Super Bowl XLV Left Me Feeling Less Than Impressed

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Super Bowl XLV Left Me Feeling Less Than Impressed
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The home of hype.

Well, I did as I promised. In fact, I did far more than as I that sat through every minute of the Super Bowl, and to be honest I don't know what all the fuss is about. I really don't.

It's great for people interested in big numbers, of course.

And the the average American and more importantly the average Texan likes nothing more than talking down to the rest of the world.

The "World Champions" were crowned and yet the world is invited to watch but not really participate—whereas FIFA and the Olympic movement take their message out to every corner of the world, the NFL expects the world to come to them.

The stadium, Cowboys Stadium, cost $1.3 billion to build—wow, that's quite a lot.

But then when you consider that Wembley cost over $1.5 billion to construct, the US still missed the mark there, but you would never think it the way it was presented to the world.

There were 103,219 people in attendance, which is pretty big really.

Again that isn't anywhere near the largest attendance for a sporting event. Off the top of my head I know that the World Cup Final of Brazil vs Uruguay drew 174,000 people in.

So for me the whole event seems to be over-promoted and somewhat false.

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That said, I was expecting nothing less than hype. The US is good at putting on a show after all.

But then again, maybe not!

The National Anthem was awful on so many levels, but at least it piqued my interest because of it awfulness.

And so to the game, where I watched the players slip and fall on a surface barely playable.

The commentary even suggested that injuries were being caused by the pitch! 

The game was so-so, but as I am not a fan of the sport I was more interested in the spectacle.

Halftime was the big moment I was told. Even if the game was poor, the show would "blow me away."

Nope, it was rubbish. It really was.

Another fail there then.

I have no doubt that the game itself had its merits with a big lead being clawed back, turnovers, punt returns and having to punt again etc. But in truth the whole thing really seemed fake to me.

The ex-President George W. Bush was there, as was Condi Rice and a few others, but that just added to the feeling that the Super Bowl was, is and will always be an American event for Americans.

Keeping it that way might be best for all concerned, as then the US can still think itself as the biggest and best and the rest of the world can smirk at the whole thing.

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