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Inspired by the Black Eyed Peas' awful halftime show in Super Bowl XLV, I thought it was time to look back at the recent (read: past decade) halftime shows to rank the worst ones, and on a better note, the best ones as well to remind us that not everybody sounds like the Black Eyed Peas.
While I thought the Black Eyed Peas were awful, I don't quite think that they were the worst. Sure, they were boring and the songs not only weren't good songs, they sounded awful from a production standpoint as well. Still, it wasn't quite the worst halftime show from the past decade. The worst three Super Bowl halftime performances are (in order of worst performance to third worst):
The Super Bowl XLV Champion Green Bay Packers will be hosting their celebration on Tuesday for the city of Green Bay. It's not the typical ticker-tape parade that you'd expect from New York or another big city, though. Here's some of the basic information on Green Bay's celebration if you're interested in either attending or watching:
What: It's being tabbed "Return To Titletown" and it's a non-parade celebration.
Who: Mark Murphy, president and CEO of the Packers, general manager Ted Thompson, head coach Mike McCarthy and some of the Packers.
Tickets: They're five bucks a pop but don't worry this isn't a money grab. The proceeds will be going to Packers Foundation charities.
TV Schedule: The celebration will be broadcast locally on the following stations: WFRV, Green Bay; WTMJ, Milwaukee; WKOW, Madison; WAOW, Wausau/Rhinelander; WXOW, La Crosse; WQOW, Eau Claire; WYOW, Eagle River; and WJMN, Marquette, Mich.
Time: It is scheduled to be from 4:00-5:00 p.m. (CT) on Tuesday. Some schools are letting out early on Tuesday so that kids can attend the event.
Location: The event will be taking place at Lambeau Field.
Okay, so it's not exactly a parade, but close enough. If you're a Packers fan, $5 is pretty affordable if you want to be an out-in-the-cold in person. If not, there's plenty of television options.
I won't be attending or watching, but I'll be there in spirit even though I don't really care for the Packers. We should all be celebrating the fact that the Steelers lost, don't you think?
Along with the Volkswagen Darth Vader commercial last night in Super Bowl XLV, I do have to say I enjoyed Chrysler's commercial with Eminem riding through Detroit in a nice new Chrysler before pulling up at Fox Theatre where Eminem promptly gets out of his car to say, "This is Motor City and this is what we do."
That "Lose Yourself" was in the commercial as the soundtrack to it made the commercial to me, but, overall I thought it was pretty effective with showing what Detroit has been through before trying to help inspire Detroit to rise up out of their problems.
At the end of the day, it's just a commercial, nothing that will actually change America or Detroit, but hey, it's still better than the Chevrolet commercials.
The only annoying thing about this ad is that it cost nine million dollars. Chrysler took bailout money, so we all helped fund this commercial. I wish they'd ask for my input next time, though.
Yesterday, I wrote that the Super Bowl XLV halftime show by the Black Eyed Peas wasn't entertaining or fun. A day later, I stand by that.
Last week, I had hoped that the Black Eyed Peas would at least try to have a cohesive performance.
So, good luck Fergie, Will.i.am and the rest of the Black Eyed Peas. You won't reach U2's level on Sunday - and you probably won't even reach Prince's - but you should still be able to entertain us, even if your music does suck. Just give us something cohesive and energetic and not a random mish-mash of thirty-seven songs pieced together to try to appeal to the Justin Bieber and Bob Dylan demographics and everything in between.
I wasn't too far off on 37 songs - the Black Eyed Peas, Slash and Usher played parts of seven songs, including playing "I Gotta Feeling" twice. The whole show was just so spastic and schizophrenic, it really didn't know what it wanted to be. It's pretty amazing too that the Black Eyed Peas and the producers of the event have essentially half a year to prepare to perform in front of the largest audience they'll ever play to and they can botch it up that badly.
I will say that it still wasn't the worst halftime show of recent history. I'd still give the edge to the Janet Jackson, Justin Timberlake, P. Diddy et al show from Super Bowl XXXVIII, which resorted to a planned wardrobe malfunction to entertain people.
