I Have Seen This Game Before. . .

Industry Observer CalDRE #01165532


I Have Seen This Game Before. . . 


I know Super Bowl LVIIM3GAN is not being played until later this month.  Even though I am not a loyal football fan, I do understand the importance of the upcoming sports spectacle.  All kidding aside.


And by spectacle, I am not throwing shade towards this special 

event.  Anyone who has seen my tossing or catching skills would be surprised by such a suspicious move.  It’s not my style - merely an attempt at abundant alliteration.  Kinda like pondering about Punxsutawney Phil and his shadow.


Perspective certainly plays a role in sports as well as in life. I quickly discovered the following quote but dismissed it in hopes of finding an alternative.    It's somewhat self-snarky. Maybe it's a better fit than I first imagined:


If you win a Super Bowl before you’re fired,

you’re a genius, and everyone listens to you. 

But a coach is just a guy whose best class in grammar school was recess

and whose best class in high school was P.E.

I never thought I was anything

but a guy whose best class was P.E. 

attributed to: John Madden



I believe there is something extra special about turning the ordinary into extraordinary. And that's not snarky at all. In fact, it's kinda super.


The photo included here is from a 2015 post. Remember that year? Deflate-Gate and such. And the game continues. . .  

Posted by

Michael Jacobs


CalBRE # 01165532

P. O. Box 587

Pasadena, CA 91102

Call/Text:  818.516.4393




Comments (21)

Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Michael. And, that is the reason John Madden was a football genius. He did not complicate it, Enjoy your day.

Feb 02, 2023 03:56 AM
Michael Jacobs

Wayne Martin - he has a long and well-regarded history in the sport.  

Feb 02, 2023 04:59 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

I like the quote - Madden was downplaying his impact.

Feb 02, 2023 04:37 AM
Michael Jacobs

Kat Palmiotti - for me, the words stood out for perspective as I looked at page after page of other quotes.  

Feb 02, 2023 05:02 AM
Leanne Smith
Dirt Road Real Estate - Golden Valley, AZ
Relocation to NW AZ with elbow room & more freedom

Great quote and I remember the Bears in the Super Bowl which was the last one I watched.

Feb 02, 2023 05:08 AM
Michael Jacobs

Leanne Smith - I did watch some of last year's game as it was held in the Los Angeles area.  I was curious about the recently built SoFi stadium which I had never seen.  

Feb 02, 2023 05:19 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Michael- John Madden was one of my favorite coaches and analysts!! You can learn a lot from some of the football folk! Not all-but some.

Feb 02, 2023 05:20 AM
Michael Jacobs

Kathy Streib - just like real life.  

Feb 02, 2023 06:06 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

As always, Michael... you put a smile on my face. And I've always loved John Madden... he just had a way with words and thoughts. Amazing that he never had a losing season as a head coach. EXTRAORDINARY, for sure!

Feb 02, 2023 05:32 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker

Michael Jacobs nothing clumsy about your attempt... you might be your own worst critic!

Feb 02, 2023 06:17 AM
Michael Jacobs

Nina Hollander, Broker - I am always happy to learn that I have helped create a smile-worthy opportunity.  Even with this clumsy attempt at making a point.  

Feb 02, 2023 06:08 AM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Throwing shade is something that I have only heard the younger generation use, you are quite hip, my friend, haha.

Feb 02, 2023 05:56 AM
Michael Jacobs

Brian England - HaHa.  That "point" was meant for you.  You picked it up and ran with it.    Nicely played.  

Feb 02, 2023 06:11 AM
Brian England

I try not to miss an opportunity, haha

Feb 02, 2023 06:13 AM
Brian England

So can fumbles Michael Jacobs 

Feb 02, 2023 07:33 AM
Michael Jacobs

Brian England - interceptions can provide surprise endings.  

Feb 02, 2023 07:31 AM
Michael Jacobs

Brian England - Yup.

