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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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To: Dissident Aggressor
I agree, and they better not screw up the National Anthem
51 posted on 02/04/2005 5:36:00 AM PST by ops33 (Retired USAF Senior Master Sergeant)
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To: Reform4Bush
It's the symbol of America in the (bald) Eagles versus those who love America, the Patriots.

The Eagles wear the colors of Saudi Arabia



The Patriots wear the colors of "Old Glory"


52 posted on 02/04/2005 5:36:06 AM PST by Beckwith (Barbara Boxer is the Wicked Witch of the West . . .)
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To: foreverfree

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.


53 posted on 02/04/2005 5:36:45 AM PST by xsmommy
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To: evad

Shania could be from Mars................... so fine.


54 posted on 02/04/2005 5:37:21 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: FrankWild

The Long and Winding Road -- sorry, that is a great song.


55 posted on 02/04/2005 5:38:55 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: GodBlessRonaldReagan

My thoughts exactly.........


56 posted on 02/04/2005 5:41:16 AM PST by Route101
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To: mainepatsfan
I didn't even know about Janet Jackson until after the game.

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.

57 posted on 02/04/2005 5:42:17 AM PST by ABG(anybody but Gore) ("Oh no, not Hans Brix!")
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To: Dissident Aggressor
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!

LOL.

How about all the fans who aren't taking a leak at halftime getting to watch Barbara Boxer come her hair with a firecracker?

58 posted on 02/04/2005 5:42:40 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: ABG(anybody but Gore)

I can't stand the longer halftime and I know the teams really hate it.


59 posted on 02/04/2005 5:46:20 AM PST by mainepatsfan
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To: ops33
I agree, and they better not screw up the National Anthem

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.

60 posted on 02/04/2005 5:51:24 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: solitas
Well, since he's not Irish or Scots, or West Virginian, there's one thing we probably CAN rule out

Here's a little somethin' from a West Virginian......

go pick on a blue state, buddy

61 posted on 02/04/2005 5:52:41 AM PST by MadelineZapeezda (If you right click on Keith Olberman's image, the word a$$hole should come up!)
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"he might be here to put a global audience totaling close to 1 billion."

I wonder how the superbowl or more specifically American Football "rates" amongst other sports when it comes to a global tv audience?

My guess for annual global audience in sport would be

1) Football (soccer)...I'm certain of this one:-)

2) Cricket

3) Golf

4) Tennis

5) Formula 1

NB.In certain decades, Boxing would have easily made top the 5.

As for "events", I would go for this top 3.

1) The world Cup (soccer)

2) The summer Olymic Games

3) The cricket world cup (depending on the finalists)

62 posted on 02/04/2005 5:55:15 AM PST by Jakarta ex-pat
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To: mainepatsfan

Same here. Halftime is supposed to last 20 minutes, not the half hour that it expands to in this game and various college bowlgames. I played football in high school, and invariably, we were ready to go again after about a 10 minute break. In college and the pros, I can see 15 to allow for coaches to make adjustments and trainers to take care of the players, but when you drag it out so long, it kills momentum, and players start losing their edge.

Not to mention the fact that televised football games are getting closer and closer to 4 hour marathons with all the commercials. I usually watch the SEC game on CBS during the college season, and it starts at 2:30 CST. More than often, it runs past 6. And anybody who's seen an entire Monday night football game knows the pain...


63 posted on 02/04/2005 5:59:49 AM PST by ABG(anybody but Gore) ("Oh no, not Hans Brix!")
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To: foreverfree

Y-town is usually presented as half and half but I think the meter is tilting towards the Stillers based on the absence of the Browns and the people currently impersonating NFL players in Cleveland.


64 posted on 02/04/2005 6:01:26 AM PST by relictele (so there)
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To: ABG(anybody but Gore)

I think the Super Bowl should be played on Saturday instead of Sunday. I know it goes against tradition but if the game was on a Saturday night people wouldn't have to worry about getting up to go to work the next day.


