Halftime Superbowl Show

I caught the last two songs of the Superbowl halftime show. The last song was my favorite, with Coldplay flashing photos of Mick Jagger, Paul McCartney, Michael Jackson, Bruce Springsteen, Whitney Houston and others, and later being joined by Beyonce, Bruno Mars and hundreds of others, I presume were non-famous typical folks.

Haven't Beyonce and Bruno Mars already performed at the Superbowl? Why the encore? Did ColdPlay show the Who, Tom Petty, Madonna or Katie Perry? I may have missed it, the images went by fast and I was typing. Did Bon Jovi ever perform at halftime?

This is not an open thread, please keep your comments related to Superbowl -- either the game (which I'm not watching) or Superbowl Media (music, commercials, past and present, commentary, production value, etc.)

How was Lady Gaga's national anthem?

I think Denver is ahead 13 to 7, but I can't tell what the numbers flashing on the screen mean -- hopefully it's not some other statistic. There's not that much street noise coming through my windows. I do want Denver to win, just not enough to watch the game. Time for dinner -- an authentic Italian meatball sandwich on some great, crusty bread with plenty of sauce.

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    The National Anthem (5.00 / 1) (#23)
    by MO Blue on Mon Feb 08, 2016 at 05:43:16 AM EST
    Lady Gaga nailed it. She has a beautiful singing voice and her rendition of the Anthem was one of the best I've ever heard.

    My main comment on the halftime show (none / 0) (#1)
    by ruffian on Sun Feb 07, 2016 at 08:05:57 PM EST
    was that it looked recorded, not live. A friend explained that they do show it on tape delay due to the Janet Jackson incident. But it seems like they added post production effects to it. I didn't like it.

    Didn't see any of the artists you asked about in the flashbacks.

    Do they do that every year? (none / 0) (#2)
    by shoephone on Sun Feb 07, 2016 at 08:08:21 PM EST
    I remember Bruno Mars' fantastic halftime show two years ago, and it sure seemed live to me.

    Bruno Mars (5.00 / 1) (#6)
    by CST on Sun Feb 07, 2016 at 08:23:42 PM EST
    Is the gold standard in recent years.  Michael Jackson incarnate.  Best part of this year's show as well, IMO.  Although the best thing about Bruno Mars is he can stop a toddler temper tantrum in its tracks with one line of Uptown Funk.

    Probably they do, but maybe this year they added (none / 0) (#4)
    by ruffian on Sun Feb 07, 2016 at 08:12:56 PM EST
    something. The effects just looked weird to me. Maybe just me.

    I take that back - they did show Katy (none / 0) (#3)
    by ruffian on Sun Feb 07, 2016 at 08:10:34 PM EST
    Denver defense hitting Cam hard (none / 0) (#5)
    by shoephone on Sun Feb 07, 2016 at 08:18:28 PM EST
    I think it's really rattling him. Seems like they've got him psyched out. And all the fumbles on both sides.

    7:00 4Q:Denver 16, Carolina 10. (none / 0) (#7)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Sun Feb 07, 2016 at 08:58:46 PM EST
    Can the Broncos hang on, and allow Peyton Manning to (likely) hang it up as a winner?

    Yes, they can! Denver 24, Carolina 10. (5.00 / 1) (#11)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Sun Feb 07, 2016 at 09:20:28 PM EST
    If I had any say in the decision, I'd name the entire Denver defense as Super Bowl MVPs. Hats off to Broncos DC Wade Phillips, who crafted and called a virtual masterpiece tonight, one which shut down and punished a high-powered Panthers offense.

    Congratulations to the Denver Broncos.


    For a considerable part of this game, (none / 0) (#16)
    by Anne on Sun Feb 07, 2016 at 09:50:23 PM EST
    I did not feel like I was watching the two best teams in football - it was sloppy, full of mistakes, turnovers, penalties.

    Broncos - I think - wanted to play Peyton out with a win, and that was apparently enough to push them to the higher level, but it wasn't a pretty game.


    II am just glad (none / 0) (#18)
    by nyjets on Sun Feb 07, 2016 at 09:57:21 PM EST
    I really did not want peyton manning to win a second superbowl. He certainly did not do anything to help his team win this superbowl. At least he was not named MVP.

