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Are you not entertained? Ranking the top 10 best Super Bowl halftime shows

Are you not entertained? Ranking the top 10 best Super Bowl halftime shows

The Super Bowl should be a National holiday.

Actually, the Monday after should be a National holiday so that all of us can fully enjoy eating until we can't breath while were probably watching Tom Brady make the greatest comeback ever over our favorite team, without worrying about getting up for work the next morning. 

While watching grown men tackle each other for 60 minutes is great and all, there is something else we always look forward to, the Super Bowl halftime show. 

Artist like Michael Jackson, Prince, Lady Gaga, The Who, Tom Petty and Madonna have put on amazing, entertaining shows and this year should be no exception.

Justin Timberlake will be taking over this years Super Bowl LII halftime show and take it from someone who has seen him in concert five times, (I may have a problem), JT is going to make you feel like you're at the best party on the planet.

In a recent interview, Timberlake spoke about hitting the halftime stage for the third time and who his halftime show Hall of Fame inductees would be. 

Following in Timberlake's steps, we've come up with a list of the top 10 halftime performances thus far. Enjoy.

Honorable Mention: Diana Ross's Super Bowl XXX performance solely because she exited Sun Devil Stadium via helicopter. We strive to be that extra.

10. Bruno Mars

Bruno Mars took the stage at Super Bowl XLVIII and thank goodness he did.

Not only was it probably the first time a lot of people realized "holy crap, Bruno Mars is talented," Super Bowl XLVIII was played between the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos where the Seahawks blew out the Broncos 43-8.

So, basically Bruno Mars was the most entertaining thing about that game.

Oh, and he brought out the Red Hot Chili Peppers which is never a bad idea.

9. The Rolling Stones

Mick Jagger and crew entertained the world for 12 minutes during Super Bowl XL. Naturally, it was on a stage shaped as their signature tongue logo. They performed hits like 'Start Me Up,' and '(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction.'

Any Super Bowl crowd would go wild over seeing legendary Mick Jagger's classic move.

8. Janet Jackson, Justin Timberlake, Diddy, Kid Rock and Nelly

The Super Bowl half time performance that altered the course of television regulation history.

This Super Bowl XXXVIII performance makes the list because when you think Super Bowl halftime shows, there is no more defining moment than 'NippleGate." It was such a defining moment that the Merriam'Webster's Collegiate Dictionary officially added "wardrobe Malfunction" to its lexicon. 

There have been a lot of halftime performances, but this is one where we can remember exactly where we were when it happened.

7. Sir Paul McCartney

Well to start, it's Sir Paul McCartney and he should make every list ever created. The NFL decided that they needed a safe (and super famous) act to perform at the first Super Bowl following the aforementioned "Wardrobe Malfunction." He kicked off the Super Bowl XXXIX halftime show with 'Drive My Car,''Live And Let Die,' and finally 'Hey Jude.'

We can't think of an artist who is still living that's more iconic than him.

Plus, nothing will give you goosebumps faster than thousands of people singing along to 'Hey Jude.'

6. Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band

Remind me to invite Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band to my wedding because as the kids these days would say, 'it was lit.' Bruce and company performed at Super Bowl XLIII and the crowd was jumpin' for 12 straight minutes.

Bruce will make anyone want to step back from the guacamole dip and put our chicken fingers down (his words) and party with The Boss.

He also does this crazy back bend thing at the top of his performance that makes my back hurt just looking at it. Not bad for an old guy. 

5. Katy Perry

So, Katy Perry started her Super Bowl XLIX performance atop of the biggest metallic tiger probably ever created. It sorta looked like something that should be on Game Of Thrones, so that gives her a lot of points right of the bat.

Then, for the next 12 minutes Perry took you on a mystical journey with special effects that have never really been used before in Super Bowl Halftime history. Lenny Kravitz, who may be the coolest person on planet earth, joined her on stage followed by the second coolest person on planet earth, Missy Elliott. Perry did about five flawless outfit changes on top of that.

And how can we forget about left shark? We can't. 

Even if you're not the biggest Katy Perry fan, she made you feel like you were traveling on Rainbow Road in Mario Kart, and we're very grateful for that.

4. Beyonce

It's Beyonce.

Do we really have to say anything else?

3. Michael Jackson

He's the King of Pop.

He's one of the greatest performers to grace this earth, if not the greatest.

His Super Bowl XXVII performance was the first of it's kind and performers have been trying to replicate it ever since. The performance starts out with MJ on top of each video board then he suddenly appears in the center of the field. He spends about the first minute or so just standing there letting the audience take in the effect of being in the presence of Michael Jackson.

He then moon-walked across the stage and finished off his set surrounded by men, woman and children singing 'Heal The World', a message that was always important to Jackson.

2. Prince

Name something more iconic than the late, great Prince singing 'Purple Rain' on a purple stage with white doves flying around IN THE RAIN.

We'll wait.

1. U2

We think everyone will be able to agree why this Super Bowl XXXVI performance is worthy of the number one spot.

U2's performance took place in February of 2002, only a couple months after our country was flipped upside down during the 9/11 terror attacks.

