Super Bowl 2011: Good Commercials, Average Game, and an Embarrassing National Anthem

The Game

It looked like the game was going the way of so many Super Bowl blowouts, but Pittsburgh dug in and made it close. These were two very good, solid teams, but it would have felt more like classic it was billed to be if either team had a great running game. It was a game without many highlights, but two great 4th quarter plays created the final result: 1. The Clay Matthews tackle and forced fumble; 2. The beautiful 31-yard pass from Aaron Rodgers to Greg Jennings that helped add to the Green Bay lead. While I love Steeler football, I wasn’t disappointed in the result because I’m not a fan of Ben Roethlisberger because of his crude and reckless personal life.  

The Commercials

A nice batch of funny commercials featuring, of course, beer, beautiful women, and socially awkward situations. Some creative car ads, too. My favorite: The Kia ad where increasingly menacing powers take successive possession of the Kia. Here are all of the new commercials.  I also like the CarMax gas station spot.  Actually, check out all of them; some good stuff this year.

The National Anthem

Christina Aguilera flubbed the words on the National Anthem, filling a forgotten line with a creative combination of other words from the song.

Just for laughs, here’s a list Time magazine published of the 10 worst public renditions of the National Anthem. Here’s another list, which includes perhaps the most famous 1965 flubbed Anthem, by Robert Goulet.

Although he was born in the United States, Robert Goulet moved to Canada when he was 14 years old and had never sang the Star-Spangled Banner in public before May 25, 1965. That night, moments before the much-anticipated rematch of boxing heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali and Sonny Liston in Lewiston, Maine, Goulet began, “Oh say, can you see, by the dawn’s early night…” The bout lasted less than one round, and the disappointing fight didn’t provide a big enough shadow for Goulet’s performance to hide behind. Although he’s done it without incident hundreds of times since, Goulet says he is always asked about his infamous flub.


About Jim Jewell

I am a writer and consultant on faith and public life, active for many years in management and communications in the evangelical community. I now work as the director of the nonprofit practice at The Valcort Group ( Everything on this blog, however, is my personal opinion and is not read or approved before it is posted. Opinions, conclusions and other information expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views of Valcort.
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