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Super Bowl a Paradox of American Culture
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | 2/04/05 | Gene Collier

Posted on 02/04/2005 4:19:38 AM PST by beyond the sea

Yesterday the league scheduled a news conference to announce the most complex halftime show ever attempted ,then, in a moment so genuine it barely belonged to this week or any other in the Super Bowl's manic history, someone introduced Paul McCartney.

Bounding on stage in a faded red sweatshirt and jeans, Sir Paul offered a respectful salute and took questions. A thousand crabby, jaded journalists looked transported.

"Questions for Paul?"

What? Questions for Paul McCartney?

"Paul, what band will you be performing with?"

"My band."

"No, what band?"

"I have a band; it's called 'my band.' "

McCartney allowed a certain conceit that he's probably here as the anti-Janet, promised to keep the show mammary free, and acknowledged, "I don't have a wardrobe to malfunction, so no worries on that score."

A young woman asked, since he was wearing red and blue, was he a Patriots fan.

"This is just slung on, honey."

With the same breezy manner that was just as infectious yesterday as it was in 1964, McCartney figured that even though we're here hyping this thing eight days a week, he might be here to put a global audience totaling close to 1 billion back in touch with something grandly simple.

"The message of my music is generally peace, love and come together," he said, "and that's as good a message as I can deliver. It's the same old one, but I can't think of anything better."

This is probably just me, but shouldn't there be a Paul McCartney news conference before every game? Not just every Super Bowl, every single game. That'd make next year's Pitt-Youngstown State fray a little more palatable, wouldn't it?

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With the same breezy manner that was just as infectious yesterday as it was in 1964, McCartney figured that even though we're here hyping this thing eight days a week, he might be here to put a global audience totaling close to 1 billion back in touch with something grandly simple.
1 posted on 02/04/2005 4:19:38 AM PST by beyond the sea
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To: bjcintennessee; Lancey Howard; MEG33; jennyjenny; PhilDragoo; Kitty Mittens; seamole; pajamas; ...

ping


3 posted on 02/04/2005 4:28:04 AM PST by beyond the sea (Barbara Boxer is Barbra Streisand on peyote ......and is the north end of a south bound mule.)
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To: TonyRo76
Why can't they just give us Toby Keith, George Strait, and Dolly Parton for the Superbowl and dispense with all the Pop crap?! That's real Americana.

Good question. Who's producing the halftime show, McCartney's record label?

4 posted on 02/04/2005 4:29:53 AM PST by mewzilla (Has CBS retracted the story yet?)
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To: beyond the sea

One thing that annoys me about the Super Bowl are all the non-football reporters that show up. These are the people who ask the players on media day what their favorie movie is.


5 posted on 02/04/2005 4:30:35 AM PST by mainepatsfan
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To: beyond the sea
Yea, but whats he plan on doing with that goat?
6 posted on 02/04/2005 4:30:36 AM PST by bushbiker
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To: TonyRo76
I hear you.

How about having Kristy Jackson sing her 9/11 inspired song, “Little Did She Know (She Kissed a Hero)”.

He found some socks

She chose his tie

And when he left for work that morning he was just another guy

Going to work He'd have to fly

Out to a meeting in L.A. so she had kissed him twice goodbye

Little did she know she’d kissed a hero

Though he’d always been one in her eyes

But when faced with certain death

He’d said a prayer and took a breath

And led an army of true angels in the sky

Little did she know she’d kissed a hero

Though he’d always been an angel in her eyes

Putting others first, it’s true

That’s what heroes always do

Now he doesn’t need a pair of wings to fly

The phone had rung

His voice was calm

Before he could tell her anything she knew something was wrong

I love you so

The last words he’d said

She said I love you too

And then the phone went dead

Little did she know she’d kissed a hero

Though he’d always been one in her eyes

But when faced with certain death

He’d said a prayer and took a breath

And led an army of true angels in the sky

Little did she know she’d kissed a hero

Though he’d always been an angel in her eyes

Putting others first, it’s true

That’s what heroes always do

Now he doesn’t need a pair of wings to fly

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http://www.kristyjackson.com/site/index.php?d=content&p=reviews

*******

After hearing this song, I don’t think many fans could see the second half through their tears. A very beautiful, heart-wrenching song.