But on the bright side for Fergie, she's not the one who forgot the lyrics to The Star-Spangled Banner.
As expected, there were plenty of lame Super Bowl ads last night during Super Bowl XLV. While Darth Vader and Volkswagen may have hit a home run, there were plenty of whiffs last night on the commercial front.
GoDaddy revealed the latest and greatest GoDaddy girl. After being in absolutely zero anticipation for the duration of the commercial as Danica Patrick rambled on about something, it was revealed that the amazingly annoying Joan Rivers is the new GoDaddy girl.
The question this begs is simply, does anybody care about Joan Rivers or GoDaddy? No? OK, moving on.
We weren't finished with uncomfortable commercials, as Kim Kardashian and Sketchers were pretty, well, awkward. Sketchers showed Kardashian working out in a sweat before revealing that her real workout tool is her Sketchers shapeups. Can somebody remind me why the Kardashians are famous again? Didn't think so.
Both of these commercials tried pretty hard to be shocking and racy but they just came off as desperate and boring. Not too surprising.
If you thought the Star Spangled Banner was missing a line last night prior to kick off at Super Bowl XLV, you are correct. Christina Aguilera issued an apology today, undoubtedly feeling embarrassed for screwing up the National Anthem:
The Grammy-winning singer released a statement soon after, saying, "I can only hope that everyone could feel my love for this country and that the true spirit of its anthem still came through."
Well, at least she says she loves the country. Maybe she should love it a little more and remember all the words next time. All kidding aside, I'm sure she does feel pretty bad about it and it is unfortunate to see it happen.
The NFL should have decided to let Aguilera redeem herself and sing the Star Spangled Banner ten times during the halftime show instead of subjecting us to the Black Eyed Peas.
It's no secret that the Steelers lost Super Bowl XLV because of turnovers. The Packers were able to capitalize on three Pittsburgh turnovers, all of which led to touchdowns for the Super Bowl champs.
The main culprit? Look no further than Ben Roethlisberger. Appearing in his third Super Bowl on Sunday, Roethlisberger was looking for his third Super Bowl win to join the likes of Tom Brady, Joe Montana, Terry Bradshaw and Troy Aikman as the only quarterbacks to win three Super Bowls. Roethlisberger would not join that elite company, and his own play is probably the biggest reason why.
Roethlisberger was not efficient in Super Bowl XLV, completing 25 of 40 passes for 263 yards and two touchdowns. Unfortunately for Steelers fans, Roethlisberger (I refuse to call him just Ben, by the way) threw two interceptions, one of which was a pick-six by Nick Collins and the other one was intercepted by Jarrett Bush, setting up Green Bay with excellent field position.
Roethlisberger has a history of performing poorly in Super Bowls, so this shouldn't come as a surprise. The Steelers won Super Bowl XL largely in spite of Roethlisberger. In Pittsburgh's win over the Seahawks, Roethlisberger was anemic, completing nine of 21 passes for 123 yards while throwing two interceptions - good for a 22.6 rating. Roethlisberger did improve in Super Bowl XLIII, completing 21 of 30 passes for 256 yards, a touchdown and an interception - and did make a great throw to Santonio Holmes for the game winning touchdown, but the catch was better than the throw, and once again, the Steelers won because of the efforts from those around Roethlisberger.
In three Super Bowls, Roethlisberger has thrown three touchdowns and five interceptions. If the Steelers won, people would compare him to Brady, having three rings and all, but know this: in four Super Bowls, Brady has completed 100 of 155 passes for 1,001 yards and seven touchdowns against just one interception.
Roethlisberger is not a big-game quarterback, his defense and running games have bailed him out in the playoffs time and time again - which is a testament to how good the Steelers running game and defense has been in a league that is now dominated by passing.
Well, Super Bowl XLV is in the books and the Green Bay Packers are your Super Bowl champions after defeating the Pittsburgh Steelers 31-25 in a pretty entertaining Super Bowl.
What was not entertaining, however, were the commercials. By and large, this year's Super Bowl ads bored me, though there were a few pretty good ones scattered throughout.
