July 21, 2008 |
A federal appeals court in Philadelphia has overruled the FCC's $550,000 fine against CBS for the infamous Janet Jackson "wardrobe malfunction" during the 2004 Super Bowl halftime show. In applauding the ruling, CBS expressed hope the FCC would be more restrained in policing public taste. The Parents Television Council, however, denounced the decision. "It borders on judicial stupidity," said Tim Winter, council president. Singer Janet Jackson's breast became briefly exposed during a performance with Justin Timberlake, and the Federal Communications Commission fined CBS $550,000 for negligently contributing to indecency.
January 27, 1997 |
Las Vegas's legal bookies were a two-point conversion away from their biggest Super Bowl win ever. As it turned out, there weren't too many winners on either side of the betting window after a Super Bowl that ended exactly how Las Vegas bookmakers predicted - with Green Bay a 14-point winner. "If it wasn't for that two-point conversion it would have been the biggest win in Nevada bookmaking history," said Michael "Roxy" Roxborough, who sets the lines for Nevada sports books. "We would have won $20 million at least, maybe $25 million.
February 4, 2004 |
I had little interest in watching the Super Bowl this year, and not because the local team had disappointed me in the National Football Conference Championship game. I am not that big a fan. I was, however, mildly interested in the score, curious about whether the Patriots would crush the Panthers, as so many people expected. What I saw in the halftime show annoyed and disgusted me. It wasn't the standard MTV smut of it. It was this: When I saw the halftime show, I saw a simulated sexual assault, an advertisement for American values in front of 1 billion people worldwide.
January 29, 1999 |
Gone are the days when college marching bands played the national anthem and Carol Channing's rock-gurgling voice was the featured halftime entertainment. Now, super acts are a must for Super Bowls. The hype that infuses the game's television commercials, where corporations this year will spend an average of $1.6 million for 30 seconds of talking frogs and a typical day at the World Wrestling Federation offices, has infected the opening and midgame performances. In the past 10 years, top-notch stars such as Whitney Houston, Luther Vandross, Garth Brooks and Jewel have sung the national anthem.
March 19, 2014 |
NOW THAT the NFL has reached a settlement due to head injuries, perhaps the league should have its own head examined. According to the Hollywood Reporter , the NFL has been pursuing Sri Lankan rapper M.I.A. in arbitration following her flipping the bird during her performance with Madonna during the 2012 Super Bowl halftime show. M.I.A. wasn't paid for her halftime show, the NFL custom, but the league still has spent two years seeking $1.5 million from her for allegedly breaching her performance contract and tarnishing the NFL's reputation.
January 29, 1993 |
If you who want to have a true Super Bowl experience but lack the tickets there's only one option: Head on out to the local sports bar and watch the game with the roaring crowd, a halftime show, and someone else doing the cooking. Cavanaugh's, 119 S. 39th St., has a "Tailgate Party" with hoagies served on an actual tailgate, scavenged from a 20-year-old Ford pickup. Club Independence, at Germantown Avenue and Thompson Street, has a performance by the Club Cheerleaders, the resident cheerleading troupe, with half of the squad representing the Buffalo Bills and the other half representing the Dallas Cowboys.
November 28, 1997 |
It was an unusual feeling for West Chester East senior Drew Babinecz as he took the field for his final high school game Wednesday night. It was his school's same home field, but his Vikings were on the visitors' bench. Even the public address announcer, thanking the crowd for attending the Thanksgiving "Appetizer" Game, was different. The home field, announcer and even the halftime show belonged to traditional Thanksgiving rival West Chester Henderson. But the game belonged to East and Babinecz.
January 18, 2011
WE WOULD LOVE TO KNOW the story behind the story. How could the Boston Blazers - a team in the National Lacrosse League - allow its mascot to receive lap dances during a halftime show? And didn't someone - anyone - think it might not be a good idea to present such entertainment in front of a crowd that contained young children? Apparently not. On Saturday, at halftime of a game against the visiting Edmonton Rush at TD Garden, Scorch the mascot took a seat in the middle of the field and . . . We'll let Blazers fan Catherine Smith take it from here.
February 7, 2006 |
The Pittsburgh Steelers' victory over the Seattle Seahawks in the Super Bowl was watched in an average of 45.85 million homes, the second-highest total in television history behind the final episode of "M A S H" in 1983. Pittsburgh's 21-10 victory got a 41.6 preliminary national rating, Nielsen Media Service said yesterday, up slightly from the 41.1 rating last year. The share remained the same at 62. The game was watched by an estimated 141.4 million people in the United States, ABC said, the second-highest total to view a program behind the 144.4 million who tuned to New Eng-land's victory over Carolina in the 2004 Super Bowl.
February 10, 1997 |
Greatness is not a predictable commodity, even when advertised, and the NBA's all-star weekend, which concluded last night with the league's annual All-Star Game, was living legend proof of that. To honor its 50th anniversary, the league put together a list of the 50 all-time greatest players and trotted most of them out this weekend. Unsurprisingly, perhaps, the best of them were far more interesting to watch than the best of now. Even if they weren't playing. While the East came from behind to win, 132-120, in an All-Star Game that was a fairly standard mix of showmanship and shallow defense, the crowd's loudest cheers were heard during the halftime show.