Desperate for scraps of Super Bowl glory, Philadelphians have been floating some pretty lame trivia lately: John Harbaugh was once an assistant coach with the Eagles; the Eagles beat the Ravens way back in Week 2. Cast aside those morsels now. It turns out that the company that has managed the New Orleans (er, Mercedes-Benz) Superdome since 1977–i.e. the company that manages the stadium that went completely dark during the biggest sporting event on the planet–is based in little old West Conshohocken, PA. Here’s what SMGhad to say about the blackout, in a joint release with the energy company that provides power (or doesn’t!) to the stadium:
Shortly after the beginning of the second half of the Super Bowl in the Mercedes Benz Superdome, a piece of equipment that is designed to monitor electrical load sensed an abnormality in the system. Once the issue was detected, the sensing equipment operated as designed and opened a breaker, causing power to be partially cut to the Superdome in order to isolate the issue.Backup generators kicked in immediately as designed. Entergy and SMG subsequently coordinated start up procedures, ensuring that full power was safely restored to the Superdome.
So much for those “unparalleled resources and capability, along with top-rated expertise, leadership, and creative problem solving that maintains the highest standard for every client and event” including but not limited to halftime shows featuring BEYONCE KNOWLES.
When I was a kid, the Super Bowl meant two things: The NFC team would blow out the AFC team, with the game usually decided well before the end of the game. It also meant great commercials. Michael and Larry playing horse. Frogs that say “Bud. Weis. Er.” Cindy Crawford drinking a Pepsi. Read more »
Rapey? Sure. Here’s what we know about the kiss in this commercial, based entirely on the information given us onscreen:
• The young woman who receives the kiss chose to be at prom with someone else.
• Our “hero” forcibly turns her around and jams his mouth to hers almost before she can identify him, and certainly without any permission being sought or given. What’s more, this is a demonstration of his new, Audi-fueled power.
• He leaves prom without her—suggesting that she still chooses to be at prom with somebody else.
Or maybe, as Domenech suggested in his Tweet, conservatives hate liberals so much they’d rather find humor in sexual battery than end up agreeing with the left about anything. But boy, it sure seems like conservatism can be better than that, can’t it?
Maybe I’m just—as another conservative friend suggested—a humorless feminist. I don’t think that’s quite true. I’m not interested in ruining the fun, whether it’s the Super Bowl or light-hearted commercials accompanying the Super Bowl.
But if the fun conveys a bad idea, or comes at the expense of somebody who doesn’t deserve it, then it deserves to be critiqued. “Show your power by forcing a kiss upon an unsuspecting girl,” strikes me as a bad idea. I’m not anti-delight. I am anti-dudes-taking-unasked-for-liberties. And I’m pretty sure I’m right to be.
Earlier this week Philadelphia magazine food editor Jason Sheehan and I sat down at the office (it’s a tough job) to try Budweiser’s brand new Black Crown beer. Black Crown is making its marketing debut during the Super Bowl and we wanted to share what we thought of the beer. Black Crown is the result of 25,000 votes in a project Anheuser Buschcalled “Project 12.” The experiment had twelve master brewers setting out to create a new beer that was consistent with the Budweiser name. The winner of the exercise was from Los Angeles and that beer is now Budweiser Black Crown. Black Crown uses the same yeast strain that Adolphus Busch used in the original Budweiser back in 1876 and like the original Bud Heavy, it is also beechwood aged. The beer weighs in at 6% alcohol by volume and promises more taste.
Until the Super Bowl, there is just this short Budweiser Black Crown preview video to whet your appetite. Well that video and the one Jason and I did while tasting the beer. Bonus points if you get the reference we ran with in making the video.
Unless you’re like me and refuse to watch this year’s Super Bowl, check out this comprehensive list of Philly bars featuring superduper Super Bowl specials, compiled by our friends at Foobooz. (Fun fact: Foobooz was almost named Fooboozle.)
Bainbridge Barrel House - $1 off Maryland and San Francisco drafts. That means you save a buck on Stillwater, DuClaw, 21st Ammendment, Anchor and more. Wings will just be 50¢.
