Queen Latifah's "America the Beautiful" is just right
Queen Latifah delivers a subdued, sincere — refreshingly unembellished — version of “America the Beautiful.
Next, we’ll see how the opera singer does with the national anthem.
Live coverage of the 2014 Super Bowl (Super Bowl XLVIII, for those who enjoy Roman numerals). Game analysis, all of the ads and everything you might want to know about the big game.
Malcolm Smith’s postgame press conference was briefly interrupted by a man who stepped to the podium and said, “9/11 was perpetrated by our own government.”
He was quickly ushered off the podium, but it was a rather shocking security lapse. Smith initially looked stunned, then recovered and said, “Somebody check his press pass.”
The man’s identity was not immediately know, although it wasn’t Pete Carroll, whose own 9/11 beliefs were the subject of a Deadspin story last spring.
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There was massive congestion as fans rode trains to the game and, when the Super Bowl was over, the congestion was back.
In fact, New Jersey State Police and MetLife Stadium officials were urging fans to stay for a while rather than head for the NJ Transit train ride to Secaucus Junction.
Fans leaving by train encouraged to enjoy the stadium atmosphere until congestion dissipates. pic.twitter.com/b8eyAVL2rd— NJSP - State Police (@NJSP) February 3, 2014
Trains are at @MLStadium station now for those fans heading home - they are operating on a load-n-go basis for the remainder of the evening— NJ TRANSIT (@NJTRANSIT) February 3, 2014
Richard Sherman left MetLife Stadium on crutches and in a walking boot after injuring his ankle in the Seattle Seahawks’ victory over Denver.
“I caught a bad play on a screen play,” he said on the NFL Network after the game. “I got twisted up, my ankle got sprained pretty bad. I tried to take some pills and go out there and keep playing. They ran a curl route and I gave it my all. I put my foot in the ground knowing it was going to hurt and it popped again. I was able to make the play and help my team. I knew we had the guys to step in when I stepped out, but I didn’t want to let my teammates down.”
The team announced that Sherman has a high ankle sprain and that X-rays were negative.
Marshawn Lynch, a running back of few words, was asked if winning the Super Bowl was the greatest day of his life.
“Next to being born.”
The Seattle Seahawks might not have made it to the Super Bowl if Malcolm Smith hadn’t caught the pass tipped by Richard Sherman in the NFC championship game and he followed that up with a pick-six of Peyton Manning on Sunday night.
One a night when all the Seahawks played well, Smith was just a little better and the linebacker was named the game’s MVP.
“No way,” Smith said, when Michael Strahan asked him if he had any idea what lay before him in Super Bowl XLVIII. “It felt good, though. I woke up, jumping, bouncing and it turned out great for us tonight.”
Pete Carroll grabbed hold of the Vince Lombardi Trophy and promised to take it back to the “12th man,” Seattle’s fans.
But first, he talked about the road to the championship.
“This is an amazing team. These guys started a long time ago. It took four years to get to this point. They’ve never taken a step sideways or backwards from going forward. … I’m so proud to be part of them, all the work that [General Manager] John [Schneider] has done to put this team together. These guys right here would not take anything but a win in this ballgame.”
Russell Wilson described the Seahawks’ season-long mentality and focus in a postgame interview.
“It’s a true blessing. God is so good. We believed that we would get here. At the beginning of the season I told the guys, ‘Why not us?’ We believed that we could get here. We have the talent, we have the coaching staff, we have the best fans in the National Football League,” he told Pam Oliver. “We wanted to win it all. … That was our mentality throughout the whole thing. We continued to grow, we continued to fight together. We have great teammates, man. I couldn’t have done it without all the guys.”
The influence of his late father led Wilson to this moment — and away from playing baseball for a living (as Kent Babb wrote).
“He used to always tell me, ‘Russ, why not you?’ What that kind of meant was ‘believe in yourself, believe in the talent God’s given you…you can go a long ways.’ That’s why I decided to play football and to go against the odds a little bit.”
Naturally, you can follow the puppy on Twitter.
Well that was a dumpster fire of a Super Bowl, so here are the final stat leaders. The Broncos have now lost more Super Bowls than any team in history, while the Seattle Seahawks just got their first.
Russell Wilson: 18 for 25, 206 yards, 2 touchdowns
Peyton Manning: 34 for 49, 280 yards, 1 TD, 2 INTs
Percy Harvin: 2 rushes, 45 yards
Knowshon Moreno: 5 rushes, 17 yards
Doug Baldwin: 5 catches, 66 yards, 1 TD
Demaryius Thomas: 13 catches, 118 yards, 1 TD
Teams wearing the white jersey in the Super Bowl have now won 12 out of the last 16 games
— darren rovell (@darrenrovell) February 3, 2014
There are three minutes left and the Seattle Seahawks are up 43-8 so that means it’s time for Tarvaris Jackson, backup quarterback and human victory cigar, to appear and run out the clock.
— SB Nation (@sbnation) February 3, 2014
Chris Clemons swipes at Peyton Manning as he throws and forces the fumble. Seattle defense for MVP?
|206 yards, 2 TD|
|2 rush, 45 yards|
|5 rec, 66 yards, 1 TD|
|280 yards, 1 TD|
|5 rush, 17 yards|
|13 rec, 118 yards, 1 TD|