Super Bowl XLV

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A Record 111M Tuned in Last Night

111 million tuned in for big game: Nielsen

(Newser) - For the second year in a row, the Super Bowl has set a new record for American television viewing. The Nielsen Co. said today that an estimated 111 million people watched the Green Bay Packers outlast the Pittsburgh Steelers in football's ultimate game. That tops the 106.5 million who... More »

Christina Aguilera Explains Anthem Flub

A girl can be forgiven for getting caught up in the moment, right?

(Newser) - The national anthem, the Super Bowl … it’s a lot for a girl to deal with, and Christina Aguilera says she just got caught up in the moment last night and lost her place in the song. “I can only hope that everyone could feel my love for... More »

Packers Win Super Bowl 31-25

Green Bay beats Pittsburgh Steelers to win team's fourth Super Bowl

(Newser) - Aaron Rodgers has turned the Green Bay Packers into Super Bowl champions once again. Rodgers threw three touchdown passes and Nick Collins returned an interception for another score, leading the Packers to a 31-25 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers. This was Green Bay's fourth Super Bowl title. The Packers won... More »

Christina Aguilera Bungles National Anthem

'At the twilight's last reaming' ... ?

(Newser) - There are three things you have to do when singing the National Anthem at the Super Bowl: Look good, hit the right notes, and sing the correct lyrics. Christina Aguilera is two for three. Aguilera, who isn't exactly an anthem novice (she sang the song at Game 7 of last... More »

400 Super Bowl Fans With Tickets Turned Away

Seats deemed unsafe; they'll get $2,700 per ticket

(Newser) - About 400 Super Bowl fans who spent a whopping $900 a ticket (plus airfare, plus the cost of face paint and Cheesehead hats) were sent packing today after their seats were deemed unsafe; another 850 were given somewhere else to sit. Those turned away will get a $2,700-per-ticket refund,... More »

'Never Missed a Super Bowl' Guy Missing the Super Bowl

Robert Cook, 79, missing the game for the first time since 1967

(Newser) - Robert Cook has been to the Super Bowl so many times that he’s in a club: the “Never Missed a Super Bowl” club, famously featured in Visa ads. But the 79-year-old Wisconsin man was hospitalized Thursday and will have to miss the big game for the first time... More »

Five Super Bowl Myths

It's America's biggest game, but don't expect world to care

(Newser) - The Super Bowl is like America, writes Michael MacCambridge in the Washington Post —"big, convivial, gaudy, passionate and, surely, self-important." But as popular as the Super Bowl is, there are five big myths about the big game:
  • It's the world's most-watched sports event. Nope, just America's. Last
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A Super Bowl First: No Cheerleaders

Six teams have no squads, and two of those teams play Sunday

(Newser) - Not in the Super Bowl this year: the Chicago Bears , the New York Jets … and the cheerleaders. For the first time in the game’s 45-year history, there will be no sideline supporters in attendance, because the Green Bay Packers and the Pittsburgh Steelers just so happen to be... More »

Fox Rejects Super Bowl Ad With Bible Verse

John 3:16 doesn't fly

(Newser) - A commercial deemed OK to run during Sunday's Super Bowl: a steamy Kim Kardashian hawking Sketchers sneakers. And one that wasn't: a 30-second spot that includes a Bible verse. Fox Sports has nixed an ad that appears sort of harmless—a bunch of friends who are drinking beer and watching... More »

Want Super Bowl Tickets? Cough Up $5K

That's twice last year's resale figure

(Newser) - Tickets to Sunday’s big game are reselling for an average of $4,683, nearly twice the average $2,420 that last year’s Colts-Saints match-up commanded. Don’t expect to get your hands on tickets for less than $2,309 online: those are the cheapest that Fansnap.com could... More »

Homeless Couple Wins Trip to Super Bowl

Dallas will pay for tickets, airfare, accommodation

(Newser) - Ouida Wright and her boyfriend may be homeless, but these Green Bay residents are going to the Super Bowl anyway. The couple won a Dallas Convention and Visitors Bureau contest involving a “mystery man” who was wandering the streets of Green Bay on Saturday. To win, contestants had to... More »

Museums Bet Paintings on Super Bowl

Friendly wager made between Milwaukee, Pittsburgh institutions

(Newser) - Two museums are making Super Bowl XLV a little more interesting. Pittsburgh's Carnegie Museum of Art and the Milwaukee Art Museum are betting two comparable French impressionist paintings on the big game. If the Steelers prevail, Milwaukee will give up Gustave Caillebotte's Boating on the Yerres, whereas if the Packers... More »

Your Super Bowl Entertainment: Black Eyed Peas

will.i.am honored to be chosen over, say, Cheap Trick

(Newser) - The Black Eyed Peas will be the first non-classic rock act to rock the Super Bowl halftime stage since Justin Timberlake and Janet Jackson's 2004 nipple slip performance. "They could have picked anybody," will.i.am tells Rolling Stone . "They could rock a million and get Cheap... More »

Gigantic Dallas Stadium Will Host Super Bowl

Appallingly large arena to hold 120,000, wins bid for 2011 NFL championship

(Newser) - Dallas beat out Indianapolis and Arizona to secure the coveted hosting rights to the 2011 Super Bowl, largely due to the colossal capacity of the Cowboys' future stadium. The putative 120,000 seater could generate $27.6 million more in ticket sales than Indy's puny 73,000-seat venue. More »

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