“THAT WAS [expletive] AWESOME!” – Joe “Elite” Flacco
Seriously, wow. Like many of my fellow football fans, I felt pretty ambivalent about the Super Bowl. On the American civic duty fun spectrum, it felt closer to “jury duty” than “Fourth of July barbeque.” (Yes, I tweeted that joke earlier. Sue me.)
It’s not that it lacked for storylines. There’s the Harbaugh brothers facing off on the game’s biggest stage. Ray Lewis’ last game. Kaepernick vs. Smith.
It’s just that I didn’t particularly care about any of these storylines. I have no unconditional love nor unrelenting hatred for either team, and the personalities involved weren’t interesting enough to draw me in on either side.
Then the game started.
The 34-31 Ravens victory was unbelievably entertaining even when it was a blowout (read: the first half), and it only got better with time. Let’s recap the best parts of the insanity that was Super Bowl XLVII.
1. The Blackout Has anything like this ever happened in a Super Bowl? From the hilarious awkwardness of the CBS TV crew to the hundreds of snark angles Twitter took to the situation (Bane, alcohol consumption, FEMA), the Great Blackout of 2013 was an all-around win for everyone except the Baltimore Ravens and the Superdome facilities staff.