MURPHY’S LAW: Cyclones Streaking (with uniforms on), Marble Puzzle, Super Scattershot Thoughts

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The Cyclones will make the NCAA tournament, and they’ll be that experienced team no one wants to play. If they’re hitting threes, Iowa State can hang with anyone. Especially if Iowa State can convince the selection committee to send the Cyclones to Hilton (previous sentence typed in the sarcasm font). 20 straight wins, and counting…

I think Fran McCaffery should bench Devyn Marble until he’s healthy, or his head’s right, or whatever caused him to disappear at Minnesota. I loved when McCaffery sat Marble down for a long stretch Sunday, and didn’t like when he put Marble back in late. I wasn’t surprised his most impactful play at crunch time was a terrible pass into the stands. Marble’s having a crisis of confidence…

I’m not sure that was a “great” Super Bowl, but it sure was exciting. Well, after the power went off, and the 49ers turned on, it was thrilling.

The Ravens got away with a defensive holding, but the 49ers play-calling at crunch time was enough to make Hawkeye fans nod their heads in recognition…

Joe Flacco isn’t a charismatic guy, but he is an elite quarterback. No doubt about that now. Colin Kaepernick couldn’t live up to Montana and Young in the Super Bowl–17 touchdown passes, 0 interceptions–but once Kaepernick settled down, he electrified…

I loved the Newtown kids choir singing America The Beautiful with Jennifer Hudson. I still wonder if those kids ever get over what they saw. I hope so. And J-Hud can flat-out sing…

I thought Alicia Keys sang beautifully, but I still found her lengthy interpretation of the Star Spangled Banner self-indulgent. I think at a sporting event, everyone should be able to sing along to our national anthem. You can’t do that when someone is making vocal runs, repeating lines, and putting her own spin on the song. Save that for a concert, or halftime…

I don’t listen to Beyonce albums, but I thought she delivered. The Super Bowl halftime show needs everything larger than life, and she gets that. Beyonce sang well, danced well, looked great, and brought the visuals. I prefer Tom Petty’s music, but his halftime show lacked everything Beyonce brought. After hate rained on my review Sunday night, I was glad to see near universal raves from critics. But if you hated the show, it won’t matter, and maybe it shouldn’t. Music is subjective. You like what you like, and no one can tell you you’re wrong. But if you thought Beyonce’s show sucked, you’re wrong.

I kid.

In time, the lengthy blackout will add considerably to memories of Super Bowl 47 (insert visual of roman numerals here. I forget what 47 is.) It’s still hard to believe the Dome went dark. All that money, all that technology, and they couldn’t keep the lights on. It lasted 34 minutes, but at times, the CBS broadcasting crew made it feel like 54. We’re learning more each hour how much the crew was up against, and under the circumstances, CBS did okay…

Only the NFL can keep people watching black on their screen. The Super Bowl and Olympics are really the only events that get us all around the television these days. And SoundOFF. We still tweet, facebook, and text during the Super Bowl, but we also watch, and that includes commercials…

Speaking of commercials (how ’bout that segue?)… I loved Bud’s Clydesdale reunion, the guy in Sketchers running down a cheetah and high-fiving a deer, Leon Sandcastle, Taco Bell’s “young” party, and most of all, Paul Harvey for the American farmer (and Dodge), even if the farmer Harvey speaks of is a nostalgic memory in many parts of the United States. I miss Paul Harvey. What a delivery…

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I didn’t like the M&M’s because I hate that they talk. I don’t want to eat something right after I’ve had a conversation with it. I realize this makes me somewhat of a hypocrite, but in general, I avoid talking to cows before I order a hamburger. I also didn’t care much for Subway’s concept of having people mispronounce February. If I want to hear that, I’ll start a conversation anywhere. I didn’t like Bud’s attempt to make me think drinking Black Crown turns me into a dark club seeking tool.

However, the ad I disliked the most, caused the most buzz. By far. You know I’m talking about the Go Daddy Kiss. I was worried the guy playing the geek isn’t 18, and it turns out he’s 34!

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