Super Bowl XLI – Halftime Commentary

It’s halftime, and that was quite the half. An opening kickoff return TD? Teams trading off turnovers not once, but twice?! Manning implodes, but then bounces back, but then kind of sucks again, and…Vinatieri misses a field goal? It has not been pretty, in any way whatsoever.

9:01pm: Shannon Sharpe just told me to keep my eyes on my luggage. Will do. We’re currently going over the large number of turnovers in the game.

9:03pm: We’re talking about conditions at this point, let’s remember the rain here. The commentators had said before that it didn’t look like it was going to rain much. Ha. Vanessa notices that Dan Marino has gotten a dye job. Steve does a little Bronco chat.

9:05pm: Halftime show commencing, ah yeah bitches! I have no idea why small children are currently singing We Will Rock You, but…they are. And now everything is on fire.

9:06pm: Prince appears to be performing Let’s Go Crazy. And, he’s performing in what I assume is the rain. And his dancers are writhing on the ground, as per usual. How does he find these people?

9:07pm: One person in the audience had a rain poncho on. She looked terrified to be there. Poor her.

9:08pm: Prince is officially now making weird noises, which apparently means he’s singing Baby I’m a Star.

9:09pm: And now comes to the marching band! Someone’s glowing. And now he’s singing Proud Mary. This is bizarre.

9:10pm: And now the entire marching band is glowing in the dark. It’s solid. And now he’s singing All Along the Watchtower. Which, okay. This is quite the interesting little set here, as he’s breaking into The Foo Fighters. This is, as the Elder puts it, “The Fucking Prince Rock and Roll Review.”

9:13pm: And now Prince is just rocking it out on the guitar.

9:14pm: Fireworks!

9:15pm: And now, fulfilling the obvious connection we saw as soon as it was raining, Purple Rain. And the stage is purple. (In other news, Chris just kissed Tim’s ass. It was gross.)

9:16pm: Now Prince is performing in front of a giant moving sheet wind thing, it’s all silhouetted and everything else. Very cool looking.

9:18pm: Now Prince, after working the crowd, finishes rocking out to Purple Rain and basks in the glory of the crowd.

9:19pm: The end verdict? Quite the spectacle, although certainly nothing outside of a normal rock show in terms of production. Unlike past years, which get caught up in big names and self promotion, it seemed like it was instead something that could only happen during the Super Bowl. It was Prince rocking out to his own music, and that of Queen, Dylan, Foo Fighters, and CCR. And, in the end, it resulted in something that was interesting, exciting, if not perhaps as commercialized as past years.

9:21pm: I’ve decided that nothing else will be happening of interest, so back to the game. Hope all enjoy it.

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