Super Bowl XLVII

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Super Bowl Blackout Explained at Last

Power company takes responsibility

(Newser) - Power company officials revealed today the cause of the infamous Super Bowl blackout , and took full responsibility for it. A faulty relay device designed to prevent a failure in the Superdome's electric cables was apparently to blame, the AP reports. Entergy New Orleans officials said they were replacing the... More »

Furniture Store Out $600K on Ravens' Super Bowl Return

Baltimore store owner had taken out an insurance policy, fortunately

(Newser) - When Jacoby Jones of the Baltimore Ravens returned a kickoff 108 yards to score the first touchdown of the Super Bowl's second half, he probably didn't realize he was causing a local furniture store to give away $600,000 in free furniture. Gary Mullaney, co-owner of Gardiners Furniture,... More »

Weirdest. Super Bowl. Ever.

Writers react to the blackout, the no-call, and the almost comeback

(Newser) - America is basically talking about five things today: The blackout , the no-call , Beyonce , the bad ads , and the 49ers' near-comeback . And that's not even touching on the F-bomb , the 108-yard-return, the Sandy Hook kids , or any number of other subplots that made this "a truly cool Super Bowl,... More »

CBS May Be in Trouble for Flacco F-Bomb

Parents Television Council wants FCC to investigate

(Newser) - Another Super Bowl will be investigated by the FCC—not for a wardrobe malfunction this time, but for an F-bomb. While celebrating last night's win, Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco appeared to say, "This is fucking awesome," Politico reports. Another player apparently said, "Holy shit."... More »

'Abnormality' Blamed for Superdome Blackout

New Orleans to probe 34-minute outage that ground Super Bowl to halt

(Newser) - Embarrassed officials say the blackout that shut down the Super Bowl for 34 minutes was caused by an "abnormality in the system," though they're still in the dark as to what caused it. The Superdome's management company says power was partially cut to isolate the issue... More »

Canadian Wins Super Bowl Trip, US Won't Let Him In

Myles Wilkinson was caught with 2 grams of pot in 1981

(Newser) - Myles Wilkinson is one unlucky contest winner. The British Columbia man beat nearly 4 million other fantasy football players to win an all-expenses trip to the Super Bowl, only to be turned back because of a decades-old pot conviction, the CBC reports. American customs agents told Wilkinson he was barred... More »

GoDaddy 'Grossout' Most Talked-About Ad

Nerd kiss tops worst-ad lists

(Newser) - Longtime Super Bowl advertiser GoDaddy has outdone itself with an ad that is being talked about nearly as much as the blackout , the Huffington Post reports. The web hosting firm's spot featured an extreme close-up of supermodel Bar Refaeli making out with a stereotypical nerd, and reactions ranged from... More »

Beyonce Brings 'A Game' to Halftime Show

Initial reaction is thumbs up

(Newser) - Beyonce's halftime show is over, and, surprise, surprise, it was quite the extravaganza. As expected, she reunited with Michelle Williams and Kelly Rowland of Destiny's Child. Some initial reaction:
  • "Watching the #SuperBowl with family & friends. @Beyonce was phenomenal! I am so proud of her!-mo" That'
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Sandy Hook Kids Sing America the Beautiful

School chorus performs before Super Bowl

(Newser) - Kids from Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., helped kick off this year's Super Bowl with a sweet rendition of America the Beautiful, notes SBNation . Jennifer Hudson, whose mother and nephew were shot to death five years ago, joined in with the school chorus, reports AP . More »

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