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.
February 7, 1998 |
Ralph: They scored again. Jeedie: 28-3 with 8 minutes to go in the half. Duke: And we just ran out of beer. Jeedie: This is sad, lame and woeful. Ralph: This is worse than that. This is boring. This is so boring. Jeedie: Well, whaddya want? It's the Pro Bowl. Ralph: They should really change something, man. I'm dying here. Duke: I will kill everybody in this room if we have to watch the halftime show. Jeedie: Ralph, quick, change the channel. I think he's serious.
May 15, 2005 |
Walter S. Sample Jr. knew how to put on a show. The band director knew the crowds sitting in the football stands after World War II were hungry for entertainment, and he didn't disappoint them. As soon as the audience heard the opening lines of "The Band Played On," the theme song of the Phoenixville Senior High School's Original Dancing Band, they knew it would be no ordinary halftime show. While these young band members played their instruments, they were dancing - the jitterbug, the skater's waltz, polkas, even the Charleston.
January 28, 1988 |
For those who look for milestones in Super Bowl hoopla, halftime at Super Bowl XIV may have been the turning point from ugh to just plain ugly. The theme of the "halftime pageant" for that 1980 game between the L.A. Rams and Pittsburgh Steelers in Pasadena was, for some bizarre reason, "Caribbean Paradise. " After millions had suffered through hundreds of samba dancers and conga drummers and such for about 15 minutes, the teams readied themselves for a tough second half at the hallowed Rose Bowl.
March 18, 2011 |
LOS ANGELES - At halftime of Wednesday night's 104-94 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers, the 76ers stood itching to get back onto the Staples Center floor, but were forced to wait for the halftime show to end. Without their head coach Doug Collins - ejected just before halftime - and energized by some questionable calls against them, the Sixers wanted back onto the court with 10 minutes still left on the halftime clock. "Yeah, I mean, we came into [the locker room] energetic and enthused and, I mean, 10 minutes left and they were still doing the halftime show and we were outside ready to warm up," said Sixers point guard Jrue Holiday.
February 5, 2004 |
JANET JACKSON, what have you wrought? Days after your infamous Nipplegate scandal during CBS's airing of the Super Bowl, NBC is facing complaints and possible defections from affiliate stations due to another bare breast. On "ER. " Seems this week's episode has a 2-second shot of an 80-year-old female patient's naked bosom. Personally, we think it would be healthy to see an older woman's breast on a medical drama. Older women have breasts and health issues affecting those breasts.
December 6, 1999 |
Thanks to a defense that continues to shut down its opponents, it wouldn't have taken a lot of offense for the Cowboys to earn their second road victory of the season last night. But it took more than the little they got. After the New England Patriots finally penetrated the end zone in the fourth quarter, the Cowboys were unable to mount a comeback and fell, 13-6, at Foxboro Stadium. With the Washington Redskins having lost earlier in the day, a Dallas victory would have put the Cowboys (6-6)
October 12, 1998 |
Ten weeks after he was inducted into the Professional Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, former Eagles great Tommy McDonald still has more stored-up energy than a PECO transformer. "I'm on Cloud 20 - not Cloud 9, Cloud 20," McDonald said after a halftime ceremony at Veterans Stadium yesterday in which he received his Hall of Fame ring. "I'll probably come down around the time of the Super Bowl, the Pro Bowl, something like that. " Hey, if the 64-year-old McDonald were any more up, he could go back to catching passes for the team he graced with his presence for seven superlative seasons.
February 8, 2004 |
In the aftermath of Super Bowl Sunday, some of America's biggest marketers are mulling whether to return to the television advertising event of the year. Such longtime big spenders as Pepsi and Gillette have communicated in harsh words to NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue that if the league does not clean up the halftime acts, they might take a pass next year. The buzz from advertising sponsors has centered mostly on the "wardrobe malfunction" that resulted in a brief baring of Janet Jackson's right breast.
February 5, 2004 |
Former heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis is expected to announce his retirement tomorrow, according to a British radio report. According to BBC Radio Five Live, the 38-year-old Lewis plans to call it quits after a 15-year career in which he has spent almost 10 years as champion. A news conference is expected in London tomorrow, the BBC said. Kronk Boxing publicist Carlos Llinas told SportsTicker that Lewis' trainer, Emanuel Steward, declined to comment on the report but revealed that Steward is "dealing with a major story" and "may have more to say in a couple of days.