The numbers are out for Sunday's Super Bowl. If I'm CFL commissioner Marc Cohon, I can't be happy with what I'm seeing. Numbers released Monday show 6.7 million Canadians watched the Saints beat Indy. Compare that to November where 6.1 million Canadians watched the Grey Cup between the Riders and the Alouettes. It means more Canadians watched the NFL championship game than the CFL championship game. Yes, its only 600-thousand, but I would have to think the CFL commissioner must be concerned with that. Even though the CFL is going through a great time right now, it doesn't say a lot when more Canadians are tuning in the Super Bowl than the Grey Cup.
What's the reason for this? Is it the commercials? Is it the NFL has a bigger fan base in this country than what we think? Is it something else? It perhaps is just a sign to the commissioner that he must do something to get CFL fans back in Southern Ontario. I'm guessing that is where you will find the disparity. It would be interesting if we could get a province-by-province breakdown but that isn't going to happen. There is no way more people in Saskatchewan watched the Super Bowl than the Grey Cup. I'm guessing it was that way in Alberta and Manitoba as well. I can see more people in Ontario watching the Super Bowl, I would think it would be pretty even in Quebec, and I'm not sure what it would be like in the Maritimes just because there is no CFL presence there on a permanent basis.
24 hours after the Super Bowl and the big question is what did Sunday's loss do to the legacy of Peyton Manning. Manning had a chance to put his paws on the Vince for a 2nd time, but his 4th quarter interception that Tracy Porter took back for six killed Indy's hopes. With what he has done in the playoffs, is he really any better than Brett Favre. For everything Favre did, he has only won one Super Bowl. Manning should have more chances than Favre to win a 2nd one, but his hopes of catching Tom Brady and Joe Montana took a serious hit with yesterday's loss. Both guys are hall of famers, but both are going to be known for making bad throws at bad times. Both men are going to Canton, but Manning's legacy has taken a big hit. He could have cemented himself as one of the greatest of all time by winning his 2nd Super Bowl. Instead, he is being looked at today as a quarterback who is 9-9 career in the playoffs and 1-1 in the big game. In the eyes of many, he is no better now than Drew Brees. Whether its right or wrong, greatness is measured in the amount of championships that are won by many. Who's kidding who, Eli has just as many titles as his little brother.
Toyota is going all out to get consumer confidence back in the wake of the little problem with its accelerators. They have many commercials out there saying they are sorry. Yeah OK, I get that, but I think they should change their slogan. That slogan is "Moving Forward". That's the problem guys, Toyota's are moving forward and faster when they shouldn't be!
One last thing. Happy Anniversary! It was one year ago that I started doing this little thing. Rod Pedersen had always bugged me to do one when I was at CJME. I had a blog on the station website that was updated frequently as was requested, and I had my nightly commentary. I told Rod my blog was a 60 second audio one every night at 630. I had my chance to have my say on everything every night. Bottom line, I didn't need to do one. As soon as I got my walking papers, Rod and I went for lunch and after I told my long-time friend what had gone down, he said "You gotta start a blog". I thought about it and well you know the rest of the story. Yes Mitch-haters, blame Pedersen for all of this. Anyhow, thanks Rod! This blog will never be an award-winner or will never be seen by as many people that read yours across this country on a daily basis, but I appreciate and truthfully still am surprised by as many visits as what this blog gets. I didn't think one year after starting this, I would be just under 150-thousand visits. Thanks to all of you who drop by and all of you that have had kind words over the past year.
As you start your Tuesday, ask yourself this....
If a mute swears, does his mother make him wash his hands with soap?