During their performance, U2 had the names of every single individual who lost their lives on that fateful day showcased behind them. Then at the end, in front of a roaring crowd, lead singer Bono reveled the inside of his jacket lined with the American flag. For a few minutes, the world felt a little bit whole again thanks to U2.

While other halftime shows may have been more entertaining, none of them have had as much meaning as this one.

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Need to Know: The most overrated Redskins events of 2017

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Need to Know: The most overrated Redskins events of 2017

Here is what you need to know on this Friday, February 23, 19 days before NFL free agency starts.

I’m out this week so I’ll be re-posting some of the best and most popular articles of the past few months. Some may have slightly dated information but the major points in the posts still stand. Thanks for reading, as always.

The overrated Redskin moments of 2017

Originally published 12/30/17

Sometimes in the NFL, something happens that grabs headlines and appears to be a momentous event that has ripple effects that will last all season and perhaps beyond. Other times something that is greeted with a yawn by fans and the media turns out to be something with lasting impact. Yesterday we looked at three events that were underrated at the time they happened. Here, in no particular order, are three overrated events from 2017.

Beating the Raiders—At the time, the Raiders were 2-0 and they still had the status of being one of the favorites to get to the Super Bowl. The Redskins whipped them 27-10 and the prevailing view was that the Redskins were on their way to a special year. But that loss started a four-game losing streak for the Raiders. They are currently riding a three-game skid and at 6-9 they are contenders for a top-10 draft pick, not for the Super Bowl. The win became less impressive for the Redskins as the year went on.

Signing Terrelle Pryor—There was plenty of excitement when the Redskins signed the Browns wide receiver, who had 1,000 receiving yards catching passes from a sub-mediocre group of quarterbacks in Cleveland. Imagine what he could do with a quality QB and a good offense around him. The hype grew when a fan captured him making this catch in training camp:

But the production was not there. In nine games before going on injured reserve with an ankle injury, Pryor caught 20 passes for 240 yards and a touchdown.

Su’a Cravens departure—There was a lot of concern about issues both on and off the field when Cravens abruptly let it be known to teammates that he intended to retire just after the Redskins finalized their 53-man roster on September 2. All offseason Cravens’ name had been written at the top of the depth chart at strong safety in Sharpie. When he walked away and was put on the Exempt/Left Squad list (and eventually on the Reserve/Left Squad list, ending his season), there was plenty of speculation about whether the organization botched the situation and, of more immediate importance, what would happen at safety without Cravens. We’re still not sure about what happened but Montae Nicholson and Deshazor Everett did a respectable job at safety.

Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page Facebook.com/TandlerNBCS and follow him on Twitter @TandlerNBCS.

Timeline  

Days until:

—NFL Combine (3/1) 6
—NFL Draft (4/26) 62
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 198

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Need to Know: The most underrated Redskins events of 2017

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Need to Know: The most underrated Redskins events of 2017

Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, February 22, 20 days before NFL free agency starts.

I’m out this week so I’ll be re-posting some of the best and most popular articles of the past few months. Some may have slightly dated information but the major points in the posts still stand. Thanks for reading, as always.

The underrated Redskin moments of 2017

Originally published 12/29/17

Sometimes in the NFL, something happens that grabs headlines and appears to be a momentous event that has ripple effects that will last all season and perhaps beyond. Other times something that is greeted with a yawn by fans and the media turns out to be something with lasting impact. Here, in no particular order, are three underrated events from 2017. Tomorrow we’ll look at three events that were overrated at the time they happened.  

Beating the Rams in Week 2—Nobody got particularly excited when the Redskins went to the LA Memorial Coliseum and beat a Rams team that had gone 4-12 in 2016. Sure, there was a belief that they were in good hands with Sean McVay but nobody saw them as anything better than a middle of the pack team. The win looks much more impressive now as the 11-4 Rams have locked up their division with a playoff game in their future.

Drafting safety Montae Nicholson—He was a fourth-round pick who had a shoulder injury and appeared to be a reach. But once he got on the field, the reasons the Redskins drafted him became apparent. His range and hard hitting had an immediate impact on the game. Nicholson had problems staying on the field and he will finish the year on IR, so his impact this year was diminished. Regardless, he has a good chance of being part of the solution to a position with which the Redskins have had issues for years.

Ty Nsekhe’s injury—Against the Raiders in Week 3, Shawn Lauvao’s facemask had an issue and he had to leave the game for a play. In came Nsekhe without an opportunity to warm up. He suffered a core muscle injury and had to undergo surgery. His absence didn’t seem like a big deal at the time, but Trent Williams suffered a knee injury the next week and other offensive linemen were sidelined with injuries over the next several weeks. Nsekhe was inactive until the Week 10 game against the Vikings and he didn’t start a game until the Thanksgiving game against the Giants. He sure would have been useful to have in the lineup instead of T.J. Clemmings or Tyler Catalina.

Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page Facebook.com/TandlerNBCS and follow him on Twitter @TandlerNBCS.

Timeline  

Days until:

—NFL Combine (3/1) 7
—NFL Draft (4/26) 63
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 199