Like everyone else in the country with excellent taste and a belly full of adult beverages, I very much enjoyed Beyoncé’s half-time performance at the Super Bowl on Sunday. I loved her all-woman band, particularly Bibi McGill’s spark-shooting axe. I loved the Destiny’s Child reunion. I loved that my Beyoncé half-time BINGO card included a square for “killing it,” which I ticked off within seconds of the show’s start.
And yet, my reaction to her post-halftime announcement of the upcoming “Mrs. Carter Show” tour was not to cheer her on in a post-feminist choose-your-choice fist-pump, but to huff: “Call me when Jay-Z goes on a Mr. Knowles tour.”
Why does the most powerful woman pop star in the world want, or need, to remind everyone she’s married? What does a Mrs. moniker have with her ability to sing, dance and write songs? And no, the name issue isn’t what gets me. I’m not raising a figurative eyebrow at “Carter,” I’m raising a figurative eyebrow at “Mrs.” Keep reading »
I always find it maddening when people have the gall to critique a performer like Beyoncé, questioning her star power, or entertainment value, or (gasp!) singing voice. It’s akin to the flunky armchair quarterback, sitting at home saying he would have caught that pass. HA! I’d like to see you try. You absolutely cannot step to Beyonce or her singing abilities — and particularly her balls out Super Bowl halftime performance Sunday night. And you also can’t step to Bey’s backing band, the Sugar Mamas, who bring with them scads of musical experience and sweat equity in the biz. Keep reading »
Did you guys watch last night’s Beyonce Bowl? I thought her opening act took forevvvvvvvvvver on that grassy stage, but when Bey finally came out, it was so worth the wait. I couldn’t stop screaming “What?! What?! What?!” at the TV screen. And then when the two other members of Destiny’s Child shot up into the air and onto the stage? (Michelle Williams, poor thing, needed to work on her execution, but whatever.) I was beside myself. It was so hot the stadium lost power. Check out the whole performance above. Queen Bey foreverrrrrr.
Once upon a time, I was in love with a man who loved football and loved gambling. That meant that I was very lonely on Sundays, when he spent the whole time switching between games on the TV and making various bets online, not just on the outcomes of those games, but little bitty plays within them. It looked complicated and I didn’t care about football, so I stayed out of it. But come Super Bowl Sunday, my specific expertise — or at least my second opinion — was often called upon. See, in addition to the many specific bets you can make about each and every play of the game, online gambling sites offer up a wealth of non-sports related bets you can make as well, on everything from the length of the National Anthem to possible surprise appearances during the Half-Time Show. Basically, people will bet on anything. And if you’re not really into football but looking to inject a little bit of that pre-game excitement into your Super Bowl Sunday, you can make a few of these ridiculous “prop bets” online or bet against your friends too. Here’s a selection of some of the ones I’m considering laying down some money on, along with their current odds. [via Huffington Post; Bovado] Keep reading »