    This was a game very much dominated ... (none / 0) (#35)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Mon Feb 08, 2016 at 12:30:50 PM EST
    ... by defense on both sides. The Carolina defense played their hearts out, and really kept the Panthers in it when their high-scoring offense was being dominated and shut down. Denver QB Peyton Manning was 13-23 for only 163 yards, and the Broncos' offense could muster only three decent drives the entire game, one of which ended in an INT. And 8 of Denver's 14 possessions went 3-and-out.

    But the story of the day here is the Denver defense, which simply overpowered and brutalized Carolina. DC Wade Phillips proved to be the man of the hour on the Broncos' sideline. Whereas he had held his gang back on blitzing New England QB Tom Brady in the AFC title game last week to focus on covering and containing the Patriots receiving corps, yesterday he turned the dogs loose on Panthers QB Cam Newton, who was recently named the NFL MVP for the 2015-16 season.

    The result was a nightmarish performance by Newton, who was under constant physical duress and pressure throughout the entire game. Accordingly, he went 18-41 in passing with 0 TDs and 2 INTs. He was sacked seven times and hit hard another 23 times. And most importantly, he was stripped of the ball twice by Denver LB Von Miller inside Carolina's own 5-yard line, which led to both of the Broncos' TDs. Miller's last strip-sack effectively kneecapped the Panthers with less than five minutes to go in the game.

    So, yes, from an offensive standpoint, Super Bowl 50 was not a pretty game at all. But from a defensive perspective, yesterday's contest was really as good as it gets.



    Do You Know How Hard... (none / 0) (#27)
    by ScottW714 on Mon Feb 08, 2016 at 10:24:57 AM EST
    ... it is to watch two coaches, Kubiak & Phillips, win the super bowl when the best they ever did here was make it to playoff game and lose.

    We had great D players at the time and it's not like Manning was the missing link.

    This city is cursed.

    Denver reminds me of the Giants the last time they won the SB.  They never look like they are playing well, but hot damn if they didn't walk away with win after win.

    My dish went out right after half time and I missed the 3rd quarter.  Oddly enough, I didn't even care that much as the game was a snooze fest with Carolina seriously forgetting to show up.  

    Denver did what no on predicted, they won, and they deserve some serious kudos today.  Good job.


    DENVER ...Ahhhhh is right (none / 0) (#10)
    by christinep on Sun Feb 07, 2016 at 09:18:56 PM EST
    Hey Magster, MileHi, Sj, fishcamp, ruffian and the rest...................

    So sweet, those Happy Endings!


    What a crazy season ... what a game ... what a Defense ....what a what a .................
    Hey...........more vino (and our dog thinks that we are nutty loons now)

    What a way to go out ... for Manning and for the whole season.

    Ready for a parade? (none / 0) (#12)
    by MileHi Hawkeye on Sun Feb 07, 2016 at 09:28:54 PM EST
    Surprising quiet on my block.  Although, the helicopters are up - hope everyone is somewhat well mannered tonight.  

    We're near Channel 9 ...sidewalk happy (none / 0) (#13)
    by christinep on Sun Feb 07, 2016 at 09:43:29 PM EST
    Actually, pleasant & almost quiet.  Bet the parade will be loud. Since I went to the earlier two, I'll be there ... 'should be one of those city-happy celebrations.  

    What a see-saw journey.  Those are the best to savor.  (I see that Von Miller is game MVP. A good choice.)

    Sweet Dreams ... Go Broncos!!!


    not quiet here (none / 0) (#20)
    by Jeralyn on Sun Feb 07, 2016 at 11:07:52 PM EST
    I could barely hear the TV through the fireworks and loud bangs. I didn't hear any cheering (human voices) though.

    (it's all quiet now at 10:00 pm)


    Loved it. And now we (none / 0) (#31)
    by jimakaPPJ on Mon Feb 08, 2016 at 10:50:27 AM EST
    get to watch (almost) all the ESPN talking heads explain that the worst team won.

    Some thoughts.....

    For those who found it boring...I understand. Watching a WR make a graceful leaping catch is ballet like. However, this is football and some mean CB will be trying to knock it away.

    For those who found it sloppy...I understand.
    Watching a QB stand in the pocket scanning the field for an open receiver as his offensive line keeps the defense at bay is dramatic. However, this is football  were in the last 12 Super Bowls the best defense won 10 because time after time the QB won up on his back.

