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It’s time to reinvent the Super Bowl halftime show


All things considered, the Super Bowl is a pretty spectacular evening.

Dedicated fans and oblivious bystanders band together to watch the most popular single night in all of sport, even if the latter group spends just as much time failing at Flappy Bird and shushing the room during commercials like they’re the main attraction. It’s an excuse to purchase copious amounts of processed fats and sugars and concoct ridiculous culinary combinations (think anything edible, wrapped in bacon) and send a glorious season of football off in style. But there’s one area of the game where America needs to throw the challenge flag; the halftime show.

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Super Bowl XLVII: The People’s Championship


Let’s start with the obvious.

There are those who stake their undying fanhood to each and every one of the 32 teams in the NFL. Somehow, there are even masochists that back futile franchises like the Jaguars and Browns, the kind that make squandering hopes as much the spectacle as anything that takes place on the field each week. But that’s what makes competition work on a national scale: the fist pumping, the floor pacing (ahem, Redskins fans, ahem), the blind faith and broken hearts. The foolhardiness and bandwagon-jumping and bitter rivalry which inevitably result when you align your ambitions with the success of young, athletically-gifted celebrities who showcase their talents on behalf of an assigned city.

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Prop bets with Poor Scholars

us-money-billsBY RAMBO NOMOLOS

During the Super Bowl, Poor Scholars’ degenerate gambler gambling expert Rambo Nomolos placed 14 prop bets for some extra money for Busch Light and tins of Grizzly. See how Rambo fared and why he made each selection.

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The return of the contemporary Super Bowl halftime show

Beyonce-Super-Bowl-2013-photoBY ELI KABERON

We all remember where we were, nine years ago, when Justin Timberlake screamed, “I’mma have you naked by the end of this song” and the infamous Janet Jackson wardrobe malfunction occurred. The moment seemingly changed Super Bowl halftimes forever, as modern musical acts were pushed aside for golden oldies like Paul McCartney, Tom Petty, The Who and Bruce Springsteen. It seemed like after Janet, no modern top-40 artist would ever get a chance to perform on the most-seen stage television has to offer. And for the most part, the general public was cool with that.

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Saturday Special: Poor Scholars Super Bowl preview



The Poor Scholars staff spent part of the week debating important Super Bowl questions like, “Who will win?”, “Which commercial are you looking forward to?”, and most importantly, “If Celebrity Deathmatch were still at halftime, who would you wanna see fight?”

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Previewing the movie trailers during the Super Bowl


Remember when the Super Bowl used to be about football? Well, that topic is for another time, but with approximately 111 million viewers in the United States alone last year, the Super Bowl has become a major event for the release of movie trailers. Movie trailers in their own right are a very big deal. They generate millions of hits on YouTube and some of my friends still get salty if we don’t get to the theater on time for them to see a minute of the newest Denzel flick.

Hollywood will unveil trailers for several new films during the Super Bowl and we break down the six that we’re anticipating the most.

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Revamping MTV’s Rock N’ Jock Super Bowl


The Poor Scholars staff spends much of the day trading ridiculous ideas that we could potentially write about. Most of theses ideas are never used or slowly developed, but as Rambo and I started discussing the old MTV Rock N’ Jock series earlier this week, I knew we were really on to something.

But when I started researching the old, glorified pick-up games that featured athletes, musicians and celebrities I came to the startling realization that Rock N’ Jock had been dead for over a decade.

I received further confirmation of the irrelevance of Rock N’ Jock when I asked my younger brother and Poor Scholars staffer Troy Phillips, who was born in the 90s, if he knew what Rock N’ Jock was.

He had no clue.

I was devastated; I felt like I’d let my brother down.

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