With game day just around the corner, we’ve been wondering what types of superstitions sports aficionados participate in. Our team talked briefly about it last week, and one of us admitted that we had to watch one game from the corner of our bed, because if we moved, our team would lose. (I won’t name names…)
My uncle has a particular pair of socks that he needs to wear whenever he wants his team, the Rams, to win, while my dad has to shut off the game if his team (Patriots) is losing so they can turn it around.
And even athletes themselves have superstitious traditions. Before each game, tennis player Serena Williams has to tie her shoes in a very specific way, then bounce the ball five times before her first serve, twice before her second. She also wears the same socks during a tournament run. Tiger Woods always wears red during his final rounds. Colorado Rockie Jason Giambi was known for wearing a golden thong when his game performance hit a slump.
Here are a few other quirky sports-related superstitions:
Lip-syncing, the Super Bowl, and Mad Men are on our minds this week.
The Inauguration happened, but you might not know it because everyone's been talking about Beyonce and how she may have lip-synced the National Anthem. I love Bey, and I don’t much care if she lip-synced, but apparently a lot of people do. Amid Beyonce-bashing, several articles rebutted the claim, while others said Beyonce, Kelly Clarkson, AND the choir performed to a pre-recorded track, in addition to singing live. The reason I think people care so much is because if Beyonce lip-synced, she’ll have been the first person ever in the history of the world to have done so. Wait, that’s right, Yo-Yo Ma didn’t play live at the 2009 Inauguration; I don’t even need to mention Ashlee Simpson. Beyonce’s camp hasn’t responded publicly, and I think it’s because she’s too busy hanging out with her close personal friends, the Obamas, and swimming in her champagne-filled pool. (Probably.)
For seven of the last eight Super Bowls, the halftime show performances seemed as if they belonged in the 80's (the Black Eyed Peas in 2011 being the exception). This year, the NFL decided to try to bring halftime back to this decade with the announcement of pop diva Beyonce as this year's Super Bowl entertainment.
For the past two years, there have been surprise appearances by other musicians as part of the show. Last year, Madonna was joined by Cee Lo Green, Nicki Minaj, and LMFAO among others. In 2011, it was Usher and Slash joining the Black Eyed Peas. So, it begs the question: who will be joining Beyonce on stage this year? Here are some of my best guesses.
Destiny's Child Reunion
This would be a pretty big deal. Destiny's Child was one of the most successful music groups of all time, selling more than 60 million albums and winning multiple Grammy Awards, including one for their song "Say My Name" (video to the left). Since the group disbanded in 2006, Beyonce has rocketed to super stardom, while Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams have found only mild success. I think this one has a real possibility of happening, and where would they find a bigger stage?
With all the things that have already happened in this offseason in the NFL, it feels like the season never really ended. Between free agency, all the mock drafts, Peyton Manning going to the Broncos and the Saints scandal, football has never left the headlines.
Now the league has made more headlines after releasing the 2012 schedule of games and NFL fans have begun to drool at some of the match-ups. Here are some of the highlights of the 2012 NFL Schedule:
One of the hardest things to do in sports is win a championship in consecutive years, but that is the task of the New York Giants this season. The Super Bowl champions will not have an easy road back to the big game because, based on the records of the 2012 opponents from last season, the G-Men will have the toughest schedule in the league. They get right down to it, too, when they host division rival Dallas Cowboys on Thursday, September 5, in the NFL season opener. Tough games against teams like the 49ers, Steelers, Saints and Ravens all await the Giants in 2012.
For many people in the U.S., Thanksgiving is about three things: family, turkey, and football. Every year the NFL schedules a slate of games for Turkey Day and this year will feature some great games. The Detroit Lions will continue their tradition of playing on Thanksgiving and face the Houston Texans, who many believe could be a favorite to go to the Super Bowl. Following that, there will be a late afternoon game between the Dallas Cowboys and their NFC East rival, the Washington Redskins. But perhaps the most talked about game this Thanksgiving will be the prime-time match-up between bitter rivals New England Patriots and New York Jets.
Since Tim already posted about the thing that happens in between all the great Super Bowl commercials, it's time to determine which of those great commercials were the best of the year. After much deliberation (read: not as much as you'd think) we've come up with our top five Super Bowl XLVI commercials. Check out our picks and then let us know if you think we missed any.
Volkswagen: The Bark Side
This has been one of our favorites since before the Super Bowl, since a teaser was released a few weeks ago. My personal favorites are the Princess Leia and Chewbacca dogs, which add a whole new layer to the spot. Such a creative and cute (and catchy) commercial!