Let's get right to the important stuff regarding Super Bowl XLV and the Green Bay Packers' exciting 31-25 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers:
* I don't ever again want to hear Christina Aguillera sing the national anthem. I don't care so much that she mangled the words -- that can happen to anyone in a high-pressure situation. And I consider singing "The Star-Spangled Banner" in front of a packed stadium and worldwide TV audience enormous pressure.
No, it was her schmaltzy, hamming it up of the anthem -- and the way she dragged it out interminably -- that got to me. Somebody stop this woman. I've heard her sing the anthem at everything from baseball to football to NBA All-Star games, and it's always the same thing: way, way too much Christina A. in that wonderful song.
* The top three Super Bowl commercials as voted by my expert panel of one (me):
1. The Budweiser spot with the great Peter Stormare (the psycho killer in "Fargo") as a thirsty gunslinger in the Old West who ends up leading the bar in a rousing rendition of Elton John's "Tiny Dancer."
2. The CareerBuilder.com spot where the chimps slam into the guy's car in the parking lot and block the doors.
3. The Snickers commercial with Richard Lewis and Roseanne Barr belly-aching at a logging camp.
Two other observations: the E-Trade baby spots weren't nearly as funny as in years past. And while it wasn't humorous, I loved the Chrysler 200 commercial with Eminem that celebrates Detroit. To me, it was the most powerful commercial of the night.
* I don't ever want to see a cut-away shot of Alex Rodriguez being fed popcorn by Cameron Diaz. I mean ever.
* I'll take Troy Aikman broadcasting a big game like the Super Bowl anytime. The Hall of Fame quarterback is smart, he's low-key and he gives you the former player's perspective without beating you over the head with it. Joe Buck's sardonic delivery is fine with me, too -- he seemed as unsettled by the gooey Diaz-A-Rod feed fest as I was.
* The halftime show starring the Black-Eyed Peas was one of the best -- if not the best -- ever. The set was awesome. The energy level was through the roof. The dancers in glowing costumes were other-worldly. Fergie looked sensational. Am I gushing too much? Sorry. It was that sensational.
* The fact that 400 ticket holders were unable to watch the game at Cowboys Stadium because of seating problems was a huge embarrassment to the NFL and Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. But paying the displaced fans $2,400 for their trouble was the right thing to do. The league should be applauded for that.
* Finally, they actually played a game, remember? It was a terrific game, too. Lots of big plays, quite a few bad plays that doomed the Steelers. And it was great to see good-guy Packers QB Aaron Rodgers have a big game and walk off with the MVP award. I thought the Steelers would win, but this was a great victory for the tradition-rich Packers. And it'll be great for the citizens of Green Bay to see the Lombardi Trophy in their midst again.
They need something to feel good about this time of year. Winters are awfully long up there.