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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

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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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Redskins 2018 position outlook: Safety

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Redskins 2018 position outlook: Safety

Training camp opens in three days, and we have a break here, giving us time to put the depth chart under the microscope. Between now and the start of camp, we will look at every position, compare the group to the rest of the NFL, see if the position has been upgraded or downgraded from last year, and take out the crystal ball to see what might unfold.

Safeties

Additions: Troy Apke (drafted in the fourth round)
Departures: DeAngelo Hall (not re-signed)

Starters: D.J. Swearinger, Montae Nicholson
Other roster locks: Apke
On the bubble: Deshazor Everett, Fish Smithson

How the safeties compare

To the rest of the NFL: The Redskins’ safeties have been a sore spot ever since the tragic loss of Sean Taylor in 2007, continually ranking as the worst units in the league year after year. That started to change last year with the signing of Swearinger and the drafting of Nicholson. They were major contributors to one of the league’s better defenses until injuries struck. Their depth is questionable as will be discussed below but the Redskins have a solid safety tandem at the top of the depth chart if they stay healthy. 

To the 2017 Redskins: This depends on Nicholson’s health and how quickly Apke can get ready to contribute. The rookie’s speed could add a dimension that the defensive backfield doesn’t have but he has a lot of rough edges to smooth out. If he can round into form and play in some three-safety formations, the unit could be notably better than last year’s. 

2018 outlook

Biggest upside: By now, most of you have heard of Jay Gruden saying that Nicholson is the defensive equivalent of Jordan Reed because he changes what they can do when he is out there. His speed and tackling set him apart when he is out there. But there are legitimate concerns about his ability to stay on the field after a shoulder injury and a concussion kept him out of half of the games last year. If he can play, Nicholson has Pro Bowl potential. 

Most to prove: The Redskins are Swearinger’s fourth NFL team in five years in the NFL. He was cut by the Texans and the Bucs. The Cardinals put him on their practice squad for a week during the season before promoting him to the 53-man roster. Arizona made little effort to retain him when he became a free agent last year. Swearinger played well in Washington last year but he didn’t get much recognition. He wants to take the next step and show the teams that let him go that they made a big mistake. 

Rookie watch: We touched on Apke above. Some questioned the draft pick, which seemed to be based on the combine stopwatch that measured his 4.34 time in the 40. If Nicholson is healthy, Apke’s development will be an interesting side story. Should one of the starters miss multiple games, his ability to perform in the NFL will be critical. 

Bottom line:  There will be a lot of competition behind the starters. Apke seems safe because of his status as a fourth-round pick. The team values Everett as a special teams contributor and he started eight games last year. They also like Smithson and they brought him up to the 53-man roster late last year to make sure they could retain his rights. And Quin Blanding, an undrafted rookie who had a stellar career at Virginia, could work himself into the conversation for a roster spot if he performs in Richmond. If Nicholson plays, the outlook at safety could be much better in 2018 than it has been in over a decade. 

Quote-unquote

Gruden’s quote on Nicholson’s effect on the defense:

Montae I think is really an important piece. Very similar to the way Jordan Reed is on offense, Montae is on defense. He can cover so much ground.

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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 and on Instagram @RichTandler

 

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Looking for a free burger? Sit close to Redskins QB Alex Smith

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Looking for a free burger? Sit close to Redskins QB Alex Smith

Pro tip: If you see new Redskins quarterback Alex Smith in a restaurant, try to sit close by.

Talk to teammates and media from San Francisco or Kansas City, the two cities Smith played in before coming to Washington, and stories like this emerge. His reputation for generosity and random kindness is as consistent as his ability to move the football with his legs and not throw many interceptions.

His foundation is heralded as one of the best in the NFL, where more than 90 percent of funds raised actually go towards charity, significantly higher than the national average. Once traded from Kansas City, Smith wrote a letter on The Player's Tribune thanking fans:

Thank you to the Chiefs Kingdom for being some of the craziest, most dedicated fans in the country. And thank you to the Kansas City community and all the friends my family and I have made during our time with you. To see all the farewell donations that have been made to the Alex Smith Foundation — all in increments of 11 — has been really special. It’s a tremendous gesture that my family and I have been very touched by. We appreciate you. We’re better people because we were fortunate enough to spend the last five years with you.

So what might have Smith ordered at Bareburger DC? Let's take a guess from their online menu. 

  • The Buckaroo - Beef, aged cheddar, smoked brisket, wild mushrooms, smoke sauce, brioche bun - After spending a few years in Kansas City, Smith might have acquired the taste for brisket on burgers. Who knows.

  • El Matador - Beef, queso fresco, guacamole, spicy pico de gallo, pickled jalapeños, green leaf, brioche bun - Smith is a SoCal kid, so maybe he needed the guac and bold flavors of his youth. 

  • Impossible Burger - American cheese, caramelized onions, dill pickles, green leaf, special sauce, brioche bun -The Redskins mission is getting to the playoffs, and many oddsmakers view that as impossible. Maybe Alex wanted to embrace it?

  • So Cal - Turkey, aged cheddar, guacamole, pickled red onions, alfalfa, sprout bun - Again, Smith is from Southern California, and this burger sounds pretty healthy. You don't get to look like this picture below by eating too many Buckaroos. 


Here's the truth: Smith is cool and bought a bunch of random people dinner. What's cooler: He doesn't have or use social media to broadcast when he does random nice acts. 

This week he and the Redskins travel to Richmond for training camp, and things will get serious about football and the 2018 season. Enjoy the fun stuff for now. 

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