Okay Google Or Alexa: What The Hell Happened Last Night? – Super Bowl LI

Google used last night’s Super Bowl LI to promote its Google Home device. You’ve probably seen them already – those cute little smart speakers promoted to be able to do sooooo many things to improve your existence.

Their ad logically featured someone saying “Okay Google…”

Which logically proceeded to activate and confuse units in Google Home homes across Earth who could pick up that start-up instruction from whatever device the commercial was airing on.

Just a month ago a morning news anchor in San Diego was relaying a story about a Dallas family where a 6-year-old ordered a $170 dollhouse and four pounds of cookies via Alexa, the start-up voice assistant for Google competitor Amazon’s Echo device.

Which logically proceeded to activate and confuse units in Amazon Echo homes across San Diego who could pick up that start-up instruction from whatever device the newscast was airing on.

“Okay Google or Alexa, who are the greatest head coach and quarterback in NFL history?”

“The greatest head coach and quarterback in NFL history are Bill Belichick and Tom Brady.”

Let there be no doubt if you also ask me this morning who the greatest head coach and quarterback in NFL history are it would be New England’s Bill Belichick and Tom Brady, who helped orchestrate the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history as the Patriots defeated the Atlanta Falcons 34-28 in overtime.

The first overtime in the history of the game no less.

On February 5th, 1922 the first edition of Reader’s Digest was published. Still going strong today its long history includes featuring abridged versions of stories, turning novels into novellas if you will.

On February 5th, 2017 more history was made in Houston as Belichick and Brady added yet another title to resumes already reading they’re the winningest head coach-quarterback combo in NFL postseason history.

For me any post about Super Bowl LI has to be written in condensed format – too many storylines.

There’s just no way to describe what took place in NRG Stadium last evening. No, I’m not talking about Lady Gaga and her array of drones (things in the sky when she jumped off the roof, not her dancers…although she and her troupe were excellent).

I’m talking about New England scoring 31 unanswered points to capture a game even Google and Alexa were reporting lost.

If Reader’s Digest ever runs a story about this Super Bowl you can be sure the whole story will be published. A condensed version ain’t gonna get it done.

Of course to keep the delicate balance of nature in check…for every miracle comeback it is most often accompanied by a heaving, gagging, retching sound…cue Atlanta.

On Christmas Eve a massive sinkhole the size of a football field damaged a regional sewer line affecting over 300,000 people in Macomb County, Michigan. A public works chief worried about a massive, collective trip to the bathroom for residents during the Super Bowl halftime as the line is not yet repaired and more homes than the original three could be cratered.

Fortunately, initial reports are that suburban Detroit region did not simultaneously flush away the night.

Like those Falcons did.

As great as New England’s effort was to come back and win this game it also has to be said this was one of the biggest collapses not just in the history of the Super Bowl, or the NFL, or sports…but in history.



The irony is a lot of criticism today is about how the Falcons didn’t play it safe and conservative toward the end of the game…which is what teams usually get blasted for when they get caught from behind…being too safe and conservative.

Look, in an implosion of this grand magnitude we can all size up blame from now until the start of training camp.

On second thought don’t ask Google or Alexa how this all went down…too much information to process.


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32 Responses to Okay Google Or Alexa: What The Hell Happened Last Night? – Super Bowl LI

  1. I know that game was amazing. That come back at the final moments. It was crazy.

    I like neither Alexa of Google devices for that reason.. maybe paranoid because I feel like hackers can just tap in and listen to private conversations or it be recorded…
    Or the devices might accidentally order something I was only speaking of with a friend.

    But anyways, Yeah that game was historical! !!😀

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  2. Quirky Girl says:

    That was an insanely amazing game! My older son is a lifelong Pats fan, but he went to bed in tears. They were losing so badly, he couldn’t bear to watch another minute. Poor kid. Well, imagine his surprise this morning when he learned of their unbelievably incredible comeback to Super Bowl victory. What a game! 🙂

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  3. That was a good game! And only goes to prove the point that experience does count! (Thanks to my husband I’m even beginning to understand the game 🙂

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    • It certainly wasn’t a work of art by either team throughout but highly entertaining, which is what many fans simply hope for with these games – a close finish. Always helpful to have experience…when learning football as well! 🙂

