Tuesday, February 7, 2012


ICT stuff. Just a couple of days before last Sunday's Super Bowl XLVI, the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced that they have seized 16 websites that illegally streamed live sports and pay-per-view events over the Internet, and charged a Michigan man with running nine of those websites. The accused, Yonjo Quiroa, 28, was arrested and charged with a single count of criminal copyright infringement for operating nine sites that streamed sporting events without authorization, including telecasts from the NFL, NBA, NHL, WWE, and TNA.

They wouldn't allow us to download and now they wouldn't even let us watch streaming feeds for free? Sanamagan.


Eli is Elite. Before the start of the NFL season, Eli Manning caused quite a stir by boldly stating that he is in the same class as Tom Brady. Many pundits found his claim to be preposterous and quickly labeled him as an arrogant goofball. (But really, what was he supposed to say? I know I would've said the same thing if I were in his place.)

Fast forward to Super Bowl XLVI. With his team down 17-15 in the final quarter, Manning guided his team 88 yards to the decisive touchdown--just as he did so many times through the course of the season. This year alone, he led the Giants to six comeback victories and set an NFL record with 15 fourth-quarter touchdown passes. His final statline last Sunday: 30/40 for 296 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT. A second Super Bowl MVP. The opposing team? Brady's New England Patriots--again. For the second time in 4 years. How fitting.

Winning Catch: Manning to Manningham

But I wouldn't go as far as say he's better than Brady. Not even sure he's better than big brother Peyton despite having one more Super Bowl win. After all, Eli has not had an MVP-caliber regular season. Not yet, at least. But the victory definitely propelled him into rarefied air as a top-tier QB, a class that includes Brady, Peyton, Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees--a cut above his 2004 draft classmates Philip Rivers and Ben Roethlisberger. Elite? Definitely.


Elite advertising. Aside from being the biggest game in the American sports calendar, the Super Bowl is also known for showcasing expensive, celebrity-packed commercials. One of the most memorable ads of recent vintage is the one that featured long-time late night rivals Leno and Letterman. My personal favorite is last year's Volkswagen Darth Vader kid ad (this year's VW offering didn't quite measure up). ESPN reported that, for this year's event, companies paid an average of $3.5 million for a 30-second spot for the right to duke it out Sunday in front of the expected 111 million-plus fans.

But there was only one spot this year that I eagerly anticipated: the new Avengers trailer.

Francis Paolo Tiopianco, Entry #8

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