Edson: Super Bore A Good Reminder To Sports Fans

Let’s call Super Bowl LIII (53) what it really was: A super bore.

There were very few plays that brought people out of their seats.

There were wide open receivers that were missed.

There were missed assignments by good players all over the place.

Let’s face it, this looked more like a typical Detroit Lions game than a Super Bowl.

I guess it was just a good reminder to sports fans that despite all the hype for the game, all the big entertainment names and all the millions of dollars poured into TV ads, you can’t manufacture what is interesting.

And believe me, just about everything I watched during the Super Bowl on Sunday night was NOT interesting.

In fact, the highlight of the night might have been the Knight – National Anthem singer Gladys Knight.

She caused controversy in Las Vegas when she hit the final note of the anthem just two seconds before the over/under of 1 minute, 50 seconds. Because she carried that final note for several seconds, there was confusion in the Vegas casinos about whether she sang the tune in under 1:50 or over 1:50.

Turns out, that was the only spell-binding moment of the evening.

We have to give credit to the New England Patriots for their 13-3 win over the Los Angeles Rams. But the game was so boring I didn’t mention the teams and the score of the game until my 10th paragraph. That just tells you how much it held my attention.

The highlight of the game for our small Super Bowl party was the TV ad featuring more than 40 ex-NFL greats. We were busy identifying players.

In the past at Super Bowl parties, you would wait until there was a break in the game action to take a bathroom break.

In this Super Bowl, we waited until the game resumed to take a bathroom break.

Some football purists will insist that this was a great defensive game. Whatever.

It was just plain boring. And for the most part, so was the halftime show. And to be truthful, the TV ads – which cost more than $5 million for a 30-second spot – weren’t that captivating either.

So what it all meant was that unlike past Super Bowls, where you unwound by excitedly talking about the big plays and watching the post-game show, this was different.

Hopefully, the boring game helped more people get a good night’s sleep. And Monday morning Super Bowl conversations were brief and to the point: Money and hype can’t buy a good game.

Nick Edson is a retired Hall of Fame columnist and sportswriter. He worked 25 years at the Traverse City Record-Eagle, 18 as sports editor. He is a two-time president of the Associated Press Sports Editors Association and a member of the Michigan Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame.