Monday, February 18, 2008

Faux Pas of the Century in Super Bowl XLII

I am not a football fan so I am probably among the 10% or less of you out there who didn’t watch the Super Bowl. Almost everything I hear about what’s happening in the football world is from watching Gary Vaynerchuk on Wine Library TV.

So I was amused by the article in last Saturday’s wine column of the Wall Street Journal which mentioned the furor over scenes of Gisele Bündchen sitting in her luxury box sipping red wine while watching the game.

Had I not read this article I would have no idea who she is, but now I know she is Tom Brady’s girlfriend. At least I knew Tom Brady is the quarterback for the New England Patriots, up until that time candidate for the greatest football team of all time, better than the Vince Lombardi Packers, the Terry Bradshaw Steelers, the USC Trojans at the beginning of any season, etc.

Outraged bloggers and media people criticized Ms. Bündchen’s choice of beverage for such things as being out of place at a football game, insinuating she was in her own snobby little world disconnected from the game enjoying her snobby little wine, and even blaming her for the Patriots loss because it was so distracting for Brady.

A couple of things this pointed out to me: One, that many people still perceive wine as a snobby thing, and two, rabid sports fans will find any excuse in the world when their oh so beloved team fails.

The whole furor could have been easily prevented had Ms.
Bündchen chosen to be more discreet as to her choice of vessels containing the wine. The product illustrated in this video would have been satisfactory (thanks to Wine Life Today where I got the reference to this product in the first place).


Anonymous said...

How ridiculous! I'm glad she was drinking red wine and not a lychee martini or something of that nature. Giselle isn't known for being the brightest crayon in the box but I'm sure she made it look good!

MonkuWino said...

I guess that's the curse of being famous, people observe every single thing you do. And people are always looking for scapegoats. I did a Google image search of her looking for a picture to use but it was uh, hard to find something suitable for family viewing, haha. With looks like that, don't people have better things to do than to comment on what she is drinking?