Ron Rosenbaum, Writer

January 31, 2007

Superbowl Pick (plus Geico Caveman Follow-up)

Filed under: Uncategorized — ronrosenbaumwriter @ 7:00 am

Wow! I never expected that my comments on the Geico cavemen ads (in the post below) would stir up so much controversy. I feel like I’ve spent the last few days doing nothing but reading and posting the nearly 90 comments on it. Which demonstrates two things: the best ads are like Rorshachs in which people read into and project upon a popular ad their own visions of themselves and the world. I think you could construct a portrait of America from reading the Geico post Comment thread, and maybe, at some point I will.

One thing I find interesting is the few people (in the comments) who just don’t get that things like tv ads can be culturally significant indicators. Obviously too occupied with their serious cultural endeavors (reading Homer in the original Greek I’m sure) they’re don’t seem to understand that tv ads not only are more interesting than most of the shows that surround them, but they often are more revealing and illuminating about the culture we live in than any number of academic sociological studies.

I also love the people who disdain analysis of popular culture because evidently they’re too busy making invaluable contributions to the betterment of humanity when not reading Dante and Milton. But not too busy to read a blog post on tv ads and the comments and to tell us how much more significant their lives are than the other commenters. I’m honored that such deeply serious people read this blog.

Meanwhile on to truly, deeply serious matters: the Superbowl. Here I find myself torn on two level: the football level and the friendship level.

Those who have been following my peerless picks know that in the playoff games I am now 5-5 against The Spread which means that everything (well, not that much) is riding on my choice for Sunday which sees Indianapolis favored by 7 points.

I’m torn because I just don’t understand Peyton Manning. What’s up with this dude in big games? I can see the Miami contest becoming a nightmare of interceptions and sacks and Chicago at the very least beating the spread, probably taking it all. And I’d like to bet on Chicago because I’m heading out there in late March for a ten week writer-in-residence stint at the University of Chicago (don’t hesitate to use the comments to invite me to your parties, Chicagoans!) and don’t want to incur bad karma.

On the other hand I have a penchant for rooting for troubled heroes rising to the occasion and Manning certainly qualifies. It would be a feel-good story, wouldn’t it? The Superbowl like the Geico ad is a Rorschach. The deciding factor for me I guess will be a tip of the hat to my best friend from high school Rich Molyneux who lived a good part of his life in Indianapolis and suffered many years for/with the Colts and who I’d like to see get a smile out of the occasion.

So here’s my pick: take the Colts giving 7 points or whatever the Almighty Line decrees.



  1. Manning seemed to have a pretty good game against the Patriots, especially the winning drive. That was a reasonably big game to get into the Super Bowl.

    It’s darn hard to get to the Super Bowl AND win. For example, as great as Dan Marino was, he only got there once and the Niners crushed him.

    I pick the Colts to win by more than the spread.

    Comment by WJ — January 31, 2007 @ 7:17 pm | Reply

  2. Lets just say that the winner shall be a certain team from a certain Midwestern town that starts with a C, ends with an O, and in the middle is HICAG.

    Comment by dm60462 — January 31, 2007 @ 9:14 pm | Reply

  3. Keep in mind that Bears are just larger Cubs.

    Comment by Bob Miller — February 1, 2007 @ 10:08 am | Reply

  4. It’s not just Archie’s boy that tanks in big games, how about his teammates, like, Marvin Harrison:

    2006 Championship Game: 4 receptions, 41 yards, 0 TDs.

    Divisional Playoff Game: 4 receptions, 45 yards, 0 TDs.
    Wild Card: 2 receptions, 48 yards, 0 TDs.

    2005 Divisional Playoff Game: 3 receptions, 52 yards, 0 TDs.

    2004 Divisional Playoff Game: 5 receptions, 44 yards, 0 TDs.
    Wild Card: 4 receptions, 50 yards, 0 TDs.

    Comment by Yiddish Steel — February 1, 2007 @ 11:23 am | Reply

  5. Chicago wins! I just wonder how many touchdowns the defense and/or special teams will score. Most Superbowls are lopsided. I hope Chicago loses the coin toss so the defense takes the field.

    Comment by Leo — February 1, 2007 @ 12:56 pm | Reply

  6. Peyton has two major problems. His best offensive weapon, receiver Marvin Harrison, is small in stature and teams with good defenses play him very physically and take him out of the timing patterns he usually runs. Officiating in playoff games is a bit more lenient on defenders than in the regular season.
    The second problem is the Elway Syndrome. A truly exceptionally great quarterback can lift his team to more regular season victories than the team would otherwise achieve. In the playoffs the other teams usually can then exploit the inferior talent of these other players.

    Comment by Bruce Lawrence — February 1, 2007 @ 3:27 pm | Reply

  7. dude, it’s the indianaPOLIS colts (end of paragraph 5). too much homer lately (d’oh)?

    Corrected. Thank you.

    Comment by abu yussif — February 2, 2007 @ 11:05 am | Reply

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