By Brian Williams, Anchor and managing editor
As the Super Bowl went into the final commercial break, the production staff in the Fox trailer figured it was time to bring on the strings and the chorus. As the music started to swell in the background, Joe Buck went to the break by proclaiming the New England Patriots were, and I quote, "one minute and fifty-nine seconds away from completing the perfect season." Oh well. Sorry, Joe, but this one didn't fit the story line of the broadcast. Just moments later, Joe Buck switched his tone, saying confidently that the Giants, "played a brilliant ballgame here tonight." Lately, the conventional wisdom has been anything but accurate: the lending crisis won't affect the overall economy, Hillary won't win New Hampshire, and the Patriots will skate to a perfect season with a win over the hapless, wild card Giants... who today are the best team in football.
Now to the commercials: the favorites in our house were the screaming squirrel (and assorted other animals), the Clydesdales (a perennial favorite), the Audi R8 artful Godfather-themed spot, the Coke/balloon spot and the Jeff Bridges-voiced Hyundai spot... beautifully effective. The worst were led by the offensive Panda ad by Sales Genie. And congrats to Andy Samberg and Chris Kattan, both of SNL fame, for their embedded cameo appearances in spots last night -- not to mention the Will Farrell spot.
Did anybody else notice that the crowd noise after the Tom Petty concert was looped? It sure sounded not only pre-recorded, but as if it had a discernable beginning and end. If anybody out there has the time and a copy of the game, roll it back and see if my ears are right. Listen carefully between the end of the concert -- right into the commercial break.
And while we're at it, what a beautiful Super Bowl PSA for Ronald McDonald house, featuring the lovely Jackie Myers and her equally beautiful baby -- voiced by the unequalled, unmistakable Paul Newman.
So we end our post-game wrap-up on a high note.
Tonight: we have what I think is a very interesting broadcast -- a great mix of political coverage, interviews with newsmakers and fascinating stories, as they say, "you won't see anywhere else." Thanks so much for joining us tonight as always.
Editor's note: We wanted to share this photo:
Nightly News producer Robin Skolnick aka Eli Manning poses with Brian Williams aka Lawrence Taylor