?BREAST IN SHOW
Believe the denials of CBS, MTV and Justin Timberlake if you want, but how likely can it be that Timberlake's exposure of Janet Jackson's breast during the Super Bowl halftime show was unplanned? Jackson's pop-out coincided precisely with the end of their duet and with Timberlake's singing, "Bet I'll have you naked by the end of this song." Timberlake made a deliberate motion, and Jackson's bustier appeared to have a tearaway right cup. (What, yours doesn't?) An item on MTV.com on Sunday afternoon, before halftime, was headlined JANET JACKSON'S SUPER BOWL SHOW PROMISES SHOCKING MOMENTS. Afterward the site gleefully said JANET GETS NASTY. And how fortunate that she was wearing a fancy nipple ring! The most laughable explanation came from Timberlake, who cited a "wardrobe malfunction." Perhaps he'll elaborate when he performs on Sunday's Grammys, to be televised by—oh, what a coincidence—CBS.
Analyst Phil Simms is a game-film junkie, and his research paid off with thorough, at times spooky, familiarity with the Patriots' offense. He called New England's first play from scrimmage, and later noted that the Pats had a play action pass with linebacker Mike Vrabel and defensive tackle Richard Seymour in the backfield, for short-yardage situations. Vrabel caught a fourth-quarter touchdown pass on that very play.
?THEN THERE WAS ONE
If the Super finish stimulated your interest in the Big Game, you can still catch HBO's The Wild Ride To Super Bowl I, which will air on Feb. 5, 7 and 9. Relying on archival NFL Films footage, the deft one-hour documentary shows the humble beginnings of the game (30,000 empty seats) and gives a nuanced portrait of NFL commissioner Pete Rozelle.