The winner of all the ads has to be Volkswagen as they used a mini Darth Vader who attempted to use the force on various household objects, including a dog and a baby doll. Frustrated that he could not summon the force properly, Lord Vader went outside as his father's Volkswagen Passat rolled into the driveway and the father, after going inside, aptly started the car with his remote control, stunning the young Lord Vader, who is surprised that the force actually worked.
As far as car commercials go, this is far and away miles better than Chevrolet was last night, who had the sappiest and worst commercials of all.
As expected, Aaron Rodgers was named Super Bowl XLV MVP following Green Bay's 31-25 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Rodgers completed 24 of 39 passes for 304 yards for three touchdowns and no interceptions - good for a 111.5 quarterback rating. The only other player that had a case for Super Bowl MVP would be wide receiver Jordy Nelson, who caught nine passes for 140 yards and a touchdown.
The Lombardi trophy is returning to Wisconsin.
The Green Bay Packers defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers 31-25 to win Super Bowl XLV. Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers had a chance to win the Super Bowl, as Roethlisberger and the Steelers offense had the ball back with under two minutes to play. The Steelers failed to convert on fourth down, though, and with only one timeout remaining could not get the ball back.
Green Bay led the entire game essentially, taking a 7-0 lead after Aaron Rodgers and Jordy Nelson hooked up on a touchdown pass in the first quarter. The Packers took a 14-0 lead after Nick Collins intercepted a Roethlisberger pass and returned it 37 yards for a touchdown, giving Green Bay a 14-0 lead.
Pittsburgh would add a field goal to cut the lead to 14-3.
Roethlisberger, though, would throw another interception - this time to Jarrett Bush, late in the second quarter. Rodgers and the Packers offense needed just four plays to turn that interception into points as Greg Jennings caught his first of two touchdown passes in the second quarter, giving the Packers a 21-3 advantage.
The Steelers, though, would not go quietly into the night. Pittsburgh scored a touchdown as time was winding down in the first half when Hines Ward caught an eight yard touchdown pass from Roethlisberger, cutting Green Bay's advantage to 21-10.
Pittsburgh also picked up the first points of the second half, when Rashard Mendenhall scored on an eight yard touchdown run to make the score 21-17.
Green Bay would retaliate after Clay Matthews forced a Mendenhall fumble. Rodgers would convert that turnover into points, as he and Greg Jennings hooked up for an eight yard touchdown strike, increasing the Packers lead to 28-17.
Roethlisberger and the Steelers cut Green Bay's lead to 28-25 after Roethlisberger threw a touchdown pass to Mike Wallace and then converted on the two point conversion.
The Packers would tack on a field goal with just over two minutes to play, making the score 31-25, a score that would wind up being the final in Super Bowl XLV.
Obviously, the key to the game was turnovers. The Packers didn't commit any while the Steelers committed three - two Roethlisberger interceptions and a Mendenhall fumble. All three turnovers resulted in touchdowns for the Packers.
The Green Bay Packers are going to win Super Bowl XLV.
Ben Roethlisberger failed to convert a fourth down pass, turning the ball over to the Packers on downs. With only one timeout remaining, the Pittsburgh Steelers will not be able to get the ball back and thus, will lose Super Bowl XLV.
It looks like Ben Roethlisberger will have a chance to lead the Steelers to another last minute Super Bowl winning drive.
Mike McCarthy opted to kick a 23 yard field goal to give the Packers a six point lead rather than go for it on fourth down, giving the Packers a 31-25 lead. At the very least, Shaun Suisham is giving one big sigh of relief knowing that he won't be called upon for a game winning field goal.
The Steelers have just over two minutes, and only one timeout, to drive for a touchdown to win Super Bowl XLV.
Seven minutes to go in Super Bowl XLV and the Pittsburgh Steelers are mounting a comeback.
Ben Roethlisberger threw a 25 yard touchdown pass to Mike Wallace, cutting the Packers lead to 28-23. The Steelers went for the two point conversion and ran an option - and converted it, reducing Green Bay's lead to 28-25.
The difference in the game right now? Shaun Suisham's missed 52 yard field goal attempt. It'll be interesting to see if Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin is hesitant to use him with the game on the line.
