Super Bowl Weekend *Open Thread*


It’s Super Bowl Weekend! You all know what THAT means, right? Yes! Cute puppies and kittens! Oh, and Clydesdales! There are also all kinds of new commercials coming out since the Super Bowl is when many are unveiled (more on that below).

Okay, okay, there is a football game being played too, though none of the teams I really follow are in it. Still, I will root for the Atlanta Falcons for a few reasons: I am a Southerner; this is only their second time to the Super Bowl; and I hate the Patriots.

But before the game begins, you may know that you can watch Bowls of a different kind with both the Kitten Bowl on Hallmark, and the Puppy Bowl on Animal Planet. Now, if you like both, rest assured – they always have representatives of the other species during Halftime. Often, some birds make an appearance as well, so there is pretty much something for everyone.

Just take a look at some of the Major League cuteness you can expect to see beginning at Noon (EST):

And this recap of “Fumbles, Tumbles, and Misses” is just adorable:

Not to be outdone in the Cuteness Quotient is the Puppy Bowl on Animal Planet. This recap of previous Puppy Bowls in anticipation of the Big One on Sunday had me cracking up:

Oh, my – those are some mighty cute pups! Can’t wait to see who is on the Gridiron this time around.

Oh, and don’t worry about which one to watch. With some excellent timing, you don’t have to choose. The Puppy Bowl doesn’t begin until 3:00 pm (EST), so plenty of time to watch kittens first. BONUS!

And of course there are the Super Bowl ads. According to this Federalist article, one commercial is going to be done LIVE (Snickers). Holy smokes!

Another one that has been getting some notice is the new Budweiser commercial. Sadly, this time it does not feature the gorgeous Clydesdales, but rather the founder of the company when he came to the United States. Apparently, according to HLN, the commercial was done MONTHS ago and has nothing to do with the current discussion about Immigration (though he appeared to come in LEGALLY). Here’s the trailer for it:

You can see how people would think this was political in nature, but Budweiser swears it is not.

Sadly, as a result of THAT commercial, there are no new Budweiser Clydesdale commercials this time around. Dangit.

But you know I won’t leave you hanging in that regard. Check out this cool video of the young Clydesdales going through their paces for the 2017 Budweiser Calendar:

I can certainly understand if that is not enough Clydesdales for you. So if you like, especially if you could care less about the two teams playing in the Super Bowl on Sunday, this article has links to ALL of the Clydesdale Super Bowl commercials through the years.

I completely understand if that is not enough of the Clydesdales for you. So, how about this ABC Report on – wait for it – the BABY Clydesdale from one of the best Budweiser commercials ever. Oh, yeah. And there is much more on these beautiful horses:

I cannot watch that commercial without getting teary – EVERY time. And this report, being able to see all of these magnificent horses from babies on up, is just the best.

Well, that’s it for me in this Super Bowl Weekend Open Thread. Feel free to discuss whatever you want. And if you are watching the game, I hope your team wins. Unless it’s the Patriots!

Sorry. Couldn’t resist…

This is the Weekend Open Thread.


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46 Responses to “Super Bowl Weekend *Open Thread*”

  1. kenoshamarge Says:

    The only way I can enjoy the Puppy Bowl is by muting the vapid commentary. Then I just watch the adorable puppies and itch all over to get one. (No I won’t – too damn old and puppies need a ‘mom” who will be around for them.)

    I adore the baby Clydesdales! I watch it over and over. So thank you so much for that.

    I won’t watch the Super Bowl because I don’t care. I probably would cheer for the Falcons if they hadn’t flattened my Packers. I also won’t watch anything that has garbage at half-time like Lady Ga-Ga or gag-gag.

    After hearing Tom Brady talk so eloquently about his father I would kind of like to see him get a fifth Super Bowl Ring and set a record for all to aim at.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      I totally understand abt the Puppy Bowl commentary but yes – just watching them jump, play, and run around is worth it!

      Aren’t those Clydesdale babies so cute?? I want to pet their little wavy manes so badly…

      Oh, I’m not watching Halftime, either. I could care less abt Lady Gaga’s halftime show for “everyone…” Yeah, that’s code. No thanks.

      LOL abt the Falcons. I hear you on that.

      And I can appreciate why you might want Brady to get another ring, but I just cannot abide those Patriots. They are cheaters from the coach on down, IMO, including Brady (he was suspended for what he did last year after all), but I can understand wanting something for one’s parent…

      • kenoshamarge Says:

        Brady honored his father in a way you don’t often hear. Lots about Moms but darn little about Dads.

        Tom Brady showed off a softer side when discussing his father, during a pre-Super Bowl press conference on Monday.

