February 06, 2011

The Big Game

I really couldn't care less about the Superbowl, but it gives me an excuse to use Saten for something. I've got Saten connected to the NFL's web site, where there's a flash animation which shows the state of the game in real time. It's actually pretty cool, showing each play as a colored bar on graphic of a football field.


If this isn't the ultimate hyper-geek way to "watch" a football game, I don't want to know what is.

And Green Bay is kicking Pittsburgh's butt. I didn't think that Green Bay had been competitive since the days of Vince Lombardi. I wonder what happened?

...You know? I watched the very first Super Bowl with my dad. (He was a Green Bay fan. My team was the Los Angeles Rams.)

UPDATE: Nyaahaahaa! And a person with an iPad couldn't do this because they can't run flash!!!

UPDATE: Well, as best I can tell it's turning out to be a pretty good game. Too many SuperBowls have turned out to be mismatches.

Pittsburgh started slow, but they seem to have come out for the second half breathing fire. But Green Bay's defense isn't rolling over dead, and it looks like Green Bay's offense still has some drive left.

UPDATE: Looks like both team's defenses have got their teeth in it now. Neither offense seems able to do anything.

UPDATE: I didn't know the NFL permitted 2-point conversions. Can't say I'm surprised that Pittsburgh tried it. Now they can tie the game up with just a field goal.

UPDATE: Gonna be an exciting ending. 2:10 to go, Pittsburg is behind by six, and they have the ball. If they make a touchdown and get the extra point, they lose. If they get a touchdown and miss the extra point, we go into overtime. And if they don't, then they drown their sorrow in the locker room after the game.

UPDATE: And in the end Green Bay's defense was just too tough. Congratulations to Green Bay for a hard fought game. And to Pittsburgh. How many Superbowls have we had where the game was still in doubt during the last two minutes? Not all that many.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste in Computers at 04:45 PM | Comments (2) | Add Comment
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1 2-point conversions were put in over a decade ago, in response to too many people asking the sensible question of how the NFL was the *only* level of play not to have it.  They don't get used very often, of course, because they *are* riskier.  I'd say, all in all, it was a very appropriate and fair addition to the game.  The current incarnation of Instant Replay is based partly on the college version, and I think works about as well as replay can be made to work in the sport.

Speaking of iPads... the Commercial Bowl has been somewhat lackluster for most of a decade, but there were a few decent ones, in particular a Motorola ad that deliberately took Apple's old 1984 ad and slapped them in the face with it, while selling a new Android-based tablet.  I laughed my head off as soon as I caught on to what they were doing.

Posted by: BigD at February 06, 2011 11:31 PM (LjWr8)

2 Steeler's resurgence in the second half can be attributed to Packers loosing some of their best defensive players to injury.  Steelers still lost the game.

Posted by: BigFire at February 07, 2011 11:22 AM (jSRcl)

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