Here’s the most Michigany commercial – Chrysler’s Halftime in America spot:
While there’s nowhere near the degree of Michigan hype this year as there was in 2006 when Detroit hosted Super Bowl XL, we have a few points of Michigan interest for when the New England Patriots meet the New York Giants in Super Bowl XLVI (46) on Sunday.
On the field, Bleacher Report has 8 ex-Wolverines to watch in the playoffs. Most have been winnowed out, but in addition to the obvious – Patriot superstar QB, 3 time winner and 2-time Super Bowl MVP Tom Brady, there’s also New York Giants WR Mario Manningham, Giants center David Baas and Romanian-born Patriot punter Zoltan Mesko. The photo to the right is from a cool feature that looks at how Tom Brady would fare as a draft prospect today:
Is not what you’re looking for in terms of physical stature, strength, arm strength and mobility, but he has the intangibles and production and showed great Griese-like improvement as a senior.
The MSU Spartans are bringing their own star power, with beleaguered WR Plaxico Burress (who set the franchise playoff record with 151 yards vs Green Bay) and another WR, Devin Thomas, who had a huge fumble recovery in overtime against the 49ers to set up the game-winning score for the Giants! Chris McCoskey notes another Spartan (Pats backup QB Brian Hoyer), and also former Grand Valley State lineman Nick McDonald, a 2nd year player who is backup center for the Pats and was backup center for the Packers last year.
Speaking of Michigan State, as usual about 20 MSU professors who will gather together on Super Bowl Sunday to break down the tape – commercial tape that is – and rate Super Bowl ads. One of them, MSU teacher Robert Kolt looked at last year’s Chrysler ad featuring Eminem:
“Audiences immediately realized they saw something special,” said Kolt, who teaches in MSU’s Department of Advertising, Public Relations and Retailing. “Within months, Chrysler sales soared.
“Company executives point to that Super Bowl spot as a defining moment in Chrysler’s successful, profitable turnaround.”
Speaking of Chris McCoskey, he’s doing that thing that writers do sometimes – dissing the Super Bowl hype and the boredom of it all when he’s there to cover it. A little tip I heard on ESPN from Colin Cowherd: Nobody wants to hear about how bored you are, because as sports fans they would most likely chop block their grandmother to be in your position!
One of Michigan’s biggest impacts will be at halftime when Michigan-born pop music superstar Madonna takes the stage in the Super Bowl Halftime Show. Madonna (whose onstage garb has often resembled a wardrobe malfunction) has said that she’s nervous. While we doubt that, we do wonder what she’ll be singing. Her new single, ”Give Me All Your Luvin” featuring Nicki Minaj and M.I.A. is one possibility and TMZ has some photos of the stage showing “VOGUE” spelled out. Clue? More about Madonna in this feature from Michigan History Magazine.
Finally, if you want to set the table for the perfect Super Bowl party, Lorri Hathaway has a cool feature on Michigan Wine & Football inspired pairings in the Michigan Examiner that has some great ideas for pairings. Some ideas include Pinot Grigio & chips, ham and turkey subswith Gewürztraminer and hot wings with Riesling. There’s even a Riesling Salsa made with wine from Chateau Grand Traverse!