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By RD Heldenfels Published: February 5, 2006

Before I switched back over from the DVR to live, I heard Al Michaels saying that everyone and his grandmother has assessed the game. So true. Of course, ABC was putting a lot of that analysis on the air to fill its hours of pre-game coverage. Have you been watching? Isn't pre-game the time for snacks and idle chatter?

Of course, for many party-goers, the game itself is for snacks and idle chatter -- until the people actually watching the game yell -- and all head swivel toward the TV.

Kickoff at last. Bizarre graphic around the players' self-identification. It's as if they had their heads superimposed on an especially garish Hot Wheel. At least ABC shrank the graphic when play resumed.

Madden declares Holmgren a great play-caller. Almost immediately the Seahawks have an incomplete pass and a sack and have to punt.

Bud Light commercial with people crazed about hidden beer. Who runs this business, Meredith from ''The Office''?

Burger King musical ad. Colorful, but did it make you want to go out and buy a Whopper? At least the Bud Light ad suggested an irrational love of the product.

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