I first noticed this last year, when I was invited to attend her concert in Philadelphia. Of course I said yes. I’m a fan of pop music, and though I’d never gone out of my way to listen to a Katy Perry song that did not feature Kanye West—I’ve done “E.T.” at karaoke—I figured I’d know a few songs and enjoy the spectacle even though the show was, I guess, aimed at children.
I did enjoy it. But what was weird is I literally knew every single song Perry played. I had no idea how much Perry had taken over the pop landscape. I didn’t realize her songs were that catchy. She was more of a star than I expected.
So Perry performing at the Super Bowl halftime show made sense. But, still, she can’t dance. What I noticed at the Wells Fargo Center this summer was that Perry solves this problem by involving copious amounts of props in her shows. So many props. And because she’s now been on the landscape for many years—her breakout hit, “I Kissed a Girl,” was released in 2008—she’s gotten quite good at knowing what props to use.
If your favorite part of the Super Bowl — maybe even the only reason you watch the Super Bowl — is the halftime show, then you will certainly appreciate this workout playlist. This week, we’ve brought you tunes from just about all of the Super Bowl halftime performers of the past 15 years. We’ve got everyone from Aerosmith to the Black Eyed Peas to this year’s Katy Perry —and of course, Janet Jackson. Listen, sweat, and try not to freak out too much when you realize that Janet Jackson’s infamous wardrobe malfunction occurred over a decade ago.
In the spirit of Super Bowl season, videographers across the nation are producing ads in the hopes that their videos find a spot on your search feed Monday when you’re goggling “Super Bowl ads.”
The particular helmers responsible for the above “SHOCKING Super Bowl COMMERCIAL 2015 (GAY KISS)” have gone all out with the taglines: “Super Bowl Commercial “Queer Beer.” TOM BRADY GAY?” And we don’t mind it one bit.
Check out the video, which is a fake ad for Queer Beer that features gay YouTuber Davey Wavey, above for lots of guy-on-guy action in the Super Bowl locker room.
If you’re like me, your favorite part of the Super Bowl is the halftime show. This year, pop princess Katy Perry will hit the field with what’s sure to be a cupcake breast- and fireworks-filled extravaganza. She’s revealed that Lenny Kravitz will join her, and that there are a few more super-secret guest stars.
The halftime shows have been pretty solid over the past several years, with Destiny’s Child, Bruno Mars and Janet’s nipple being some of the best in recent memory. I fell into a bit of a wormhole this week catching up on some old performances, when I came across this gem featuring Philly soul queen Patti LaBelle.
The show was produced by Disney, hence all The Lion King/Indiana Jones shenanigans. Bless her heart, there was so much going on on stage that screaming and wailing was all she could do to keep the audience’s attention on her. And those outfits?! Things calm down a tiny bit in the end when Tony Bennett comes out to join her on “Can You Feel the Love Tonight.” The show happened exactly 20 years ago this year. Enjoy the flashback above.
• Be warned: If you’re not careful, you could do some serious diet damage during Sunday’s big game. Here’s how many calories you might consume, and a breakdown of the biggest calorie bombs in a typical Super Bowl spread. [TIME]
For many Americans, Super Bowl Sunday is a holiday. There are rules and rituals to follow, guacamole quotas to meet and commercials to scrutinize. One ubiquitous feature of the Super Bowl experience is food. What you eat during the game is often as important as the teams themselves. So whether you’re rooting for the Seahawks or the Patriots this Sunday (or cheering for neither because you’re busy bitterly sulking that the Eagles aren’t in playing), we’ve got you covered with deals from around the city to make your day a culinary success no matter how your team does.
OMG: Philly-born Tara Lipinski and Coatesville’s Johnny Weir, the two utterly fabulous figure skating divas (yes, we used “divas” purposely), will be joining NBC’s Super Bowl pre-game coverage this Sunday, and, no, this isn’t a joke.
The New York Post reported that Lipinski and Weir were added to the line-up to provide a “unique perspective:”
“During their inaugural Super Bowl broadcast, the dynamic duo will be doing regular spots from the tailgate party and interviewing celebrities…During the six-hour pregame show, their colorful commentary will be mixed in with the usual gridiron grind from seasoned sports broadcasters like Bob Costas, Josh Elliott and Dan Patrick. Expect to see more of the former skaters in the first three or four hours of the program, which kicks off at noon.”
Of course, the duo quickly took to Twitter to announce who they think will win the big game:
It seems like only yesterday. But it has been nearly 10 years since February 6th, 2005 — the last time the Philadelphia Eagles appeared in the Super Bowl.
That season was a magical one for Eagles fans, with the team winning its first seven games en route to a 13-1 start. Donovan McNabb instantly clicked with new wide receiver Terrell Owens. Safety Brian Dawkins and newly acquired defensive end Jevon Kearse terrorized opposing offenses. Jeremiah Trotter returned from two years in exile — Washington — to reclaim his starting middle-linebacker spot. It was a dream.
The home of Super Bowl XLIX, Glendale Arizona – Parking lots, dirt and sprawl.
Patriots, Seahawks, football, blah blah blah.
Look, we like football as much as anyone. But this year, owing to various regional animosities and deep-seated issues with certain Pacific Northwestern waterfowl, we’re way more excited about Super Bowl Sunday as a food holiday — an excuse to amass the maximum amount of deep-fried calories possible and then see how many of them we can consume before passing out on the couch.
To wit, we have assembled a short list of places offering fancier-than-usual grub for game day — a little something for everyone, even if you’re the sort who thinks sushi is the perfect half-time break between the tacos and the chicken wings.