Best and Worst of Super Bowl Commercials and Halftime Show

Best and Worst of Super Bowl Commercials and Halftime Show

Watching Eli Manning be crowned Super Bowl MVP is clearly not how you wanted the 2011 NFL season to come to an end, but at least the game against the Patriots itself was pretty damn entertaining, making for an enjoyable final night of football. Here are a few of the things we liked about this year's Super Bowl (and some we didn't), from our party food, the entertaining commercials, and Bill Bellichick to Madonna, LMFAO, and the dog with sneakers on.


FOOD: Primo's Hoagies with some Herr's kettle cooked chips and some suicide chicken wings from Blarney Stone were the perfect mix of gluttony. Right up there with perfectly cooked ribeye in my "last supper" meals. Some times there's just nothing like a good Italian hoagie.


One of our favorites of the night was the Volkswagen overweight dog bit that led into a rehash of last year's Darth Vader kid. We're a sucker for Star Wars.

Aside from the Bud Light Platinum spots, I thought Budweiser did a nice job with their throwback/Americana spots. It's also crazy to imagine that it was illegal to purchase Budweiser for 13 years which we learned in their "Return of the King" spot.

The NFL spot ("Timeline") was awesome per usual:

Others receiving mention: I kind of enjoyed the Samsung Galaxy "Thing Called Love" spot featuring "The Darkness" even if a phone with a pen seems like a truly awful idea. Catchy tune made for a catch commercial.

Also well done: The Best Buy spot showing off technology inovators.


John Carter, Act of Valor


Doritos. That kid who had to pee. The dog "Quigley" with the sneakers, but we did enjoy his DeSean Jackson-style showboating.


Aside from Tom Brady's decision to throw a toss up ball that was eventually intercepted by the Giants, the other cringe-worthy play for the Pats and their fans had to be Wes Welker's drop late in the fourth. The reaction of the Patriots' players on the bench says it all.


I actually kind of enjoyed Madonna's half time effort. Aside from the strange Scott Hartnell-looking  dude bouncing on a high wire, it seemed like a solid show. People  complain that she wasn't really singing, but who really sings at these  things? Is that make or break? Madonna has some classic tunes that I  found to be enjoyable for a few minutes between football. Then there are  those LMFAO dudes. I have a feeling if I knew anything at all about  them, I'd hate them, but I don't, so I find them fairly entertaining.  Plus, that one song they have is always kind of fun to hear and Madonna  even did the Shufflin' Dance with them. And M.I.A. flipped off the cameras, which makes the whole thing edgier!

What'd you enjoy about Sunday night? Any good party setups? Foodie favorites? Commercials you loved/hated?

Instant Replay: Coyotes 5, Flyers 4

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Instant Replay: Coyotes 5, Flyers 4


Two bizarre goals less than two minutes apart ruined a special night for the Flyers on Thursday at Wells Fargo Center.
Martin Hanzal scored a tie-breaking goal simultaneously while teammate Jakob Chychrun was being pounded in a fight with Brayden Schenn during a 2-2 game.
Then, rookie defenseman Ivan Provorov tackled Brad Richardson, who fell into goalie Steve Mason for a shorthanded goal that counted after review for interference.
That’s one way of losing as hockey game, 5-4.
Notable goals
Brandon Manning, who has been outstanding on both sides of the puck, tried an ill-advised clearing pass up the high slot and it was picked off by pinching defenseman Oliver Edkman-Larsson for a quick turnaround shot to make it a 2-0 lead.
Goalie report
A huge save on Anthony Duclair in the first period by Mason after a turnover from Andrew MacDonald. Mason didn’t look great on the fifth goal. Rushes to the net were a problem in front of him.
Power play
The Flyers scored three against Buffalo. In this one, they had five scattered shots over their first three power plays. That's not going to get it done. But they did get it done on their fifth power play with Schenn diving with his stick extended hit the ice as he tipped Shayne Gostisbehere’s point shot home to tie the game, 2-2. The Flyers were 2 for 8 on the power play.
Power-play points
Claude Giroux leads with six overall.
Penalty kill
There was no Boyd Gordon in this one to take PK draws. That went to Pierre-Edouard Bellemare. Roman Lyubimov had a nice shorthanded move for a possible scoring chance but couldn’t complete it.
Big hit
You've got to like Sean Couturier upending Duclair during the opening minutes of play along the left boards. Duclair later had a fine assist on Jamie McGinn’s goal that gave the 'Yotes a 1-0 lead.
Ryan White had a goal that made it 5-3 late in the game.
Third line
The new third line with Nick Cousins centering Schenn and Dale Weise scored in the second period. All three picked up a point with Cousins banging home the Schenn rebound to make it a 2-1 game.
Chychrun lost to Schenn, who had sent Michael Stone to the boards hard with a legal shoulder check. Stone still assisted on Hanzal's goal that began the madness that saw Arizona get two quickies.
Injured: Forwards Scott Laughton (knee) and Michael Raffl (abdominal pull), defenseman Michael Del Zotto (knee). Healthy: forward Gordon and defenseman Nick Schultz.
Up next
The Flyers will practice Friday at Skate Zone in Voorhees, N.J., and host the defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday night at the Wells Fargo Center.

Report: Sixers exec Jason Wiley led meeting on national anthem issue

Report: Sixers exec Jason Wiley led meeting on national anthem issue

The Sixers' meeting on Thursday to address the national anthem situation on opening night was led by VP of Content and Integrated Marketing Jason Wiley, John Gonzalez reported.

Wiley and team executives decided not to have Sevyn Streeter perform the national anthem because she wore a "We Matter" shirt, according to the report. The team had concerns Streeter would have further protests. 

A member of the Sixers' dance team performed in her place.

Wiley helped book Streeter, according to the report, and had previously worked for Bad Boy Records and had music industry contacts.

CBS3 reported Thursday that Streeter had signed a contract that barred her from making a political statement during the performance (see story).

The Sixers discussed the incident and are considering options on how to address it (see story).

“I think the team, not only do we want to speak up on the matter that happened yesterday, but I feel like we’re now starting to push, like it’s not just about saying something, it’s about making a difference,” Nik Stauskas said. “It’s about going out there and doing something. So we don’t really know what we’re going to do yet, but I know a lot of guys on this team are eager to go out there and make a difference one way or another.”