It wouldn't be a Super Bowl without a little non-controversy. Unfortunately there was no Beyonce wardrobe malfunctions, but rather a slip of the tongue not caught by network censors.
Spirits were high after the Baltimore Ravens narrowly edged the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday, with players exchanging congratulations and good feelings during the post-game celebration.
Unfortunately, Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco may have wanted to look over his shoulder at one point. The Super Bowl MVP and teammate Marshal Yanda shook their heads in disbelief at the insanity going on around them. "Holy s---, huh?" Yanda said.
"F------ awesome!" responded Flacco, apparently unaware that a camera crew and its live microphones had picked up the exchange.
CBS has yet to issue a statement on the matter, but it wouldn't be a controversy without the input of the Parents Television Council (whether we want it or not).
"Despite empty assurance after empty assurance from the broadcast networks that they would never air indecent material, especially during the Super Bowl, it has happened again," PTC President Tim Winter said in a statement. "No one should be surprised that a jubilant quarterback might use profane language while celebrating a career-defining win, but that is precisely the reason why CBS should have taken precautions. ... The broadcast networks continue to have 'malfunctions' during the most-watched television event of the year, and enough is enough."
At the very least, the PTC is pointing the finger at the proper party. It's hard to blame the players for celebrating uncensored, so the onus falls to CBS to keep a time delay and an eye out for language and material not suitable to air. Like many, however, I fail to see the controversy over one word getting aired late at night when many were celebrating themselves.