It’s impossible to predict what will happen once a Super Bowl gets underway.
Some games are cliffhangers that go down to the final seconds on the clock. Others are blowouts, so the only drama involves the commercials on our television sets, not the action on the field.
But there is one thing we can predict. Regardless of the score, the Super Bowl halftime show will feature some of the most popular entertainers in the world.
Over the years, artists such as Paul McCartney, the Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, Prince and Madonna have provided halftime entertainment at Super Bowls. This year’s game will feature performances by Katy Perry and Lenny Kravitz.
I’m a football fan and a music fan. Like many Americans, I look forward to the game, the halftime show and everything else that makes Super Bowl Sunday special. But I can’t help feeling a tinge of disappointment that some of my favorite recording artists never had an opportunity to showcase their talents before an audience of more than 100 million TV viewers (in addition to thousands in the stands at the game itself).
My musical tastes tilt heavily to the late-1960s and the early 1970s, a time when the Super Bowl was in its infancy and the halftime entertainment was limited to marching bands, choral groups and an occasional vocalist. It was not until the 1990s that popular recording artists became a staple of the halftime shows. But what if that custom had begun with the very first Super Bowl in 1967? Here are the acts I would have liked to have seen in the first five years of the big game. Continue reading
If a 1988 academic study holds true, the Pittsburgh Steelers will have more than Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers and Clay Matthews to contend with in this year’s Super Bowl.
The study, The Dark Side of Self- and Social Perception: Black Uniforms and Aggression in Professional Sports, found that teams such as the Steelers, which wear black uniforms, are more likely to be penalized than those with lighter jerseys. Continue reading
I once put together a press conference involving retired Green Bay Packer running back John Brockington.
Well, sort of. The truth is it’s a rather strange story.
The press conference took place in 1997 when I was public information officer for Woodbridge Township. A few of the New York Giants were coming to town for a benefit basketball game against a group of Woodbridge police officers. Continue reading
With great fanfare earlier this month, the New Meadowlands Stadium submitted a bid to the NFL to host Super Bowl XLVIII in 2014.
“Hosting the Super Bowl in the New York/New Jersey area will not only place the game of football on the largest stage it’s ever seen, but the positive economic impact for the region will be substantial,” Woody Johnson, Chairman and CEO of the New York Jets, said after the bid was submitted on Wednesday. “Studies have shown that the economic benefit would exceed $550 million, providing a major boost to this area on many levels.”
Johnson’s comments about the economic benefits of the big game were echoed by other leading figures from the world of sports, as well as state lawmakers promoting New Jersey’s efforts to host the contest. In addition, most news accounts of the bid submission reported that the host committee is projecting that a local Super Bowl will generate $550million for the region. Likewise, a Senate resolution supporting the proposal promises that “the economic benefits of a Super Bowl in this state would be substantial, generating hundreds of millions of dollars in economic activity.”
But you may not want to count that money too soon. Continue reading