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February 04, 2007

Finally A Superbowl Halftime Show I Can Watch

I've been a football fan for as long as I can remember.  I'm also a huge history buff so you can guess football history is very high on my list useless trivia knowledge.  The first Superbowl I remember watching as a little kid was the Steelers ripping up the Vikes in SB IX.   My first vivid memories our of Lynn Swann's spectacular catches against the following year against the hated Cowboys.  I grew up as (and still am) a Rams fan, so I was ecstatic to see both the Vikes and Cowboys lose!  And I really enjoyed seeing the Vikes get smacked down by the Raiders in SB XI.  The most memorable part of that game to me was not of "Old Man" Willie Brown's interception, it was of Jack "The Assassin" Tatum's near decapitation of Sammie White, who somehow was able to hold onto the ball even as his helmet went flying off his head.  I still don't know how he held that ball.....  And of course I'll never forget the awful feeling of having to go to school that Monday after my Rams lost to the Steelers 31-19 in Superbowl XIV....that one still hurts as we were leading 19-17 at the end of the third quarter....and even after the Steelers took the lead at 24-19 we were driving down the field when Vince "F." Ferragamo threw one of the worst interceptions in NFL history.....Vince "F." Ferragamo......

Anyway I was finally able to get past that one twenty years later when the Rams (albeit in a different city) finally one the big one with The Greatest Show on Turf at SB XXXIV.  That lasted all of two years until Adam "F." Vinateri kicked that 48 yard field goal with time running out to give the New England Patriots one of the biggest upsets in SB history, beating the Rams 20-17....I really hate the Patriots now, the way I used to hate the Vikings, Cowboys and 49ers....but I digress.

Now with all my memories of the Superbowl, I can only think of one that involves any of the "entertainment" taking place during the pregame, halftime or postgame.  In fact, I can't stand that stuff.  Typically that's the time for an extended bathroom break and stocking up on food.  But not this year.  This year the NFL folks got it RIGHT!  And for once, I'm actually more excited about the halftime show than the game...no disrespect meant to Tony Dungy and Lovie Smith.  I am really glad to see these to great coaches making history, but my man Prince is doing the halftime show....All I can say is "That's What I'm Talking About!!!!"

Now people who know me know that I am a huge Prince fan and have a pretty extensive collection of cds.  I was never down with the clothes, like the high heels and thong look, and certainly not the cheek-less pants he used to sport back in the day.  But when it comes to the music, from For You up to 3121, he's been The One (pun intended).  Now I don't consider myself a fanatic, but in the course of doing our latest interview for Technology for Business Sake show, I do believe I've met one.  Anil Dash, Chief Evangelist for Six Apart and a very popular blogger,  definitely has me beat.  He's even been to Prince's recording studio!  I admit I'm seriously envious of that.  Anil has a really great Prince primer you should check out if you have any interest in Mr. Nelson. 

If I had to choose a couple of lesser known songs for Prince to do tonight, they would include:

  • Private Joy
  • Question of You / Joy in Repetition
  • Positivity
  • Bambi (an eye opening song for a pre-teen at that time)
  • Anotherloverholeinyourhead
  • The Beautiful Ones
  • Ballad of Dorothy Parker (too funky for words)
  • She's Always In My Hair (he totally made that song his own)
  • Rock Hard in a Funky Place (Black Album had some crazy stuff)
  • I Hate You
  • Dig You Better Dead
  • Lady Cab Driver
  • Irresistible B**** (Every Friday night I call your butt up on the phone, a feeble voice answers and says your not at home....)
  • Sexy MF (that music was kicking...)

This could go on and on...and on and on...because there are so many songs that main-streamers aren't aware of that quite frankly are much better than many of the top hits he's had. 

Anyway it's time for the game.  I need to get a few things done so I can be ready for halftime.  My have things changed.....but I like it!

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