65 posted on 02/04/2005 6:04:35 AM PST by mainepatsfan
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To: mainepatsfan

Tell me about it! I forget what number it was, but Elway and the Broncs beat the Packers in a great game. I was at my sister and brother-in-law's and we had a keg. I was so hungover the next morning it wasn't even funny. I still don't know how I made it to work.


66 posted on 02/04/2005 6:10:28 AM PST by ABG(anybody but Gore) ("Oh no, not Hans Brix!")
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To: TonyRo76; agrace

I agree.

BTW - love your tag line


67 posted on 02/04/2005 6:12:41 AM PST by lightingguy (Sorry, I got distracted)
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To: SamAdams76
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.

Exactly. Halftime is for refreshing your drink, enjoying a cigar or a pipe outside on the porch, getting some chow, etc. If you actually watch the halftime show, odds are you're half a faig!

68 posted on 02/04/2005 6:14:18 AM PST by Hemingway's Ghost (Spirit of '75)
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To: ABG(anybody but Gore)

The game used to be played in the middle of the afternoon but the networks figured they could get more viewers with the game being played at night.


69 posted on 02/04/2005 6:17:09 AM PST by mainepatsfan
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To: ABG(anybody but Gore)
Same here. Halftime is supposed to last 20 minutes, not the half hour that it expands to in this game and various college bowlgames. I played football in high school, and invariably, we were ready to go again after about a 10 minute break. In college and the pros, I can see 15 to allow for coaches to make adjustments and trainers to take care of the players, but when you drag it out so long, it kills momentum, and players start losing their edge. ---

see post # 34

70 posted on 02/04/2005 6:19:27 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: mainepatsfan

The nets also use it to trot out some show that they want to draw a big audience to. If it's not a new show, it's always one of their bulwarks that they want to highlight. I remember a 1 hour "Friends" a few years ago with Jean-Claude van Damme after one of them, but usually, I've switched to either the History Channel, ESPN, or Fox News once the game is over.


71 posted on 02/04/2005 6:23:21 AM PST by ABG(anybody but Gore) ("Oh no, not Hans Brix!")
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To: ABG(anybody but Gore)

Yup. Which is another reason why they should consider moving the game to Saturday night. People would be willing to stay up and watch those shows they want to push if they didn't have to get up early the next day.


72 posted on 02/04/2005 6:27:16 AM PST by mainepatsfan
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To: beyond the sea

Yep, that's one of the main reasons why extended halftimes are a really bad idea. Muscles start tightening up again, and that leads to needless injuries. I wonder if the NFLPA or even the league itself has ever studied this, because I'd bet that dollars to donuts that the majority of hamstring pulls and other muscle related injuries occur early in the third quarter following extended halftimes.


73 posted on 02/04/2005 6:28:45 AM PST by ABG(anybody but Gore) ("Oh no, not Hans Brix!")
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To: ABG(anybody but Gore)
I wonder if the NFLPA or even the league itself has ever studied this -- I'll bet they have!

I'd bet that dollars to donuts that the majority of hamstring pulls and other muscle related injuries occur early in the third quarter following extended halftimes -- sounds right to me.

74 posted on 02/04/2005 6:31:59 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: beyond the sea

Belichick has talked about this issue and he can't stand the extended halftime.


75 posted on 02/04/2005 6:33:07 AM PST by mainepatsfan
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To: Beckwith

But using Rush's pc test...

the eagles are noble animals and the patriots are racists, sexists homophobes. Therefore, the eagles are going to win.


76 posted on 02/04/2005 6:33:53 AM PST by Ebony and Ivory
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To: mainepatsfan

I can only figure that the league and the nets figure that ratings would be down on a Saturday night, leading to less revenue from advertisers. Guess they've never seen what people watch in bars and restaurants during college football season.

I live about an hour from Baton Rouge, but I've been there enough on Saturday nights to know that EVERY TV in EVERY restaurant is on ESPN or Tigervision when LSU is playing, and it's the same in New Orleans for the Saints. People will watch it, but they haven't figured that out yet.


