Super Bowl zzzzzzzzz…..
Maybe it was because I’m a Jets fan living the nightmare of a Patriots-Giants matchup for the second time in four years, but the Super Bowl last night wasn’t all that compelling for me. I’m just glad the blowouts that seemed to wreck the games in the 1980s and 90s haven’t returned in a while. As for the commercials? Meh. Nothing grabbed me. I saw the best ones (Ferris Bueller-Honda, Jerry Seinfeld-Acura) several days ago online. That sort of steals the thunder from seeing it during the game. And the ones that aired during the game were shorter than what was seen online. Had the Acura one had David Letterman at the end instead of Jay Leno (blech), we might have really been on to something. The Doritos one with the dog was cool.
None of that is important now, of course. Football is done and it’s just about time for baseball.
*Pitchers and catchers report to Reds camp in Goodyear, Ariz., in 13 days. Just maybe…the Ryan Ludwick and Jeff Francis transactions will be announced by then.
*For all the rumors that briefly flared up again over the weekend, I will only believe that Roy Oswalt will sign with the Reds when he is standing in front of me wearing a Reds uniform on Feb. 19. It’s not that Oswalt doesn’t want to be with the Reds — his people have called. For now, the Reds don’t have the budget or roster space and don’t appear (at least from the outside) willing to make manuevers to create either. I think it’s a little telling that other clubs (Rangers, Cardinals?) seem to be saying something similar and Oswalt is still out there with less than two weeks left in the off-season.
*MLB.com released the Fantasy Baseball preview for 2012. Joey Votto is ranked No. 8 overall. Jay Bruce is No. 33, Brandon Phillips is No. 49 and Mat Latos is No. 62.
*National writer Anthony Castrovince has a MLB off-season quiz for you to take.
*Belatedly, Jay Bruce can be welcomed on to Twitter by going to @JayABruce. He joins familiar folk like Brandon Phillips (@datdudeBP), Sam LeCure (@mrLeCure) and Mike Leake (@mikeleake44)