Did you see the Super Bowl? Best game ever, no? Whether you like Brady or hate Belichick, Super Bowl 51 was a record-breaking, avid fan’s delight.
It was the first time a Super Bowl went into overtime. Quarterback Tom Brady and his New England Patriot compatriots overcame the largest deficit in Super Bowl history to pull the victory out from what seemed to be sure defeat.
In addition, this fifth Super Bowl win for a quarterback puts Brady atop the “most wins’ every list,” and if that isn’t enough, fans and non-fans alike went gaga over Lady Gaga’s best-ever Super Bowl halftime performance.
I have to admit, since the whole “wearing a dress made of raw meat” thing, I have chosen not to pay much attention to “the Lady,” but Sunday’s performance blew me away. Beginning with that leap from the top of the stadium, then the drone-synchronized light show, the athleticism of the choreography, the final costume change into a high-tech, stylized set of football-esque shoulder pads, to that final move of tossing the microphone and leaping from a tower as she caught a football, she owned the stage, the stadium, the world!
Oh, and her singing and medleys of not only her hits but also of patriotic songs was truly powerful. Raw meat dress aside, the woman is talented.
But sports and music were not the only arenas that produced some amazing firsts. In the realm of politics, we also saw what we have never seen before.
I saw a commercial urging citizens to convey their displeasure to their government representatives over Democrats prolonging the cabinet hearing process for President Donald Trump’s appointees.
When Education Secretary Betsy DaVos’ appointment finally came to a vote, it ended up in a tie. Maybe it wasn't as dramatic as the Patriot’s tie-breaking win, but Hoosier Vice President Mike Pence, in his role as president of the Senate, cast the decisive vote. This has never happened before.
And there was another commercial specifically touting Jeff Sessions for approval by the Senate as attorney general. The Democrats chose to initiate a 24-hour “talk-a-thon” in opposition to the appointment. This in and of itself is not unheard of, but when Elizabeth Warren used her time to read from a letter written 30 years ago by Coretta Scott King in opposition to Session’s appointment to a federal judgeship, she was silenced and prohibited from further “floor time.”
Majority Leader Mitch McConnell cited a Senate rule, which prohibits members from “impugning the conduct of another senator” as justification for Warren’s prohibition.
In addition to these never-before-seen Senate actions, just the commercials themselves represent a first, for me anyway. Do you remember ever seeing commercials for or about presidential appointees?
This past week provided us with a plethora of "firsts." Sports, music and politics were all a party to making the week memorable.
I was in my glory. Don’t you just love to bear witness to the extraordinary?