I've watched many Super Bowl broadcasts over the years, and I have to say that this one was easily the least interesting. The NFL has regained the rights to use the moniker No Fun League.
It was the lamest close championship game I've ever seen, in any sport. New England is positively masterful in allowing a game to look close on the scoreboard without the oppostion, or any viewer, ever believing that a comeback is possible. There was no tension whatsoever, at any point during the game. Even when the Eagles had the lead, it felt like they were trailing.
Sure, 90% of the City of Philadelphia is crabbing today about clock management, and there was an onside kick late in the game, but even that was lame and without suspense, as the Pats recovered easily.
The commercials were the least entertaining in the time I've been aware of Super Bowl advertizing as a phenomenon. Only once did I laugh out loud- at the Ameriquest spot with the guy holding the cat in one hand, the knife in the other, and the red sauce on the cat and the floor. Not once did I go, "Ooh! Wow! Cool!" in response to animation, concept, or even hot young women.
In the desire to avoid repetition of the Janet Jackson-Justin Timberlake incident from last year, the Super Bowl chose Paul McCartney to perform. Amazing. In the '60s, the Beatles were the fore of the counter culture, unpredictable and daring. Today, McCartney is safe as milk, predictable and boring.
The Fox broadcast team of Buck, Collinsworth, and Aikman make a graduate course in statistics seem exciting. The commentary might have been more stimulating had Richard Wright delivered it. Alas, only adding Pat Summerall could have made the team more dull.
Fox Sports called the game officiating the worst ever. Funny, I missed that in all the dullness.