77 posted on 02/04/2005 6:36:38 AM PST by ABG(anybody but Gore) ("Oh no, not Hans Brix!")
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To: Ebony and Ivory
But using Rush's pc test...

the eagles are noble animals and the patriots are racists, sexists homophobes. Therefore, the eagles are going to win.

LOL! I love his predictions, and I think you're right in which way he'll go on this, but I think Belichick and the Pats are going to win on Sunday. Closer than 7 points, but they always find a way.

78 posted on 02/04/2005 6:42:27 AM PST by ABG(anybody but Gore) ("Oh no, not Hans Brix!")
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To: ABG(anybody but Gore)
I think establishments like restraunts or hotels that host New Year's Eve parties would make a killing if the game was moved to Saturday.

It's only been in recent years that they started with the Saturday night playoff games and playing the conference championship games later on Sunday. Perhaps a Super Bowl change isn't all that impossible.
79 posted on 02/04/2005 6:42:39 AM PST by mainepatsfan
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To: mainepatsfan

Well, if the college presidents would withdraw their heads from their rectums, they would allow for a playoff using the bowls. One suggestion was to have the championship on the Saturday before the Superbowl. I think the ratings would be eye-popping for everybody.


80 posted on 02/04/2005 6:46:10 AM PST by ABG(anybody but Gore) ("Oh no, not Hans Brix!")
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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, we never played Youngstahn in anything!

Football. Division I-A teams are allowed to play Division I-AA teams, but it doesn't count as much in your BCS ranking. Remember Pitt needed OT to beat I-AA Furman next year? I guess the YSU Penguins are on the schedule for this year.

SD

81 posted on 02/04/2005 6:46:14 AM PST by SoothingDave
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To: xsmommy
Make that Furman last year to make that make sense.

SD

82 posted on 02/04/2005 6:47:01 AM PST by SoothingDave
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To: SoothingDave

aha....well not to date myself, but i will.... i was a freshman when Tony Dorsett won the Heisman. and he still pronounced it DORsett at that point too. : ) used to walk around campus in a big ole full length fur coat too.


83 posted on 02/04/2005 6:47:52 AM PST by xsmommy
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To: ABG(anybody but Gore)

I love how those idiots at the NCAA with a straight face tell us how difficult a playoff system would be. Meanwhile Divsion I-A, II, and III do it every year.


84 posted on 02/04/2005 6:55:01 AM PST by mainepatsfan
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To: beyond the sea

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

Sometimes I just have to like Paul inspite of myself. Don't like 90% of his music, disagree with him almost completely on politics and diet... and yet I must smile at the fact that he's just a cool guy.


85 posted on 02/04/2005 7:10:00 AM PST by discostu (quis custodiet ipsos custodes)
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To: beyond the sea

This song was written by Mary Fahl for the movie "The Guys", about the firefighters in the WTC on 9/11. This is the one that tears me up.


This morning early I walked on
while my darling was in a dream
The last sweet days of summer bloomed
and dressed the trees in green
Then soaring high in the gleaming sky
from far across the bay
came a fearsome roar from a distant shore
at the dawning of the day

Then I called my men to follow me
knowing well that the view was dim
Though tired and worn, how they fought all morn'
as time was closing in
And my heart was sad though sore with pride
for brave lads all were they
As the angels fly, how they climbed so high
on the dawning of the day

But the edge is moving nearer now
inside the fading sun
and calling, calling out to them
my brothers, one by one
But only dust silence sounds
The ashes float away
as the twilight ends and the night descends
'til the dawning of the day

Forgive me love, I'm going now
so very far away
When darkness falls, only think me near
and do not be afraid
And please don't grieve when I am gone
Abide in what remains
'til the shadows end and we meet again
on the dawning of the day

For when shadows end,
we shall meet again
on the dawning of the day


86 posted on 02/04/2005 7:14:30 AM PST by SlowBoat407 (Speculating idiot)
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To: SlowBoat407

Sorry - the title is "Dawning of the Day", by Mary Fahl


87 posted on 02/04/2005 7:16:19 AM PST by SlowBoat407 (Speculating idiot)
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To: mainepatsfan

I get my best sleep of the NFL season after the Super Bowl. There's the big emotional crash after having been all psyched for the last 5 months. Of course I'm in the mountain time zone so the game ends in the early evening here.


