Tag:Super Bowl
Posted on: January 28, 2011 10:15 pm
Edited on: January 28, 2011 10:29 pm

Dallas needs more dancers for the Super Bowl

Posted by Will Brinson

One stereotype of celebrities and athletes attending large sporting events is that many people attend "gentlemen's clubs." There's no proof, per se, but it seems like a safe bet that if several hundred thousand rich people descend on a metro area, several hundred thousand more pieces of currency will get thrown in the air.

This logic would explain why Dallas is desperate for, um, talented dancing ladies (read: strippers). At least according to John Walsh of the Showtime Caberet, who told TMZ that he's looking to add "another 100-120 lap dancers" for the Super Bowl.

TMZ also reports that the city's strip clubs as a whole are in the hunt for an extra 100,000 (!!!) girls to work the clubs. Which seems, well, like a lot of women.

For instance, right now, Showtime Caberet only has 30 girls -- Walsh apparently feels the need to literally quadruple his employee count.

The only thing that weirds me out about this "lack of dancers" phenomenon is that it happens every single year when the Super Bowl rolls into town. That's because an extra couple hundred thousand people are coming and people want to drum up business by getting their name in the paper (that way people have a name they can be drawn to).

Plus, we're talking about the Packers and the Steelers here -- if ever there were two fanbases least likely to make it rain all over Big D, that's them.

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Image via TMZ
Posted on: January 20, 2011 7:31 pm

Super Bowl tickets are high, but not THAT high

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

I was talking to a source the other day, and we were discussing how she’s been to 22 Super Bowls. But she’s not planning to travel to Dallas for Super Bowl XLV, and part of the reason is because the cost of a face value ticket is so damn high.

I had no idea how much it cost to get into the game – I was thinking maybe $200 – so I was rather stunned when she said she’d have to lay out $600-800 for one ticket.

CNBC’s Darren Rovell writes a little about Super Bowl tickets today, and he displays a graphic that charts the rise of Super Bowl ticket prices throughout the years.

While a ticket that only lets you into the area OUTSIDE the stadium goes for a slightly-ridiculous $200 and a standing-room only pass will cost you $350, Rovell doesn’t seem to think the rest of the costs are outrageous.

He writes, “It's interesting to see how much the price has risen in the last decade, but again, I feel like it's warranted. All tickets for Super Bowl XXVI, 20 years ago, was $240, if you factor in inflation. Now it's exactly five times as much. But it's possible that the NFL is five times as popular as it was in 1991.”

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Category: NFL
Tags: Super Bowl
Posted on: January 19, 2011 5:11 pm
Edited on: January 19, 2011 6:00 pm

Obama says 'we're going' if Bears make Super Bowl

Posted by Will Brinson

President Barack Obama isn't exactly scared of letting the world know about his profound love of sports, particularly those teams based in the Windy City. He fills out an NCAA tournament bracket, he played ball with a bunch of Carolina players, he threw out the first pitch at a White Sox game and he tried to get LeBron James to come to Chicago, to name a few recent events.

Now he says if the Bears make the Super Bowl (and they only need to defeat Green Bay on Sunday to do so), he'll be there as well.

"Oh, we're going," Mr. Obama answered a reporter's question. "If the Bears are in the Super Bowl, we're going."

This shouldn't come as a big surprise; if a Chicago team is playing in a big event, the President goes. (Although it should come as a big disaster for anyone else who attends -- security will be bad enough as it is, but add in the Prez and things will be disastrous.) 

And, frankly, I don't blame him. Even though people freak out engage in pleasant rhetoric whenever Obama attends up a sporting event, when you're elected President of the United States, you get -- at most -- two "chances" to be powerful enough where you can do whatever you want and not worry about anyone actually doing anything to stop you. For a couple of years anyway.

Or maybe that just explains why I'm not in politics. Either way, the simple solution is too just pull for the Packers this weekend.

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Posted on: January 19, 2011 4:34 pm

Might this video offend you? FOX thinks so

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

In case you’re interested in what a banned Super Bowl ad looks like, check out the video below.

Warning: to be on the safe side, we’ll go ahead and call it NSFW. No nudity or anything, but it’s still awfully suggestive from AshleyMadison.com – a site that hooks up people who want to have affairs on their spouses.

Here’s part of the press release I received today regarding the video:

AshleyMadison.com's brand new commercial starring porn star Savanna Samson has been officially rejected from airing during the 2011 Super Bowl. Unlike past Ashley Madison spots, the new ad doesn't mention anything specific about the adultery service or even use its controversial tagline "Life is Short. Have an Affair."

The rejection of the seemingly G (rated) spot has lead AshleyMadison.com founder Noel Biderman to believe it's the use of the hall of fame porn star that led to the rejection of the ad. "Now that so many adult film stars including Jenna Jameson and Sasha Grey have crossed over into the mainstream, it's disappointing that the NFL continues to discriminate against them. I wonder if they're planning on restricting Ben Roethlisberger from playing or Rex Ryan from coaching in the big game," said the disgruntled Biderman who is used to the rejection by now. …

In 2009, AshleyMadison.com's Super Bowl ad was rejected by NBC nationally but still managed to air in Houston, TX (a very strong market for the service) by doing a local ad buy with their NBC affiliate. Biderman said he is entertaining the idea of seeking out similar opportunities for this year's game and is confident that the local affiliates will run his ad despite the rejection. 

FOX offered no explanation other than that their "Standards & Practices has deemed the Ashley Madison spot is not acceptable to air on FOX."

