2009 Super Bowl XLIII: Report card

    Rating the game, the anthem, the half-time show, the ads, and more.

    2009 Super Bowl XLIII Report Card
    The game
    A classic. Back and forth, with big plays and prime time athletic talent. 
    The anthem
    (Jennifer Hudson) 
    Layered emotion due to Hudson’s family tragedy. The best since Whitney Houston’s 1991 rendition.
    Half-time show
    (Bruce Springsteen) 
    The Boss still has knees! Entertaining. But did most viewers relate? 
    Al & John     
    By the book, as expected. Let the drama of the game shine through.
    The ads     
    Terrible. Again proving too much money can kill creativity. Alec Baldwin a bright spot in quirky Hulu ad.
    Trophy presentation 
    Anti-climactic. Nothing saps excitement like a raised spaceship pod with forced speeches and interviews. Looked like a set piece from U2’s Lemon Discoteque tour.
    The party I attended     
    First class. All the trappings: too much food, too many desserts. Big screen home theater viewing awesome.
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