88 posted on 02/04/2005 7:19:01 AM PST by discostu (quis custodiet ipsos custodes)
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To: FrankWild
One thing that surprised me: Ringo has more #1 hits as a solo act than any of the other Beatles.

My nomination for stupidest song in the history of the universe, beyond MacArthur Park and Sugar Sugar: Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey.

89 posted on 02/04/2005 7:21:20 AM PST by Richard Kimball (It was a joke. You know, humor. Like the funny kind. Only different.)
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To: Beckwith

The Eagles are evil.


90 posted on 02/04/2005 7:21:59 AM PST by Richard Kimball (It was a joke. You know, humor. Like the funny kind. Only different.)
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To: discostu

Last year I didn't get any sleep at all. I was to busy watching the post game stuff.

The Super Bowl is only one night. The Red Sox almost killed me because it was night after night.


91 posted on 02/04/2005 7:22:48 AM PST by mainepatsfan
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To: xsmommy
i was a freshman when Tony Dorsett won the Heisman. and he still pronounced it DORsett at that point too. : ) used to walk around campus in a big ole full length fur coat too.

You or he? Had the coat, I mean

I went to CMU a decade later. I think the grease for the O fries was still the same. ;-)

SD

92 posted on 02/04/2005 7:26:26 AM PST by SoothingDave
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To: SoothingDave

i wish i had his coat! do you know they put an O in Plum Boro? sacrilege to try to bring it out to the burbs that way. you must be a pointyhead having gone to CMU ; )


93 posted on 02/04/2005 7:27:37 AM PST by xsmommy
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To: beyond the sea

Real men discuss issues on FreeRepublic and watch the well paid gladiators only if they have time. Professional sports has robbed American men of their natural calling--politics.


94 posted on 02/04/2005 7:29:31 AM PST by farmer18th
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To: mainepatsfan

And World Series games happen so damn late. They don't end until at least 9 here, and that's during DST so we're aligned with Pacific time. I can see how that would kill somebody in Maine.


95 posted on 02/04/2005 7:31:02 AM PST by discostu (quis custodiet ipsos custodes)
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To: discostu

It's really rough. I can't get to sleep right after the game so I watch the post game stuff as well. There was a lot of coffee sold in New England during the baseball playoffs.


96 posted on 02/04/2005 7:33:17 AM PST by mainepatsfan
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To: mainepatsfan

Yeah MLB really has to move their schedule. 7:30 EDT is fine, everybody in PDT can find a way to get out of work early (like I do for the Stanley Cup, won't my boss be happy about my schedule this June) or join late, games will be over on the east before the late news. I'd like to the Super Bowl move another hour or two earlier, I'm in the Mike Ditka school, football is a game that should be played on a Sunday afternoon. I mean it's February, not like it's gonna be hot or anything.


97 posted on 02/04/2005 7:37:02 AM PST by discostu (quis custodiet ipsos custodes)
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To: discostu

I think one of the things that is killing the NBA is that their Finals games start even later than the World Series games!


98 posted on 02/04/2005 7:40:05 AM PST by mainepatsfan
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To: Ebony and Ivory
patriots are racists, sexists homophobes ...

Nice! What's a liberal like you doing on Free Republic?
99 posted on 02/04/2005 7:42:45 AM PST by Beckwith (Barbara Boxer is the Wicked Witch of the West . . .)
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To: mainepatsfan

That and the "best" team in the league has like a 20% shooting average. The fundamentals are dead in the NBA and it makes the sport much less interesting to watch.


100 posted on 02/04/2005 7:43:38 AM PST by discostu (quis custodiet ipsos custodes)
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