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The Show

Tonight’s outing was pretty rough for the Boss: long on rehearsed stage banter, short on any spark of musical spontaneity. He can still write great music, but this Washington Post article on one fan coming to terms with Springsteen’s halftime appearance seems apt:

I had covered three Super Bowls in nearly 20 years as a sportswriter. Each time, it marked a low ebb in my feeling about my work, with reporters crammed elbow to elbow frantically filing identical stories about a steroid-fed circus masquerading as a sporting event. The only reason anyone in the press box ever glanced at the field during halftime was to mock the lip-syncing artifice being passed off as entertainment as cheerleaders gyrated in unison and hordes of preselected teens rushed the stage on cue.

Surely, Bruce wouldn’t play the Super Bowl. Then again, I had stopped counting the times he had let me down over the years. Slumped in front of my laptop in Beijing, I let out a groan from the depths of my soul.

The only decent halftime show I can remember is Prince’s epic rendition of “Purple Rain.” I suspect this is because the Super Bowl’s glam rock stylings are a pretty great match for his extravagant weirdness.

As for the game itself, I was pretty disappointed until the fourth quarter. My initial reaction is that Santonio Holmes deserves the MVP – Harrison’s interception return was clutch, but I think his egregious unnecessary roughness foul disqualifies him from consideration.


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Out of Bounds

This is very cool.

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This Week’s Sign of the Apocalypse

The Skins are losing to the frakkin’ Bengals. Kill me now.

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Little Platoons

Not quite what Burke had in mind, perhaps, but this grassroots effort to rein in Bengals GM Mike Brown is awesome (via Peter King). Here are the fan-funded billboards, and here is the site’s manifesto:


IN THIS TIME of perpetual Cincinnati Bengals incompetence and futility, with zero playoff wins in the seventeen seasons since the WhoDeyRevolution Godfather, Paul Brown, passed away in 1991 and handed the team to his fortunate son, the Despot, Mike Brown;


WE, the members of the Who Dey Revolution, in our fervent dedication to the Cincinnati Bengals and fanatical desire to transform our hometown team into perpetual Super Bowl contenders, call for a popular revolution of fans to demand comprehensive reform to the managerial decisions and approach of Cincinnati Bengals ownership, management, staff and players, and hereby call for the adoption of the following Who Dey Revolution Manifesto . . .

Rooting for the Dan Snyder-era Redskins may be the sports equivalent of purgatory, but the plight of hapless Bengals fans is assuredly worse. Vive la Révolution!

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Giant Killers?

What a demoralizing start . . . Go Skins!

UPDATE: That reverse was the sickest.

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Is everyone watching this game? Mangini looks like he just had an aneurysm and Cassel looks like a future Hall of Famer.

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From the Peanut Gallery

2:20 or so left in the Minnesota-Green Bay game, Adrian Peterson’s just broken loose for a touchdown, and Mike McCarthy challenges the ruling on the field. Why does this not make sense? Either you a) lose the challenge, burning one of your two remaining time-outs just before your offense attempts a game-winning drive, or b) you win the challenge, Minnesota gets the ball at the one yard line or so, and takes even more time off the clock as they pound it in for a touchdown.

I suppose it’s possible that a successful challenge would have sparked a heroic goal-line stand by Green Bay’s beleaguered defense, but I doubt it. That unit is awful against the run, and Minnesota’s Peterson and Chester Taylor are a pretty potent one-two punch. All in all, a pretty bad coaching decision by McCarthy.

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