The Green Bay Packers have taken the momentum back in Super Bowl XLV.
Aaron Rodgers and the Packers offense turned Pittsburgh's third turnover of the game into yet another touchdown, as Greg Jennings caught his second touchdown pass of the game - an eight yard strike - to give the Packers a 28-17 lead and much needed insurance.
The Steelers had scored the last 14 points until that score, as the Packers had led 21-3 before the Steelers cut the score down to 21-17.
Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers have just under 12 minutes to score twice to either tie or take the lead in Super Bowl XLV.
The Packers may have just taken the momentum back in Super Bowl XLV.
With the Steelers threatening to score again, Clay Matthews forced hit Rashard Mendenhall perfectly, forcing a fumble. The Packers will look to extend their 21-17 lead in the fourth quarter.
Well, I knew it. You knew it. The whole world knew it was coming, and here it is. The good, old fashioned, Pittsburgh Steelers Super Bowl bailout.
Mike McCarthy challenged a play in which an Aaron Rodgers-to-Brett Swain pass was ruled incomplete after Swain had the ball knocked loose while falling to the ground. However, the replay showed that Swain made at least two, if not fifty, football moves before going down, yet Walt Anderson confirmed the on-field ruling, resulting in a Green Bay Packers punt.
The Steelers, after a penalty negated Green Bay's first punt, take over on Green Bay's 40 yard line trailing 21-17.
The Pittsburgh Steelers and Green Bay Packers traded punts in the third quarter, but Tramon Williams decided to cost the Packers even more field position.
Instead of fielding a punt, Williams decided to let the Steelers' latest punt bounce and then compounds that poor decisions - which cost a few yards in field position - by punching a member of the Steelers return unit in the helmet, costing the Packers 15 yards in field position.
I guess a true implosion wouldn't be complete without a meltdown - and Tramon Williams just had a mini-meltdown.
The Steelers latest and greatest drive failed, mercifully. Shaun Suisham shanked a 52 yard field goal, kicking it into a zip code closer to Arizona than the end zone, let alone goal posts.
The Steelers still trail 21-17, though the momentum still clearly sits with the Steelers. Green Bay needs to respond with points and soon.
The Green Bay Packers are on the suck express right now, surrendering 14 unanswered points dating back to the second quarter and punting on their first two possessions in the second half.
The Packers are without Charles Woodson for the rest of the game, so the Steelers may look to put the ball in the hands of Ben Roethlisberger, who has already thrown two interceptions today.
The Steelers aren't going into the night quietly.
Pittsburgh scored on their first possession of the second half, going 50 yards before Rashard Mendenhall scored on an eight yard touchdown run, cutting Green Bay's lead to 21-17.
It's been rumored that the Steelers are allowed a 12th man on the field for the second half, head referee Walt Anderson.
Things aren't going so well for the Packers to begin the second half of Super Bowl XLV.
First, Green Bay receives news that Charles Woodson will not return to the game. Next, the Packers go three-and-out as James Jones dropped a third down pass which would have led to a Green Bay touchdown.
To make matters worse, the refs got their Pittsburgh bias out early in the second half. The Packers were flagged for a 15 yard facemask penalty, which didn't actually happen, but the refs felt the need -as always - to help the Steelers out.
Here's hoping the Steelers can't take advantage of this.
Bad news for Packers fans - and no, I'm not talking about the halftime show.
Green Bay's best cornerback, Charles Woodson, will miss the reminder of Super Bowl XLV with a collarbone injury suffered in the second quarter.
Let's just hope that this doesn't lead to a Green Bay self destruction.
The Black Eyed Peas opened up the Super Bowl XLV halftime show, predictably, with "I Gotta Feeling," the song that you've been hearing promoting the Super Bowl Halftime Show for about seven months.
The futuristic looking Black Eyed Peas then followed it up with "Boom Boom Pow," which really highlights how amazingly annoying their lyrics are. The worst lyrics in music might go to the Black Eyed Peas. The live setting also highlights how poor of a vocal Fergie delivers.
Here's where things get a little wheels off the wagon - Slash emerges from underneath the stage while performing "Sweet Child O' Mine," while Fergie does her best to lower her register and sound like Axl Rose. It's actually somewhat disturbing how her voice changed.