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Category: NFL
Tags: Super Bowl
Posted on: January 14, 2011 7:57 pm

Report: Aguilera to sing anthem at Super Bowl

Posted by Andy Bneoit

Prepare for one of those Russian-esque, 20-minute national anthems on Super Bowl Sunday. Multiple media outlets (OK, gossip websites) are reporting that Christina Aguilera will be the one taking center stage prior to kickoff on February 6 in Arlington.

USA Today’s Ann Oldenburg writes, “A spokesperson from the NFL had ‘no comment’ on Aguilera's participation, according to Hitflix, but Gossip Cop says it has been confirmed by a source close to the singer. Aguilera's spokesperson said she could not confirm it to (USA Today’s) Lifeline Live at this time.”

If it is Aguilera, be prepared for an opening line that will go something like this: Oooohhhhhh saaaaaaaaayyyyyy can you seeeeeeeeee----eeeeeee----aaaaaa---
eeeeeee---aaa! By the dawn’s early…

You get the idea.

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Category: NFL
Tags: Super Bowl
Posted on: November 25, 2010 6:58 pm
Edited on: November 25, 2010 7:03 pm

Black Eyed Peas named Super Bowl halftime show

Posted by Will Brinson

Let's get it started in here. Or, um, something -- the point of that "joke" was to inform you that the Black Eyed Peas are officially the selection of the Super Bowl XLV in Cowboys Stadium.

It's a generally acceptable selection, I guess, because the Peas are willing to tone down their act a little for nationally televised events (see: "Let's get it started" as the NBA's theme song, even though the original words of the song were slightly different and possibly unprintable), and they're popular.

Plus, they've worked with the NFL before -- they performed at the league's kickoff last year (although if this means Dave Matthews is singing at the next Super Bowl, well, I'm out).

It's worth noting, though, that the Peas are the youngest band to take the stage for a halftime show since Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake were on stage. And, of course, we all know what happened there.

That being said, going "younger" doesn't always equate to going "better" -- even though the Peas are popular and might draw a somewhat younger demographic, they're certainly not the Rolling Stones or the Who.

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Posted on: August 12, 2010 5:23 pm

Jersey's getting hosed on the 2014 Super Bowl

Posted by Will Brinson

Residents of New Jersey (Jerseyians?) haven't been too thrilled that people associate "2014 Super Bowl" with "New York" and not both states. That's because, well, the game is actually being played in NJ. It's a reasonable complaint.

According to the New York Daily News , the Meadowlands commissioned a study that shows just how much the Big Apple is jobbing  the state of Jersey with the current Super Bowl setup.

Essentially it boils down to the fact that the only folks who will stay in Jersey are the media (COMMENCE GRUMBLING!) and that the presence of said media will "only" produce $20 million in revenue for hotels, etc.

On the other hand, the average person, according to the same survey, who visits the Super Bowl for pure football spectating enjoyment -- and not the horrible gruelings of having to cover it for work -- is a rich, white dude who makes above $200,000 and presumably enjoys spending his evenings dousing local, ahem, workers with $7,000 bottles of champagne before retiring to his $1500 a night hotel room where he eats grapes stuffed with brie cheese and caviar.

Or something. The point is this: a whole lot of cheddar gets pumped into whatever city is hosting the Super Bowl's economy. In fact, about $594 million.

"There is significant evidence that out-of-town game-day visitors profiled have deeper pockets," the study said. "Typically, four-night-minimum stays with elevated average daily hotel rates are met with a substantial consumer demand."

The Garden State's beef is that they'll get somewhere between 3 and 10 percent of it.

Even if their numbers are obscenely high (in terms of the total generated), it's safe to say that New Jersey has something to complain about.

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Posted on: June 18, 2010 8:00 pm

Super Bowl Odds Are Here

Not that this blog is a resource for sports gamblers, but it’s sometimes interesting to see what the Super Bowl Odds are. Today BroBurySports.com released Super Bowl odds for the 2010 season.

Indianapolis Colts 6/1 (previously 6/1)
San Diego Chargers 8/1 (8/1)
New Orleans Saints 9/1 (10/1)
New England Patriots 10/1 (10/1)
Pittsburgh Steelers 10/1 (12/1)
Green Bay Packers 11/1 (12/1)
Dallas Cowboys 12/1 (12/1)
Minnesota Vikings 12/1 (12/1)
Baltimore Ravens 15/1 (15/1)
New York Jets 15/1 (15/1)
Philadelphia Eagles 18/1 (12/1)
New York Giants 20/1 (30/1)
Washington Redskins 20/1 (50/1)
Atlanta Falcons 30/1 (30/1)
Chicago Bears 25/1 (40/1)
Cincinnati Bengals 30/1 (30/1)
Houston Texans 30/1 (40/1)
Tennessee Titans 30/1 (30/1)
Miami Dolphins 40/1 (40/1)
San Francisco 49ers 40/1 (40/1)
Arizona Cardinals 50/1 (30/1)
Carolina Panthers 50/1 (40/1)
Denver Broncos 50/1 (50/1)
Seattle Seahawks 50/1 (40/1)
Jacksonville Jaguars 60/1 (50/1)
Buffalo Bills 100/1 (100/1)
Cleveland Browns 100/1 (100/1)
Detroit Lions 100/1 (100/1)
Kansas City Chiefs 100/1 (100/1)
Oakland Raiders 100/1 (100/1)
St. Louis Rams 100/1 (100/1)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 100/1 (100/1)

--Andy Benoit

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Tags: NFL, Super Bowl
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