There are a number of words you could use to describe Maroon 5′s halftime show performance: Empty. Boring. Basic. Sleepy. Skippable. Unfulfilling. Unnecessary. And those who came to help save the day didn’t do their jobs: If you blinked you would have missed that Travis Scott and Big Boi performed. Even the gospel choir singer was a struggle — clearly they let the wrong one sing lead Sunday. Adam Levine and friends kicked off the performance as fireworks burst from a stage designed like the letter “M,” which should have stood for “magic,” because they needed some. It started off on the right note, actually. “Harder to Breathe,” the band’s amazing debut rock song, was rousing as fire blasts shot from the sides of the stage. Levine grabbed his guitar for “This Love,” while other bandmates also strummed away. It was all going well until a joke was uttered: “A true musical genius who needs no introduction.” … [Read more...] about Maroon 5 Super Bowl Halftime Show Scorched: ‘Boring. Basic. Unfulfilling. Unnecessary.’
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By Eric Branch Updated 3:59 pm PST, Thursday, January 17, 2019 The 49ers won their last Super Bowl in Miami. Will their win their next Super Bowl in the same city? The chances aren’t great. The 49ers have 40-1 odds to win Super Bowl LIV in Miami in 2020, according to BetOnline.ag. Only 11 teams have longer odds than the 49ers, who share 40-1 chances with the Jaguars and Giants. Of note for the dynastic Patriots, who are managing to play the everyone-thinks-we-stink card before the AFC Championship Game in Kansas City on Sunday: The Chiefs have the best odds (7-1) and the Patriots are a 10-1 shot. Tom Brady’s reaction: No one believes in us. For those that actually wager on such things, there appears to be decent value in the Colts (20-1) and Seahawks (33-1) and, yes, the longshot 49ers, who had 22-1 odds in training camp before their franchise quarterback was lost for the season in Week 3. The 49ers won their last Super Bowl, beating the Chargers 49-26, … [Read more...] about 49ers win next season’s Super Bowl? What are the odds?
Honoree Colin Kaepernick speaks onstage at ACLU SoCal Hosts Annual Bill of Rights Dinner at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on December 3, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images) Travis Scott performs at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015. (Anda Chu/Bay Area News Group) SAN FRANCISCO, CA – JANUARY 12: Quarterback Colin Kaepernick #7 of the San Francisco 49ers warms up prior to the NFC Divisional Playoff Game against the Green Bay Packers at Candlestick Park on January 12, 2013 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) Travis Scott performs at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015. (Anda Chu/Bay Area News Group) SAN FRANCISCO, CA – JANUARY 12: Quarterback Colin Kaepernick #7 of the San Francisco 49ers looks on during warm ups prior to the NFC Divisional Playoff Game against the Green Bay Packers at Candlestick Park on … [Read more...] about Travis Scott, Colin Kaepernick huddle up to discuss Super Bowl gig, report says
SAN DIEGO — A question of unrivaled consequence has descended on this picturesque seaside city: Should the good citizens root for or against the Chargers, the football team that abandoned them a season ago but didn’t go really all that far? In years past, the team’s surprising success would be cause for widespread celebration. Fans would proudly wear team jerseys and caps, bars would overflow with viewing parties, and the team would dominate water-cooler talk. The Chargers went 12-4 in the regular season, beat the Baltimore Ravens on the road in an AFC wild-card game, and now have a chance to topple the New England Patriots in Foxborough, Massachusetts, on Sunday in the divisional round. But ambivalence has dominated San Diego’s cool ocean breeze of late. After a long, messy fight over funding for a new stadium in San Diego that was never built, the Chargers left for Los Angeles in 2017, forcing legions of jilted fans to decide whether to follow the team north, … [Read more...] about ‘My biggest fear is they’ll get to the Super Bowl’: Chargers’ success poses a problem for San Diego
It was late in another Phillies win, this one on a boiling Fourth of July at Citizens Bank Park, when a strange notion suddenly overcame me. Is this team a baseball version of the miracle Eagles? At the plate was Chris Davis, a Baltimore slugger floundering through the worst season of his career. A TV camera panned to an overhead shot from behind home plate, and the Phillies were playing without a third baseman or a shortstop. All four infielders were crammed onto the right side of second base. It seemed like an optical illusion. Now, I understand the Phils have embraced analytics, but playing without anyone on the left side of the infield was a bit much, even for them. Surely, the lefthanded Davis would slap the ball the other way, or lay down a bunt. How could someone with a .154 batting average refuse a sure base hit with his team down three runs late in the game? Ultimately, Davis did what he does best. Taking a mighty swing, he struck out. Clearly, there was never even a fleeting … [Read more...] about Similarities between Phillies and Super Bowl champion Eagles becoming impossible to ignore