Feb. 2, 2004
Halftime star
Janet Jackson:

Yes, that was a boob. After WAY too many TiVo reviews, replay inconclusive as to whether it was staged or spontaneous.
The Lead Item
Two Words For You:

We may never see another one like that again.

I'm talking about the freshly minted Pats dynasty; what are you talking about -- JJ's freshly flashed mammary moment? Wait: You never un-paused the TiVo after the halftime show, did you?

That's right: I said "dynasty." In our current NFL era, winning two titles in three years is more than enough of a qualifier, given the crippling salary restrictions, hyper-media scrutiny and ever-increasing league emphasis on parity.

The Pats have accomplished something a lot more impressive than the 1960s Packers, 1970s Steelers or the 1980s 49ers.

And while I'm tossing around the heresy like Tom Brady tosses clutch passes, the current 15-game winning streak -- adjusted for competitive inflation -- should be put on a pedestal above those '72 Dolphins.

Janet's Show
Sincere or staged? Let's take a 360-degree look, kind of like "Boomtown" (uh, no, I guess that's "Boobtown"):

MTV: Apologizing
Hmm: "Unrehearsed, unplanned, completely unintentional."

CBS: "Regrets incident"
Hmm: "Unlikely" to use MTV again.

NFL: Claiming ignorance
Hmm: "No knowledge it would happen."

Timberlake: "Malfunction"
Hmm: "Not intentional and is regrettable."

Janet Jackson: No statement
Hmm: Silence says it all.

At least that streaker guy seemed to willingly admit he intended to sneak on the field and strip down to a G-string. But he could use some tips from JJ about getting that nudity televised.

MVP: You can keep Tom Brady; I'll take Janet Jackson Adam Vinatieri, who rallied from two missed FGs (neither of which will ever be remembered) to hit the 41-yard game-winner when it mattered. He may have just kicked himself into Hall of Fame enshrinement.

LVP: Let's just call it "The Shank." For Super Bowl perpetuity, there can be only one -- and it belongs to Panthers K John Kasay, who managed to botch the kickoff after Carolina's sick game-tying TD drive, leading to the Pats' game-winning FG.

1 Pats win Super Bowl: Lay claim to NFL "dynasty" status
2 Panthers put up one of the gutsiest losers' efforts ever
3 Janet Jackson confuses Super Bowl w/ Mardi Gras
1 CAR coach Fox goes for 2: Blame execution, not decision
2 Those early Vinatieri FG misses: Who will remember 'em?
3 Talk about "boring" 1st, 3rd qtrs: Just setting up drama
Other losers: The DBs (both teams), neither sets of whom could stop a decent fraternity IM team, let alone Brady or Delhomme.

Extra-special winner: The guy in your office's buy-a-square Super Bowl pool with "Pats 4, Panthers 0" who won both halftime and the third quarter.

The Hoopla
Winners: You already know the feeling about Janet Jackson, who made the Britney/Madonna kiss look small-time ...

Beyonce's Banner was one of the best ever.

Losers: Could Aerosmith's astro-themed intro have been in any worse taste? Particularly considering that Josh Groban tribute to the Columbia disaster came mere minutes after.

Mmm ... Soda/Beer Ads
(1) "Ref Tunes Out"
Perfect. Bud Light scores big

(2) "Soda Gogglin'"
Biz Markie super soundtrack

(3) "Illegal Downloads"
Topical, with bang for buck

Animal Ads
(1) "Talking Monkey"
Monkeys. Hotties. Unbeatable.

(2) "Donkey Clydesdale"

(3) "Bears With Fake IDs"
Bench thin for this category

Other Winners
(1) "Office-Supply Godfather"
Staples wins with humor

(2) "Soap in Mouth"
For a U.S. car-maker, risque!

(3) "Shards o' glass"
Made you stop to watch.

Movie Ads
Play the "X Meets X" Game:

Van Helsing
Dracula meets Zorro

Lord/Rings meets Gladiator

50 First Dates
Groundhog Day meets Water Boy

Hoosiers meets Mighty Ducks

Miracle meets Tombstone

Starsky and Hutch
Charlie's meets Old School

Secret Window
Brasco meets Misery

Indy/Jones meets Larry/Arabia

Tom Hanks meets Career-Killer

NFL security:
Does it scare anyone else how easily the halftime streaker got on the field? That's some "Super security." Thank goodness it's easy to laugh about today.

Today on ESPN.com
P2: Simmons' Super Blog
P3: Rating commercials, SB parties
MLB: Rumblings & Grumblings
Quickie Ranks "Best in Show" Super Bowl Ads:
"Ref Tunes Out"
We've all been there
"Talking Monkey"
Monkeys rule
Beer ads cleaning up
"Office Godfather"
Staples a first-time entry
"Soda Gogglin'"
Markie gets huge party cheer

If only ...

... Delhomme just stuck to throwing those bombs.

... Brady wasn't so bleepin' clutch.

... Vin didn't make that pact with Satan.

... ED ads had a sense of irony.

... Vegas had to eat the "push."

... the game went to OT. The game went to OT. The game went to OT.

Hunh, non-SB stories? Shaq curses about refs, LeBron drops 38 on Wiz, NASCAR's Spencer hates Japan, Marino having second thoughts on new job ...

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