Let's hope we don't have 2 full weeks of Microsoft Surface tablet talk leading up to the Super Bowl, but a company executive on Tuesday fired off a blog post to assure one and all that the problems that New England Patriots coaches had accessing info on their tablets had nothing to do with the devices themselves.
So no, this company from Seattle Seahawks country wasn't seeking any revenge on the Pats from last year's Super Bowl outcome.
And this isn't just a case of Blame The Network either.
The NFL yesterday came to marketing partner Microsoft's defense in explaining that a "network cable malfunction" was the culprit. Microsoft had issued an initial defense for itself after a CBS sideline reporter said during the 2nd quarter of Sunday's Broncos win over the Patriots that the Pats' coaches were having tablet access issues. That sideline report naturally spawned a flood of social media posts taking Microsoft and its iPad killer to task.
In a blog post on Tuesday from Microsoft's Yusuf Mehdi, corporate VP of Windows and Devices Group, he states that "Surfaces have not experienced a single failure in two years they've been used on NFL sidelines."
And with some good humor, Microsoft notes that its tablets have even withstood temper tantrums by quarterbacks Johnny Manziel and Aaron Rodgers on the sidelines ("these devices were built to endure just about anything, even Johnny Manziel’s head").
I have to admit, I've wanted to smash one of those things over my own head when being inundated with their intrusive Surface product placements on TV shows...