7 posted on 02/04/2005 4:40:37 AM PST by beyond the sea (Barbara Boxer is Barbra Streisand on peyote ......and is the north end of a south bound mule.)
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To: beyond the sea

Maybe Dick Dale or Chantays or Tornadoes or Safaris or Belairs or....sorry...showing my bias here....


8 posted on 02/04/2005 4:41:40 AM PST by Route101
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To: beyond the sea

I can barely see thru my tears right now.


9 posted on 02/04/2005 4:43:12 AM PST by OldFriend (America's glory is not dominion, but liberty.)
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To: Route101
Yeh, "Pipeline" was a great song by the Chantays.

Personnaly I'm (beyond the sea) ready to see Kevin Spacey come on a do a little Bobby Darin.

;-)

10 posted on 02/04/2005 4:46:39 AM PST by beyond the sea (Barbara Boxer is Barbra Streisand on peyote ......and is the north end of a south bound mule.)
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To: TonyRo76
Why can't they just give us Toby Keith, George Strait, and Dolly Parton for the Superbowl and dispense with all the Pop crap?!

Throw in a little Shanai and I'm 'wicha'.

11 posted on 02/04/2005 4:46:47 AM PST by evad
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To: OldFriend
I can barely see thru my tears right now.

Do you know the song? Heard it lately? That song tears me apart.

12 posted on 02/04/2005 4:48:00 AM PST by beyond the sea (Barbara Boxer is Barbra Streisand on peyote ......and is the north end of a south bound mule.)
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To: Route101

Whoa! What a great idea - the legends of surf music for halftime. It doesn't get much more American than that.


13 posted on 02/04/2005 4:50:04 AM PST by GodBlessRonaldReagan (Count Petofi will not be denied!)
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To: TonyRo76

What football fan even watches the halftime show? I use that time to get more food and drinks and take care of other business. I think the halftime show is more for the non-football fans and women - gives them a reason to tune in.


14 posted on 02/04/2005 4:52:29 AM PST by SamAdams76 (Suicide Bombing is a Dying Profession)
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To: beyond the sea

Until I read it here on FR, I had never seen or heard the song.


15 posted on 02/04/2005 4:53:39 AM PST by OldFriend (America's glory is not dominion, but liberty.)
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To: SamAdams76

I didn't even know about Janet Jackson until after the game.


16 posted on 02/04/2005 4:54:33 AM PST by mainepatsfan
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To: bushbiker

Well, since he's not Irish or Scots, or West Virginian, there's one thing we probably CAN rule out...


17 posted on 02/04/2005 5:00:39 AM PST by solitas (So what if I support a platform that has fewer flaws than yours? 'Mystic' dual 500 G4's, OSX.3.6)
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To: evad

too beautiful!!!


18 posted on 02/04/2005 5:02:10 AM PST by beyond the sea (Barbara Boxer is Barbra Streisand on peyote ......and is the north end of a south bound mule.)
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To: Route101

No apologies necessary! Any ONE of the five you mentioned are better than ALL the 'performers' quoted in this thread.


19 posted on 02/04/2005 5:03:09 AM PST by solitas (So what if I support a platform that has fewer flaws than yours? 'Mystic' dual 500 G4's, OSX.3.6)
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To: TonyRo76
...Toby Keith, George Strait, and Dolly Parton ... real Americana.

Real sad.

20 posted on 02/04/2005 5:05:31 AM PST by solitas (So what if I support a platform that has fewer flaws than yours? 'Mystic' dual 500 G4's, OSX.3.6)
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To: beyond the sea
I'd love to see her and Toby do a concert together.

I'd pay real money for that one..but, anyway, back to football.

Any good prognosticating threads going on? It's Friday already!!

21 posted on 02/04/2005 5:05:43 AM PST by evad
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To: beyond the sea
At least Paul M. is a step up from last year.

