Does this make me a Communist?

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    daysgoby February 5, 2006 at 11:34 pm #

    And what a Grey’s A it was!

    For a ‘started out fluffy’ show, the plotlines are (I think) getting better than ER!

    Aaron Neville’s mole frightens me. It’s like those pictures where the eyes always seem to follow you.

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    jess February 6, 2006 at 12:01 am #

    Wow. I feel…un-American now. I don’t get the channel that the SB was on…and didn’t really miss it. I spent the day out and about with my parents and niece instead. Meh.

    It’s not like it’s the first time a commercial has made me feel uninspiring and un-American because I’m not doing/buying/wearing/eating/watching something that everyone else finds so amazingly wonderful.

    Oh! Wait. *grins wryly* I usually don’t care when I’m being “iconoclastic”. *winks*

    Hope you had a good day with family and friends even if the game itself (and the commercials) left you uninspired…

    And the part of your post that got me? *laughs outright* The Wal-Mart shopping/hiding thing. My fiance yells at me for not putting things back where they belong all. the. time.

    Thanks for the fresh perspective!

    jess

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    margalit February 6, 2006 at 12:09 am #

    But wasn’t the wait for Gray’s Anatomy so worth it, just to see Bailey in labor? I usually hate two part shows, but I’m so hooked on this show that I’d watch it if they did nothing but eat string cheese the whole show.

    George’s dream. Perfect!

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    wayward goddess February 6, 2006 at 7:20 am #

    I watched Dateline and Crossing Jordan. Guess I’m unAmerican

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    David February 6, 2006 at 8:15 am #

    Oops. I forgot all about SBXL. Had my head in a book. Sounds like I got the better entertainment value.

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    Nancy February 6, 2006 at 8:18 am #

    I guess I am very much unAmerican, I don’t even have cable hooked up. Decided not to after the last move; best desicion we ever made. :)

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    chris February 6, 2006 at 8:25 am #

    I was underwhelmed also. I just ate the snacks I made for the menfolk (boyfolk?) in my family while playing with my computer.

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    Lisa February 6, 2006 at 9:05 am #

    But G.A made up for the entire Superbowl. Really it did. I am going to have serious issues until next Sunday.

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    ferd February 6, 2006 at 9:19 am #

    The game was boring and I’m a guy.

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    dad February 6, 2006 at 9:27 am #

    I watched. I scarfed. I’m an American. I was underwhelmed.

    I must assume that since all the comments agree with your assessment of the extravaganza that you have no readers in Pittsburg.

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    gretchen February 6, 2006 at 9:46 am #

    Football is incomprehensible to me, and lately, I have to say I’m not so proud to be an American. That is easily the most irritating bumper sticker around. I could perhaps understand “Happy to be an American” The things this country likes to broadcast as positive attributes are downright embarrassing at times. Sorry to be a downer, but from your post, I’d say you’re feeling it too.

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    ben February 6, 2006 at 11:10 am #

    Admit it – you’re just bummed that every third commercial wasn’t for Viagra or Levitra or Enlargeya.

    Also? The “Don’t Judge too Quickly” with the fly was funny, I thought.

    The first superbowl they sold tickets for $10 and had 30,000 empty seats. And Bud Light commercials.

    Grey’s Anatomy was really good, but the commercials for it were even better. I was hoping for a plague or terrorist attack or a giant monster giving birth to yet another SUV. But I was pleasantly surprised by the woman calling her hubby’s friend a MORON. Priceless.

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    ben February 6, 2006 at 11:10 am #

    Admit it – you’re just bummed that every third commercial wasn’t for Viagra or Levitra or Enlargeya.

    Also? The “Don’t Judge too Quickly” with the fly was funny, I thought.

    The first superbowl they sold tickets for $10 and had 30,000 empty seats. And Bud Light commercials.

    Grey’s Anatomy was really good, but the commercials for it were even better. I was hoping for a plague or terrorist attack or a giant monster giving birth to yet another SUV. But I was pleasantly surprised by the woman calling her hubby’s friend a MORON. Priceless.

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    ben February 6, 2006 at 11:13 am #

    Lookee there, a double post!

    I never do that… ;)

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    Amy-GO February 6, 2006 at 11:40 am #

    Football? Yawn. Comercials? Blechh. Guess I’m just not the American I thought I was. ;)

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    shannon February 6, 2006 at 12:37 pm #

    Wow, I’m un-American. I had a knit fest and we didn’t even turn on the tv (except when the hostess’s husband turned it on to play his video game).

    I heard the Dove commercial about inspiring young girls was good, but that’s the only one any of my friends have liked a lot.

    I heard Mick was taking clothes off? I’m really glad that I didn’t watch now!!! *shudder*

    I’m with Chickadee…GO SEAGULLS! :)

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    Cele February 6, 2006 at 12:41 pm #

    I missed most of the non SuperBowl for girls day out. I have long said it is usually the worst game of the season. Once again the winners were the refs (I understand) the commercials sucked, and I missed most of it… wow that would make me the winner. Kewl, I’m still waiting for Miami to make a comeback…And due to locality I did sorta root for the Ernes.

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    snow February 6, 2006 at 1:27 pm #

    I liked the cell-phone-as-crime-deterrant ad. That was funny. Yes, I am easily entertained.

    And I can’t believe they’re going to leave Meredith’s hand in there for a solid WEEK! ACK!

  23. 23
    Bob February 6, 2006 at 1:37 pm #

    I spent superbowl time watching a DVD of Burns & Allen TV episodes, and then the movie Topper on TCM. Neither the game nor the commercials attracted me.

    I guess I’ve made peace with (not accepted) the fact that we are a consumer oriented society and blatent appeals to that aspect of it tend to bounce off of me like so much water off of a duck’s back. I have lived without for so long that I’ve pretty much stopped wanting. Or maybe I’m getting to an age where possessions don’t mean as much as they did when I was younger. It’s more important to me that I put a roof over our heads and food on the table than providing a plasma screen tv to provide prettier commercials. I’m done bowing to the credit card gods.

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    Chewie February 6, 2006 at 2:48 pm #

    Please please PLEASE can we talk about the stinkin’ ANTHEM?! What the heck? In honor or NOLA we are letting that man attempt to sing our anthem? Then for good measure, let’s stop him and let Aretha finish it up since by then the blood pouring from our ears was getting clotty! OH MY WORD!

    The robot/monster lovefest thing was disturbing-ish…the fly getting zapped and the lady getting flung into riding that man on the plane…both made me lol. The Dove commercial was gorgeous..the godaddy crap made me cringe…

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    Nothing But Bonfires February 6, 2006 at 4:48 pm #

    There may be some truth to that though, because I WASN’T watching, and I’m NOT American!

    I did turn it on right at the end when there were 30 seconds to go, but that’s just because I wanted to see if I’d won $200 in our office pool. I hadn’t.

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    ali February 6, 2006 at 9:22 pm #

    okay…but how freakin’ good was grey’s anatomy???!!!

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