The Super Bowl is over. We can all relax now.
Perhaps now we can concentrate on other matters, like choosing a presidential primary candidate. For the record, the Denver Broncos staggered the Carolina Panthers, 24-10, in Santa Clara, Calif. This goes under the category of an upset victory, not that most of us mind. The majority of people I talked to did not have a preference in this game.
But Peyton Manning goes out a winner. The 39-year-old Denver quarterback has had a great career and is considered one of the game’s greatest at his position. But the former Indianapolis Colts quarterback is no longer great. Neck injuries have taken its toll on his once strong throwing arm. And he was never all that mobile to begin with.
But he is still a great field general, eluding several Carolina blitzes by throwing short quick passes. He simply did enough to win while the defense did the rest. The Broncos forced four turnovers and sacked Carolina quarterback Cam Newton six times.
So, in my opinion, Manning should retire. He now has two Super Bowl rings. The first one was against our Chicago Bears. If Manning retires, he goes out on top. Nothing is better than that. Manning said he needed time to think about it. He was going to kiss his wife, his kids and then drink a lot of Budweiser.
My advice to him is that when he gets over that hangover is to talk to the Denver Broncos’ general manager, John Elway. The former star quarterback of the Broncos, Elway won Super Bowl titles in his last two years. He retired after that. Elway, like Manning is now, was a shadow of himself at the end of his career and was more like a game manager. Elway just did enough behind a great offensive line, strong running game and a great defense.
When Manning sobers up, he will make the right decision. It is better to go out on top.
But the big game is over and life goes on. A lot of people were watching who do not even care about Manning, Denver linebacker MVP Von Miller, Newton or Carolina head coach Ron Rivera. They may have been more impressed with Lady Gaga singing the National Anthem. The game was played near San Francisco but Tony Bennett was nowhere in sight.
And then there were the commercials. I’m not a TV critic but they were not controversial or that memorable. Amy Schumer and Seth Rogan were amusing in a “Bud Light Party” ad. The majority of the ads seem to involve dogs that talked, drive cars or standing in the checkout line at the grocery store.
The halftime show did feature Coldplay, Bruno Mars and Beyonce, in that order. My only concern when I mentioned it last week was that the stage was going to be a little crowded for a 20-minute performance. But I also said that the National Football League is all about excess. Coldplay zipped through three songs, followed by Mars and then Beyonce marching down the field. My concern about excess was beginning to be realized.
But I thought it ended well and since this was Super Bowl 50, images of previous performers were shown, like Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder Diana Ross, U2, Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Katy Perry, and Beyonce and Mars.
But the show is over. For football fans, I’m not sure what they will do. Maybe they will get pumped up over the NFL draft, which will again be held in Chicago’s Grant Park. We may not be able to pass a budget but we sure know how to throw a party.
The Grammys are coming up this week. The Academy Awards are just around the corner. A lot of people hold parties for these award shows as well. I guess it helps us get through the winter.
College basketball has fans across the country and that means March Madness will be in our midst. Personally, I find it easier to keep up with the Grammys and Academy Awards then to figure out where 64 college teams fit in.
Of course, there is the Chicago Blackhawks. Enough said there.
Now, dare I say it? The groundhog has predicted an early spring (I will believe it when I see it). Does that mean the Chicago Cubs and White Sox will begin the season playing baseball in 50-degree weather instead of the 30’s?
I guess we will just have to wait and see. By then, Manning will have quit partying and made his decision.
Joe Boyle is the editor of The Reporter. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.