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Couch Slouch: Again, the Super Bowl provides plenty of entertainment on TV

The New Orleans Saints win their first Super Bowl, beating the Indianapolis Colts 31-17.

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By Norman Chad
Monday, February 8, 2010

It wasn't Giants-Patriots or Steelers-Cardinals, but Saints-Colts was almost scintillating and almost sensational. America is on the uptick; I'll bet you even bin Laden was watching. With Super Bowls like this, we're again a superpower with a smile, baby!

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As usual, I viewed it all and took copious notes:

2:02 p.m. ET: Haven't I seen CBS's Jim Nantz and Peyton Manning together in a Sony commercial? And now they're together at Super Bowl XLIV -- what a small world!

2:11: Pam Tebow does commercial celebrating her son Tim. I'm still concerned about his arm strength.

3:27: Pizza Hut advertises "any pizza, any size, any crust, any toppings -- just $10." Then, in small print, it says, "additional charge for stuffed crust pizza." Uh, so it's not any pizza, any crust blah blah blah. That's America.

4:35: Katie Couric interviews President Obama. What, Shannon Sharpe can't do double duty?

5:34: Sharpe: "As you look at these guys warming up on the field, they know it's about football now." As opposed to forensic science.

5:52: If the E*Trade baby replaced Norman Esiason, what would we lose?

6:01: Go Google some Jay-Z lyrics and see if he should be kicking off the kickoff show of the Super Bowl.

6:23: Nantz: "Coming up, the coin toss!" Oh, they're going to fit a game in?

6:36: Back when he wore "GIANTS" on his helmet, I hoped Phil Simms got sacked during warmups. But once he stepped out of Giants Stadium and into a broadcast booth, I discovered he is a delightful game companion.

(Fast Fact: According to the Wall Street Journal, there are 106 pets in the U.S. -- out of a 475,000-animal database -- named after Peyton Manning and 32 named after Drew Brees. None is named Norv.)


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