If not for the game, the Super Bowl would have been awful

February 03, 2004|by TIM KOELBLE

Our work schedule called for desk duty on Super Bowl Sunday, so my VCR was slated for a rewind Monday morning with the idea of taking another look at the game which netted New England a second championship.

With all the side shows that happened, viewing the CBS telecast came from a desire to see things as they unfolded without running back and forth from the desk to the conference room TV Sunday.

Last I knew, the Super Bowl had become an event which men, women, boys and girls - football fan or not - can engage in together in a family situation and enjoy the game. That's why the game has become THE national event.

The game itself was a G-rated performance, with the "G" describing a great football game that took place. While it wasn't the greatest of the 38 Super Bowls, it probably ranks somewhere in the top five with its last-second field goal for the win.


However, the non-football antics that took place certainly deserve an X-rated review and you can tag that "X" with anything that refers to negativism.

The halftime show was nothing more than 30 minutes of offensive material which should have been preceded with a notice that "this performance requires adult supervision." That too, would have even been stretching a warning.

It certainly was not the family hour at halftime.

CBS will divert the blame to Viacom, its corporate parent which also owns MTV, the producers of the halftime show. Come on now, you can't tell me CBS had no idea of what these so-called star performers were going to do.

The winner in the whole tawdry incident - which I won't go into describing - is Michael Jackson, who had the attention from his child molestation case diverted at least temporarily by his sister, Janet, and Justin Timberlake.

And those two weren't the only ones involved in the raunchy halftime affair. You can include Kid Rock, wearing an American flag as a poncho, and rapper Nelly, grabbing his crotch - all this in front of 100 million viewers.

MTV, instead of trying to produce a halftime show at a major sporting event, should simply stick to its television lineup of videos, which in many cases might still require parental guidance.

It's no wonder I get upset watching high school and college sports and seeing the appearance of some of the athletes. All you have to do is understand these athletes and artists are their idols.

I'm of the opinion that all athletes (especially in high school) should be without facial hair and tattoos and think that schools should begin to uphold some kind of standard. And to all players, let's get with the uniforms and keep the shirts tucked in (without testing the officials) and the britches around your waist.

Geez, back to the Super Bowl before I keep going on.

In addition, we watch the Super Bowl because we're curious about the new TV commercials. This year, most of them failed to get a first down. At least the ones with the Willie Nelson doll, the Fed Ex alien and the donkey wanting to be a Budweiser Clydesdale were halfway witty.

The football game itself had class and turned out to be an enjoyable distraction from the rest of the three-ring circus.

Tim Koelble is a staff writer for The Morning Herald. His column appears every other Tuesday. He can be reached at 301-733-5131 ext. 2311 or by e-mail at

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