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Shakira's Tongue Provides a Cultural Lesson

People missed the significance of her 'tongue thing' during halftime show

(Newser) - At one point during her Super Bowl halftime performance, Shakira looked straight into a TV camera and got the world talking about her tongue. Watch it here . The musical moment quickly became, in the words of CNN , the meme of the night. But many of those initial memes didn't... More »

Jay-Z: That Was No Protest at Super Bowl

The seated rapper-producer was just in 'artist mode'

(Newser) - One observer figured Jay-Z and Beyonce stayed seated during the national anthem at the Super Bowl in "a pathetic attempt by two calculating businesspeople to win back some credit with fans and protesters" after Jay-Z's entertainment company, Roc Nation, partnered with the NFL. According to Jay-Z, that's... More »

This Year's Most Talked About Super Bowl Ads

Mr. Peanut is apparently alive

(Newser) - This year's Super Bowl featured dueling ads from President Trump and Michael Bloomberg—but there was a lot more buzz around Mr. Peanut. In a commercial that features in numerous lists of both the best and worst ads from the big game, mourners, including fellow mascots Mr. Clean and... More »

Trump Congratulates the Wrong State After Super Bowl

Former Missouri senator calls him a 'stone cold idiot'

(Newser) - After the Kansas City Chiefs won the Super Bowl on Sunday, President Trump offered hearty congratulations to the wrong state. "Congratulations to the Kansas City Chiefs on a great game, and a fantastic comeback, under immense pressure. You represented the Great State of Kansas and, in fact, the entire... More »

The 2020 Super Bowl Champ Is Crowned

Kansas City comes from behind late to beat San Francisco

(Newser) - Super Bowl 54 is in the books, and the Kansas City Chiefs are the new Super Bowl champions. KC came from behind late—they trailed 20-10 with about 6 minutes left—to beat the San Francisco 49ers 31-20, per ESPN . Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes—the game's MVP—threw two... More »

In Halftime Show, J. Lo Makes a Statement

Her 'cape' featured the Puerto Rican flag

(Newser) - “Let’s show the world what two little Latin girls can do," Jennifer Lopez wrote on Instagram to Shakira before their Super Bowl halftime show, notes People . Early reviews suggest the two performers did just that. The Hollywood Reporter says Lopez "stunned," calling attention to one... More »

Mystery Over About Brady's Tweet: It Was an Ad

QB is a pitchman for Hulu

(Newser) - Days before the Super Bowl, Tom Brady tweeted a moody, black-and-white photo that had everyone trying to figure out whether it was a clue to his football future. As it turns out, the photo was a tease to a Super Bowl commercial, one for Hulu that aired during the first... More »

Before Kickoff, Players Stand on 24-Yard-Lines, for a Reason

It's a tribute to Kobe

(Newser) - The Super Bowl is here. Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs are facing off against Jimmy Garoppolo and the San Francisco 49ers in Florida. And before football's biggest game, the players for both teams lined up on their 24-yard-lines for a tribute to one of the best players... More »

Fox Accused of Scuttling Super Bowl Commercial

PETA had it made as a call against 'speciesism'

(Newser) - PETA says its Colin Kaepernick-themed ad for the Super Bowl is getting a frosty reception over at Fox and might not air at all, TMZ reports. The animal rights group's ad calls for an end to speciesism—in their words, to "challenge people to expand their concept of... More »

Super Bowl Odds Are Out, and It's Tight

Chiefs are 1-point favorites over 49ers

(Newser) - When the season started, the Kansas City Chiefs were the betting favorites to win the Super Bowl, notes Sports Illustrated . Now that the season is almost over, they remain the favorites, though slight ones. Vegas bookies have the team as 1- or 1.5-point favorites to beat the San Francisco... More »

Before Miami's Super Bowl, a Massive Snake Hunt

'Python Bowl' participants to hunt down invasive Burmese pythons for cash and prizes

