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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | February 3, 2013
If any questions lingered about Beyonce's ability to sing live - or her ability to make even the most crazed football fans momentarily forget about a game - then she answered them with force and grace during her Super Bowl halftime performance Sunday night. The fact that she achieved this on the world's most-watched stage is unsurprising, because she has long relished moments with the largest audiences. After controversy over her lip-syncing at President Barack Obama's second inauguration, she opened a news conference last week with an a cappella version of the national anthem - and told reporters that there'd be no lip-syncing for the Super Bowl . Her opening song, "Love on Top," quickly confirmed it. The set list that followed was varied and surprising.
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By Liz Bowie, The Baltimore Sun | November 22, 2013
The sound of 150 children playing instruments — the violin, the trumpet, the oboe, the harp — spills out of every classroom, remarkably transforming an elementary school in a raggedy neighborhood of West Baltimore into a music conservatory. It has happened every day after school for five years. Students walk past boarded-up rowhouses and jump on buses to cross town and enter a world of brightly colored walls at Lockerman-Bundy Elementary, where they are learning to read music and enjoy Bach and Mozart.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | February 5, 2012
I was supposed to review NBC's telecast of the Super Bowl itself. You know, what kind of job did Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth and Bob Costas do? And I will deliver a short, fast version of that. But you cannot review the Super Bowl without talking about the ads and the halftime show. The ads are a barometer of our culture. And what they said to me is that we have become a truly dumbed-down, crass, trashy and even cruel society -- and somehow proud of it. And if seeing that kind of straight culture talk upsets you, stop reading now, because when I get through the game review and get back to the ads at the end of this piece, you will really be angry.
NEWS
March 10, 2013
During an episode of “Fashion Police” show on the E! network, Baltimore Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta talked about his Super Bowl experience, and joked about the game being sort of an opening act for singer Beyonce. During the show, which aired March 8, Pitta was questioned by host Joan Rivers about “opening” for the singer's halftime show, and said with a smile, “That was what I was most excited for, opening for Beyonce.” He also quipped that the singer, “took all of our power,” referencing the blackout that delayed Super Bowl XLVII play during the second half.
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,SUN STAFF | December 2, 1999
The Army-Navy football game always is steeped in pageantry and excitement, but this year's 100th-anniversary matchup will outdo them all.To commemorate the date, many special features and activities are scheduled, including a special anniversary logo, the game's own Web site, a limited-edition lithograph, throwback game jerseys, a coffee-table book, a historical video and a lavish halftime show.Army will wear jerseys similar to those from its national championship years from 1944 through 1946, and Navy will bear those worn by its nationally prominent teams of the 1960s.
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By Edward Lee and Edward Lee,SUN STAFF | January 26, 2001
TAMPA, Fla. - Now, Super Bowl week has begun. The glitz and glamour that is Super Bowl XXXV got a rousing kick in the pants yesterday with the appearance of that customary football tradition, 'N Sync. The five-member boy band that has stolen the hearts of teen-age girls was introduced as one-fifth of the Super Bowl XXXV Halftime Show news conference. Oh, did anyone mention that rock icon Aerosmith also shared the stage as another performer during halftime? Regardless, much of the attention - including that of several teen-age girls who asked their parents to take pictures of them standing 20 feet away from the stage - surrounded 'N Sync.
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By Jackie Powder and Jackie Powder,Sun Staff Writer | November 10, 1994
When the Francis Scott Key Junior Eagle cheerleaders heard they had been invited to perform in the Hula Bowl halftime show in Honolulu, Jessica Broderick said:"I was pretty much the happiest person on earth. I never thought I'd go to Hawaii at 13. I thought it would be on my honeymoon."The girls' performance during the halftime show at the college football game will be televised nationally on ESPN at 9 p.m. Jan. 22.The nine-member team is hard at work trying to come up with the cash to pay its way to Hawaii.
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By PETER SCHMUCK | February 2, 2006
If you're wondering like me why they brought the Super Bowl to Motown and then decided to book The Rolling Stones as the headline act of the glitzy Super Bowl halftime show, maybe we'll all find out today at the glitzy Super Bowl halftime show news conference. Don't blame Detroit. That was an NFL decision. It seems to me that there are a few local acts that might have been more appropriate, since this is one of the capital cities of American popular music, but I'm guessing that NFL officials went for the Stones because they were a safe choice with broad appeal that stretched across generational lines.
FEATURES
By Steve Harvey and Steve Harvey,Los Angeles Times | January 29, 1995
It's Super Bowl day, and you can just feel the suspense building, right? All over the world, viewers will tune in to ABC to see whether an incredible feat can be pulled off by one individual, facing overwhelming odds.San Diego quarterback Stan Humphries against awesome San Francisco?No, Indiana Jones against the nasty guardians of the Temple of the Forbidden.The character of Jones, the star of the Disney-produced "Doritos Halftime Show," will sky-dive onto a replica of the temple, which -- surprise!
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By Cal Thomas | February 4, 2004
ARLINGTON, Va. -- Maybe it's appropriate that Super Bowls are numbered with Roman numerals. Super Bowl XXXVIII on Sunday featured a halftime show that could have served as a backdrop for one of Caligula's orgies. Remember Super Bowl XXXIV? The halftime entertainment was produced by Walt Disney Productions. This year's was put on by MTV, and the difference was as stark as that between heaven and hell, between good taste and garbage. The commercials also reflected what the networks apparently think about our remaining "community standards."
