I watched Superbowl 50 in Sunnyvale – a nice spring-like day with blue skies.
Got a bonus show: I was just going inside as the Blue Angels did a low-altitude formation flyover, followed by a couple solo approaches, toward Levi’s Stadium.
Denver Broncos over Carolina Panthers 24 – 10, with Denver leading the entire game.
Cam Newton, QB for Carolina, got sacked, to varying degrees, 6 times. He sore-loser sulked during the post-game interviews, which generated a lot of controversy.
Peyton Manning, Bronco’s QB, won MVP, amidst the usual narcissistic drama of whether he’d retire on top, or not.
The turf came under scrutiny, as some linebackers were literally sliding across it.
Beyonce, looking thick, Bruno Mars, nice moves in a rubber suit, and Coldplay (woefully) performed. Must have been a nostalgic Brit on the halftime committee I guess.
According to the media, Beyonce was doing a Black Power protest, but the show wasn’t particularly different than anything MJ or Janet did. And frankly, I wouldn’t blame her if she did.
Most of the ads were forgettable.
The Amazon ad with Baldwin and Marino was ok.
There were a few annoying prescription ads, though the cartoon intestines with feet one was more than weird.
Municipal Sports Stadium Corruption
I’m local to the Levi’s Stadium, so am aware of the endless tales of corruption (lack of accounting to City Council, failure to make public service reimbursements, destruction of meeting notes and emails, mis-appropriation of a kids soccer park, etc.)
But even I was surprised that the local transit authorities “privatized” the Caltrain and VTA Light Rail for the day, requiring a a SuperBowl 50 ticket and special $40 ticket per passenger to use a taxpayer-funded system. Hmm.
“Event Passengers Must Pre-Purchase VTA Fare Prior to Boarding
All passengers traveling to the Super Bowl must use VTA’s mobile app, EventTIK to purchase a special VTA Super Bowl 50 Day Pass fare AND possess proof of a valid Super Bowl ticket in order to board the special Super Bowl trains.”
Mr. York: next time, pay for your own damn stadium. You can afford it.
Formation Flyover Photo