That strange combination between Slash and Fergie was followed up by the Black Eyed Peas' "Pump It," where the other three members of the Black Eyed Peas come back into the picture.
The fifth song of the halftime show was another Black Eyed Peas gem, "Let's Get It Started," which sounded a bit ridiculous and unnecessarily sped up.
Remember when I said things get wheels off? Here's where the the wagon self destructs. Usher is roped down and performs his "song" titled "OMG." The link here between the Black Eyed Peas and Usher? The "great" Will.i.am is featured on Usher's song.
The Black Eyed Peas' sixth song of the halftime show - which is six too many - was "Where is the Love," where the stage glowed red saying "love" with people in alien-type costumes glow red in the shape of a heart.
The seventh song? The Black Eyed Peas' current single - "The Time of My Life," which segues back into "I Gotta Feeling," the opening song of their setlist.
My rapid reaction? Worse than The Who, by a fair margin. It wasn't entertaining, it wasn't fun, the songs were brutally bad and didn't translate to a live setting whatsoever.
Nick Collins joined Charles Woodson and Sam Shields as members of the Packers secondary that were forced to the locker room in the first half. Collins reportedly was forced to the locker room to receive an IV.
Collins is the fourth Packers player to head to the locker room, joining the aforementioned defensive backs and Donald Driver.
Super Bowl XLV is now half in the books. The Packers lead the Steelers by a 21-10 margin at the half and will receive the ball to open the second half.
The Packers converted two Ben Roethlisberger interceptions into touchdowns, one of them being a pick-six. After a Aaron Rodgers-to-Jordy Nelson touchdown, Roethlisberger threw an interception to Nick Collins, who returned it 37 yards for a touchdown.
Roethlisberger threw an interception late in the second quarter, when Jarrett Bush intercepted the errant pass. Rodgers hooked up with Greg Jennings four plays later, to extend Green Bay's lead to 21-3.
Roethlisberger and the Steelers marched downfield, though, hooking up with Hines Ward for a touchdown, capping off a seven play, 77 yard drive while cutting the Packers' lead to 21-10.
The Super Bowl halftime show, with the Black Eyed Peas, Usher and Slash waits in the wings for us.
Hines Ward was the recipient of an eight yard touchdown pass from Ben Roethlisberger as the Steelers capped off a 7 play, 77 yard drive with a touchdown.
The Steelers definitely needed to score, and they needed to score a touchdown. They did just that and now trail 21-10 with 39 seconds left in the first half.
Two Packers defensive backs were injured on Pittsburgh's latest drive, as both Sam Shields and Charles Woodson were forced to head to the locker room with apparent arm injuries.
The Steelers are currently driving while trailing 21-3 as the first half is coming to a rapid close.
Perhaps the worst ad of the Super Bowl thus far belongs to Chevrolet, who decided to be ridiculously sappy on Super Bowl Sunday (say that five times fast). Some doofus drops his date off, and immediately talks to his car to bring up his Facebook newsfood, which shows his lovely little lady's latest and greatest status as being "Best first date ever." The car said it in kind of a creepy voice, too. We then had a nice close up of the guy's strange facial hair and an uncomfortable smile.
Ben Roethlisberger's second interception of Super Bowl XLV cost the Steelers even more points.
The Packers drove 53 on just four plays, culminating with a 21 yard touchdown strike from Aaron Rodgers to Greg Jennings, giving Green Bay a 21-3 lead late in the second quarter.
To make matters worse for Pittsburgh, the Packers will receive the ball to open the second half.
Another Pittsburgh driver ended bitterly for the Steelers as Ben Roethlisberger threw his second interception of the game, just as it looked like the Steelers were creeping closer to scoring.
Jarrett Bush intercepted Roethlisberger around midfield to not only end Pittsburgh's drive, but set up the Packers with pretty good field position going forward.
The Steelers lost a wide receiver today in Emmanuel Sanders, and now the Packers followed suit as Donald Driver was forced to head to the locker room, albeit under his own power, with an apparent leg injury.
