Today was Addie’s first SuperBowl!
When Em and I got up this morning it still looked like there was a good chance she’d get a snow day tomorrow. She’s still hoping that’s going to be the case (by the end of the night it was all still kind of up in the air – she hadn’t heard of any closings by bed time).
A couple of friends of ours – whom we normally watch the SuperBowl with – found they couldn’t attend this year, which is a bummer but totally understandable – having to work at 4AM the day after the SuperBowl is nuts! We did call an actor friend of ours to see if he and his family wanted to come over, and he appreciated the invite but they weren’t able to make it either, so it was just the three of us.
I have to say… I was disappointed in us… for all the food we had prepared (taco dip, pizza, drinks), we really didn’t have much of it. We only ate a little of the taco dip and chips, a couple slices of pizza (which we think Pizza Hut screwed up… didn’t look or taste like a pan pizza), only a few drinks each, and we didn’t even touch the chips and french onion dip. Are we slowing down? What the heck is wrong with us?
But it was a great game… and that’s saying a lot considering I don’t like how it ended (what the heck was that play call?) and I don’t like who won and I don’t care for either team. It was still a close and exciting game. And that fight at the end…?
I was pleasantly surprised by Katy Perry’s halftime show. She killed it! I actually want to go see her live now! Especially if her shows are even half what that was! I don’t typically feel “pop” music belongs in a stadium, but at the same time it’s all entertainment in the end, including football itself. That was a spectacle deserving of a Super Bowl halftime show.
There were some really good commercials (Budweiser, as usual, made me cry with that puppy), but what in the heck was Nationwide thinking?! Don’t get me wrong, the message was very important – accidents can happen to your kids, and they could seriously die from something in your house that you just weren’t thinking about. As a PSA I could have gone along with it (even during the SuperBowl), but it felt like they tried to capitalize on a heartstrings issue… like… your kids could die… shouldn’t you have Nationwide? I’m sure that wasn’t their intention, but that’s beside the point. And I know a lot of people are arguing that, hey, Nationwide wins because even with the negative press people are talking about Nationwide. Typically I’d agree, but here I don’t – publicity is usually a concept whereby a brand, person or company associates themselves with a simple word or phrase. That’s why it’s typical for a company or brand to have a slogan. But in this case, the word association is going to be “Nationwide: Dead Kids”. And that’s it. That’s bad publicity that isn’t also good. I have no idea what was going through their minds. No one is going to join their company because of this. And in fact I don’t think many people will even check them out out of curiosity (which usually happens with “bad” publicity). I think people will run away from this.
If Nationwide’s commercial was a Japanese cartoon it would be called “Fight! Super Dead Kid Accident Squad!”