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Bruno Mars performs during the Pepsi Super Bowl XLVIII Halftime Show at MetLife Stadium
Bruno Mars performs during the Pepsi Super Bowl XLVIII Halftime Show at MetLife Stadium (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Super Bowl 48 winners were the Seattle Seahawks, Bruno Mars, commercials that were warm & fuzzy, cities that want to host an outdoor Super Bowl in the future and those who left early and got a quick train back to Secaucus. 

Long snapper Clint Gresham #49 of the Seattle Seahawks celebrates their 43-8 victory over the Denver Broncos to win Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium
Long snapper Clint Gresham #49 of the Seattle Seahawks celebrates their 43-8 victory over the Denver Broncos to win Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium (Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Losers included Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos, plenty of the commercials, Joe Namath’s wardrobe consultant, anyone with a 7 in their box pool and many of those who took that train that ran from Secaucus to MetLife Stadium.

In one of the worst Super Bowls ever the Seahawks played like they had a 12th man on the field at all times and totally destroyed the Broncos 43-8 to win their first-ever NFL Championship.  No need to tell you what happened because most of you watched the game and those that didn’t obviously don’t care.

It was the biggest Super Bowl blowout in 21 years and tied for the third largest of all time.  That clicking sound you heard during the second half was TV sets being turned off around the country.

The weather was not an issue; it was nearly 50 degrees at kickoff and actually a great night for a football game.  It was not great for many of the thousands who got to the game by taking NJ Transit from Secaucus to MetLife Stadium.  Some waited well over an hour trying to board a train and many complained of extreme heat as they were packed in like sardines with no place to go.

Of course officials told everyone this was the way to go.  After hearing reports of how bad it was before the game I tweeted “The NFL just announced that due to the NJ Transit fiasco they are now going to declare New Jersey as the official Super Bowl host.”

Tight end Zach Miller #86 and quarterback Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks dump Gatorade on head coach Pete Carroll
Tight end Zach Miller #86 and quarterback Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks dump Gatorade on head coach Pete Carroll (Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Many who watch the game are not really watching the game but a TV show where the commercials and entertainment are important.  Honestly I think the commercials have gotten worse over the years but those that played on emotions got favorable response especially the one with the puppy and the Clydesdales.

My favorites were the Seinfeld Reunion, Radio Shack back to the 80’s and the Dannon Oikos yogurt spot with John Stamos and the cast of Full House.  As for entertainment, opera singer Renee Fleming did a stirring rendition of the National Anthem and Bruno Mars was outstanding at halftime along with his band, The Hooligans.

 

I didn’t even mind the shirtless Red Hot Chili Peppers who fit right in. Oh and how about Joe Namath’s fur coat?  Just a couple of days ago the Hall of Fame quarterback announced he had brain damage and I would have to agree.

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