<%image(20060206-superbowl.jpg|300|263|touchdown)%> It was the start of the fourth quarter in the Super Bowl when I finally remembered that it was happening last night. I was working on some trim in our house, so I searched the internet for a radio broadcast. After trying several different radio stations that didn’t seem to work, my desperation gave way to the BBC’s broadcast of the game. It worked great, sort of. I should have had a cup of tea.
Once you got past the fact that a strong British accent was calling the plays and saying names like “Roethlisberger” and “Hasselback”, it was fairly routine. The “colour” announcer who provided explanations was an American who had played football (not soccer that is), which helped a bit.
The best part about this was the steady stream of explanations. It was Super Bowl merged with Football (not soccer again) 101. I think of my wife and every other woman who asks questions about the game, and I realized that this would be the perfect tool. They explained intentional grounding, passing from the pocket, the two minute warning, stopping the clock by going out of bounds vs. running the ball and keeping the clock going, and so on.
During Pittsburgh’s big trick play that sent a touchdown pass to Hines Ward and effectively knocked out Seattle, the Brit announcer got wonderfully wild and declared that it will be one of the greatest Super Bowl memories of all time. While not exactly doubting how brilliant and memorable the play was, I had to wonder, how sure could he really be?