Last Sunday, hundreds of millions of people tuned into the Super Bowl to watch the Baltimore Ravens beat the San Francisco 49ers, 34-31. This Sunday, it's over. No football. Everyone is just forced back into reality. Since early September, you had something to do every Sunday, but now your schedule has completely opened up. Here are few things to get you through the doldrums of the NFL offseason:
1. Finally get around to doing housework
For the past five months, while Sundays have been dominated by NFL football, the list of chores that need to be done around the house began to add up. Now its time face the consequences. That "honey-do-list" is not going to do itself, even though you hoped that it would.
2. Watch other sports
Yes, football is over, but basketball season is just starting to get good. The NBA season is about halfway over with the All-Star Game just a couple weeks away, and college basketball is about a month away from March Madness. Seems like there should be plenty of basketball excuses you can make to get out of housework.
What people are talking about this week: Super Bowl edition! People are buzzing about yesterday’s Super Bowl press conference, commercial previews, and NFL players who appreciate Beyonce. (Warning: two out of three of the following involve Beyonce. I’m not sure, but I promise next week none will involve Beyonce. Unless she pops out a baby or announces a tour on the moon or something.)
Super Bowl press conference
So, remember how last week everyone was in a tizzy over how Beyonce supposedly lip-synced the national anthem? She didn’t comment on it then, but at the Super Bowl press conference yesterday, the question inevitably came up. She explained that she used a backing track because of the weather, delay, lack of sound check, and overall not feeling comfortable going live. And then she launched into an a cappella performance of "The Star Spangled Banner." I feel like Anderson Cooper had it right when he said it’s Beyonce’s world and we’re just living in it. P.S. she says she’ll "absolutely" sing live at the Super Bowl.
You may already have a favorite picked for the Super Bowl, perhaps because your team has made it in, or you love the coach, or you hate the opposing team.
If you’re anything like me — the kind of person who watches the Super Bowl but is pretty indifferent to what team wins — here are some silly ways to choose who to root for.
The color of each team's jersey is important because for most of the game, all you're going to see is these colored blobs running back and forth. They might as well be pretty colored blobs. This year, the 49ers are in the game, and they have a red/gold combination. It’s fine, I guess, but the Ravens have PURPLE. If I were choosing this year’s team based on colors, Ravens would totally have my vote.
OMG, Michelle Obama has bangs!? And other important things, like Oprah intimidating Lance Armstrong and a hilarious video of NFL players saying weird things.
NFL Bad Lip Reading
If you’ve never seen a Bad Lip Reading video, I highly recommend starting with this one. I’m not sure when it surfaced, but I’d heard some people mention it, and finally, last night, our co-worker Allison did us all a huge favor and passed the link around. (In “The Sports Guy” Tim’s defense, he’d seen it much earlier but didn't think we’d appreciate it. Fair enough.) Bad Lip Reading is exactly what it sounds like – each video’s original sound is eliminated. Then a group of people read each person’s lips and make up an entirely new dialogue, making it seem like Tom Brady is saying "Guys, I found Fido!" in the middle of the football field. It’s ridiculous, kind of stupid, and astonishingly hilarious.
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This season's NFL playoffs have been among the most riveting in recent memory and that intrigue should continue into this weekend's AFC and NFC conference championship games. Only the New England Patriots, Baltimore Ravens, San Francisco 49ers and Atlanta Falcons remain in the hunt to go to Super Bowl XLVII, and each team carries its own set of storylines. So I got to thinking, which of the potential Super Bowl match-ups will make for the best (or at least most interesting) game?
Here is my list: (vote for your favorite below on the right)
#1 - Patriots vs. 49ers
As a Patriots fan myself, it is very difficult to remain objective when looking at potential match-ups, but this one in my opinion would make for the most exciting Super Bowl. The two teams met earlier this year in a game that the Patriots overcame a 31-3 deficit, only to eventually lose 41-34. That game was one of the best of the season, but it isn't what would make this game so enthralling. Patriots QB Tom Brady is looking to cement his legacy as perhaps the greatest quarterback of all-time and win his fourth Super Bowl ring, which would tie him with 49ers legend Joe Montana. Oh and by the way, Brady grew up in the Bay area and was a huge 49ers fan.