Neil Best leaves no stone unturned in the world of sports media.
The choice of Bruno Mars for the Super Bowl XLVIII halftime show predictably led to some head-scratching from New York-area types who thought someone who grew up in or around our humble burg might have been up to the job.
True, Mr. Mars’ father was born in Brooklyn, but the man himself is from down the road a piece . . . in Hawaii!
Fair question. But it ignores the reality that even...Read more »
NFL officials announced Tuesday that Super Bowl Boulevard (a/k/a Broadway) will feature a 60-foot-high, 108-foot long toboggan run in Times Square that could handle up to 50,000 rides in the days leading up to the big game.
No word on whether it will be converted into a new TKTS booth afterward.
But more mundane prep work continues for Super Bowl XLVIII, too, covering everything from...Read more »
Baby Boomer alert: Amazingly, The Amazing Kreskin not only is alive and well and still working at age 78, he has as much work as ever – nearly one show or interview for every day of the year in 2012, he said.
But until this year he never had attempted to predict the Super Bowl score. That changed on Fox Business Channel the week before the big game, when he sealed his pick and gave it to the...Read more »
Newsday's editorial cartoonist Walt Handelsman lived in New Orleans for some time, so he knows how to adapt to unique situations.
Newsday's editorial cartoonist Walt Handelsman has lived on Long Island for some time, so he knows about power outages.
The photo on this blog post is just a little snippet of his take on the Super Bowl power outage from Sunday night. Click the link for the...Read more »
The halftime show news conference always is one of the biggest – and strangest – of Super Bowl week, as fawning entertainment writers and grouchy sportswriters vie to ask pertinent questions of famous musicians.
But Thursday’s Beyonce presser was an all-timer, from the moment she began by belting out the national anthem in a clever in-your-face to critics of her Inauguration Day lip-sync.
She...Read more »
Sometimes it’s best to just quote Super Bowl news releases verbatim, allowing them to speak for their wacky selves, rather than trying to think of something clever to say about them.
For example, one from CBS about, well, this:
"CBS Sports, home of Super Bowl XLVII, Queens and Helmut VonLichten have teamed to re-mix the iconic rock classic “We Will Rock You” with “The NFL on CBS”...Read more »
Dressing up notoriously drab MetLife Stadium will be among the challenges Super Bowl XLVIII organizers face, but they are off to a good start with an early gimmick that actually looks pretty cool – literally and figuratively.
MetLife this week installed a 25-foot high “snow globe’’ outside the stadium, complete with real snow, as the Jets’ Joe McKnight and Giants’ David Wilson demonstrated...Read more »
Beth Hirschhorn is chief marketing officer for MetLife, but as she talked about Super Bowl XLVIII on Thursday, she sounded more like an advanced analytics geek as she broke down the cold, hard facts of winter weather and offense.
“The thing I’m hearing from people that is a little off-kilter is that the score is much lower in cold-weather games, and the statistics don’t bear that out,’’ she...Read more »
Strange but true: There were far more journalists and people in suits (and even some journalists in suits) at CBS’ event Tuesday previewing its Super Bowl coverage in New Orleans than there were at the Rex Ryan/Woody Johnson presser at the same time.
Such is the power of the Super Bowl, an event that draws from the worlds of sports, news, business and show biz. (Plus, CBS’ event was catered.)
Speaking...Read more »