The Super Bowl (?) in New Zealand
back to Auckland Sunday afternoon after a congested 3-hour drive from Taupo and
got a motel room north of Auckland where I spent that evening packing up. My
plane for Sydney didn't leave until Thursday, but I wanted to get packed up and
ready to go a few days early so I could spend some time visiting the northern
tip of New Zealand called, not surprisingly, The Northland. I stayed in
the motel room the next day, as well -- which happened to be Super Bowl Sunday (or, because of
the time difference, "Super Bowl Monday" in New Zealand) so I watched
the Patriots beat the Rams Monday afternoon while packing two big boxes of camping gear to send off to Sydney and
another box to send back to the U.S.
||Left: In an Auckland motel room,
packing up for my trip to Australia and watching the Super Bowl. They
didn't show any commercials, though, darn it.
as I discovered, New Zealand television stations broadcast only the "European
Version" of the Super Bowl. They're the same video feeds as the American
version, but they use a couple of second-rate American announcers and some
hyperactive Scottish guy (folks in Europe apparently understand football better if
it's translated by a guy who sounds like Scotty from "Star Trek.")
Throughout the game, the announcers painstakingly described many of the game's intricacies, such as the
between "Holding" and a "First Down," since football is, I'm
sure, a mystifying sport in Europe, just as cricket is in America. The biggest disappointment, though,
was that they didn't show any commercials -- undoubtedly the best part of any
Super Bowl broadcast. Frankly, without the commercials the game was
pretty bland, despite both the close score and the sputterings of the lone
Scotsman: "Captain, the Patriots have lost their dilithium crystals!
They can't take much more of this!"
announcers, it actually turned out to be a pretty good game, which is
unusual for a Super Bowl. Still, though, it just wasn't the same
without the ads.
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