The severity of the injury is currently unknown.
Yes, that was the Imperial March you just heard on a Super Bowl commercial. A mini version of Lord Vader appeared, as a child dressed up as the Star Wars icon, trying to use the force on various items before stumbling upon his (or her?) father's new Volkswagen Passat. The father, aptly and predictably, turns the car on with his remote, leaving the mini version of Vader stunned.
I like Star Wars, but, whatever. I guess it was noteworthy enough for me to talk about, so that says something.
Down goes one Steeler.
Emmanuel Sanders, wide receiver, exited Super Bowl XLV with an apparent foot injury. Sanders was able to hobble over to the sidelines, but was carted off by the medical staff. His return, according to Chris Myers and FOX, is questionable.
The Steelers are finally on the board.
Pittsburgh saw their 13 play, 49 yard drive stall (or culminate, I guess) with a field goal, cutting the Packers lead to 14-3. It's worth noting that on the drive, Ben Roethlisberger seemed to hurt his leg, so we'll see if that has an effect on the Steelers offense the rest of the game.
As if having Danica Patrick as their spokeswoman weren't annoying enough, the latest GoDaddy.com commercial featured the unveiling of the new GoDaddy girl - and the anticlimactic commercial ended with Joan Rivers being revealed as the latest GoDaddy girl.
My reaction? Yawn.
The first quarter of Super Bowl XLV in the books. The Packers are the only team to score so far, scoring twice - once on each side of the ball. Aaron Rodgers hooked up with Jordy Nelson for a 29 yard touchdown strike to give the Packers a 7-0 lead before Ben Roethlisberger threw a pick-six on the ensuing drive, giving the Packers a 14-0 lead.
The Steelers, however, are in the process of driving downfield and will open the second quarter in Packers territory.
Well, that's how the Steelers responded to a Packers score.
Nick Collins intercepted a Ben Roethlisberger pass and returned it 37 yards for a touchdown, giving the Packers a 14-0 lead late in the first quarter.
For fans of justice, this is a fantastic turn of events as Roethlisberger doesn't deserve to be in the discussion with the All-Time greats, and it's certainly a bit ridiculous that he's able to play in this game while Plaxico Burress sits in jail for shooting himself in the leg.
Apparently Hollywood is out of ideas for movies. Well, that's been evident for sometime now, but moreso than ever as there's apparently a movie coming out titled "Cowboys Vs. Aliens" - seems a little bit ridiculous.
It's clear that Hollywood execs need to consult me before deciding what movies to produce.
If you had the Packers scoring first as a Super Bowl prop bet, please go cash in your ticket. The Green Bay Packers are on the board, scoring a touchdown on their second possession as Aaron Rodgers and Jordy Nelson hooked up on a 29 yard touchdown strike on third-and-one.
We'll see how Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers respond.
The third ad sequence of commercials were pretty lame, featuring yet another lame Bud Light "Here We Go" ad, followed up by an annoying Chevy commercial.
Then, apparently there's another Fast and Furious movie coming out - No. 478 - on April 29th. Does anybody watch those movies anymore?
In the Super Bowl's second ad sequence, Doritos led the way with a funny, yet uncomfortable commercial which featured a man sucking on another man's fingers - as he left the "best part" of the bad uneaten - the residue of the chips on his fingers.
Odd, but somewhat comical.
Three possessions into the game and still no points. So much for a shoot out, huh?
The Steelers were forced to punt on their second possession in the game, and this time, the Packers didn't fumble the return.
The first ad sequence of the Super Bowl featured a predictable Bud Light commercial, followed by another predictable Doritos commercial and then finally an Audi A8 commercial featuring Kenny G.
Nothing too exciting here, but it seems that Audi is really pushing the A8 lately, funny since it’s one of their most expensive cars.
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The Packers, after picking up one first down, were forced to punt on their first possession after Aaron Rodgers and Jordy Nelson failed to hook up on a pass that would have put the Packers in the red zone.
The Steelers will start their second possession on their own 20 yard line as the Packers' punt resulted in a touchback.
The Pittsburgh Steelers opened the Super Bowl with a three-and-out and were forced to punt on the game's first possession.
