The 2009 Super Bowl was a more interesting Super Bowl than I can remember in recent history. I know it’s not due to the fact that I cared this year (I like the Steelers, though I’m no a huge NFL fan), since I didn’t find the Steelers’ win in Super Bowl XL particularly exciting and that one was the “one for the thumb” everyone had been wanting for years. If it were a Steelers bias, I’m sure I’d find that one the most entertaining. The Cardinals and the Steelers made this year’s game a nail biter for the fans of both teams. Tomlin’s response after the game about the Steelers playing for all 60 minutes and their wins not always being pretty, but they don’t give up, was perfect and all Steelers fans know the truth of that statement. Steelers fans go through a lot of close games that scare them, but Tomlin’s team this season managed to win most of those and came out on top as Super Bowl champions. NBC and all those who paid for ad time must be thrilled.
It was great to see Mike Tomlin become not only the youngest coach to coach a team in the Super Bowl, but also the youngest to win the Super Bowl. It’s too bad Hines Ward wasn’t feeling better. He may have said that he was feeling great, but I really think he would have been a bigger part of the Super Bowl XLIII win if he had been fully healthy. I’ve also had a lot of knee problems and don’t see complete rehabilitation in 2 weeks as possible; no matter how many experts you have working on your knee. Santonio Holmes definitely seized the opportunity to become the hero of the day and clearly deserved the MVP award he earned.
For his part, though Ben Roethlisberger definitely made some mistakes (not uncommon), he’s one of only 10 quarterbacks to win multiple Super Bowls, which is pretty impressive for a guy that will turn 27 next month.
The commercials this year seemed to be a bit better than the last couple years (which disappointed me over all). Sure, there were some that were too cheesy and clearly aimed at the Neanderthal in men, but there were some very clever ads, too. I liked last year’s Budweiser commercial (with the Dalmatian training the Clydesdale, which beat out the Mean Joe Green Coke commercial in the previous night’s competition as best Super Bowl commercial of all time) better than this year’s ads, but this year’s were still good. I also really enjoyed the Bridgestone Mr. & Mrs. Potato Head, the Telaflora talking flowers, & the Coke remake. When I heard that they were remaking one of the most famous commercials of all time (the Mean Joe Green Coke ad) with Troy Polamalu, I wasn’t really sure I wanted to see a new ad done the same way with a new player. I think Troy Polamalu is great, but the Mean Joe Green ad is a legend. In the end, I loved what they did with the ad. I’m very happy that they didn’t simply remake it with new people and a new Coke product. I think they did a great job honoring the classic commercial with a new spin on the ad. Coke should be very happy with their advertising department.