My favorite, Phil Keaggy, sounds a lot like Paul M. but Phil has virtually no name recognition----even though he has recorded more than 40 albums over the years.

In my opinion they should just stick with football at the superbowl.

22 posted on 02/04/2005 5:07:58 AM PST by Tom Bombadil
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To: evad

I would like to see it all American. Shania is a canuck, and that wasn't even good enough for her, so she bailed to Switzerland with Mutt.


23 posted on 02/04/2005 5:08:19 AM PST by Fierce Allegiance (Prepare for Fierce Allegiance day, Feb 9th.)
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To: OldFriend
I'm a 58 year old guy and I'm not ashamed to say that some music brings me to tears. That song, I can't get past the first few seconds. That song is incredibly beautiful.

Since I'm not too swift with computers, does anyone know a site I can go to to hear it?

24 posted on 02/04/2005 5:08:31 AM PST by beyond the sea (Barbara Boxer is Barbra Streisand on peyote ......and is the north end of a south bound mule.)
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To: beyond the sea
Pitt-Youngstown State fray

In which sports does Pitt play YSU? i realize since Penn State fled the Big East, that rivalry is no more, but when i was at Pitt, granted, many moons ago, we never played Youngstahn in anything!

25 posted on 02/04/2005 5:09:08 AM PST by xsmommy
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To: evad
Any good prognosticating threads going on? It's Friday already!!

Who needs prognosticating threads? Everyone knows that it is going to be a Corey Dillon Day.

26 posted on 02/04/2005 5:09:48 AM PST by Tom Bombadil
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To: mainepatsfan
I didn't even know about Janet Jackson until after the game.

I didn't hear about it until about five hours later myself.

27 posted on 02/04/2005 5:10:05 AM PST by beyond the sea (Barbara Boxer is Barbra Streisand on peyote ......and is the north end of a south bound mule.)
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To: beyond the sea

dang, you are making my makeup run!


28 posted on 02/04/2005 5:10:41 AM PST by xsmommy
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To: beyond the sea

I was listening to a post game show on the radio and one of the hosts said that the NFL and CBS were issuing an apology for the "incident". I didn't know what the heck they were talking about.

The entertainment at the Super Bowl has changed over the years.

http://www.superbowl.com/features/entertainment/entertainment-honorroll


29 posted on 02/04/2005 5:14:17 AM PST by mainepatsfan
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To: beyond the sea
I'm with you. Not tech savvy at all and couldn't figure out how to print just that one post so I could keep those words.

67 year old grannie here.

30 posted on 02/04/2005 5:14:49 AM PST by OldFriend (America's glory is not dominion, but liberty.)
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To: solitas; Route101; OldFriend; TonyRo76
Any ONE of the five you mentioned are better than ALL the 'performers' quoted in this thread.

Who crapped in your Wheaties this morning? Or is your deck short just a few cards?

What about Kristy Jackson (post # 7), Toby Keith and George Strait?

31 posted on 02/04/2005 5:18:33 AM PST by beyond the sea (Barbara Boxer is Barbra Streisand on peyote ......and is the north end of a south bound mule.)
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To: Fierce Allegiance
Shania is a canuck

Since I'm not anti-canuck that doesn't bother me.

I just look at her talent and all those cute little parts.

32 posted on 02/04/2005 5:19:41 AM PST by evad
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To: beyond the sea

When did the network fagots and lesbians get a hold of the halftime show? This is football's finest moment - or at least it used to be...


33 posted on 02/04/2005 5:20:05 AM PST by odoso (Millions for charity, but not one penny for tribute!)
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To: SamAdams76

And.............. the pro players hate the extended, longer halftime. Stiffen up, come back on the field and there's so much smoke you can't breathe.


34 posted on 02/04/2005 5:20:48 AM PST by beyond the sea (Barbara Boxer is Barbra Streisand on peyote ......and is the north end of a south bound mule.)
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To: evad
Any good prognosticating threads going on? It's Friday already

I guess you saw this one yesterday......