        The New England Patriots quarterback got emotional when a seven-year-old reporter asked him who he considers his hero. “I think that’s a great question,” the 39-year-old replied before becoming teary eyed. “I think my dad is my hero because he is someone I look up to everyday.”

        Brady also joked that he’s banned his dad from doing media after Brady Sr. ripped Roger Goodell. Fact is I think Goodell is a phony and I think the whole “deflategate” crap was just that – crap. But that JMO. Any way it was nice to see a sone honor his father as his “hero.”

        • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

          That is a nice story abt Brady’s dad. And yeah, I am not a fan of Goddell’s either, but the accusation came from an equipment handler. I don’t see that Goddell had much choice but to investigate it.

          Regardless, I have watched Brady play a fair amt. He often seems to be less than a good sport on the field, which is why I also don’t like him very much. But the game will be what it is, and if they win fair and square, that is all that matters, right?

          Well, at least it used to, anyway. Apparently now if one side loses, they can go ballistic, scream, rant, and rave for days on end.

          At least in politics, that is!

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    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      No. Kidding. I am sick to death of Politics coming into play in EVERYTHING now. We can thank ESPN for encouraging that, and it has just gotten worse over the past year. Ugh.

      • kenoshamarge Says:

        I know – just shut up and let people enjoy the game.

        And the people that they chose for Half-time are a political statement by themselves.

        I would bet that close to 1/2 the people that watch the Super Bowl don’t like Ga-Ga or don’t even know who she is.

        • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

          You said it – Sports are SUPPOSED to be the one place we can get AWAY from Politics.

          You said it – definitely a statement that they picked Lady Gaga. She has come good songs, but it is hard for me to take someone seriously who wears things like meat dresses. WTH????

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    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      AHAHAHA abt the Oscars! That’s abt the size of it. I, for one, will not waste my time on those self-congratulatory shows in which they think we care abt their political pontifications. Spare me already…

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      This is SO spot on, sad to say…

  4. kenoshamarge Says:

    President Trump will be targeted by new protests. Organizers say that last weekend’s anti-Trump rallies were so successful they’ve scheduled another one in Los Angeles on Sunday, February 26th. And if there’s enough time they plan to hand out some Oscars.

  5. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    A friend had this up at Facebook. Once again, an agency charged with protecting us allowed a radicalized Muslim to slip through the cracks and kill – this time, a police officer. GRRR:

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      The fear of being called “Islamaphobes” is causing people to die. What is wrong with people? Does name calling matter more than protecting people?

      We all ready know that the government is more concerned with illegals and refugees than doing their primary job which is to keep the citizens of THIS country safe.

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        That is so, so true, Marge – that is how Major Nidal Hasan was able to continue his radicalization, even proselytize his fellow officers, all while communicating with a known terrorist and the FBI rolled over. His fellow officers rolled over, too – not wanting to appear Islamphobic.

        Boy, did liberals sure do a job on the citizenry in this country after 9/11. Yep, somehow they convinced people to see the people from whom the terrorists came as victims and WE were the oppressors, or some such crap. Ugh.

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  7. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    For this Sunday morning, I want to share a brand new song from Reba McEntire. She has, for the first time, released an album of spiritual/Christian music. This literally had me dancing around – couldn’t stop myself, and didn’t want to, either. LOVE this:

  8. kenoshamarge Says:

    Union-lackey Democrats fight to stop DeVos

    Senate Democrats have decided on a policy of resistance to everything President Trump does, but the scalp they want most is that of Betsy DeVos. Her crime, from the left-wing point of view, is that she wants to press states to give students and their parents a say in how they’re taught at school.

    DeVos doesn’t want to force school choice on anyone. She knows her job as secretary of education would not be to wield power, but to yield it to states and local school boards.

    “As a strong proponent of local control, I believe a decision to provide vouchers, scholarships or other public support for students who choose to attend a nonpublic school should not be mandated by the federal government,” DeVos wrote to Sen. Deb Fischer, R-Neb., in a letter that apparently convinced Fischer to vote for DeVos, possibly securing the 50 votes she needs.

    This line from the article tells you all you need to know about the Democrat fear of DeVos:

    “It’s perfectly clear why Senate Democrats oppose DeVos; they and their party are in the pocket of teachers unions.”

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Without a doubt, the unions and the Dems are working hand in hand which is why these unions should not even exist for Public school teachers being paid with TAXPAYER MONEY. That is just WRONG.

      I look forward to Sec. DeVos taking them down a few pegs…

  9. kenoshamarge Says:

    Families Sue NYC For Reporting Them To Child Services When They Homeschool

    A nonprofit legal organization has filed a civil rights suit against New York City Public schools for ‘systematic mistreatment of homeschooling families.’

