January 30, 2012 |
Reporting from New York -- They stood so close there was barely room to breathe, their cellphone cameras raised and at the ready. Hundreds of New York Giants fans crammed into a Times Square sporting goods store last week, some waiting for three hours, hoping to catch a glimpse of the city's newest Super Bowl-bound sensation. Some fans wore crisp Victor Cruz jerseys, while others sported newly minted T-shirts reading "Cruuuuuuuz" on the front - the Giants cheer that sounds like booing - with a diagram of salsa steps on the back, the star receiver's touchdown celebration of choice.
February 3, 2012 |
So I'm coming out of Staples the other night, and I look at the fan next to me on the street. "Katzenberg!!!" I yell, when it turns out to be just another one of those steely eyed bald dudes that L.A. produces like pigeons. I avert what could've been an embarrassing moment by skipping down the street shouting out famous names randomly. "Minnie Driver! Donald Duck!" as if suffering from some sort of celebrity-induced dementia. "Mel Gibson! Larry Hagman! Donna Reed!" Which brings us, obviously, to the Super Bowl, where language is also a powerful tool when used correctly, or preferably incorrectly.
January 21, 2012 |
Reporting from San Francisco -- Who can forget those epic battles between the New York Giants and San Francisco 49ers, games woven into the fabric of NFL lore? Bill Parcells matching wits with Bill Walsh. Phil Simms versus Joe Montana. Steve Young. Lawrence Taylor. Jerry Rice. Mark Bavaro. Botched snaps. Brutal hits. Broken dreams. Bitter-cold Gatorade showers. But break off the rearview mirror. Set fire to the yellowed statistics. Who cares that the New York Giants and San Francisco 49ers have already played seven times in the postseason, a matchup that has produced four eventual Super Bowl champions?
January 26, 2012 |
The rivalry that has produced the Curse of the Bambino, Bucky Dent, Bill Buckner, David Tyree's catch and disagreeing forms of clam chowder — exposing the nastiness of arrogance and an inferiority complex along the way — has returned. In the Super Bowl, no less. New York and Boston's vitriol might not be on the level of Yankees-Red Sox as the New York Giants and New England Patriots prepare for Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis on Feb. 5, but the deeply ingrained disdain between the Eastern corridor metropolises is in play.
February 6, 2012 |
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning snagged his second Most Valuable Player Award in Super Bowl XLVI on Sunday, but he also scored another milestone: He will be the fifth football star to twice have declared, "I'm going to Disney World !" after the Giants beat the New England Patriots 21-17 in Indianapolis. Manning will appear today at the Orlando theme park for one day only at 1:20 p.m. (Eastern) for a Super Bowl MVP Parade down Main Street in the Magic Kingdom.
January 24, 2012 |
This post has been corrected, as indicated below. Super Bowl fans, add blue to your team colors. Tickets to selected performances of Blue Man Group at the Venetian in Las Vegas will be reduced to $46 in honor of Super Bowl XLVI . The catch? You have to wear something with the logo of the New York Giants or the New England Patriots . The deal: To get the $46 tickets, put on a football jersey or other logo clothing item for one of the two teams that will square off in the Super Bowl on Feb. 5 in Indianapolis.
February 23, 2012 |
Jim Harbaugh was named the NFL's Coach of the Year after turning around the San Francisco 49ers in his first season, but that hasn't given him much breathing room. That's the way he sees it, at least. "Approaching this combine, I'm very much on edge," he said Thursday. "I've always felt like the most improvement you can make is from Year 1 to Year 2, much like a college freshman. The most improvement he can make in an entire one year of college football is going from Year 1 to his sophomore year, like a pro football player going from his rookie season to his second season.
February 5, 2012
SUNDAY The New York Giants, the New England Patriots, Madonna: The first one plays the second and the third headlines the halftime show at "Super Bowl XLVI" in Indianapolis. And in between? Commercials, commercials, commercials! (NBC, 3 p.m.) Speaking of Madonna — or rather, another fashion-forward dance-pop diva of more recent vintage — the special "Chasing Gaga" charts the rags-to-meat-dress rise of one Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, better known as Lady Gaga. (TV Guide, 9 p.m.)
May 17, 2012 |
FOOTBALL URBAN LEGEND : Did a Gatorade shower lead to the death of a Hall of Fame football coach? After leading the New York Giants to a victory in Super Bowl XLVI earlier this year, head coach Tom Coughlin earned himself his second post-Super Bowl Gatorade shower (in the Giants' Super Bowl XLII victory, it appeared to be water/melted ice while this time around it was purple Gatorade). While the Gatorade shower is a notable tradition for coaches who just won the big game (a tradition popularized by the New York Giants during the 1980s, although not one invented by the Giants, as I established in a Football Urban Legends Revealed here )
February 6, 2012 |
To label the selection of Madonna as a halftime performer at the Super Bowl as curious is to neglect the surreal history of what has become one of the year's most discussed 10 minutes of music on American television. From the high-water mark Janet Jackson-Justin Timberlake nip slip to the weird non sequitur Rolling Stones gig to a children's choir singing "Michael Row the Boat Ashore," the Super Bowl has never been short on ridiculousness. But all different kinds of musical craziness had nothing on this year's Bridgestone Super Bowl XLVI Halftime Show performance.