Our front-runner for next year’s Super Bowl halftime: Prince
The Star Tribune speculates today on what singers might be headlining the halftime show when the Super Bowl makes a stop in Minneapolis next year. Undoubtedly, were he still alive, Prince would get the gig, though it would be hard to exceed his performance 10 years ago tomorrow, the greatest Super Bowl halftime show in history.
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‘Border wall’ ad runs afoul of Super Bowl TV rules
Particularly since they’re usually released in advance now, it’s getting harder for Super Bowl commercials to stand out from the crowd anymore.
A sure-fire way to get noticed, however, is not to get your ad on the TV at all. Read more →
Rockport Analytics estimated $338 million in new spending would be generated by the 2018 Super Bowl in Minneapolis. Skeptics, though, say Super Bowls typically don’t deliver on the upbeat forecasts.
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When Vince Lombardi said, ‘show me a good loser, and I’ll show you a loser,’ it ended up in management text books. Lombardi had a luxury that Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton didn’t have when he sulked after losing the Super Bowl the other night, and stormed out of his postgame news conference. Read more →
San Francisco paying price for Super Bowl bid secrecy
We’re only two years away from hosting a Super Bowl in Minnesota so it’s worth paying attention this year to how things are going in Santa Clara, Calif., which hosts this year’s edition. Read more →
Super Bowl provided no boost to host city’s image
The boosters in Minneapolis who charmed the NFL into awarding the 2018 Super Bowl to the city say the game will bring a boost to the city’s image that you can’t buy.
But it hasn’t happened that way for Glendale, Arizona, the host city of this year’s Super Bowl. Read more →
Stat freaks, football, and a coach who might know better
Say what you will about the number of future vegetables professional football is making, this year’s NFL postseason has done wonders for the physical and social sciences. Read more →
The winners and losers of Super Bowl XLIX
No matter what kind of day you have at work today, at least it’s not going to be as bad as the one the Seattle Seahawks had in last night’s Super Bowl, when they elected to pass the ball for the win rather than just give it to automatic-touchdown running back Marshawn Lynch. Read more →
If there’s one thing people don’t much care for, it’s the media getting a little too full of themselves.
Saint Paul Pioneer Press writer Brian Murphy might have found that out when he weighed in Marshawn Lynch’s one-answer-for-every-question performance at Super Bowl media day. Read more →
It took football to get people interested in physics
If you write a news blog for a living, there’s not much better than a debate breaking out on it over a scientific calculation.
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The conversation surrounding the weekend revelation of perks demanded by the NFL in exchange for Minneapolis hosting Super Bowl LII entered the ‘don’t worry about it’ phase today.
The advice comes from famed foodie Andrew Zimmern, who takes on local scribes today for paying attention to the controversy. Read more →
Super Bowl ’18: The cost of doing business with divas
There were so many jaw-dropping factoids in the weekend Star Tribune article revealing what Minneapolis gave away to get the 2018 Super Bowl game that it’s hard to know where to begin. So let’s begin with the conclusion: Politicians either don’t know what’s going on in their own city, or they’re disingenuous in their denials of knowing what’s going on in their own city. Read more →
In New Orleans, it’s all over but the whining
Minnesota doesn’t get to be the last “team” standing very often when it comes to the NFL, so there might be a certain joy in watching the also-rans bite their lips with disappointment for a change. Sorry, Indianapolis. That's it. Indy is eliminated. New Orleans, Minneapolis fight it out. Disappoint ensues pic.twitter.com/qFKXXwFlfr — Stephen Holder Read more →
Minneapolis is trying mightily today to woo the National Football League to the city for the Super Bowl in 2018. Odds are that by then, the league will still be the most popular sport in America despite every scandalous piece of evidence that could give a person a reason to turn away. Coincidentally, the latest Read more →
Public investment and the scourge of big numbers
Anybody who hung around downtown Saint Paul during the 2008 Republican National Convention knows that it was a dud for most local businesses. It wasn’t surprising; analysis of other conventions showed somewhat similar results. What sounds like a big infusion of cash barely makes a ripple. But local officials put out a post-mortem assessment saying Read more →