The NFL could learn a lot about improving their Super Bowl product…from watching the Puppy Bowl. Who says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks?
The NFL is the best sports organization in the world, but there’s still room for improvement.
After watching Puppy Bowl V before the Super Bowl, I noticed a number of things that the NFL could learn from the pups.
The referees in the Super Bowl were bad. Very bad. From a very questionable ‘roughing the passer’ penalty to calling Kurt Warner’s incompletion a fumble at the end of the game, the refs sucked. They were even calling ticky tack stuff(on both sides) throughout the game. It’s the Super Bowl. Let them play.
Now the referee for the Puppy Bowl was spot on every time. He wasn’t flag happy. He let the dogs play. Literally. At the same time, he wasn’t soft. In the second half, Griffey got ejected for biting, and even bit the referee himself during the ejection! There were a number of times this year where players SHOULD have been ejected, but weren’t, instead the little princesses got a fine that to us is like 50 bucks.
It’s bad enough there is 14 days to wait for the Super Bowl but do we really need 6+ hours of pre-game analysis, as if we didn’t get that during the week? C’mon! The Puppy Bowl gets right to the action. Introductions, then the bowl is on! Get on it, NFL.
During the World Series and MLB All-Star Game, they have micro cameras IN THE DIRT in front of the plate, giving you a view you’ve never seen before. The Puppy Bowl gives you the Bowl Cam, letting you watch the pups drink water from the bowl’s point of view(as if you never wondered what it would be like to be a dog bowl). The Super Bowl didn’t have anything too great for this. The best thing they had were 2 blue lines showing us on a replay of what the tackle box is.
BETTER HALFTIME ENTERTAINMENT
It’s sad that I actually watched the Kitty Halftime show during halftime of the Puppy Bowl. It beat the NFL’s halftime performer, Bruce Springsteen.
Bruce Springsteen? Really? The NFL knows it’s 2009, right? The best halftime show in the last five years was Prince, and while I am a HUGE Prince fan, Prince should not own the title of “best halftime performer in last five years.” How about Flight of the Conchords, Tenacious D, or Amy Winehouse(could you imagine the bets people would make on if she would even make it TO the stage, or fall? Money!). Bring Shaq out to do a Shaq rap or something. I just don’t get washed up old timers in a young man’s game.
These are just a few of the things the NFL can do to improve the Super Bowl. Most Super Bowl viewers watch just to watch the COMMERCIALS. People watch the Puppy Bowl for the actual game. Something to think about, NFL.
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