    For those who were disappointed that Cam lost...don't be. He is smart, very talented and dedicated. He'll be back.


    Hugs & Kisses (& thanks to New England) (none / 0) (#14)
    by christinep on Sun Feb 07, 2016 at 09:45:54 PM EST

    Does it help that probably a lot (none / 0) (#15)
    by Anne on Sun Feb 07, 2016 at 09:46:04 PM EST
    of people lost money betting on Carolina?

    No, didn't think so.  

    I've never been a big Broncos fan, but I do like to root for the underdog - plus, I think winning tonight means we've probably seen the last of Peyton in the NFL.  Kind of a win-win.

    The answer to your question, Jeralyn, is yes. (none / 0) (#17)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Sun Feb 07, 2016 at 09:52:20 PM EST
    Jeralyn: "Did Bon Jovi ever perform at halftime?"

    Bon Jovi headlined the halftime show at Super Bowl XXXVII in 2003. The game was played in San Diego that year, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers swamped the Oakland Raiders, 48-21.


    I had no idea, thank you (none / 0) (#21)
    by Jeralyn on Sun Feb 07, 2016 at 11:10:04 PM EST
    for that link. That face... the best in rock and roll, I'll probably watch the video 20 times.

    I'm not a huge NFL fan but I live close enough (none / 0) (#19)
    by McBain on Sun Feb 07, 2016 at 10:14:36 PM EST
    to Levi Stadium that I was able to walk there before the game to see the Blue Angels fly overhead and other activity. The weather was near perfect.

    I was surprised how light the traffic was. We were warned about how crazy things were going to get in Silicon Valley.  A million extra people were supposed to visit. All of the hotels were supposed to be booked. People were going to rent out rooms in their homes for $1000/night.  I think it was mostly hype that never came true.

    I didn't have a ticket to the game.  I did get to see 49ers play at Levi last season.  It's a nice but unremarkable stadium.  The 49er museum is probably the highlight.    


    Worst.Halftime.Show.Ever (none / 0) (#22)
    by jbindc on Mon Feb 08, 2016 at 04:54:39 AM EST
    It was painful to watch.  Ugh.

    I gotta say (none / 0) (#24)
    by CST on Mon Feb 08, 2016 at 08:58:10 AM EST
    If I had a blog and my hometown team had just won the Superbowl, I would have deleted that comment to.  So I'll just say - I was rooting for Carolina.

    Enjoyed Halftime (none / 0) (#25)
    by Coral Gables on Mon Feb 08, 2016 at 09:37:24 AM EST
    Which is a good thing, because the performances displayed by both QB's made watching the game painful. From a memorable standpoint, unless you live in Denver, on a scale of 1 to 10 it would be difficult to rate that game above a zero.

    I like Manning (none / 0) (#26)
    by jbindc on Mon Feb 08, 2016 at 09:45:12 AM EST
    Glad he won.  Also glad to see Texas A&M former student Von Miller get the MVP.

    For all the talking heads (none / 0) (#28)
    by jimakaPPJ on Mon Feb 08, 2016 at 10:31:18 AM EST
    Another link to cotton for brains? (none / 0) (#29)
    by Coral Gables on Mon Feb 08, 2016 at 10:39:16 AM EST
    From a Titans Fan... (none / 0) (#32)
    by ScottW714 on Mon Feb 08, 2016 at 11:10:25 AM EST
    ... who now loves Denver and has managed to turn a very blue state sport's team into ab anti-Obama talking point.

    Easy on the bath salt Jim.


    apparently Beyonce (none / 0) (#30)
    by CST on Mon Feb 08, 2016 at 10:40:07 AM EST
    was honoring the black panthers in an homage to BLM.  I must admit I missed that, but in retrospect, yea it's pretty clear.

    I didn't get that either (none / 0) (#33)
    by ruffian on Mon Feb 08, 2016 at 12:26:57 PM EST
    Couldn't understand any of the lyrics. the sound mix was pretty awful.

    Jeralyn - I read that in one of the ads (none / 0) (#34)
    by ruffian on Mon Feb 08, 2016 at 12:27:37 PM EST
    CBS announced that this is the last season of The Good Wife