Feb 02, 2023 07:40 AM
Diana Zaccaro Broker Associate

I am not a sports fan but I like that quote by John Madden. It comes across as honest and genuine, two things that are rarely seen nowadays.

Feb 03, 2023 10:47 PM
Michael Jacobs

Diana Zaccaro Broker Associate - genuineness is a super trait.  And it's one within the grasp of each of us mere mortals too.  

Feb 07, 2023 07:57 AM
Michael Jacobs

Diana Zaccaro Broker Associate - I can "see" where your comment originates.  And that's without the best vision. 

Feb 07, 2023 01:21 PM
Diana Zaccaro Broker Associate

Michael Jacobs 

It is and it is but being genuine seems to be becoming a lost trait these days.

Feb 07, 2023 12:26 PM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

I do remember Deflategate Michael and all the controversy surrounding it. Can't believe it was so many years ago!

Feb 02, 2023 06:15 AM
Michael Jacobs

Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400 - once again, the AR archives come in handy.  And for multiple reasons.  

Feb 02, 2023 06:29 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Michael, I like that quote, and seems to fit any jock for most any sport!  

Feb 02, 2023 08:17 AM
Michael Jacobs

Joan Cox - as a non-jock, I'll take your word.  

Feb 02, 2023 08:21 AM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Michael Jacobs  The City has Eagle Madness! With that said it is hard not to catch the fever. So many parties planned to decline is an insult. 

Feb 02, 2023 11:50 AM
Michael Jacobs

Hannah Williams - "mania" and "frenzy" seem to be sport in some ways.  As for the insults, those are tossed about willy-nilly at times too.  All are a part of the game that is shown 24/7 on certain channels. 

Thankfully, the remote is never far away.  As are puns-a-plenty.  

Feb 02, 2023 12:02 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Michael, 

Right now and for the next 9 days, all we will see on local TV is - Superbowl this, and Superbowl that.  My grandson is a Superbowl baby and I remember that day.  It is probably my very best memory of Superbowl Sunday.  The hospital was dead.  We had the entire waiting room to ourselves.  This is the second Superbowl baby born in my family!

Do not get sick or have a baby on Superbowl Sunday.  If you know what I mean. 

Feb 02, 2023 03:30 PM
Michael Jacobs

Sheri Sperry - MCNE® - while I may not immediately remember his SuperBowl birthday, I do recall reading about your grandson's birth.  However, I am blanking on being aware of the second birth.  Although, I don't doubt that certain times are not advisable for a hospital visit.

Feb 02, 2023 06:22 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Michael I was surprised to see, that you had such an old newspaper, I thought you were a minimalist:)Endre

Feb 02, 2023 10:19 PM
Michael Jacobs

Endre Barath, Jr. - the photo of the newspaper is from a 2015 AR post.   My minimalist mindset remains a work in progress.  I am not "there" yet - my brain is still cluttered with too much stuff. 

Thankfully, the ActiveRain archives keep things in better order.  

Feb 03, 2023 04:21 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Good Friday morning, Michael.

Make this a great day and have an outstanding weekend.

Feb 03, 2023 08:08 AM
Michael Jacobs

Roy Kelley - Happy Friday to you.  I hope your Maryland weekend is good regardless of whether weather is a factor or not.  

Feb 03, 2023 08:34 AM
Roy Kelley

We have cold weather in Maryland. Thankfully, the sun is shining and we have no snow today.

Feb 03, 2023 08:42 AM
Michael Jacobs

Roy Kelley - good news.  And on any day too.  

Feb 03, 2023 02:11 PM
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

The pinnacle of any endeavor... it's a spectacle to behold and excellence, hard work on public display Michael Jacobs ! See you at the party, the big screen and lots of hollering, maybe a little cussing depending on the score displayed up over the gridiron. Hey, would you pass that plate of bacon wrapped Maine scallops please and thank you? Go teams! 

Feb 03, 2023 11:01 AM
Michael Jacobs

Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573 - there are lots of emotions possible.  

