Site ColumnsBy Michelle
February 11, 2005 - 7:49 PM
I had a dilemma last weekend when the Superbowl was on. My in-laws are from New England, lived outside Boston for many years and are committed Patriots fans. But Dhani Jones of the Philadelphia Eagles went to my high school, and in fact to my sons' elementary school. Who to root for, who to root for?
I took the easy way out; I rooted for the commercials. Which were pretty sorry this year, probably in reaction to Janet Jackson's wardrobe malfunction last year and the insanity and censorship that followed; the most titillating was a girl with her tank top straps falling down for some internet company whose name I have forgotten, thus proving that sensationalism may get your ad remembered but it won't necessarily get your product launched. FedEx did a pretty funny parody of Superbowl commercials in general, advising that they should all have catchy music, a celebrity, an animal and some optional product placement. There were far too many Pepsi ads, not nearly enough movie previews and I can't even recall which beer Brad Pitt was pitching.
As for the game itself, the too-close-to-call first half was quite exciting even though I knew I was going to lose my bet that it would be a high-scoring game; at the party I went to, there's a $1 bet to enter in which everyone must choose the winner and the total points (last year my seven year old son won the nearly $100 pot). The party, given by my very oldest friend and her husband and now expanded to include all the kids none of us had when they started throwing it, also featured hot wings, chocolate covered pretzels, mozzarella sticks, five-foot subs and more kinds of brownies than I could count.
Everyone knows by now that the Patriots outplayed the Eagles, which made my in-laws happy, and I'm betting Dhani Jones will have other opportunities to make a name for himself. It was not a health food night for me but it was a lot of fun!
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Trek Two Years Ago
These were some of the major news items from February 2003:
- Tragedy Strikes Space Programme
The space shuttle Columbia exploded upon re-entry, killing seven astronauts, including the first Israeli in space. Columbia was NASA's oldest space shuttle, the first to fly in space following successful test flights of its sister ship Enterprise. Later, Star Trek: Enterprise would follow NASA's naming scheme, calling the NX-01 Enterprise and the NX-02 Columbia.
- 'Free Enterprise' Sequel In The Works
Writer Mark Altman said that he and Robert Meyer Burnett were developing a sequel to 1998's Free Enterprise, which starred William Shatner as a parody version of himself. (Just last week, this story resurfaced again.)
- UPN Experiencing Disastrous Sweeps
Figures for the February sweeps period showed UPN losing 23% of its viewers compared to the year before. UPN also saw a drop in the important 18-49 demographic, falling 20%. Nearest competitor the WB saw a 19% rise overall and a 24% rise among adults.
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Today's Television Listings
Tonight at 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, UPN will show a new Star Trek: Enterprise episode, "The Aenar". Here's the official synopsis of the episode:
Archer visits Shran's icy homeworld to find an Andorian subspecies called the Aenar, to determine their connection to the marauder destroying ships in the region.