It had compelling characters: A man once the underdog, now the golden boy, versus a new underdog, carrying the weight of family pride. It had a grand goal: perfection, but also a compelling redemption tale. It had drama, a surprise twist at the end, and for once, we are talking about the Super Bowl.
The writers' strike looks like it may actually be coming to an end. But we have to say, the past few weeks, this real reality TV has been pretty darned good.
No, we are not talking Idol, Loser or
The Moment of Truth, which looks like it could be in the running for most morally reprehensible "reality" show of all time. Between some great sports and compelling presidential primaries, this has been a pretty good month for TV, even though many of the major series were on the shelf -- my lovely bride was thrilled to see a new House after the Super Bowl, though that continuous, "drill a hole in her skull," preview made me opt to pass.
But as a sports fan, if my favorite team isn't in the big game, I can still be lured by storylines, and there were a bunch here, like the New England Patriots pursuit of perfection -- culture vultures, did you love that Russell Crowe's pregame narration on perfection invoked great violinists as a comparison? -- the New York Giants return from the dead earlier in the season and Peyton Manning's little brother Eli stepping into the Championship spotlight. And then Eli delivered with his pass to Virginia Beach, Va.'s own Plaxico Burress to with the game in the last minute. Script that.
Earlier in the weekend, a CNN anchor identified herself as more of a commercials and half-time show person when it came to the Super Bowl, and that's often the most interesting thing about the game. But this year, the main event was the main event.
And the news has been pretty interesting too, with a tightening race for the Democratic nomination for
President and an increasingly colorful contest in the Republic party. The Super Bowl came just a few nights after some intriguing debates -- despite what the desperate-for-a-fight pundits tell you, the Democratic debate was quite interesting and substantive -- and two days before a cliffhanger of a Super Tuesday.
We kind of need today as a breather from all this unscripted drama.