Wednesday, February 10, 2016

What was Fun about Super Bowl 2016?

The Super Bowl was last Sunday. I hear the horsey team won. Obviously, I'm not big into sports. But I do enjoy checking it out for the entertainment value. So let's talk about what was (and wasn't) entertaining.

1) Lady Gaga sings The National Anthem

When you hear the name "Gaga" your first thought may be of outrageous costumes and meat dresses. Truth is, she's quite a talented singer, as she proved with her stirring rendition of The National Anthem.

2) The Half-Time Show

I had mixed feelings. Coldplay was good. I loved Bruno Mars. Beyonce underwhelmed me. Not because of any controversy about what she wore or how she danced, but just because every Beyonce performance feels the same now (to me, anyway).

3) The Commercials

As usual, Budweiser provided my favorite. But this year, it doesn't have Clydesdales or an adorable puppy? This year, I was captivated by the amazing Dame Helen Mirren.

Mountain Dew's "puppymonkeybaby" was creepy, disturbing, and not something I choose to inflict on you with an embedded video. You're welcome.

There were two other commercials that a lot of people seemed to love, but I found mildly disturbing. One is the "Super Bowl Babies." Children singing about the night their parents got jiggy with it... uh, gee, I'll pass. Also, the Doritos sonogram commercial. Anytime a baby starts fights its way out of the uterus to grab junk food, I think we've gone a bit to far. Again... that's just me.

But I will leave you with a commercial that made me want to search Google maps to discover the enchanted town of Ryanville.

How about you? Aside from the game itself (hope you liked the horsey team!) what did you enjoy most about the Super Bowl?


JENNIFER ALLEE was born in Hollywood, California, and spent her first ten years living above a mortuary one block away from the famous intersection of Hollywood & Vine. Now she lives in the grace-filled city of Las Vegas, which just goes to prove she’s been blessed with a unique life. When she’s not busy spinning tales, she enjoys playing games with friends, attending live theater and movies, and singing at the top of her lungs to whatever happens to be playing on the car radio. Although she’s thrilled to be living out her lifelong dream of being a novelist, she considers raising her son to be her greatest creative accomplishment. She's a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Romance Writers of America, and Christian Authors Network. Her novels include The Pastor’s WifeThe Mother Road, A Wild Goose Chase Christmas, Last Family Standing, and Vinnie's Diner from Abingdon Press; Diamond in the Rough, Vanishing Act, and Curtain Call from Whitaker House and co-written with Lisa Karon Richardson; the novella Comfort and Joy in the Christmas anthology, Mistletoe Memories from Barbour; and A Worthy Suitor from Harlequin's Heartsong Presents.


  1. Jen, I agree with you on all counts except one - my American step-mother was hoping the Panthers would win because they were the underdog, having never won a SuperBowl. I trusted that she knew what she was talking about and didn't check the stats.

    I thought Helen Mirren did an admirable job, and I applauded Budweiser on that respect because they weren't hiding the alcohol behind pretty faces and muscled bodies, although I sure missed those Clydesdales. .)

    Was that horrid commercial Mountain Dew? I love the drink, but oh yuck, will think of that image from now on. Perhaps will reach for a Dr Pepper instead.

    Ryanville? Let me know when you find it. :D

    Oh, and I've always loved to hear Lady Gaga sing, but until recently, I didn't feel comfortable watching her.

  2. "Puppymonkeybaby" was hideous. Ugh.

    I appreciated the Helen Mirren spot. It seems that alcohol companies are trying a little harder to encourage responsibility, which is a good thing. I like the "I Need a Hero" one, too.

    I was pleasantly surprised by Lady Gaga. She has a lovely voice and didn't butcher the National Anthem.

    I did NOT like the "Prius 4" commercial. I didn't like the "support" the criminals were getting from their "reality show" type fans. So if you steal a car and "pay" for it with stolen money, that's okay? These are just fun-loving guys who didn't hurt anyone by robbing a bank? "Everybody" loves how great they are? That's pretty sad.

    Most of the commercials were just not very good. The one with the intestine (was it an intestine? bladder? colon? I couldn't tell) was disgusting.

    They could have done better.

    I remember fondly the one where a man was sitting on his porch eating chips and salsa. A mosquito comes and bites him, and he smugly watches it fly off and then burst into flames. Now THAT was a great hot sauce commercial! :D

  3. I only watched part of the game. (My husband was on a business trip so I lucked out! At least until my son got home.) Anyway, I really only saw the third quarter, but I gotta say, I was underwhelmed by the commercials. A lot of them were ones I've seen. Or even some very low rent local ones. C'mon people, if you're going to spend the money for a slot during the super bowl, get creative! Hey, Inkies, maybe we can pool our resources and buy a slot next year. It'll be something like, are you as bored by this game as we are, You can download these wonderful books right now and light up your night!

    1. I thought the game was great! Not high scoring, but the defenses were both amazing, Denver especially so. Maybe Cam knows how it feels to lose now and will have a little more respect for his opponents.

  4. I loved the game because I'm a diehard Bronco fan. Almost cut my teeth in the old Mile High Stadium. The game wasn't great by Offense standards, but awesome by Defense standards. Can you tell I'm a tomboy? I LOVE my sports.

    The commercials were *meh*. Did like the Bud commercials though. There was another I liked, but can't remember it exactly, so I guess it didn't do it's job. Puppy/Monkey/Baby was definitely creepy. Halftime show was okay. Liked Bruno Mars best. Beyonce is just over-exposed imho.

    the part I liked best about the game was Peyton getting to go out on top. His "I'll kiss my wife, hug my kids and drink lots of beer to celebrate" cracked me up.

  5. My favorite part was seeing people complain about it online while I was watching an old movie and Downton Abbey.

    Sorry to have missed it, but your review was probably better than the game!


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