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | February 3, 2013
If any questions lingered about Beyonce's ability to sing live - or her ability to make even the most crazed football fans momentarily forget about a game - then she answered them with force and grace during her Super Bowl halftime performance Sunday night. The fact that she achieved this on the world's most-watched stage is unsurprising, because she has long relished moments with the largest audiences. After controversy over her lip-syncing at President Barack Obama's second inauguration, she opened a news conference last week with an a cappella version of the national anthem - and told reporters that there'd be no lip-syncing for the Super Bowl . Her opening song, "Love on Top," quickly confirmed it. The set list that followed was varied and surprising.
NEWS
February 8, 2012
Kudos to David Zurawik for his spot-on commentary on the Super Bowl half-time show and the tasteless, unimaginative ads ("Super Bowl TV: Good game, nasty ads, pathetic half-time show," Feb. 5). The half-time show was ludicrous. It reminded me of something the Romans would have put on after they watched lions eat the Christians, had they had the technology. But the ads were appalling. I agree that they reflect a contemporary society sadly short on values. As a teacher, I face a battle everyday to convince my students of the value of learning and the importance of self-discipline and hard work.
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By Kevin Cowherd and The Baltimore Sun | February 6, 2012
At the Super Bowl party I attended yesterday, the host greeted us by saying: "No, I'm not over it. Yes, I'm still bitter. Beer and wings are over there. " Ravens fans -- you gotta love 'em. Sure, it was Giants-Patriots on TV for all the marbles, our biggest national sporting extravaganza. But like so many who bleed purple and black, the host was still re-living a cold and breezy day in Foxborough two weeks ago, still working through his post-traumatic stress over the Ravens' horrifying loss to New England in the AFC championship game.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | February 5, 2012
I was supposed to review NBC's telecast of the Super Bowl itself. You know, what kind of job did Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth and Bob Costas do? And I will deliver a short, fast version of that. But you cannot review the Super Bowl without talking about the ads and the halftime show. The ads are a barometer of our culture. And what they said to me is that we have become a truly dumbed-down, crass, trashy and even cruel society -- and somehow proud of it. And if seeing that kind of straight culture talk upsets you, stop reading now, because when I get through the game review and get back to the ads at the end of this piece, you will really be angry.
MOBILE
By Sara Toth | January 31, 2012
Why you should be watching'The Voice' We'd rather not think about the Super Bowl. But after the Vince Lombardi Trophy is presented to Sunday's winner comes a championship contest we can really get behind: the premiere of the second season of "The Voice" on NBC. A different kind of talent takes the field as singers compete for a recording contract, a $100,000 prize and a definite article. All have impressive voices - but who has "the" voice? The reality show had a knock-out first season last spring, raking in eight million to 14 million viewers an episode over its 10-week run. The success prompted a second season, with NBC debuting the show in the post-Super Bowl time slot.
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By Sara Toth | January 31, 2012
We'd rather not think about the Super Bowl. But after the Vince Lombardi Trophy is presented to Sunday's winner comes a championship contest we can really get behind: the premiere of the second season of "The Voice" on NBC. A different kind of talent takes the field as singers compete for a recording contract, a $100,000 prize and a definite article. All have impressive voices - but who has "the" voice? The reality show had a knock-out first season last spring, raking in eight million to 14 million viewers an episode over its 10-week run. The success prompted a second season, with NBC debuting the show in the post-Super Bowl time slot.
NEWS
By From Sun news services | September 30, 2008
The Boss gets nod to play at Super Bowl halftime Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will perform at the Super Bowl halftime show in Tampa, Fla., the NFL and NBC announced Sunday night. Continuing a run of major talent that has lately included the Rolling Stones, U2, Paul McCartney, Prince and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, the biggest television event in the nation will showcase one of its most beloved rock 'n' roll artists. The Super Bowl will be played Feb. 1 at Raymond James Stadium.
SPORTS
By BILL ORDINE | February 1, 2008
The notion of Super Bowl Sunday as a sort of national holiday has pretty much taken root. It's certainly not a novel idea, but I want to stake a claim to spreading that particular gospel for more than a decade. I used to open the college undergraduate classes I taught with the lecture on sports' important role in American culture by using the Super Bowl-as-a-holiday concept.
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By Sam Farmer | July 4, 2010
Nine offensive tackles were taken in the first four rounds of this year's NFL draft. Dwight Freeney would like to extend a personal welcome to each of them. Of course with the Colts' whirling dervish of a defensive end, there's always a spin. "I'm licking my chops," Freeney said, likely envisioning an even better season than he had last year, when he had 131/2 sacks and helped lead his team to the Super Bowl. "When you have a rookie offensive tackle, I can't wait," he said.
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By KEVIN COWHERD and KEVIN COWHERD,kevin.cowherd@baltsun.com | January 29, 2009
Let's pretend Sunday is already here. You're watching the big game on the requisite giant flat-screen TV. You're sitting in the requisite Starship Enterprise recliner with dual cup-holders. You're gorging on enough food to nauseate even the contestants on The Biggest Loser. Suddenly you hear those magical words: "Up next, the Super Bowl halftime show." OK, how do you react? If you're a baby boomer, you're thinking: "Great, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band!" If you're a Gen-Xer or Gen-Nexter or whatever the young call themselves these days, you roll your eyes, mutter, "Great, another geeze-fest" and go off to Twitter your friends about how lame the show is. This, friends, is the vast cultural divide that confronts us with these halftime shows.
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