Super Bowl 50: Final Thoughts

Denver Broncos 24, Carolina Panthers 10.

Maybe it was just the group of people that was at my house, but most of us felt that Super Bowl 50 was one of the most boring Super Bowl games of all time. I think most people wanted the game to be over already – even the fans who wanted the Broncos to win.

I picked the Panthers to win Super Bowl 50.

Congrats to the Denver Broncos – and especially quarterback Peyton Manning for winning Super Bowl 50. I’m a Kansas City Chiefs fan who sees the Chiefs and Broncos play twice a year, so I am not a Denver fan. I do respect Peyton Manning, though. I don’t care for John Elway or Gary Kubiak.

The Most Valuable Player (MVP) was Broncos linebacker, Von Miller. The real MVP was the Broncos 68-year-old defensive coordinator Wade Phillips. He was actually the head coach of the Broncos for two years back in the 1990s. Phillips’ defense beat the New England Patriots and last night his defense shut-down Cam Newton and the Panthers.

Peyton Manning should retire now, walk out a winner, drink his Budweiser, and heal. There are not too many athletes that go out on top, so this is Manning’s “drop the mic and walk off the stage” moment. Just do it.

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The Sunday Message

Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize.1 Corinthians 9:24 (NIV)

Today is Super Bowl 50. One team will leave the field with the prize of being the best team in the NFL.

I played football in middle school and high school. I loved the teamwork. I loved the camaraderie with teammates. There’s nothing much like it. You can learn a lot about life by playing the game of football. I remember as a team saying “The Lord’s Prayer” before we took the field.

OK, I love football, maybe too much. I get a little depressed when the season ends. The depression starts when football is not on during Mondays and Thursdays and Sunday nights. When the Super Bowl ends, I kind of feel there’s a void in my life for a few days.

Last year a record 114.4 million viewers tuned into to Super Bowl XLIX (49) where the Patriots topped the Seahawks. I guess I am not alone in my love for the game.

According to CBS Sports:

There have only been seven shows in American television history that have topped 100 million viewers — and six of those are Super Bowls. The only non-Super Bowl to top the 100 million viewer mark came in February 1983 when the M*A*S*H finale drew 106 million viewers on CBS.

If you watch the game today have fun and enjoy yourself – Is this a great country or what?

Football is like life – it requires perseverance, self-denial, hard work, sacrifice, dedication and respect for authority. – Vince Lombardi

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Wednesday’s Quick Hits

And in the streets the children screamed
The lovers cried, and the poets dreamed
But not a word was spoken
The church bells all were broken

– “American Pie” by Don McLean

Welcome to Wednesday! Here are some “Wednesday Quick Hits” about these important issues:

  • The Day the Music Died
  • Denise Juneau
  • Ted Cruz
  • Ann Coulter
  • Caucus Speeches
  • Cable News & the Caucus
  • Obama Visits U.S. Mosque
  • Super Bowl 50 poll

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Thursday Numbers

Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful. – Albert Schweitzer

Welcome to the “Thursday Numbers!” In case you’re a first-time visitor, this is the weekly column where I take a look at the numbers that are in the news (in descending order) and provide commentary sometimes sprinkled with just a little bit of sarcasm.

This week’s topics include federal budget deficit, Oprah Winfrey & Weight Watchers, Zinke & Juneau fundraising, Montana Republican Party’s Winter Kick-Off, Trump & Fox News, Space Shuttle Challenger, Tester & Veterans, Best Super Bowl announcing teams, Montana Democrats & Greg Gianforte, unemployment, and much more!

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Monday’s Odds & Ends

No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world. – Robin Williams

Hello Monday! We are starting the last week of January, so hang in there! We’re just a week away from the Iowa Caucus!

It’s time for another odds and ends edition from the past weekend! When there are several stories out there that I want to comment about, I combine them into one column and call it “Potpourri” or “Odds & Ends” or something catchy to get your attention.

Today’s topics include:

  • Gianforte Kickoff
  • Conrad Burns
  • National Review
  • Saturday Night Live
  • Super Bowl 50
  • Snow Totals in Washington, D.C.

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