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Thursday 19th Oct 2017

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.

And, despite my fondness for the Ravens—at least Ed Reed and Torrey Smith—I was pulling for Kaepernick and Company for sure on Sunday.

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.

In the end, I am happy for Reed and Ray Lewis along with Joe Flacco and Ray Rice.

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.


0 #4 Lawr Michaels 2013-02-05 15:59
funny how the safety might have loomed differently had the niners kicked a field goal with two minutes left. that would have meant a tie with the safety and 20 extra seconds on the clock.

but, it is what it is.

jusdoit? is that you mike?
0 #3 Mike Dudek 2013-02-05 05:02
As a Bears fan,watching an ex-bear quarterback and sitting next to my fireplace in snowy Chicago, I'd have to say the game what as expected for a great Superbowl. The real entertainment was watching the reactions of two competitive brothers coaching against each other in the Superbowl. This is an impossible occurance for two brother from the home to go through an entire career on opposite ends the nation and end up in the ultimate football game.
Being a twin myself, I would of put the competitiveness aside and given my brother a hug of congratulations. At this point, both brothers are winners and can enjoy the moment as a family.

I'd have to say John still enjoyed the moment and Jim could of made it that much better. The Game is history.
0 #2 Todd Zola 2013-02-04 20:52
Somewhat embarrassed to admit I feel asleep just as the first half ended and didn't wake up until after the lights came back on.

I also thought some of the play calling on the last drive was suspect - you have a QB that is harder to bring down than most RB and playing a D that you know is going to pressure you, why not do an option rollout - run or pass?

I usually don't comment on this sort of stuff, I know announcer bashing is almost as fun as watching the games, but I was very unimpressed with Phil Simms. Maybe he was off his game, but man, he was awful. Taking the safety was the absolutely correct call at the end and that was just the dot on the exclamation point of his goofiness.
0 #1 Ryan Carey 2013-02-04 18:05
Yeah - as a Browns fan, and with a wife who attended UC Santa Cruz, we were rooting for the Niners at our house. I was glad to get an exciting game, and agree completely on the Jim Nance/Phil Simms duo. They had a pretty mediocre performance.

As for the last series, I agree completely. The last two plays calls were pretty lousy IMO. If I am the coach, I am letting Kaepernick try and run it around the end at least once if not twice down there. Had they scored, the gimmick fake FG (that didn't work) by the Ravens in the first half would have loomed large.

The game unfortunately ended with an uncalled penalty, but I can't really fault the refs on that one. The play call was terrible and you can't depend on the refs to bail you out there.

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