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February 5, 2009

Since the debate has raged…

by thoughtfulconservative

Surprise, Jennifer Hudson lip-synched the national anthem at the Super Bowl [All emphasis in the following is mine].

On Jan. 20, Jennifer Hudson sat in a Tampa hotel room and watched her new president make history on the steps of the U.S. Capitol. With the inspiring words of Barack Obama echoing in her head, the R&B divette then went to a local studio and recorded her version of the national anthem, the very one you heard at Sunday’s Super Bowl XLIII.

Watch it, again,

You know I thought I was pretty good at telling live from lip syncing, guess I’ll have to practice more.

Here’s something interesting,

The NFL requires its pregame performers to prerecord their songs.

How about that? And not only Hudson,

Hudson pretaped her power, her pop, her patriotism in spacious Studio A of Morrisound Recording. Country star Faith Hill, who sang America the Beautiful at the game, also recorded at the noted Tampa facility.

Furthermore,

Not-so-coincidentally, Minor also produced Whitney Houston’s anthemic awesomeness at 1991s Super Bowl XXV in Tampa. That was also jaw-dropping. And yes, that was also prerecorded.

The goal? A risk-free performance.

“That’s the right way to do it,” said Rickey Minor, the pregame show producer, who has produced numerous Super Bowl pregame performances and is the music director for “American Idol.” “There’s too many variables to go live. I would never recommend any artist go live because the slightest glitch would devastate the performance.”

And there you have it. I understand the reasoning, but it doesn’t mean I have to like it. But I will now know that at important sporting events of well known songs, the performance more than likely is lip synched.

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February 2, 2009

Super Bowl ads 2009

by thoughtfulconservative

You can not only watch them but vote for your favorite on Hulu.com.

If I have time, I may post my top 5 later.

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February 1, 2009

Super Bowl prediction

by thoughtfulconservative

UPDATE: I was close on the score but had the winner wrong. Congratulations to the Pittsburgh Steelers, winners of the Super Bowl.

Well, I was got one right and one wrong in the championship games, so I’m still even through the playoffs.

One game left. I like what the Cardinals have done through the playoffs. Solid defense, especially against the run and a balanced offense.

But who can go against the Steelers, tradition, experience, good defense and good running game. That’s what wins championships.

Except for last year, the AFC has a four game winning streak. The Giants and the Bucs are the only NFC teams to win since Kurt Warner was in the Super Bowl last.

But I have not been impressed with the Steelers. Are they not that good? Or are they just doing what they need to do to move on.

My heart is with the Cardinals and I think they could win. If they can run. If Fitzgerald or Boldin gets catches. If Warner withstands the rush.

That’s a lot of ifs…..

But I’ll take it, Cardinals 26 Steelers 23.

Besides, if I pick the Steelers to win, that would be too easy. 🙂

Now where are those 3-D glasses.

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January 28, 2009

Some Super Bowl news

by thoughtfulconservative

Police: Fake Super Bowl Merchandise Sold At Flea Market

Super Bowl ads aren’t sold out yet

And finally, NFL players unite to help build East Tampa playgrounds

All-Pro players such as Cowboys tight end Jason Witten, Eagles safety Brian Dawkins, Panthers receiver Steve Smith and Falcons linebacker Keith Brooking joined about 160 Home Depot associates and about 40 volunteers from CDC (Corporation to Develop Communities) of Tampa in building a new public playground and an additional one at the King’s Kids Christian Academy.

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January 16, 2009

Conference championship games

by thoughtfulconservative

First, some tidbits from SI.com

• Home teams went 190-80 (.704) in the playoffs from 1970 through 2001.

• Home teams have gone 40-28 (.588) in the playoffs since the realignment of 2002.

• Home teams have gone 20-18 (.526) in the playoffs since 2005.

The trend could not be more obvious: Home-field is hardly the advantage it once was.

I was 1-3 last week getting only the Cardinals win correct. I’m 4-4 for the playoffs.

Phi. at Ari. For the first time since 1967 (the Ice Bowl, surely Packer fans remember that) two teams with only 9 wins will play for a league or conference championship. The Cardinals defense has looked impressive in shutting down the Falcons’ and Panthers’ running games. They will probably do the same to the Eagles. But I believe McNabb, in contrast to Ryan and Delhomme will be able to pick the Cardinals’ defense apart. Eagles 31, Cardinals 21.

Bal. at Pit. This will be the Ravens 18th straight week playing football and after a physical game last week will be beat up. The Steelers running game will do enough to send them to Tampa. Steelers 13 Ravens 6.

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January 16, 2009

Bucs fire Gruden and Allen

by thoughtfulconservative

UPDATE IV: Buccaneers.com announces a news conference for 3 pm ET (3:30?)

UPDATE III: The St. Petersburg Times reports that Morris will be head coach, Mark Dominik the General manager and possibly Gary Gibbs as defensive coordinator.

UPDATE II: Just as I updated, a tweet from TBO.com posted a story that not only Glazer but Peter King of SI.com and ESPN.com’s John Clayton are also citing sources that Morris will succeed Gruden.

UPDATE: FOXSports’ Jay Glazer reports Buc sources say that Bucs Defensive Coordinator Raheem Morris will replace Gruden. Morris had been rumored as a candidate for the Denver job.

From the St. Petersburg Times Tampa Bay Online web site,

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have fired head coach Jon Gruden and general manager Bruce Allen.

The team made the announcement in a two-paragraph statement on its Web site after 5:30 p.m. Friday. No successor has been named for either job.

The move had been talked about since the Bucs lost 4 straight games and fell out of playoff contention.

Gruden was 57-55 in seven seasons as head coach with the Bucs, but was only 45-51 after his initial season. His record still ranks second among seven all-time Bucs coaches. Tony Dungy, the head coach Gruden replaced, was 56-45 in six seasons.

In 11 seasons as a head coach, including four with the Oakland Raiders, Gruden compiled a 91-77 overall record and his teams won four division titles.

Bucs players contacted by the Times were surprised by the firings. Fan Opinion, on the other hand leaned in favor of the firings.

He will no doubt catch on at one of the other teams looking for coaches as will Bruce Allen.

I’m not sure what I think of this. I’m still a little upset with Glazers for firing Dungy. But “Chuckie” certainly hasn’t shown much since the Super Bowl season, although it’s a little unfair to blame him completely for the fade at the end.

But the buck (Buc?) stops with the coach.

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