Super Bowl XLI game highlights, fun fan images, and more.
• Feb. 4, 2007 | 5:05 p.m. PT
5:05: Prince has hit the stage! But what is he wearing on his head? I think my friend's grandma wears something like that.
5:08: I hope Prince doesn't get electrocuted. Now THAT would overshadow Peyton and Urlacher -- barely though.
5:09: Did you know Prince and Carmen Electra were once an item? Just wanted to drop that in. I don't know if I love her less or more than I did a minute ago.
5:11: Prince is covering the Foo Fighters. Couldn't the NFL just have gotten the Foo Fighters? Just saying.
5:14: Here we go. "Purple Rain" -- Prince's classic. This is what I've been waiting for. This brings me back -- way back -- to the time when I was playing with my Transformers and He-Man. Again, I'm dating myself.
5:17: Prince delivers a solid show. But I'm disappointed he didn't ride in on a little red corvette.
• Feb. 4, 2007 | 5:20 p.m. PT
5:20: I'd like to propose a new CSI -- CSI: Bristol. If CSI was on ABC and not CBS, it probably wouldn't be such a far-fetched idea.
5:23: The second half is about to kick off. The question is: Can anyone hold onto the ball?
• Feb. 4, 2007 | 5:30 p.m. PT
5:30: Still dropping buckets in Miami. Not exactly what the NFL envisioned when they picked Miami for the Super Bowl.
5:32: Shameless plug time: Gael Fashingbauer Cooper over at Test Pattern is still blogging on the ads. Remember to check it out!
5:35: We have our first challenge. A good time to hit the fridge.
5:38: Ok, I'm back. What happened?
5:40: E-Trade just paid $2.6 million for that ad. Who's their financial adviser?
5:41: Sorry Craig Ferguson, I will not be watching your show tonight. Neither will most of the country.
5:43: Talking gorillas scare me.
• Feb. 4, 2007 | 5:45 p.m. PT
5:45: Grossman is finally playing like, well, Grossman. Now I understand why there was a PSA about high blood pressure. It was aimed at Chicago fans.
5:48: Nothing sells tacos like a couple of talking lions. Where's the chiwawa they had a couple years ago? "Yo quiero Taco Bell!"
5:50: The Colts are ramming the ball down the Bears' throats. Let's finally stop comparing these Bears to the '85 squad.
5:54: Who is Robert Goulet? Is he important?
5:55: Colts up 22-14. Can Grossman lead the Bears back? I'm not counting on it.
5:58: FedEx Ground -- fast and reliably mediocre commercials.
5:59: Finally! The K-Fed ad appears! Hopefully this is his 15th minute of his 15 minutes of fame. But if you want to torture yourself and watch it again: here it is.
• Feb. 4, 2007 | 6:00 p.m. PT
6:04: This has been a pretty entertaining Super Bowl so far. A crazy first half, a blast from the past at halftime, a close second half. The only letdown has been the commercials. Come on, guys, you can do better than K-Fed and Goulet. I miss Cindy Crawford.
6:06: We've got our second challenge. Another excuse to hit the buffet table.
6:09: Marvin Harrison is good. Really good.
6:10: The third quarter is over! 15 more minutes until we crown the next champion! Which city will be burning couches tonight?
6:14: The beach ... crabs ... Budweiser -- sounds like a bad spring break I had during college.
• Feb. 4, 2007 | 6:16 p.m. PT
6:16: Uh, oh. Harrison is staggering off the field.
6:21: No problem, Colts fans. Grossman just tossed an interception. Good Rex or bad Rex? I think we've gotten our answer.
6:24: Colts now up 29-17. The monkey on Peyton's back is looking for a new home. I think there's room on Marty Schottenheimer's back.
6:29: Don Shula and Jay-Z are drinking buddies. Yeah, I believe that.
• Feb. 4, 2007 | 6:30 p.m. PT
6:30: Grossman is intercepted again! I'm sure Chicago will still support him after the game. Yeah, right. Who are we kidding? This is Chicago! Even Steve Bartman will be out for blood tonight.
6:32: Another underwhelming ad. Where's the sex? The sizzle? Da Ditka on Levitra? Instead, we get a bunch of guys who need Flomax. Not feeling the flow right now.
6:34: Hey E-Trade, I know what I can do with one finger ...
6:41: The Colts' best offense right now is Rex Grossman.
• Feb. 4, 2007 | 6:45 p.m. PT
6:45: There will an avalanche of stories on how the Colts' defense outplayed/outshined/outhit the "vaunted" Bears tonight. Don't tell me I didn't warn you.
6:50: GoDaddy is back for one last time. Girls, water and a midget -- now that's what we call a throwback ad. Ahhh, the good 'ol days.
6:52: The clock is ticking down. I can officially say it now: Game Over.
6:55: Tony Dungy gets drenched. It has to be one of the best feelings in the world. Congrats, coach.
6:59: Let the celebration begin. The Colts are your Super Bowl XLI champions. After all those Peyton commercials throughout the season -- "Cut that meat!" -- we can expect even more commercials from Peyton. So we have that to look forward to during the offseason ...
7:01: Well, it's been a fun ride. The game was good enough to keep everyone entertained. The pregame show was weird enough to be made fun of. The halftime show featured a more subdued Prince. But he rocked it like it was 1999 (too easy). I can't wait when the NFL picks Cyndi Lauper for next year's show.
And not one shot of Archie and Eli during the whole game!
The only disappointment? The ads. The only ones worth remembering? The Snickers and Doritos ads. One plea for next year: less talking monkeys, lions, turtles or any other animal. Enough is enough.
And remember to check out Gael's blog, Test Pattern, breaking down all the ads from this year. Maybe she won't be as negative as I was -- I doubt it though.
All in all, this was a solid Super Bowl, if not a bit lackluster. Now sober up, and get ready for work tomorrow. See you next year!
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