The Official "I can't stand any more hype, let's play the freakin' Game" Superbowl Thread

36 posted on 02/04/2005 5:24:03 AM PST by beyond the sea (Barbara Boxer is Barbra Streisand on peyote ......and is the north end of a south bound mule.)
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To: Tom Bombadil
In my opinion they should just stick with football at the superbowl.

Yep.

37 posted on 02/04/2005 5:25:55 AM PST by beyond the sea (Barbara Boxer is Barbra Streisand on peyote ......and is the north end of a south bound mule.)
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To: beyond the sea
All halftime shows suck. Doesn't matter who is performing. The sound is terrible, the thousands of dancing idiots twisting on the field...ugh. I'd rather watch that British streaker guy running around the 50yrd. line in his plastic thong while trying to dodge security. Now that's entertainment!

And for what it's worth, I love ZZTop, but when they did a halftime show several years ago...it sucked as bad as the rest do.

38 posted on 02/04/2005 5:26:47 AM PST by Dissident Aggressor
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To: GodBlessRonaldReagan

You bet!.....it would be a screamin half time show!....


39 posted on 02/04/2005 5:27:33 AM PST by Route101
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To: beyond the sea

bump


40 posted on 02/04/2005 5:27:52 AM PST by foreverfree
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To: xsmommy
In which sports does Pitt play YSU? i realize since Penn State fled the Big East, that rivalry is no more, but when i was at Pitt, granted, many moons ago

I guess football...... a few powder puffs early in the season, I guess.

I went to Pitt from '64 to '68. When did you go?

41 posted on 02/04/2005 5:28:59 AM PST by beyond the sea (Barbara Boxer is Barbra Streisand on peyote ......and is the north end of a south bound mule.)
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To: bushbiker
Isn't that the LP that featured "Uncle Albert?Admiral Halsey"?

ff

42 posted on 02/04/2005 5:29:13 AM PST by foreverfree
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To: evad

I am not necessarily anti-canuck, and admire the parts as well, but it seems as though the only superbowl talent we get lately is foreignors of no-talent American skanks who have to do some really stupid crap for attention.

I would like to see talented Americans for halftime. Even if I don't watch the show, tht's my kids favorite part.


43 posted on 02/04/2005 5:30:11 AM PST by Fierce Allegiance (Prepare for Fierce Allegiance day, Feb 9th.)
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To: evad
Throw in a little Shanai and I'm 'wicha'.

That one year Shania sang at the SB she looked like a space age dominatrix.

f

44 posted on 02/04/2005 5:30:29 AM PST by foreverfree
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To: All

It's the symbol of America in the (bald) Eagles versus those who love America, the Patriots.

I think the Pats have the edge. How can you pick against what they have done? Either way, America can't lose.

I'd play the 'over' and hope for an entertaining game.


45 posted on 02/04/2005 5:30:33 AM PST by Reform4Bush
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To: foreverfree
That one year Shania sang at the SB she looked like a space age dominatrix. f

That should be *ff*

46 posted on 02/04/2005 5:31:01 AM PST by foreverfree
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To: xsmommy
How much of Youngstown is Steeler country and how much is Browns land?

ff

47 posted on 02/04/2005 5:32:00 AM PST by foreverfree
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To: Tom Bombadil; evad; mainepatsfan; Petronski
Who needs prognosticating threads? Everyone knows that it is going to be a Corey Dillon Day.

112 yards I predict for a guy I always thought was great playing against my Steelers all those years. I always thought he was one of the top three or so backs in the NFL!! I still think so.

48 posted on 02/04/2005 5:32:18 AM PST by beyond the sea (Barbara Boxer is Barbra Streisand on peyote ......and is the north end of a south bound mule.)
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To: beyond the sea

He's my pick for the game's MVP.


49 posted on 02/04/2005 5:33:03 AM PST by mainepatsfan
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To: TonyRo76

I agree! I don't watch the game for the half-time show, in fact I intentionally avoid watching it. I like the commercials but the good ones tend to be shown in the first quarter. All I really want is to watch a good football game.


50 posted on 02/04/2005 5:33:39 AM PST by ops33 (Retired USAF Senior Master Sergeant)
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