The Half-Astrophysicist Blog

CBS Super Bowl Coverge: FAIL

I know lots of thing go into broadcasting the Super Bowl.  So much of it is carefully scripted and choreographed that you wonder how they miss some things.  But no one even mentioned that the coin used for the coin flip flew to the International Space Station aboard Atlantis in November.  Remember the game was played in Miami and Florida is the home of the Kennedy Space Center so these things are kind of a big deal locally.  Of course the coin did not have the names of the two teams playing etched onto it yet.  CBS failed to mention this in their broadcast (at least near the coin flip…if anyone saw it in the several hours of pregame, please let me know!)

I will let you in on a dirty little secret: I played football in high school.  In our games, the coin flip took place about 45 minutes or so before kickoff.  Now right before kickoff, the refs and team captains would go to the center of the field, the ref would throw a coin up in the air, look at it and everyone would pretend that was the real coin flip.  Yep, it was all theater. I don’t know if they still do it this way, but I participated in that farce many years ago.

Our coin was just a quarter or something and didn’t fly on a space shuttle!

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February 8, 2010 - Posted by | Astronomy, NASA

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