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U2 can rock on

Posted on Saturday, February 02 @ 04:06:29 CET by Macphisto

(Anchorage Daily News) -- By Matt Nevala
Daily News Reporter

When a reader e-mailed the sports staff this week, scolding us for only having two stories relating to Super Bowl XXXVI on the cover of Wednesday's section and asking us if we knew the game was Sunday, one had to wonder what it was he thought we were missing.

Maybe we should have scoured the wire services more closely in hopes of landing a blow-by-blow description of how the trainer treated New England quarterback Tom Brady's sprained ankle? Or a story revealing the brand of athletic tape Brady's ankle has been wrapped in all this time?

Once you get past the hurt in Brady's left ankle, this Super Bowl week has been void of anything to hype. The St. Louis Rams have a tremendous offense. We know, we know. The New England Patriots weren't supposed to be in New Orleans playing for the National Football League's biggest prize. Yeah, yeah, yeah.

Here we are, two days before what some crazy, national poll deemed the country's second most-favorite holiday next to Thanksgiving, and what do we have to look forward too?

The Rams, as 14-point favorites, are poised to add another blowout to the long list of Super Bowl memories. Pat Summerall will call his last football game with Fox, but unfortunately John Madden isn't leaving with him. Man, we can't even look forward to seeing which set of beer bottles come away "Bud Bowl" champs.

Let's hope a little star power can save the day. Chances are the game won't.

Since Super Bowl Sunday is as much about entertainment as it is about football, it's nice to see some of the music game's heavy hitters coming out to perform.

U2, Mariah Carey (my money is on a super breakdown of some sort), the Boston Pops, Mary J. Blige, Marc Anthony and some fellow named Paul McCartney are scheduled to be on hand at some point during the festivities.

U2 is probably feeling the pressure right about now. As headliners for this year's halftime show -- I mean, at this year's E*Trade Super Bowl XXXVI Halftime Show -- the Irish lads have to top last year's humdinger. Aerosmith, *NSYNC and that rapper dude no one knew was all there. That's a lot to live up to, and no way Bono can look as good in a pair of silver football pants as Britney Spears did a year ago.

Granted, this Super Bowl week hasn't been filled with ultra-excitement. Maybe Sunday's game and all the bells and whistles that come with it will change that. But when it comes back to the musical performances, what is going on with McCartney as the opening act? Apparently he is singing the song he penned in memory of the victims of Sept. 11 prior to Blige and Anthony's rendition of "America The Beautiful" and Carey's singing of the national anthem.

Excuse me, this guy is a Beatle. He shouldn't have to open for anybody.

Now, there's something we can hype. A controversy worthy of Super Bowl week.

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