Heard the news? The New England Patriots are headed, once again, to the Super Bowl. Terrific Tom led yet another late-in-the-game rally in the AFC Championship to send the Jaguars back to the locker room to pack up their gear for good. Well, at least until next season.
Chances are you’ll be watching the Pats take on the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, February 2nd. Even if you’re not a football fan, it’s considered must-see TV, if only for the socially acceptable beer consumption potential. If you’re clamoring for bona fide predictions of the final outcome, and info on the odds and over/under, read a sports column. If you’re in the mood to digest completely random Super Bowl-related stuff, we’re here for you.
- It’s going to be cold—not just Minneapolis-in-February cold, but flat-out frigid. According the Weather.com, a mid-week “warm up” with temperatures soaring to the freezing mark will be followed by nighttime lows of -2 degrees on Super Bowl Sunday. What was wrong with New Orleans or Miami, NFL decision makers? Thanks for nothing. The game will be played indoors, but what about the tailgating?
- If the Eagles win, Budweiser is buying everyone in Philly a Bud Light. Seriously. When Lane Johnson, the Eagles’ right tackle, proclaimed that he would buy everyone a brew if they took home the Vince Lombardi Trophy, the folks at Anheuser-Busch saw marketing gold and offered to make good on Johnson’s bet. While we appreciate the potential generosity of Bud Light, we can’t help but wonder, did it have to be Bud Light? Dude, where’s my craft brew?
- We may have mixed emotions about halftime entertainer Justin Timberlake’s musical chops, but he earned some serious street cred in his laugh-out-loud-funny SNL skits, so we’re giving him the benefit of the doubt. Even if the former Mouseketeer trots out his former *NSYNC bandmates for a rousing rendition of “Bye Bye Bye,” it will still be better than 2016’s dismal and depressing Coldplay performance. This will be Timberlake’s first Super Bowl appearance since the infamous “wardrobe malfunction” of 2004.
- With 30-second spots allegedly running north of the $7M mark, it’s safe to assume that Monday morning quarterbacks will be dissecting the commercials almost as thoroughly as the game. Will Budweiser trot out the Clydesdales and puppies? Probably. We can’t get enough of that schmaltzy stuff. One already confirmed twist to the usual suspects is a Doritos vs. Mountain Dew spot featuring Morgan Freeman and the beguiling Peter Dinklage of Game of Thrones. While we have the utmost respect for both actors, we don’t see the point of the whole “versus” angle. Given the products, there isn’t much of chance of a “tastes great/less filling” hall of fame ad slogan. “Tastes like battery acid/makes you feel bloated” is a more realistic slogan for this one.
FYI: The odds for the game are a Patriots win by five points. Roger that!