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Richard D wrote: Mon Feb 13, 2023 11:26 am …I thought the Super Bowl was about sport, am I missing something?
Oh no! It’s about spectacle! You guys do coronations and stuff. We do Super Bowls.

I don’t follow football at all, in fact I think it’s a pretty dumb sport, as sports go. I tune in so as not to be left out of the water cooler talk at work.

I used to tune in for the commercials, but that’s not quite what it used to be as even the hype for that has gotten ridiculous.
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Richard D wrote: Mon Feb 13, 2023 11:26 am I don’t follow American Football, I thought the Super Bowl was about sport, am I missing something?
Richard, stick to Brentford and the rugby, mate. It’s the sort of thing you and I understand. :D
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I watched this terrific game till half time (on Sky). I am looking forward to watching the rest of it this evening.

I didn't have a wager, but I fancied Philly to lead from the start (11/4 to be ahead at the end of every quarter). I also fancied Jalen Hurts to score the first TD (15/2). I will leave it at that for the moment.
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jkbarnes wrote: Mon Feb 13, 2023 2:51 am
Bahnstormer_vRS wrote: Mon Feb 13, 2023 2:45 am I can't stand Rihanna. :-k :-k
Nothing will top Prince’s halftime show!
Bruce Springsteen was the best I saw. but I see Prince's set is top of many lists.
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I was fortunate to go to Superbowl XXIX back in January 1995. The halftime show back then was Tony Bennett……not exactly the most exciting show for a thirty year old Brit ☹️🤣
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Richard D wrote:. . .
with Rihanna grabbing the headlines when she revealed she was pregnant. Apparently social media went into meltdown.
Really? Where were all the social media types? :shock:

It was patently obvious, to me, that she is pregnant from her 'bump'.

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Bahnstormer_vRS wrote: Mon Feb 13, 2023 2:11 pm
Richard D wrote:. . .
with Rihanna grabbing the headlines when she revealed she was pregnant. Apparently social media went into meltdown.
Really? Where were all the social media types? :shock:

It was patently obvious, to me, that she is pregnant from her 'bump'.

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JAFO wrote: Mon Feb 13, 2023 1:08 pm Bruce Springsteen was the best I saw. but I see Prince's set is top of many lists.
Oh, I forgot about Bruce!

Chris375 wrote: Mon Feb 13, 2023 1:44 pm I was fortunate to go to Superbowl XXIX back in January 1995. The halftime show back then was Tony Bennett……not exactly the most exciting show for a thirty year old Brit ☹️🤣
Perfect example to illustrate the demographic they’re going after is reflected in the performer! For those who question the halftime performer, it probably means your too old! :lol:
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Chris375 wrote: Mon Feb 13, 2023 1:44 pm I was fortunate to go to Superbowl XXIX back in January 1995. The halftime show back then was Tony Bennett……not exactly the most exciting show for a thirty year old Brit ☹️🤣
Kismet. They must have let SF win that one. :D
I expect it was easier to get a ticket then as well.
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I now know why American Football in particular the Super Bowl has never appealed to me, the majority of talk has been about the half time act, past and present. Please don’t take this as a criticism, I just don’t understand American Football culture. My fault, probably it’s because I haven’t tried to understand it. Happy to be enlightened.
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The game itself is quite simple, more so than rugby I think, though probably not quite as simple as soccer. There seems to be, if you will forgive me for saying so, an awful lot of glitz and razzmatazz attached to it. So having a pop concert at half-time is probably not surprising.

What gets me is that the players seem to have such limited roles. The star always seems to be the starting quarterback, aided and abetted by running backs and wide receivers. They are, if you like, the show ponies. But it seems to me that there are guys who are on the field a lot of the time and never actually touch the ball, their job being to tackle and block. It looks very hard, physical and skilful.

In the modern rugby game you have to be able to run, pass, tackle, jump, kick and catch, not to mention rucking, mauling and scrummaging. Most players do most of these things throughout the game whereas in US football you are assigned to offence (attack), defence or special teams and there doesn’t seem to be much overlap, if any. Which is probably why you have 45 players on the team but only 11 on the field at any one time.

Despite its similarity to rugby in many ways, and more so to rugby league than to rugby union, it’s still a very different game. I used to watch it a lot in the 90s (Marino, the Fridge etc.), but kind of went off it.
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Richard D wrote: Mon Feb 13, 2023 6:46 pm I now know why American Football in particular the Super Bowl has never appealed to me, the majority of talk has been about the half time act, past and present.
As I struggle to stay awake to watch “live”, I always record and watch at my leisure on Monday morning. Even when I was working, I used to take Monday off.

My first attempt at watching “live” was the 1984 Redskins/Raiders SB, never again :lol:

I’ve never watched half-time show (even when Sir Paul did it), fast forwarded through to 2nd half. I’ve never understood the fascination given to it at a sporting event. Plus other than not being my kind of music, I couldn’t name a Rihanna song!

To be honest, much like most tv nowadays. Always ffwd thru ad breaks or if watching “live”, mute the sound.
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TheBeatles wrote: Mon Feb 13, 2023 7:20 pm To be honest, much like most tv nowadays. Always ffwd thru ad breaks or if watching “live”, mute the sound.
Agree, I too record and fast forward. I’m on a nostalgic trip and have been watching Slammed on iPlayer, looking back at Welsh Rugby from the late 60s in the 70’s. The commentary by Cliff Morgan and Bill McLaren added to what was a golden era of pure rugby talent.
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Chris375 wrote: Mon Feb 13, 2023 1:44 pm I was fortunate to go to Superbowl XXIX back in January 1995. The halftime show back then was Tony Bennett……not exactly the most exciting show for a thirty year old Brit ☹️🤣
in 1995, Tony Bennett was in the midst of a huge resurgence in popularity, including with the younger generation at the time. he had a big presence on MTV and i remember a local radio station here (WHFS) used to do "festivals," both summer and holiday, and Tony Bennett was in the lineup for the holiday version. and he was great! he only had about 20m and he gave at least 2 of it to his young drummer for a solo, which was *AMAZING.*
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Richard D wrote: Mon Feb 13, 2023 6:46 pm I just don’t understand American Football culture. My fault, probably it’s because I haven’t tried to understand it. Happy to be enlightened.
I’m an American, and I don’t understand it either. But I will add this, for a lot of fans it absolutely is about the game. I’d say casual fans tune into the Super Bowl for the spectacle and the Super Bowl parties. Hardcore football fans tune in for the football. My wife and I actually try to leave the house when her son is watching football - he paces back and forth in front of the TV, comments on everything, and god help us if his team is losing! He does a lot of yelling at the screen. I don’t get it.
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