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February 04, 2007


Super Bowl 41 MVP: Prince Rogers Nelson
I confess that I generally don't much care about sports, but the home team Indianapolis Colts just won Super Bowl XLI in the pouring rain in Florida. I would feel sinfully lacking in gratitude not to appreciate the glory of this wonderful day that we've been given.

For starters, an Indianapolis Colts Super Bowl win is certainly a big deal for BABY BROTHER, who is one of their most ardent fans. It's a good day to be Stanley Hollar. I've got to be right pleased with that.

Plus, there was some pretty good football playing going on. Peyton Manning finally gets the full recognition for his talent. But the hero play there was Kelvin Hayden with that third quarter interception and 56 yard return touchdown. That's some Super Bowl quality playing there - just those inches of control by which he avoided putting his heel down out of bounds as he's picking off the pass, for starters. Sweet.

But then there's MY payoff, the halftime show with Prince Rogers Nelson in full effect. Holy crap, the little SOB's good. He's the Beatles of funk, and undeniably one of the greatest musical artists in the history of American popular music. Still, I would have about had ol' boy sent off to pasture a few years ago for making some really sucky albums, and all that identity crisis nonsense. But he's certainly disabused me of that notion with one of the BEST RECORDS OF 2006 and now this blistering big guitar rock showcase, mixing in several Purple Rain hits, with a little "Proud Mary" and just a tantalizing bar or two of "All Along the Watchtower."

Plus, he's got brass balls. The huge stadium full of people, the noise and crowd call for the broadest performance gestures, swinging your arms and making simple chants. But instead, Prince took the opportunity to do extensive detailed lead guitar work. There was enough dancing and spectacle (starting with the opening lightning) for the event, impressively sharp detail in the staging - but it was unmistakably all about his actual guitar playing.

On top of which, he seems to have conjured up a largely new version of the "Purple Rain" guitar, significantly new melodic variations. I'd dee-double-dog dare Eric Clapton to play something this passionate or musically memorable - or to come up with hot new lead guitar lines for "Layla" at this late date.

Oh, yeah, I almost forgot. I got a message back from God on the answering machine about the weather situation, sounding very much like He did at the end of "Temptation," saying "Oh say man, sorry about f'n up your little football game with all that rain, but my main man Prince needed it for the big finish. Tell Peyton Manning 'thanks' for being such a good sport about that on his big day."

So God and Prince finished with the Florida A&M band and a stadium full of fans swaying in a driving, dramatic and in the right lights in fact purple rain.

Then Kelvin Hayden makes the hero play and the Colts took it all home. Even K-Fed made some cool points in a financial planning commercial waking up from his rap dream to find himself working the french fries.

Best. Super Bowl. Ever.


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posted by Al at 2/04/2007 10:50:00 PM

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