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PAULA I. BRYANT: Anything but a Super Bowl

It’s downright depressing. Not only are we in for six more weeks of winter weather, but the “super” football game of the year that had been hyped for weeks turned out to be “a blowout.”

And all of this happened on the same day — Sunday — followed by a dreary and rainy Monday.

Punsxutawney Phil, that furry little prognisticator that has been forecasting the weather since 1886, came out shortly before 7:30 Sunday morning just long enough to see his shadow and predict winter is not yet over.

Legend has it, when it’s cloudy and the groundhog crawls out of his burrow, winter will end soon.

But that was not to be the case on this bright and sunny Sunday morning when the groundhog poked his head out, saw the sun and scurried back into his warm home to wait out the rest of winter weather that is yet to come in February and March.

This year it just so happened Groundhog Day and the Super Bowl (if that is what you still want to call this year’s event) occurred on the same day.

It’s the first time that has happened, although it came close back in 2009 when Groundhog Day fell the day after the Arizona Cardinals fell victim to the Pittsburgh Steelers 27-23.

Sunday night’s game pitting the Seattle Seahawks against the Denver Broncos at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., was anything but a Super Bowl.

Dubbed “a blowout,” the 48th Super Bowl was a lopsided disappointment for Bronco fans, some of whom wondered aloud if their team had even shown up for the game that finally ended with Seattle stomping all over Denver 43-8.

Yes, the Seahawks are Super Bowl Champions much to the dismay of Bronco quarterback Peyton Manning who was held to 5.6 yards per attempt on 49 pass attempts, intercepted twice and the victim of a fumble.

Granted, I’m not your gung-ho football fan, but I do try to watch the championship game of the National Football League each year.

But this year after the third quarter when I fell asleep, I found myself asking what is so super about the Super Bowl?

In my opinion, Sunday’s matchup between the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks could be characterized as anything but super.

All in all, this year’s Super Bowl definitely did not live up to the hype.

Most of the TV commercials were funny though, and even the half-time show featuring Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers went off without a hitch. 

I guess we were drawn to watch the Super Bowl because it has grown to be more than a football game, it’s an American institution, and we always love some of the commercials.

Yep, for those of us who really could care less about the game, the commercials are the real jewels. This year was no different.

What was your favorite?

Personally, we enjoyed the puppy and Clydesdale love story commercial (of course), and our other favorite was the huge grizzly bear terrorizing a little country store to get him some Chobani yogurt. 

Now we’ll have to wait another year until the next Super Bowl for a new batch of commercials.