Feb 03, 2023 02:14 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Michael, with no skin in the game, still want to watch the Super Bowl.  OK, maybe the commercials....

Feb 04, 2023 07:12 AM
Michael Jacobs

Joan Cox - Happy Viewing.   

Feb 04, 2023 08:02 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Michael and John Madden was a interesting man and P.E. class was a class most of us like and I even had a history class teacher that would let 4 of us out of class to go to the gym and shoot baskets doing the season.  We did make the playoffs those two years I was on the team.

Feb 05, 2023 09:21 AM
Michael Jacobs

Will Hamm - I can't ever recall physical education being a favorite class in school.  Individual activities like running were a bit better but far from well-liked.   

Feb 05, 2023 09:36 AM
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

Michael, although I was born and raised in Green Bay 'Packerland', -lived 3 blocks from the Green Bay Packer Field, I have never been into the game like all the others in our large family.  However, I do recall the hold a great coach like Vince Lombardi had on the city...WOW, he was a perfectionist and his lifestyle and radio programs were alive with energy and we were all indoctrinated and brainwashed.  We knew:  and for certain... WINNING IS THE ONLY THING!!! NO SUCH THING AS 2ND PLACE!!!
ICE BOWL OR NOT, YOU DO NOT LOOSE.  CHASE PERFECTION AND ON THE WAY FIND EXCELLENCE.  Your post, Michael, brought back many memories....YEP, we
certainly knew SUPER BOWL SUNDAY.


Feb 07, 2023 01:19 AM
Michael Jacobs

Jane Chaulklin-Schott - thank you for sharing your connection to the Super Bowl.  It's interesting to trace our personal history in different ways.  

Feb 07, 2023 04:23 AM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

Deflate Gate....being from New England, yes I remember.

I'm not sure about that M3GAN movie. Just another Chucky or more? I guess the only way to know is to check it out.

Feb 07, 2023 07:27 AM
Michael Jacobs

Sharon Tara - I quickly dismissed the M3GAN movie as a possible film-going experience.  Although, the formula has certainly proved to be successful in the past, it hasn't been a genre I have held much interest.  In that way, it is similar but quite different than this weekend's game.   Connecting those parts is a sport where I can invest time and thought.   

Feb 07, 2023 08:02 AM
Sharon Tara

Michael Jacobs  Unless the Patriots are playing the only interest for me are the commercials. I do enjoy a clever commercial.

Feb 08, 2023 07:02 AM
Michael Jacobs

Sharon Tara - I agree about cleverness in commercials.  That can be a winning marketing strategy as far as I am concerned.  And sometimes long-lasting too.  

Feb 08, 2023 07:21 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374 - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

Hopefully, no deflate-gate in this year's superbowl game, Michael. I still believe in good sportsmanship when on the losing side and respectful values when winning, especially showing gratefulness to the entire team!

Feb 07, 2023 10:37 AM
Michael Jacobs

Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can! - and when that thought extends to the game of life, I believe all sorts of spectacle can be on display.  Talk about a halftime performance.   

Feb 07, 2023 01:24 PM
Scott Schulte
Scott Schulte LLC - Phoenix, AZ

Can't wait for the food!  

Feb 08, 2023 09:19 AM
Michael Jacobs

Scott Schulte - food seems to be a part of any Super Bowl Sunday experience.  

Feb 08, 2023 09:29 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Michael,

I was looking back and realized I missed this post from the beginning of the month. John Madden was one of my favorite coaches and analysts!! Loved the quote he really was a football genius. I remember this headline in the paper as I'm sure everyone does!

Feb 17, 2023 05:20 AM
Michael Jacobs

Dorie Dillard Austin TX - it's interesting to see how controversy plays in history, isn't it?   Hmm - were times simpler, or were we?  Maybe a combination of both as well as some other stuff thrown together.  Yes, interesting. . .  

Feb 17, 2023 05:27 AM