Super Bowl L logo will not feature Roman numerals

The NFL wanted to avoid this and they did.

The 50th Super Bowl will not use Roman numerals. Instead, for this Super Bowl only, the logo will feature Arabic numbers. It was determined that the stand alone “L” for 50 didn’t look good.

We still have the boring generic template of the Lombardi trophy in the logo. But with 50 in gold, it at least deviates from the boring all-silver look that has been used for the past several seasons.

What I really like about this, at least, is that ‘s still simple. And quite frankly, anything would have been a better option than what you see on the right. It would have looked just too plain.

The following year, the Roman numerals will return. I like Roman numerals as is so I am glad this is just a one-time change.

But what do we address this Super Bowl as? Is it #SuperBowlL or #SuperBowl50? I must know the proper hashtag!

Fittingly, the 49ers are hosting this Super Bowl so the gold works out nicely in their favor in terms of aesthetics. And who knows, maybe they might even be playing this game.

Check out the host committee logo, too. It features the San Francisco skyline in fog. Very nice.

Last night during the Super Bowl, people went to Twitter wondering who Bruno Mars is

If he just did a drum solo for the entire show, I would have loved it.

Bruno Mars, along with the Red Hot Chili Peppers, put together a pretty good performance. Not a great one, but a good one. For me, I don’t know anything about this guy. I had only heard about him, but I don’t know what songs he does. The only song I know is that annoying one where he goes “aw yeah yeah” a million times during the Pepsi commercial. And that was the first song he did during his set.

The NFL demographic isn’t the right fit for Mars. The Red Hot Chili Peppers is more fitting, but having Mars headline this big spectacle was a headscratcher. Does the average NFL fan even listen to this guy, let alone know who he is? I think he fits the 20-30 year-old female range.

Last night, there was a major Twitter reaction when Mars hit the stage — especially for the older generation. They wondered who this guy was.

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My predictions for Super Bowl Sunday

Let’s get it on!

The Super Bowl is here and it’s time for those predictions. It’s going to be a good matchup and this will come down to great offense versus great defense. This is what a perfect Super Bowl matchup is all about.

I am not going to go real deep in analysis. Instead, here are some things that I look forward to seeing in the game.

  1. Percy Harvin will have little statistical impact but his presence on the field will be a huge boost for the Seahawks.
  2. The Broncos’ passing attack should have a field day. All those weapons and with Peyton Manning is a good combination. Unless the protection breaks down, they will have a great game.
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10 things I think leading up to the Super Bowl

The result after eating all those wings.

Taking a page out of Peter King’s column, here are 10 thoughts I have as the Super Bowl approaches tomorrow.

  1. The build up to the game itself has been ridiculous. With media day, Marshawn Lynch’s odd media interactions, the coverage and everything else has been too much and overwhelming. This is probably because I work for the NFL Network so I have to see all of this all the time. I bet if I was a regular fan, I wouldn’t be bombarded with so much.
  2. One thing I cannot stand is the over-usage of certain commercials. This commercial has been playing nonstop. I don’t even know who Bruno Mars is (and I am not the only one) but if this is a representation of his music, this halftime show is going to be terrible.

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Super Bowl XLIX logo for next year is pretty much what you expected

For 44 years, the Super Bowl logo has been a unique design annually. The design reflected the host city or the design was a perfect embodiment of the country. But since the 2010 season, the NFL has decided to go with a generic logo template.

As you can see, the Super Bowl logo for next season will be under that same design.

The following year is Super Bowl L, which might be a problem under this template. The L would stick out at the bottom and it won’t look good. Will the NFL go back to unique designs or stick with this? Only time will tell.

Super Bowl will be greatest game ever if it follows this Madden simulation

In the last 10 years, the Madden simulation is 8-2. Not bad. And this year’s simulation gave us a classic. If this is how the Super Bowl goes down, it might be the greatest game ever.

OK, maybe not. But it will be pretty close.

Bruno Mars announced as halftime show performer at the Super Bowl

It’s official now: Bruno Mars is performing at halftime in the Super Bowl. I don’t know what to think about this since I don’t listen to this guy and apparently all my friends who do listen to him, aren’t football fans.

Is his music even good? I mean, the only thing I know about him is the above video. And that’s not even a real song from him.

Considering that this game is in New Jersey and it could be cold, does Bruno Mars warm people up? I don’t know.

What happened to KISS, AC/DC, The Eagles? I like rock bands. Or if we are going with contemporary artists, it’s got to be someone who brings excitement like Beyonce.

Maybe I’ll be proven wrong. Since I don’t listen to this guy, maybe he does do a good job.

The new Super Bowl is the same but it’s better

Check out the tweet and link from yesterday. I will offer just some quick thoughts on this.

The first thing I reacted to was the skyline. The New York skyline is gorgeous and adding the new World Trade center gives this a real great look. Even though I don’t like the standardized logo, the fact that the skyline will be a prominent fixture is nice.

Secondly, giving the stadium the full recognition is also nice. It may not mean a lot but the identity of the stadium to me is important. And sometimes, fans don’t know what the stadium looks like. This I like.

And with Super Bowl L (50) approaching, I hope they don’t keep this standardized approach. I hope for something different and bigger.

New York is ready for the big game.

An optimist’s outlook on the 49ers

So close.

Having covered the San Francisco 49ers as a beat writer for three seasons and having also cheered for them since my childhood, it’s sad for me to see them get this far, but fall short of the Super Bowl win.

It’s harder for me because in those three years, I met a lot of great players, coaches and staff members. I feel for them because I see them work hard every single day to get to their ultimate goal.

Even though I am emotionally invested in this team, it’s been almost half a day since the game ended and I don’t feel all too bad or sad. In fact, I feel OK. I am disappointed, but I’m not moping around.

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