The Steelers nearly lucked out, though, as Tramon Williams fumbled the punt, but the Packers recovered. If the Steelers managed to recover it, they would have been set up with excellent field position.
The Packers will open their first possession at their own 21.
The Green Bay Packers won the 2011 Super Bowl coin toss, as flipped by new Hall of Fame inductee Deion Sanders, and chose to kick to the Steelers to open the game. The Packers will receive the ball to open the second half.
If you bet on the Steelers to win the coin toss, well, that's one prop bet you've lost today.
Christina Aguilera mercifully just finished a pretty weak version of the Star Spangled Banner, which I'm not even sure why she was singing it in the first place. The best part of it is that it's over and we're now just minutes away from kickoff. At the very least, she didn't look as chunky as she did at the Golden Globes.
Finally, after what seems like a 37 hour pregame show with all sorts of celebrities and the President of the United States and a seating fiasco at Cowboys Stadium, we're about to play some football.
Lea Michelle, of Glee fame, sang "America the Beautiful" and, quite frankly, was quite boring doing so. It didn't even feel like "America the Beautiful" for whatever that's worth. It's probably a bit unnecessary to have "America the Beautiful" sung immediately prior to The Star Spangled Banner, but that's how the NFL and FOX like to roll.
If you're looking to place a bet on Super Bowl XLV, you'd better do so pretty quickly with kickoff looming at 5:29 local. The latest and greatest odds are in line with what's been forecasted by Vegas all along.
Bodog has the Packers as three point favorites with an over/under of 46 while 5Dimes has the Packers as three point favorites and the over/under at 44.5.
As I wrote earlier this week, there's also plenty of ridiculous prop bets you can place:
Still, if that bores you or you're unsure on who is going to win the game and you don't want to risk money, you can always bet on the ridiculous prop bets being offered. Will Aaron Rodgers' girlfriend be shown before Ben Roethlisberger's fiancee? Roethlisberger's fiance, Ashley Harlan, pays even money while Jessica Szohr is at -140.
How about how long it takes Christina Aguilera to sing the National Anthem? The over/under there is 1:54, with under 1:54 paying +135.
If you're really looking to make a ridiculous bet, you can bet on Fergie's attire. A g-string, thong or bikini bottom worn by Fergie as she first takes the stage pays out at +1000. A simple skirt or dress pays only at +110
If you're going to bet on Aguilera and the Anthem, you'd better do so quickly. For what it's worth, I'd definitely take the over.
Super Bowl XLV will kick off in just under an hour, and we've got our last wave of predictions coming in. FOX's panelists picked the winners of the game just moments ago, and a bit surprisingly, most of the panel is on the Packers bandwagon.
According to Darren Rovell, "only" 400 fans are affected by the seating problem in Cowboys Stadium for Super Bowl XLV.
NFL: Only 400 fans will not be accomodated. They will get $2,700 for each ticket. 850 fans got similar or better seats
Those 400 fans will be able to watch the game outside of the stadium as well according to Rovell. Only 1,250 fans in total were affected, and the other 850 received "similar or better seats."
Regardless of the outcome, it's still embarrassing to Jerry Jones (and by extension, the Cowboys) and the NFL.
The NFL has a minor nightmare on their hands. The five sections that are being closed tonight could affect as few as 6,000 fans and as many as 9,000 fans according to Darren Rovell.
KXAS reporting that 6-9,000 fans will not be allowed in the stadium since seats weren't approved by fire marshall. They were given this letter, according to KXAS: "Please be advised that due to unforeseen conditions, the installation of temporary seating for Super Bowl XLV was not fully completed and your assigned seat is unavailable for today's game. The NFL and Cowboys Stadium sincerely regret this inconvenience. As a valid ticket holder in this area, you will be provided the following.
1. A refund equal to three times the Face Value of each ticket for which you have in your possession in the affected area. PLEASE HOLD ONTO YOUR TICKET. You will be asked to return the actual tickets to the NFL for such refund. The instructions as it related to the refund will be provided in the hospitality described below.
2. Entry into a hospitality area to watch the game.
The NFL and Cowboys Stadium sincerely regret this inconvenience.
