SHORT TAKES: Sporting events warm winter weekend

By Daily News • Last Updated 10:24 am on Monday, February 04, 2013

Oh, what is greater than a big sports winter weekend …

The Michigan Wolverines were rated the No. 1 basketball team in the nation, briefly, until Indiana in Bloomington gave them their second loss of the season.

Indiana is a good basketball team. So are many other Big Ten basketball teams, including Michigan State. College basketball in the big arenas has become a win ’em all at home — and only then if you can win a couple of away games — can you become champions.

Michigan hasn’t yet lost at home.

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In golf, one of the good guys won. Pro golfer Phil Mickelson, golfing champion, unpredictable, but always a contender, won a big one in Arizona this weekend. He was wire-to-wire leader at the Phoenix Open, winning by four shots for his 41st PGA Tour title.

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But for the latest, another Super Bowl. Yes, it was number 47, but this one had enough twists and turns to put it into a truly remarkable status. If not for the ultimate Baltimore Ravens victory, it would undoubtedly have been in the asterisk category.

Here’s a highly abbreviated capsule of the event:

• For Michigan watchers, it might have mattered who was your favorite Harbaugh. John is coach of the Baltimore Ravens and brother Jim is coach of the San Francisco 49ers. Both of them, including their dad, Jack, at one point were connected with Ann Arbor’s Wolverines.

• It’s Super Bowl 47… one of America’s biggest sporting spectaculars … and the power to the stadium fails… Thousands of people who paid $1,000 or more for a seat at one of America’s biggest sporting spectaculars sat in half-light for more than half an hour until lighting could be restored to start the game. Arguably the most expensive time in United States television was usurped by the light dimming at the New Orleans Superdome …

But what effect was there for the combatants in one of America’s biggest sport-nights?

The Baltimore team was clearly in the lead, with the momentum going for them, and then came the extended, and further extended, time out. Baltimore ultimately won the game, 34-31, erasing the need for a conspiracy investigation. But what about the TV watchers at parties whose hosts started to run out of ice, beverages, and patience with guests who were apparently going to be present much longer than expected?

It’s amazing what effect modern technology — and its failure — can have on our lives.

 Editorial opinions are the consensus of The Daily News editorial board.

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