He threw for 505 yards and three touchdowns. He didn't have any interceptions after putting the ball in the air four dozen times. If you do that in the Super Bowl, you have to figure that you are going to win. This, however, was not Tom Brady's day.
You can't feel sorry for him, though. He already has five Super Bowl rings and gets to go home to his supermodel wife. He's 40 years old and can probably play for several more seasons. He dropped a pass that could have changed the course of the game, if not the outcome, but he'll just use that as fuel for next season. This is Philadelphia's time.
If you decided to go skiing, or take advantage of movie theaters that weren't very crowded, you should know that the Philadelphia Eagles won their first-ever Super Bowl, taking down Brady's New England Patriots 41-33. Philly quarterback Nick Foles, who is actually a backup, threw for 373 yards, three touchdowns, and one interception. The Eagles led for almost the entire game, with their largest margin at 15-3. Most fans saw New England coming back to win, but they didn't.
Foles was named MVP, and likely won't start for Philadelphia next year. Phenom Carson Wentz was injured during a win over the Rams in December, which is the only reason Foles got to play in the first place. He goes from bench, to Super Bowl MVP, to either back to the bench, or to another team. It's the crazy world that is professional football.
Speaking of crazy, that's what Philly fans have gone. Reports this morning were of only three people arrested, despite some looting and rioting downtown. A police officer reportedly suffered minor injuries, but officials from the mayor's office says the tens of thousands of people who took to the streets were mostly well behaved. Tens of thousands more will be taking to the streets again later this week. The parade is Thursday.
Commercials: A consensus seems to be that the series of Tide ads, lampooning other commercials, were the biggest hit. My favorites ran back-to-back, with the red m-and-m becoming Danny DeVito, and a combo ad for Fritos and Mountain Dew having Peter Dinklage rapping, and Morgan Freeman singing in a high voice. There was some controversy over the Dodge Ram commercial with the words of Martin Luther King. One co-worker thought it was moving. Others thought it was a disgrace to use his words to try to sell trucks. I just didn't get it.
Halftime: I'm an old fogy, so I don't know Justin Timberlake's music all that well, but man is that dude talented. Bruno Mars may be a better performer, but not by much. J.T.'s got some humor and acting skills to go with his song and dance talents. Maybe they can go back to someone the fogies know and love. Suggestion for next year: Paul Simon and Elton John, since they are both retiring. Maybe you could even convince Neil Diamond to do Sweet Caroline, since he has retired too.
Ratings: Neilsen has good news and bad news. The bad news is that fewer people watched this year compared to recent games. You could blame geography, with both teams in the northeast, or maybe it's because everyone just assumed the Pats would win, or the whole national anthem thing (no one took a knee this time). Viewership is at an eight year low. The 104 million viewers is down, but the good news is, it's the tenth-highest rated television program of all time. Eight other Super Bowls, and the final episode of M*A*S*H are the only shows ahead of it.
My thanks to everyone who wished me Happy Birthday on Facebook, or in person, or who called. me. I'm not one to really get into birthdays, but all of those wishes really made me feel good. Thanks again. I love you all.