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The Omelette Super Bowl XLV Recap: Christina Aguilera National Anthem Fail, Chrysler 200 Eminem Ad, and Black Eyed Peas Disastrous Halftime Show


The Omelette Monday Feburary 7, 2011 Super Bowl XLV Recap

Super Bowl XLV Was One For the Ages

Super Bowl XLV featured Christina Aguilera's fumbled national anthem, a great game between the Packers and Steelers, terrible commercials, 400 ticket holders screwed out of seats, a horrid Black Eyed Peas halftime show, Jerry Jones' massive ego, and celebrities beyond belief seated above the masses. The entire presentation was one for the ages, but not for the right reasons. It wasn’t all bad though. Like I said, the game was great – with the Packers winning 31-26. And, the Eminem Chrysler 200 commercial and TV Show NFL Fan ads were worth watching.

Christina Aguilera's National Anthem Fail

It got off to a rocky start when Christina Aguilera got caught up in hitting her notes during the national anthem and forgetting the line "o’er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming." Instead, Aguilera swapped it with an earlier line and it came out as: "What so proudly we watched at the twilight's last reaming."

For a professional singer like Aguilera to botch the National Anthem is pretty embarrassing.

Jerry Jones’ Ego Made For a Symbolic Super Bowl

How annoying was it to see continuous shots of Jerry Jones sitting above the masses with his elitist friends like George W. Bush, Condoleezza Rice, and even John Madden? Added to that, it was symbolic (of the state of our country) that the elite were perched above the masses in this luxurious skybox.  The attention paid to the celebrities last night was a joke as well. Who cares if Jennifer Aniston is at the Super Bowl? And, who gives a crap if Alex Rodriguez and Cameron Diaz are sitting above the commoners in a skybox?

Those 400 Tickets You People Bought…Oh Yeah?

Turns out that 400 ticket holders lost out on their seats last night. I wonder how many of those people got jipped on their seats because Jerry Jones had to invite every single celebrity to the Super Bowl he could think of? However, these seats were sold even though they allegedly weren’t even built yet. Turns out the ticket holders who got screwed over are going to be reimbursed three times the face value of their tickets though. The face value of these tickets is $900.  

Eminem’s Chrysler 200 Ad and TV Show NFL Fan Montage Were Best Commercials

Super Bowl XLV featured probably the worst ads you’ll ever see. For a full breakdown of last night’s commercial spots, check out the Super Bowl commercial recap by Joe Vallee and myself.  The theme of the commercials were clearly geared towards the “meat head” demographic.  If the commercials weren’t laden with sexism, they were downright stupid and catered to the lowest common denominator in this country.

On the other hand, Chrysler and Eminem deserve serious kudos for their commercial featuring the Chrysler 200. It showed Eminem walking into a gorgeous theatre and a choir singing his song “Lose Yourself” from 8 Mile. He turned to the camera and said, “This is the Motor City. This is what we do.” It gave some nice PR to Detroit, which has become a butt of many jokes due to its decay over the years. 

Another great ad from last night featured a montage of clips from all of our favorite TV shows over the years, with NFL-related scenes. From Seinfeld to Alf to Happy Days and even The Sopranos we were treated to our favorite TV characters showing their NFL fandom. The NFL is behind the ad entitled “American Family”, which celebrates the “pop culture phenomenon the Super Bowl has become.” This was a job well done by the NFL.

Black Eyed Peas Halftime Disaster Saved By Usher

The Black Eyed Peas’ Halftime show was abominable. I’m a big fan of BEP, but I cannot defend their horrific performance last night. And, when Slash emerged onto the stage I thought I was watching a Guitar Hero Commercial. Sorry MTV, but Slash didn’t steal the Black Eyed Peas' halftime show, he just made the atrocity worse. I’m a huge Slash fan, but I cringed when he took part in a half-assed, rushed version of “Sweet Child O' Mine.” Thankfully, Usher descended down from the sky and saved the halftime show with his amazing dance moves. Otherwise, this halftime show was the worst of all time.

Finally, the Packers – Steelers game

The game last night was almost an afterthought when you consider the rest of the nonsense going on last night. Yes there actually was a football game played. It involved the Pittsburgh Steelers and Green Bay Packers. I’m not at all surprised that the Packers won. I picked the Steelers to win, but Green Bay was clearly a team on a mission this year. Once they knocked off the Eagles a month ago, I predicted they would at least make it to the big game. The Packers upended the Steelers 31-25 last night and won their 4th Super Bowl. Ben Roethlisberger was anything but his usual self and the Steelers gave up the ball way too much. And, when you go back in history in the playoffs, teams which lose the turnover battle don’t usually win. The Packers scored 21 points off three Steelers turnovers and that was the difference. Aaron Rodgers threw for over 300 yards and 3 TDs and was named the Super Bowl MVP. Bravo to the Packers on a fine season.

Contact Dennis Bakay at dbakay@philly2philly.com