Pomp and Circumstance of Super Bowl XLVI

Mario Manningham made the key play for the Giants in Super Bowl XLVI on Sunday. Photo by Chris Faytok/The Star-Ledger

First of all, I’d just like to apologize for my absence on here in the last week. With the Giants in the Super Bowl and their subsequent victory, I’ve spent most of my time involved in the coverage (and celebration) of that.

The Super Bowl never looks like any other football game. Although the game is always played at a stadium used throughout the NFL season, like Lucas Oil Stadium this season, the setting does not resemble that of an ordinary game.

The most glaring aspect of the field that differentiates it from the norm is the end zones. Each teams gets a distinct design in an end zone, which to me is one of the most exciting aspects of the Super Bowl (when my team is not playing in the game.)

The middle of the field now features the NFL shield with the plain Super Bowl logos on the 25-yard line.

Perhaps the biggest difference from the regular season is the huge crowds on the sidelines. From the photographers, to friends and family, to the lucky people that get a spot on the sideline who have nothing to do with either team. The sideline on the Super Bowl is insanity.

Sports Illustrated spliced together photos of Lucas Oil Stadium this Sunday to create this very cool pan shot. Have fun with that, I did for about a half hour.

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Nice Pants

The Giants' Domenik Hixon made a nifty catch against the Rams Monday night. Photo by The Star-Ledger

I know I promised a bit of history on the Rams and Giants uniforms, but it turns out I don’t have the time to get all that done before work today, it will come some time this week though.

The Rams and Giants played a truly ugly game Monday night at the Meadowlands that saw the Giants come out on top, 28-16. As a good friend of mine who was there said, it was the most underwhelming victory in recent memory. Now I know how Penn State fans felt after that Temple win on Saturday.

Anyway, we’re not here to talk about the actual games that would be silly, let’s talk uniforms!!

I was glad to see the Giants went back to their usual home pants after going with their away pants for preseason home games this season. The panic that had swept through the Meadowlands for much of the preseason had nothing to do with injuries, but the concern that the home pants had gone away forever. Another friend informed me these away pants featuring thinner stripes were for cost-saving reasons, let’s hope so.

While I was pleasantly surprised by the Giants choice in pants, the Rams continued to disappoint in that department. The white-on-white look St. Louis displayed last night was as bad as their red zone offense.

Some of the Rams’ best days in recent memories (after they abandoned the uniforms they won a Super Bowl with) came with gold pants no matter if they were home or away. ¬†Since then, the people in St. Louis have gone a little nuts by wearing blue and white pants with both the home and away uniforms.

It is absolute madness and I have no idea who thought this would be a good idea. The Rams have seen little success with these uniforms, and if they want some good karma going back in their direction they should go back to the gold pants. St. Louis has not totally abandoned this look, last season was a brief return to the gold pants at home, but that was quickly gone for white and blue pants with the uniforms.

There was even a time when the Rams went with white at home with blue pants, I was shocked and appalled. Hopefully, they can come to their senses soon in St. Louis and realize their up and coming team should look good while winning the atrocious NFC West.