Will you be watching this Sunday’s Super Bowl? I will probably tune in, as I love any excuse to nosh on various chips, dips and crudites and holler at the TV about men in tight outfits. I think I’m rooting for the 49ers, mostly because I went to school in Santa Cruz, CA, which is, like, an hour and a half south of San Francisco. Also, I don’t know what other team is playing. Anyway! I am also obviously going to tune in during the Half-Time Show because Beyonce will be singing and/or lip-syncing (who really knows these days, amiright?). There have been rumors that the rest of Destiny Child’s would come out to perform their new song, “Nuclear,” but Michelle Williams says that’s not true. (Although, Michelle would be the last member of Destiny’s Child to get the memo on future plans, so maybe she just doesn’t know yet.) Remains to be seen! Keep clicking to get a look at how rehearsal is going in these backstage photos that Beyonce posted on her website…
The Super Bowl is this weekend, which is whatever — what really matters is that the Puppy Bowl will also be on! The Puppy Bowl runs concurrent with ye olde Superbowl, and is a furry, adorable alternative full of frolicking puppies, fuzzy kittens and–for the first time–cheerleading hedgehogs. And the lucky man in the center of it all? Dan Schachner, the Puppy Bowl referee and the guy with the most enviable job in sports. We wanted to delve deeper into Dan’s world and find out what makes him tick. Read our informative guide to Dan Schachner and the Puppy Bowl, after the jump!
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There’s one reason and one reason only that I actually get excited for the Super Bowl each year … no, not the promise of taut man asses you can bounce a quarter off of — the Puppy Bowl! Animal Planet holds their epic puppy playtime extravaganza every Super Bowl Sunday and it’s always incredibly squee-worthy — and they’ve finally released the starting lineup of pawed players. Ravens versus 40ers? Pshaw! It’s all about Biscuit versus Fitz! Hmm, or Tuck versus Trinket. Now, I usually root the dogs which most resemble my girl Lucca, but truth be told, I wouldn’t kick any of these cuties out of bed for biting my toes. Click on through and tell us who your faves are!
Beyoncé sang the national anthem at the 2004 Super Bowl, but she has yet to perform at the iconic halftime show—until 2013, according to an AP source who says she’s slated to take the stage this time around. An official announcement is expected tomorrow. This season’s Super Bowl will be held Feb. 3 in New Orleans, the city’s first championship game since Hurricane Katrina. The AP speculates that Beyoncé could collaborate with husband Jay-Z or her Destiny’s Child bandmates. Read more…
“I was really surprised. I didn’t know anything about it. I wasn’t happy about it. I understand it’s punk rock and everything, but to me there was such a feeling of love and good energy, and positivity it seemed negative. It’s such a teenager … irrelevant thing to do…there was such a feeling of love and unity there what was the point? It was just out of place.”
– Madonna finally speaks up about rapper M.I.A. flippin’ the bird during their SuperBowl Half-Time Show performance. So, yeah, I totally agree it was juvenile — or that big of a deal. I must admit, I will never understand why anyone would freak out over a middle finger (or pasty-covered nipple) when they’re watching an event in which dudes pummel each other sometimes to the point of incurring serious injury, in between 30-second advertisements that objectify women. Real love and unity type stuff, you know. (Sasha Frere-Jones delves into the matter quite eloquently in a column for The New Yorker this week that’s worth a read.) [Dlisted]