(Newser) - Miami's upcoming Super Bowl will mean death for dozens of invasive Burmese pythons in the Everglades—and wildlife officials say that's a good thing. The game's organizing committee is working with Florida to promote the Python Bowl, a 10-day contest that began Friday that will give out... More »

It Will Be a Super Bowl First, but Unrelated to Football

Bloomberg, Trump spending $10M apiece in unprecedented ads

(Newser) - We don't yet know yet which teams will be playing in the Super Bowl, but Bloomberg vs. Trump is already lined up. After news surfaced that Michael Bloomberg would shell out $10 million for 60 seconds worth of advertising during the game, the Trump campaign has matched the effort,... More »

Bloomberg Just Dropped About $10M to Send One Message

The Democratic presidential hopeful bought a 60-second, national Super Bowl ad

(Newser) - Michael Bloomberg might just get your attention on Super Bowl Sunday—if, that is, you like watching the ads. The Democratic presidential hopeful has dished out big bucks for a 60-second commercial his campaign says will focus on criticizing President Trump, the New York Times reports. "The biggest point... More »

These Are Your 2020 Super Bowl Performers

J.Lo, Shakira to rock the halftime stage

(Newser) - Jennifer Lopez and Shakira are going to bring the heat to the 2020 Pepsi Super Bowl Halftime Show, the AP reports. NFL, Pepsi, and Roc Nation announced Thursday that the superstar performers, who have released music in Spanish and English since the 1990s, will perform on February 2 at Hard... More »

Super Bowl MVP Charged With Domestic Violence

Former Redskins quarterback Mark Rypien is accused

(Newser) - Former Super Bowl hero Mark Rypien has been arrested in Washington state on suspicion of domestic violence, per the AP . Police say Rypien faces a charge of fourth-degree assault. The 56-year-old was processed at the Spokane County Jail around 6:30pm Sunday and was awaiting a court appearance Monday. Rypien... More »

Cops: Man Faked Abduction to Get Out of Super Bowl Payout

Robert Brandel allegedly lost his pool, didn't have the money to pay winners

(Newser) - The Los Angeles Rams weren't the only Super Bowl losers. A 60-year-old New York man was arrested Wednesday over what police say was a fake abduction tied to a Super Bowl betting scheme. The Buffalo News reports Robert Brandel of North Tonawanda was discovered bound in the back seat... More »

Bob Costas: Here's Why I Was Pulled From NFL Coverage

He says NBC wasn't happy about concussion remarks

(Newser) - Sportscasting legend Bob Costas has parted ways with NBC after 40 years—and he's got a few things to get off his chest. Costas tells ESPN that he was pulled from the network's NFL coverage after repeatedly speaking out about the concussion crisis and the league's handling... More »

Low-Scoring Game Results in Lower Ratings

Relative to the Super Bowl, anyway

(Newser) - A lot of people watched the Super Bowl Sunday night—just not as many as usual, according to early numbers. Deadline reports that preliminary figures suggest the Patriots-Rams game might end up being the lowest-rated game in 10 years. The overnight rating was 44.9, which translates to the percentage... More »

Bud Light Super Bowl Ad Delivers Epic Surprise

Here are this year's most talked-about ads

(Newser) - The ads provided some much-needed entertainment during the lowest-scoring Super Bowl in history —especially a Bud Light ad that took a very dark turn. The ad, set at a medieval jousting match, was "hijacked" by HBO's Game of Thrones to promote its final season, with the skull-crushing... More »

Patriots Win Lowest-Scoring Super Bowl in History

New England defeats Los Angeles Rams 13-3

(Newser) - Not a huge surprise: The Patriots won the Super Bowl again. Bigger surprise: Tom Brady and crew scored just 13 points. It was enough, however, as New England defeated the Los Angeles Rams 13-3 in Super Bowl LIII, per NFL.com . It was, in fact, the lowest-scoring game in Super... More »

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