The five best things about Super Bowl XLVII

The Super Bowl didn't disappoint. From plays to commercials to the lights going out in New Orleans, here's the best of the best.

Photo: AP/Mario Sanchez

OKLAHOMA CITY, Feb 4, 2013 — With a string of bad games in the 80s and 90s, the Super Bowl has definitely come around and Super Bowl XLVII was no exception. This was perhaps the weirdest Super Bowl ever. 

With the power outage and basically two separate games played, before and after the lights went out, it was nuts. So here is the best of the big game.

Best Player: Joe Flacco

Flacco was named MVP of the game with 287 yards and three touchdowns. Jacoby Jones and Anquan Boldin make a good case also, but it was Flacco that steadied the ship when he had been shaky in the past. The QB will become a free agent, but his performance should assure him a major contract and Baltimore won’t let him get away.

Best Play: Jacoby Jones’s 109…errr 108 yard return.

We’ve seen the opening kickoff of the game in a Super Bowl get returned for a touchdown (Devin Hester), but this year Jones in the very first moments of the second half ran the opening kickoff back down the field for a touchdown. It then looked like Baltimore would dominate in every facet of the game at this point. Initially ruled 109 yards and the longest kick off return ever in the big game (you can’t have one longer) was changed to 108 yards. It turned out to be more important than the Ravens could have known, since the 49ers dominated the second half, only coming up three points short.

Best Craziest Thing to Ever Happen in a Super Bowl: The power outage.

We’ve had “fan man” in boxing, we’ve had the brawl in Detroit in the NBA, but we’ve never seen anything like this. Early in the third quarter, half the power went out in the Super Dome shutting off half the lights, scoreboard and thankfully Phil Simms. For 34 minutes officials frantically tried to get the power turned back on. Having worked at a sporting facility, I can tell you this was sheer panic for the hosts. What caused it? Beyonce? Was Bane coming out? Nothing like this has ever happened in a game like this before and it completely swung the momentum. San Francisco made it a game and almost came back to win.

Best Running Twitter Feed During the Game: The Iron Sheik

This can’t be linked because it is definitely not safe for work, and maybe not safe for anybody, but do yourself a favor and google it. The former WWF superstar tweets about Manti Te’o, the game, Beyoncé, RGIII, and let’s you know what he would do to them and what they should do during the power outage. It’s verified so you can assume it’s real. Even if it isn’t, it’s breathtaking. 

Best commercial: Joe Montana Tide

Facebook and Twitter lit up after the Ram farmers commercial and Oprah talking about Jeeps, but the best overall commercial was for Tide. 

A man drips salsa on his jersey and it looks like 49er legend Joe Montana. It starts a major movement only to have the jersey washed by the man’s wife who is a Ravens fan. It’s funny, it’s topical and what a novel idea to have a commercial about a product that we actually can remember what the product was.


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Jason Black

Jason Black is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma where he recieved a B.A. in Journalism.  While at OU he served as Sports Director for the University television station.  He has recieved multiple awards for public speaking and comedy.

He appears weekly on 18 radio stations across the country and also writes for the magazine distinctly Oklahoma.

Growing and living in Oklahoma for almost his entire life, Jason has a passion for all sports mixed with a little pop culture.

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