What a better day for blog entry #1 than Super Bowl Sunday? I really want it to be super, the kind of thing that brings people together and makes us feel like we are part of something bigger than ourselves and our own little communities. I realize that is a tall order for a blog or a football game, but I am goal oriented kind of person and I have high hopes (You should be hearing the song in your head right about now).
Gladys Knight has a beautiful, strong voice. I can’t wait to hear her belt out the National Anthem. When someone with a voice like hers sings this song I can’t help but get a lump in my throat and sometimes a tear in my eye. My country is not without its problems but it is my home and I wouldn’t willingly move to any other nation in the world. That will be the first scoop of super into my bowl.
I used to be embarrassed to admit that the commercials are usually my favorite part of the telecast. I couldn’t help but sneak a peek at the ones that are out there. If you haven’t done the same thing then I warn you, here comes a few spoilers.
I was disappointed at Christmas when my packages from Amazon didn’t actually sing like the ones in the commercial, but the new ad, Not Everything Makes the Cut – Amazon, gets my vote as the best. It seems to say that we all make mistakes, even the mighty, Amazon their brainchild, Alexa. We all get it wrong once in awhile. As I watched I laughed out loud, seriously belly laughed when Alexa controlled the hot tub. Another scoop of super plopped into my bowl.
I am generally not a fan of Walmart just because of how mega retailers have squashed small businesses. That aside, their commercial is right up there and gets my vote for the number two spot. Grocery Pick Up – Famous Cars. The person that can watch this and not crack a smile needs to immediately check themselves into therapy. Back in the day when Gary Numan’s song, Cars, was coming through my FM radio it was just ok, I didn’t go out and buy the album. hearing it now, in this context, brought out some warm fuzzy nostalgia and of course another super scoop into my bowl.
I appreciated the commercial, A Coke is a Coke. The message is easy, we need to respect each other even when we disagree. There are some really big issues happening right now and we have to get over the notion that we are all going to agree on the solutions. We can choose to still hold tight to our values while respecting the other person who holds equally tight to their opposing view. When you see this ad, pay close attention to the music in the first few seconds. Do you hear it? It is the tune of I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing. It made me remember that controversy isn’t something new to us, we found ways to get through the issues in the 60’s and 70’s and we can now. Another scoop, plop, right there in my super bowl.
Expensify, Doritos with Chance the Rapper x The Backstreet Boys and Microsoft, We All Win, are all good enough that you should watch them rather than make a trip to the refrigerator or bathroom. More scoops.
The only one that I saw that I really didn’t like was The Pure Experience, Michelob Ultra. I suppose that Anheuser-Busch wants to prove that sex still sells a product and they are most likely correct. However, considering that the airing of that ad will run in the neighborhood of 4.5 million I must say that is some really high priced booty. Call me a party pooper but I say, “Put your shirt back on, honey.”
Looking ahead to halftime. It is a very sad truth that I am old enough to be Adam Levine’s mother. Is it creepy for me to say he is hot? Go ahead and say it y’all cause that man is very hot. He has enough tattoos for an entire circus but can project himself as sweet, even cuddly. The ultimate bad boy. Getting to watch him perform is another scoop of super, a really big scoop.
There were those that said that Adam Levine and Maroon 5 should turn down playing the halftime concert. On E.T. his comment was that, “When I silenced all the noise and listened to myself I made my decision based on how I felt about it all.” I must admit that I would have loved for him to say that he prayed about it, but that doesn’t take away from his sincerity and who knows maybe he did pray for guidance even though he says he is more spiritual than religious.
I think he gave some pretty strong hints that their halftime performance will not only be spectacular musically but that it will help heal some wounds and make us more united. That’s a tough expectation but good music has an almost magical ability to cross cultural boundaries and take us to a higher plain. I really hope that I am right about all of us getting that ginormous scoop of super into our bowls.
Finally, I must confess, I am not a lover of football. I will be asleep well before the end of the game. Hold on, before you think about hurling your hot wing bones at me I want you to understand; I don’t mind at all if you love football, watch football, play football, vote for football or sleep with football. I hope it is an exciting game that puts super into your bowl and that whichever team you prefer, The Patriots or the Rams (yeah, I actually had to Google that) wins the game. Your team winning can be the sprinkles and cherry on top of all those scoops of super that are in your bowl.
There are many things in life that we can’t predict or prevent but I believe that we can try to look for the good in people and situations. Those are the super scoops that need to be in our bowls and shared into the bowls of others. It’s one of those things that is harder than it sounds. I may never get it completely right, but I am hanging in there.
Please give me your comments about the game, the commercials, the halftime show or even why you love or hate football. Thanks for being a scoop of super in my bowl.