At least the fans will still be allowed entry into Cowboys Stadium, but it's still got to be a monumental disappointment to travel to icy Dallas only to not be able to sit in your seats to watch the game. Here's hoping that the "hospitality area" is essentially an upgrade for the fans.
Well, there's some drama in Cowboys Stadium already and kickoff is still over an hour away.
Fans in five sections are being relocated since the sections are not safe for fans to sit in, according to Chris Myers on FOX's pregame show. The fans will have the option to be relocated and sit elsewhere in the stadium, or be refunded at triple face value. At least two of the sections are covered in black drapes, according to Tim Cowlishaw.
It is simply amazing that news of this is just coming to light now since the NFL must have known about this for at least two weeks.
The “highlight” of Super Bowl XLV’s pregame lineup is now over.
The interview between President Barack Obama and Fox News talk show host Bill O’Reilly ended, and it was fairly anticlimactic. O’Reilly asked Obama questions pertaining to Egypt, Obamacare, the toughest part of the presidency and public perception – all things that we could have guessed earlier this week.
O’Reilly asked Obama at the end of the interview who he thought was going to win – and not surprisingly, Obama dodged the question, saying he doesn’t have a rooting interest since his Chicago Bears lost. Obama didn’t give a prediction, but said he predicts it’ll be a good game – the Packers are “faster”, while the Steelers have “more experience.” He’ll be watching the game with American Idol judge Jennifer Lopez among others tonight.
The Super Bowl, especially recently, always has pregame shows that last hours too long – and Super Bowl XLV is no exception. FOX’s coverage of the Super Bowl is essentially a day-long activity before finally culminating during kickoff at 6:29 EST.
The highlight for today’s pregame show will be a political event, for better or for worse. President Barack Obama will sit down with Bill O’Reilly for an exclusive interview on FOX at 4:45 EST, 3:45 CST.
The President sat down last year for an interview with Katie Couric – who works for CBS since the Super Bowl was on CBS last year. Since FOX has the Super Bowl this year, Obama will be sitting down with Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly.
Obama called Fox News “destructive for the long-term growth of a country.” If O’Reilly decides to bring that up, things could get pretty entertaining. I don’t expect O’Reilly to go easy on Obama, despite the fact that this interview is meant for the Super Bowl audience.
The NFL's season culminates tonight in Dallas as the Pittsburgh Steelers and Green Bay Packers meet in Super Bowl XLV.
The Steelers, who went 12-4 en route to the AFC North title and No. 2 seed in the AFC, defeated the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC Divisional Round before beating the New York Jets in the AFC Conference Title game to advance to Super Bowl XLV. Mike Tomlin and company should thank the Jets for knocking off the Patriots, who thrashed the Steelers earlier this year in Pittsburgh.
Green Bay had a much, much more difficult path to the Super Bowl. The Packers were the NFC's six seed this year, going 10-6 in the regular season and not clinching a playoff berth until Week 17. The Packers looked all but dead after losing to New England in Week 15, but things fell perfectly for the Packers and they made the playoffs.
The Packers defeated each of the NFC's top three seeds en route to the Super Bowl, beating the Eagles in the Wild Card round before defeating the top-seeded Falcons in the Divisional Round and then finally the Bears in the NFC Conference Title game.
This game has historical implications as Brett Perryman pointed out:
Super Bowl XLV will be one of the most high leverage in terms of historical significance. The Steelers and Packers are way up there on the list of super bowl appearances (number includes Super Bowl XLV):
The list of super bowl winners is littered with Steelers and Packers (22% after tonight). One of them will move even higher on the list of super bowl championships:
5 San Francisco
3 Green Bay, NY, New England, Washington, Oakland/LA, NY Giants
On a personal level, Ben Roethlisberger is looking for his third Super Bowl ring, which would give him as many as NFL MVP Tom Brady.
Kickoff is slated for 6:29 EST, 5:29 local. Coverage can be found on FOX, starting, well, now. Christina Aguilera will sing the National Anthem tonight and the Black Eyed Peas, Slash and Usher will provide the Halftime entertainment.
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