Next Sunday, it’s the ultimate faceoff. Most of us will forget we actually need to do any work and gather around the TV, in anticipation of the results.

Nope. It’s not for any Republican candidate primary results for the 2012 presidential election (does anyone really even care these days? We all know Romney has it in the bag). It’s not the World Series (Go Rangers!).

Yep. You guessed it. It’s Super Bowl XLVI (that’s 46 for those of us who can’t really read roman numerals).

The New England Patriots and New York Giants will battle it out while we all eat far too many chips, a boat load of Velveeta queso, and so much pizza that instead of having better ingredients and better pizza, Papa John’s is just going to be flat out of pizza.

My expectations for commercials this year are definitely high. Although, I find it hard to believe that any company will top the E-Trade baby commercials from 2011. I mean really, what’s not funny about a baby on a smartphone, talking about investments, while chastising his cat for not getting its flu shot? Peppers is probably still sneezing to this day.

The powers that be are definitely keeping it classy though for the national anthem. The word on the street is that Kelly Clarkson will be singing the Star Spangled Banner–making her the fourth American Idol participant in the past five super bowls to sing the national anthem.

Last but not least, I have to say I’m not overly impressed with who’s been officially slated for halftime entertainment. As of right now, Madonna is set to perform. Can anyone really even remember anything she’s done since her infamous kiss with Britney Spears at the 2003 VMA’s? I can’t. But hey—beats having some washed out rock band of the ’60s or ’70s.

Rumor has it that LMFAO and Nicki Minaj may also make an appearance on stage with the ultimate pop diva. I sure hope so. Because if that’s true, we may finally be coming full circle back to the pop entertainment that actually made halftime worth watching years ago. Let’s just hope no one suffers a nip slip (ala Janet Jackson 2004)  and ruins it for nearly another decade.

-Shauna

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