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  4. It was historic. What a game. The first half I kept thinking “Falcons you’d better go for it and pile up as many points as you can, because the Pats are going to be out for bear, or bird in the second half.Once I saw that look in Brady’s eyes, I knew it was going to be a squeaker. (even without Google’s quirkiness…I’m with you – not even Siri started up on this computer…and about that snoopy Vizio tv…people laughed a few months ago about intrusions but maybe not so much now)
    Have you seen the footage of how Lady Gaga opening actually happened? The 300 drones and the first of that song were filmed days before and it was all replayed on the roof (which then opened after that). She was hanging in the dark on a line until that jump where she flung herself into the real thing. Quite a show. http://www.click2houston.com/entertainment/how-lady-gaga-pulled-off-jaw-dropping-jump-from-roof
    The drone company did a huge show in Australia with even more drones in the sky – amazing

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    • Glad you mentioned Lady Gaga’s drop because I had trouble understanding when her parting was actually executed. I knew the drones were done earlier in the week. I knew they went to the trouble of opening the roof. I figured she did at least part of the drop live. The rumor was she wanted to perform on the roof and sure enough she did. Crazy stuff. As for those Falcons they seemed to get the concept of needing to score more. They just forgot the concept of keeping the Patriots from scoring at all. What a gruesome first half New England played and they still won the thing.

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      • (reward now offered for the jersey)

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        • Well, the Pats’ equipment truck that hadn’t been examined arrived, but no word yet on that jersey. But this from the team’s owner: http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2017/02/13/robert-kraft-believes-tom-bradys-jersey-will-be-back/. (and what’s with the players disrespecting the White House? Geesh. This country gives them the opportunity to become wealthy, elite, and important and they can’t be social and polite? Who do they think they are?
          Hey, NFL and Hollywood – I don’t like my entertainment with a side of politics.
          (And all you people upset that TX has proposed a use the bathroom that matches your birth records, relax – if it passes, it will not apply at all to sports venues/stadiums/entertainment complexes and a bunch of other public places. Besides as a friend of mine who was Trans before it had a name, he just laughs and says “you know, I’ve using in women’s bathrooms for years and nobody knew. No big deal.” Makes sense to me. Another opportunity for unnecessary hysteria.)

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          • Just saw a headline last night that the state of North Carolina has had like 17 ACC or NCAA events taken away from them because of their newly-enacted law, not to mention the NBA All-Star game and various concert appearances. Money often wins the day. We’ll see.

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            • Honestly it’s getting annoying. Organized bullying. When will people stop trying to tell other people what to think and how to act. So difficult to find just plain old entertainment and fun to relax with anymore. (And who doesn’t need escapism – especially now? HAHA) Have a great Valentines Day – massive storms moving in right now with tornado alerts…great. It better not hail on our Favorite even if old mustang…maybe blanket and cover time…we should call that car Valentines – it’s red. Cheers

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  5. Jay says:

    I definitely won’t be asking Google anything, that creeps me out. Almost as much as Tom Brady creeps me out. I really don’t like that guy.

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    • I would be afraid to even open my mouth around those devices. As for Tom, I read an article about his diet. And how restrictive it is. He claims he’s never felt better, recovers from injuries faster, etc. I don’t know how he’s even standing upright. 🙂


  6. Bun Karyudo says:

    Drat! There are no six-year-old children in our house! I thought for a moment I’d thought of a great way to order four pounds of cookies without my wife noticing.

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  7. Jennie says:

    Great post, and an even greater win. Someone posted on FB the Patriots wild comeback in 114 seconds. Even this one can’t capture the essence of what happened. Roger that. 🙂

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  8. George says:

    There is a lot that can be said about this game and B&B being the greatest. Like most of world, I wanted the Falcons to win and it makes me wonder what their legacy would be if not for a couple of questionable coaching decisions by the Seattle and Atlanta coaching staffs. They can easily be 3-4 instead of 5-2. Easily.
    The only thing that made me smile after this game, as a Giants fan, is that we remain the only team to beat B&B in the Super Bowl. Twice.
    That’s pretty cool…:)

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  9. aFrankAngle says:

    Quite the bizarre game. After the sack and fumble, I told my wife that the Pats would win. Of course I’m a bit old fashioned. That is, it’s third and one … if you can’t get a first down running, you deserve to punt. I don’t favor a quick slant, but that was more acceptable that a drop back.

    Oh well … I don’t have any of the information devices. But I know it is important not to tell them to Shut Up. 😉

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  10. Skipah says:

    Just run the ball!!!!!

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  11. Steph McCoy says:

    Wonder what would happen if Alexa and Google were introduced to one another? I hate to admit this but I watched and enjoyed the game that is until New England’s comeback.

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    • If Alexa and Google were introduced to one another I suspect each has been programmed to try and disable the other. You know how those tech companies compete! Glad you enjoyed the SB Steph. I certainly did. It was a tale of two halves for those Patriots to be sure.

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