Skip to comments.Super Bowl a Paradox of American Culture
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?"
"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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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?
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.
That one year Shania sang at the SB she looked like a space age dominatrix.
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.
That should be *ff*
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.
He's my pick for the game's MVP.
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.
my brother lives near Y'town, but is originally from Pittsburgh and so he is a Steeler fan. i think that it may be even up, actually. my SIL won a chance for my nephew to do a placekicking clinic with the Steeler kicker, at their local grocery store. so both teams are featured in that area.
Shania could be from Mars................... so fine.
The Long and Winding Road -- sorry, that is a great song.
My thoughts exactly.........
Same here. I always change the channel during the halftime show. It used to be "In Living Color", then "Beavis and Butthead", and nowadays it's either "The Simpsons" or something on Comedy Central that will run a special halftime show with a timer telling you when the second half starts.
How about all the fans who aren't taking a leak at halftime getting to watch Barbara Boxer come her hair with a firecracker?
I can't stand the longer halftime and I know the teams really hate it.
all that ornamentation, all the the self-indulgence of these singers, the sickening extra notes that have no place in the song.... it's enought to make you puke. Sing it straight, kiddies.
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