When I went to the store Friday to pick out goodies I would prepare for Super Bowl meal—which turned out to be Crab Macaroni and Cheese with Panko/Pistachio Crust, Cole Slaw, and Blondies—I forgot how much fun it is for a championship to be linked to one’s home area.
But, there were a lot of folks at the Safeway loading up with chips and beer and wine and cheese and all that other good stuff, wearing Colin Kaepernick and Patrick Willis jerseys along with Niners hats and other regalia.
Through halftime, the best thing I had seen was Beyonce, with whom I was not that familiar, but who indeed put on an electric show that looked great. It did surprise me, rocker that I am, but I have to admit as much as I love Tom Petty and the Who, they were more or less ho-hum, playing greatest hits but without the same type of pyrotechnics. (Note I also liked it that it appeared Beyonce’s band are all women.)
Then Jacoby Jones came out of the second half blocks, and all I kept thinking was, “been there before, plenty of time Colin, just relax, get a score, hold the Ravens and you are essentially right back in the game.”
Meaning in the moment, there was one play--and as it turned out, the whole game--that was better than any of the commercials this year. A couple made me chuckle for a second, but that is about it.
Then the power went out, and I told Diane right away this was no simple thing to fix for the lights take a good 20 minutes or so to warm up, and indeed we waited 34 minutes for play to resume, the Niners to turn the ball over, and then finally take my words to heart. (It does make me wonder what would have happened had the power downed during Beyonce?)
I got to admit I got really sick of Jim Nance’s regular referrals to how well the San Francisco offense had done since the blackout. I agree with Shannon Sharpe, who noted these guys are professional athletes and will pick it up where they left it off.
I also know that for just about every game there is an ebb and flow where the down team has a chance to pick it up and build some momentum, and the Niners did that just at the right time.
Boom, as in 17 points in less than five minutes, much like San Francisco of the 80’s with Joe Montana, catching up to the Skins in a couple of minutes courtesy of Jerry Rice and John Taylor if memory serves.
In the end, I got what I really wanted: an exciting game. Though it would have been sweeter had the San Franciscans scored. And, I also think were I coaching Kaepernick and company when they had the ball at first and goal at the five with four minutes left, I would have tried to punch the ball up the middle four times assuming I was going to take all four plays.
But, that is easy for me to say as a backseat Coach/Quarterback/Offensive Coordinator.
Somehow I think the Niners will be back next year, and Kaepernick will have the benefit of a full season as a starter and this year as post-season experience.
Meaning look out for every other team.
Oh yes, and baseball here we come as the Hotpage returns weekly on February 18.