Super Bowl Ironies

February 9, 2010 – 3:27 am by Hickey


A few leftover notes from this year’s Super Bowl:

– How fitting is it that the two players most responsible for breaking Colts fans’ hearts in this year’s Super Bowl were rooted on by the very same fans in their collegiate careers?

Purdue alum Drew Brees was the MVP of the game, and Indiana alum Tracy Porter provided the straw that broke the camel’s back with his 70-yard interception return in the fourth quarter — courtesy of New Orleans native and Colts quarterback Peyton Manning, of course.

The symmetry and serendipity of it all is quite glorious. Especially when you consider the key play of the game when the Colts beat the Bears in Super Bowl XLI: an interception return for a touchdown by Chicago native and Illinois alum Kelvin Hayden.

– Most people probably walked away from the halftime show under the impression that The Who aren’t very good. But they didn’t see “the real” Who anyway. That was effectively ended when Keith Moon died in 1978. If there’s any doubt on Moon’s influence on the band and pop culture and general, just know that he is the basis for Animal from the Muppets. Yeah, he kicked that much ass.

And even though they still managed to go strong with a “substitute” drummer for a couple decades, the legitimacy of really getting The Who experience was wiped out when bassist John Entwhistle died in 2002. I know, the bassist is generally the least noted member of any band, but The Ox truly ruled.

But the reason that this whole thing qualifies as ironic is that The Who were qualified as the NFL’s safe choice to avoid any trouble with the FCC. Keep in mind that this is a band that was once banned from all Holiday Inns because of how damaged they left their hotel rooms, including one incident where the furniture was stapled to the ceiling. The first band to smash its instruments on stage, including literally blowing up the drum kit. A band that has lyrics like “Who the fuck are you?” and “We were the first band to vomit at the bar and find the distance to the stage too far.”

Yet to the uninitiated, they were just lame old men. Alas. I guess this is what they meant when they hoped to die before they got old.

– Finally, despite being contested between Indianapolis and New Orleans, this was the most-watched Super Bowl of all-time. And the most-watched television program of all-time. And that is the beauty of the NFL. If this were baseball or basketball, they’d be wetting themselves if two markets of that size were playing for the championship even if they were by far the best two teams in their respective sport. Hence the conspiracy theories surrounding the great Sacramento Kings teams that couldn’t make it past the Lakers. There are a lot of crappy things about how the NFL conducts its business, but they sure know how to capture our attention.

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  1. 10 Responses to “Super Bowl Ironies”

  2. with a “substitute” drummer

    I see what you did there, very nice. Spot on about The WHo.

    By cleet on Feb 9, 2010

  3. “…when the Colts beat the Bears in Super Bowl XLI: an interception return for a touchdown by Chicago native and Illinois alum Kelvin Hayden.” – For further symmetry, consider that interception was thrown by Rex Grossman. Rexxy was born and played his high school ball in Bloomington, IN.

    By Nick on Feb 9, 2010

  4. Great call, Nick. I have no idea how I overlooked that. The circle really is complete.

    By Hick Flick on Feb 10, 2010

  5. I thought the Who were still pretty damn awesome. Sure, they peaked way before I was alive, but it is still one of the best halftime shows I’ve seen.

    By Cousin Charlie on Feb 10, 2010

  6. My wife is from New Orleans, It was her dream that the saints will when before she passed away and it happend they did it. She knew about Mainnig boys was from New Orleans. She always like the New Orleans Saints. She was so happy and she had tears in her eyes when thet beat the Indianapolis Colts 31-17 WHO DAT

    By DARRELL D. WALTZ SR. on Feb 11, 2010

  7. Unfortunately, in your piece about the Saints/Indiana connection you failed to mention that Coach Payton was an assistant coach at Indiana State University (Terre Haute) in the early ’90’s. That made for some strained allegiances by some of us here in the Hoosier state.

    By philrgus on Feb 11, 2010

  8. Another guy with Indy ties was Paul Spicer. We played on the same High School team in the early 90’s. I think he is a backup DE with the Saints and was a starter for Jacksonville last season.

    By b on Feb 11, 2010

  9. As a Colts fan it was a bit difficult watching guys you rooted on in college Porter and Roby taking your team down but at least more IU folks got SB rings than Purdue.

    Side note: It was the most watched Super Bowl but the Summer Olympic’s Opening Ceremonies and the FIFA Men’s World Cup draw 8-10x as many viewers than even the Super Bowl.

    By IUColts on Feb 11, 2010

  10. Actually, Tracy Porter is from Port Alle, Louisiana, but went to college at Indiana.

    By Jim Gregory on Feb 11, 2010

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