Bottle Bar East - $40 includes gets you all-you-can-eat buffalo wings and Yards Brawler and PBC Kenzinger.
City Tap House – All weekend beers from San Francisco and Baltimore (Anchor Steam, 21st Amendment, Natty Bo, Brewer’s Art and Stillwater) will be on tap.
Del Frisco’s – $8 VIP cocktails, $8 wine specials plus beer specials in the Vault.
Dock Street Brewery – Watch the game on their huge projector screen. Enjoy Dock Street’s new Galaxy Pale Ale and as a rare treat, the brew pub is serving wings: whole, wood-fired and char-grilled wings in buffalo-style sauce served with a yogurt-bleu cheese dressing. Vegetarians can try the buffalo tofu pizza.
Field House - $35 entrance gets you unlimited chicken wing and select beers including Yards Philly Pale Ale and Brawler.
Kite & Key – It’s Savage Sunday at Kite & Key. The Fairmount bar stockpiles some great beer for this event. Tap time is 7 p.m. and the list will not be divulged until then.
Le Viet - Complementary wings at the bar, $3 beers and $2.50 crispy spring rolls. Also $5 wine and cocktails.
London Grill – California’s Stone Vertical Epic 12.12.12 and 11.11.11 are being tapped for the game. And not to play favorites, so will EVO Primal Pale Ale from Evolution, a Maryland Craft Brewery. Also on special; $3 domestic bottle beers, $4 select draught beers and $3 small plates.
MilkBoy Philadelphia - MilkBoy The Studio has a rooting interest in the Super Bowl. The studio composed, performed and produced original music, as well as handled audio post-production for the Century 21 commercials which will air before and during the Super Bowl. During the commercials all shots will be $2. All game will feature $3 Anchor Steam (SF) and Flying Dog (MD) beers. Complimentary appetizers at half-time.
Noir - $1 Yuengling pints, $5 O’Canada citywide specials. And wings will just be 25¢ each.
Perch Pub - $3 bourbon shots, $5 Jagermeister shots and $15 buckets of domestic beers during the game. Happy Hour also happens from 9 to 10 p.m., where all craft drafts are 50% off.
Xfinity Live - Lost In Paris performs live pre-game from 3-6 p.m., plus enjoy $3 select drafts all day long. And the parking is free.
With no Eagles in the Super Bowl, the local angle has been primarily about Ravens quarterback and South Jersey native, Joe Flacco. But MilkBoy provides another local hook. MilkBoy The Studio composed, performed and produced the original music, as well as handled the audio post-production for the Century 21 commercials airing before and during the Super Bowl. MilkBoy at 11th and Chestnut will be celebrating, by offering $2 you-call-it shots every time one of the commercials runs.
This Sunday night looks to be another classic match-up between a heavy favorite and a hapless underdog. No, not the 49ers and the Ravens—the Super Bowl itself vs. Downton Abbey, Britain’s upper-crust costume drama on PBS. On display will be two radically different views of the culture. One, mired in the past, fetishizes assets inherited at birth and glorifies the over-privileged few. The other, as modern as can be, rewards personal achievement and stresses fair play. Read more »
It’s not that I hate the commercialism of the Super Bowl—I’ve been watching since I was eight. Nor have I boycotted football to protest the league’s brain injury problem, though that would have been laudable. I’m not even really that bitter about my New York Jets. I’m sure I’ll watch next year’s game. But this year, I refuse. Here’s why. Read more »
“Originally I would have loved to go to the Super Bowl, but at this point it looks like it’s not going to happen … I received an email saying I need to turn in my uniform. I can’t say I didn’t expect it, but at the same time, they owe that to me.”
So pontificates Courtney Lenz, a Baltimore Ravens cheerleader whom the team did not send to the Super Bowl. Read more »
Heading to a friends house for the Super Bowl? Don’t be THAT guy who shows up empty-handed. Here are a handful of restaurants offering special takeout options for the Super Bowl. Bring an order of Ela’s wings (pictured) and a local growler and quickly go from zero to hero.