    “People forget that being schooled at home was the norm for most of human history,” he says. “It’s important to remember that institutionalized schooling with educational professionals didn’t become the norm until about 1900. Along comes back home education, revived in the 1980s, and people don’t know what to make of it. It can and does work.”

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      I am SO glad they are suing NYC over this. Democrats are trying to, and in too many cases succeeding in, take away parental choices when it comes to Education. I hope they win, and win BIG.

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    Applause Erupts During U.S. Senate Chaplain’s Powerful Message About Prayer — and Watch How Trump Reacts

    U.S. Senate chaplain Barry Black brought down the house at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C., on Thursday morning, sparking cheers and inspiring thousands of audience members to jump to their feet.

    Black’s riveting keynote address began with him telling the thousands of people in attendance that, despite such public division, Republicans and Democrats in Congress actually get together each week for both a prayer breakfast and a Bible study.

    “Our lawmakers get together each week for a prayer breakfast. One of the things that really inspires me … is the closing prayer when they stand and join hands and they pray together,” Black said. “To see Republican, Democrat, Independent praying together — I find myself thinking, ‘Where are the C-SPAN cameras when you need them?’”

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Dang, isn’t THAT something? Thank you for this, Marge. It is nice to know. Powerful, even…


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    Super Bowl 51 Completes the Left’s Hyper-Politicization of Absolutely Everything

    A major newspaper demands Patriots’ quarterback Tom Brady answer for his support of President Trump. Lady Gaga will use her halftime show to sing about “equality” and “inclusion.” The insufferable and polarizing cast of “Hamilton” will sing “America the Beautiful.” There will be not one but two ads hectoring us over the issue of immigration.

    All of this is happening, not during the Oscars or the next hour of CNN, but during that only time of year when Americans of every political stripe were once allowed to come together for a 5 hour oasis away from politics and the culture wars … the Super Bowl.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      I agree completely with this article. I RARELY watch ESPN these days, and even then, it is ONLy for an actual sporting event I want to see. I used to be a loyal viewer too. Not any more. They have made it SO leftie political, it is just a waste of time. I don’t want to be lectured to when all I want are some scores.

      I will NOT be watching Halftime tonight. I’ll be changing the channel for that time period…

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  16. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    A friend had this at Facebook. This Catholic bishop brings up some great points, including questions I had asked before: why were Americans seemingly unconcerned with what was happening to Christians and Yasidis in Iraq, and why were these groups so underrepresented in the refugees who came in? Here’s the link:

  17. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    What an absolutely EPIC collapse by the Atlanta Falcons in the Super Bowl Sun. night. The team that came out of the locker room after the half was not the same one that went in and which had been dominating the game. I guess the Patriots wanted it more, winning in the first Super Bowl OT.

    Wow. The Falcons just choked. And the Patriots never gave up, so I have to give them that!

    So Marge – you got your wish abt Tom Brady.

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      I really didn’t care who won but I did like what Brady said about his father. I also didn’t think he had done anything more than a lot of other quarterbacks had done. And personally I didn’t think that he “needed” to cheat to win.

      If this was a win for his father, and a win to show he didn’t need to cheat and a smack in the face for all the people insisting he renounce his friendship with Trump then I am content.

      Perhaps the Falcons didn’t so much choke after the first half as think they were better than they were. Or didn’t take a 39 year old quarterback as seriously as they should have.

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        I hear you abt Brady and all.

        The Falcons are a really good team – and they should have won. They seemed to shift from their original game plan to protect their lead, a mentality that makes me nuts because it so often backfires.

        Atlanta has a record of their teams collapsing like this. They have only won one championship even though they have had good chances. It is their curse. They thought that they were finally going to change that, but no. Same-o, same-o…

        And the NE fans I know showed on Facebook what poor sports they continue to be. Ugh.

        • kenoshamarge Says:

          Although I like the often brash Brady for what he said the NE fans are a whole nother thing. There must be some nice, decent people who are NE fans. The problem is they aren’t the ones on FB and elsewhere acting like jackasses. Actually “acting like” is wrong – they aren’t “acting like” they are jackasses.

          • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

            LOL – well said, Marge! One of the fans was one of our pet sitters. Uh, yeah – she was calling people “haters,” and essentially saying this should shut them up now. Wow.

            I dunno, Marge – I lived in Boston for 8 long sports years. The fans there, whether Red Sox or Pats fans, all acted abt the same. And that is not a compliment! 🙂

            Apparently, the Patriots were trying to frame themselves as being “underdogs.” Huh? Yeah, sure, okay.

            Well, it is all done now. I honestly wish teams would stop doing this “run the ball to take time off the clock” thing, because it NEVER works out well. Sheesh…

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