For those of you who don't know, the Ravens won. (Also, welcome back from under that rock.)
While I'm not all that thrilled about the outcome of the Super Bowl, the whole event had a lot of awesome mixed in.
The Sandy Hook ChoirWay to start the Super Bowl off with a tearjerker, guys. I mean, come one. I'm about to dig into some yummy soft tacos, The Boyfriend just popped open a nice cold beer, and then the Sandy Hook Elementary School children start singing America the Beautiful and a tear drops onto my flour tortilla.
Not really. But it was a touching moment. And it's pretty cool the kids got to sing at the Super Bowl. They held their own up there with Jennifer Hudson. In fact, they were so darn cute it made my ovaries ache.
Beyonce's Half-Time PerformanceHoly crap, y'all. I went into that show with high expectations for Bey and she killed it. She kinda put the last 10 years' worth of Half-Time shows to shame. Talk about setting a high bar for next year. Yeesh. And not only was her performance amazing, but so were her all-female musicians and dancers. A woman opening the show with America the Beautiful, a woman singing the national anthem, and a woman with her all-woman crew rocking out the Half-Time show better than any male has done since U2's post-9/11 performance. Not a bad night for women & football.
Just goes to show, all it takes is one awesome diva to bring the house down (unlike that Britney Spears/'NSync/Aerosmith nonsense from a few years ago...).
Jacoby Jones' Kick-Off ReturnNo, I'm not happy that the Ravens won but I can appreciate a good football game when I see it and the Ravens played a crazy good game. Jacoby Jones's 108-yard kick-off return to start the second half is just one of many displays of great football, and it was a pretty awesome one at that.
The Blackout Heard Round the WorldThis was by far the most bizarre moment of the whole game. I've been watching Super Bowls pretty much my entire life and I don't remember ever seeing something like this happening. At least half the stadium lost power for over half an hour. Can you say "game changer?" That half-hour blackout stifled the Ravens' momentum and gave the 49ers a much needed kick in the pants to score 17 unanswered points. I felt like I was watching two different football games rather than just two halves of the same game. And then, in the blink of an eye, the momentum shifted again. Ravens scored a touchdown, 49ers couldn't answer it, and that's all she wrote.
(And then... gun shots went off in my neighborhood. No joke. And lots of helicopters. San Franciscans take their wins and losses very seriously.)
The Budweiser Clydesdale CommercialAs if this game weren't already emotional enough, Budweiser has to go throw in the most Awww!!!!-inducing commercial I've ever seen. My heart could barely stand it. I dare you to watch it without getting at least a little misty-eyed.
Bonus Highlight - The Sign Language GuyAmerica the Beautiful's sign language guy was, arguably, the most awesome part of the Super Bowl. Something about him kinda reminds me of a young John Kerry...