Monday, February 7, 2011

Ultimate Super Bowl mash-up

Yes, it's Monday morning, but let's do one more Super Bowl post. Perhaps we can get some clues towards what makes a great event, and great moment, in the process.

There are four elements that make up a great Super Bowl: The national anthem, the commercials, the halftime show, and the last few minutes of the fourth quarter. I've already posted about the commercials, so we'll focus on the other three elements.

I had an idea: What if we took the best national anthem, the best halftime show, and the best game finish and mashed them up all Glee-like? What would we get?

Hint: It doesn't involve Christina, the Black Eyed Peas, or Ben Roethlisberger.

Best National Anthem

This isn't from the Super Bowl (sorry Whitney, yours was good but it was DQ'd for being pre-recorded), but is from just a few weeks ago. Here is what we can learn from the performance of Jim Cornelison:

1. Sing it straight up and you're already halfway to greatness.
2. The national anthem is actually a very masculine song in the right hands (or vocal chords).
3. Perform it in front of a bunch of Bears fans in Chicago. Absolutely electric.
4. Hold that last note and wait for the jets to get there. Boo-ya! Gives me the chills every time.

Best Halftime performance

It's always fun to be watching something and realize at the time you are watching the birth of a defining cultural moment. As soon as those names started to go up you knew this wasn't your typical halftime performance. When The Edge started to tap out the intro to "Streets", it became transcendant.

For such a redemptive moment, it is interesting that three and a half years later this same venue would be the setting for another of the decades defining stories.

Best Fourth Quarter

That's pretty low quality video, but I don't think the NFL likes their good stuff on YouTube.

Two words: Helmet Catch. Again, one of those moments you immediately knew was bound for greatness.

So those are my fave moments. What are yours?

1 comment:

  1. Loved the National Anthem and the Half-time show! Very true, that is what captures a lot of people outside of the ones who are watching the football game. I like the play, but there are a few others that I really enjoy, but they aren't as crazy. I really like that National Anthem though. Bears fans were awesome! And the flyover was perfect!