Did you see the Super Bowl? Best game ever, no? Whether you like Tom Brady or hate Bill Belichick; Super Bowl LI was a record-breaking, avid fan’s delight!
It was the first time a Super Bowl went to overtime. Brady and his New England Patriots 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 gives him the most Super Bowl wins at the position, 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 Gaga, but Sunday’s performance blew me away. Beginning with that leap from the top of the stadium, then the drone’s synchronized lightshow, 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 mike 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 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 the Democrat’s prolonging the cabinet hearing process for President Trump’s appointees. When Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ appointment finally came to a vote, it ended up in a tie. Maybe not as dramatic as the Patriots' tiebreaking win, the Vice President, in his role as President of the Senate, had to 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 Sessions' appointment to a federal judgeship, he 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've gotta say, I was in my glory. Don’t you just love to bear witness to the extraordinary?