Maroon 5 might be the biggest musical act in the world that nobody really likes (aside from maybe Coldplay), but they have a chance to redeem themselves at the Super Bowl halftime show on Sunday.
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Maroon 5 took the money that many artists wouldn’t take in protest of the NFL blacklisting and treatment of Colin Kaepernick, the quarterback who took a knee during the National Anthem to protest racial inequality in America, and found himself out of work. Read more →
A food company tries to get away with porn references in its Super Bowl ad. It didn’t work. Read more →
Dylan reveals answer that’s blowing in the wind: it’s bad beer
We interrupt our blog posting to reveal that the Budweiser Super Bowl ad, which previously and traditionally focused on Clydesdales and puppies, is heavy on the Dylan this year. Read more →
Response to Gillette ad proves some men are better
The now infamous Gillette ad audaciously suggesting that men treat women with respect and police the ones who don’t, has accomplished its mission of opening a discussion. It also required us — again — to listen to the sound of a million hissyfits by men who don’t have much to offer after ‘hey, baby!’ Read more →
‘The best a man can get’, the long-time advertising slogan of Gillette, is being turned on its head in the #MeToo era. Read more →
Hi there, visitors. Welcome to our state. Before you unpack, please understand that one of the reasons why the locals — who love the cold, they say — are talking about how terribly cold it is today is so that you’ll think highly of our ability to ignore the cold and pretend we love it so much we dread the coming summer. Just humor us; it’s a thing.
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Let’s make Monday a national holiday
The chances are pretty good that you’re going to skip work next Monday, the day after the Super Bowl in Minneapolis. The flu outbreak is good for something; it gives us a believable excuse.
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Super Bowl showdown: economic boost or no?
Today’s New York Times article that declares that Minneapolis St. Paul won’t see the big economic windfall from the Super Bowl that its hosts thought it would probably isn’t that big of a surprise to the hosts. That’s pretty much why details of deals between the NFL and host cities are kept fairly secret. Read more →
Prices falling for Super Bowl tickets
It’s probably only a coincidence that it happened just after a big snowstorm in the host city, but the price of Super Bowl tickets at US Bank Stadium are sliding. Read more →
If there are player protests during the Super Bowl in Minneapolis next month, NBC says it won’t cover them up to keep advertisers happy. Read more →
A Super Bowl volunteer diary
Laura McCallum, MPR’s Managing Editor of Daily News, is one of the 10,000 people volunteering to greet visitors during Super Bowl week this winter. She’ll be documenting her experience periodically on NewsCut.
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Super Bowl volunteers are soft targets for the haters
Yesterday afternoon, thousands of volunteers for the upcoming Super Bowl week attended their training on how to put the state’s best foot forward for visitors to our fair state, many convinced that we’re just nicer and more polite than people in the rest of the country. Read more →
A commission member urged the full board to oppose any Super Bowl-bound planes landing in Brainerd until the NFL enforces its rule requiring players to stand during the National Anthem. Read more →
Every time there is a major event in the Twin Cities — the Republican National Convention, for example — we are told that it will also be accompanied by a large increase in prostitution. It’s that way in other cities, too, particularly when the Super Bowl comes to town, as it will in Minneapolis next winter. Read more →