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Coldest Super Bowl Ever? Getting Ready for the Big Game

Halftime rumors addressed on Prince and Janet Jackson
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 4, 2018 1:23 PM CST

(Newser) – As fans are warming up for the Super Bowl LII matchup between the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles, weather pundits are warning those watching the game in person to get literally warmed up, as it's looking to possibly be the coldest Super Bowl in history, per USA Today. NJ.com reported that temps in Minneapolis Sunday morning hovered around minus 6 degrees, with a wind chill of minus 25 degrees. And things aren't expected to get much better by kickoff at 6:30pm EST, with a temperature of minus 1 degree (minus 20 degrees when the wind kicks in). US Bank Stadium is a closed-roof venue, but fans will still have to brave the elements to get to the arena. The record for the coldest outdoor temperature during an indoor Super Bowl was set in 1982 in Detroit, when Super Bowl XVI took place in the Pontiac Silverdome and the temperature outside was 13 degrees at kickoff, per WTAE. More on Sunday's big game:

  • Tom Brady is the player on everyone's mind, but USA Today points out five other names that could have "a good chance to be the hero for their respective teams." Among them: running back Dion Lewis for the Pats, and rookie kicker Jake Elliott for Philly.
  • Not everyone will be watching the game, per an op-ed for Fox News by Todd Starnes. He writes that "a growing number of Americans have decided they have better things to do with their time," citing eating establishments and bars, American Legion and VFW posts, and at least one bowling alley that say they won't broadcast the game due to the ongoing kerfuffle over players kneeling or sitting during the national anthem.

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  • There was some concern the person belting out the anthem, pop singer Pink, wouldn't make it to the game, due to the flu she thinks she caught from her kids, per her Instagram post Saturday. But CBS New York says she's not going to miss "the chance of a lifetime" and will be at the game no matter what. "I promise I will do my best, as I always do," she wrote.
  • Something Super Bowl-related that will happen for the first time in 30 years: the airing of an ad by the US Marines. The AP reports the 30-second spot will target a "young, tough, tech-savvy audience for potential recruits looking for a challenge." TV viewers won't see the ad, though: It's online only for livestreamers. "I'm not trying to enlist fathers or mothers, I'm trying to enlist 18- to 24-year-olds, and they tend to be cord cutters," says the head of the Marines' recruiting arm.
  • Despite the rumors, Janet Jackson will not be joining Justin Timberlake on stage during the halftime show. "To put to rest any speculation or rumors as to whether I will be performing at the Super Bowl tomorrow: I will not," Jackson tells TMZ. That hasn't stopped people on Twitter from celebrating #JanetJacksonAppreciationDay and catapulting that hashtag to the top of the trending chart.

  • Another quashed rumor, per the Independent: a hologram of Prince being used during Timberlake's program. After fans expressed their distress at that possibility, former Prince drummer Sheila E says she talked to Timberlake. "Family, I spoke w/Justin 2nite and he shared heartfelt words of respect for Prince & the Purple fans. … There is no hologram," she tweeted.
  • Who is on JT's mind: Tom Brady, apparently. When told at a Thursday presser that the Pats' quarterback has Timberlake on his "man crush" list, Timberlake replied, per the Boston Herald: "I'd say he's on my list. The feeling is reciprocated, if you want to make this official."
  • If you're not just watching the game for the ads and the halftime show and actually care about who wins, someone from the Cincinnati Zoo has broken out her crystal ball. Today reports that Fiona the hippo has chosen the Eagles as the victors. How she made her pick: by choosing to eat lettuce from the top of a box with the Eagles' logo on it rather than the one for the Patriots. Jimmy Fallon's puppies chose the Patriots, however.
(Read more Super Bowl stories.)

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