Despite all the hoopla and hyperbole, the Super Bowl -- apex of American football -- really was pretty good, assuming anyone was interested. The New York Giants beat the New England Patriots, 21-17. The wire service Reuters placed the Super Bowl far down on its Internet offerings of news ... exactly where it belonged. But the game was fun to watch, especially because the TV remote control allowed me to shift over to a pretty good detective show during a half-time extravaganza that rivaled Hollywood mogul Cecil B. DeMille's epic recreations.
As a means of spicing up a game that had every ability to be dull as dishwater, I bet my younger son $1 on the outcome. Neither of us cared much who won. He lost, but we agreed it had been a pretty good game.