Super Bowl 2012: New York Giants Outlast Patriots, Are Winners Again

Super Bowl XLVI time: That means the New England Patriots, the New York Giants, and for people in the Midwest, a lot of Super Bowl commercials and rooting against both 2012 champions. More: Pre-released 2012 Super Bowl commercials from SBNation.com.

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Super Bowl Commercials: Chevy Volt Aliens Return (VIDEO)

For regular listeners of Coast to Coast AM, Chevrolet's new Chevy Volt Super Bowl commercials offer the greatest enticement yet to spend thirty-something thousand dollars on a car with 40 miles of electric range and a gas generator: If you do so, you will see aliens. And they will tell their alien friends about it, and so on. (Watch the first commercial, in which aliens hit on a Volt owner's wife, here.)

I'd be interested in a spin-off Super Bowl ad where these aliens, who already possess the ability to fly through space, have to use somebody's iPhone to call their friends, but that's probably not in Apple's current ad vernacular. In any case, I really do think this is a good way to explain the Volt's vaguely confusing business model without releasing an especially condescending commercial.

To humans, at least. I'm sure aliens find these commercials impossibly condescending. But they'll have to find a human being with an HDTV in his garage if they want to see them, so it shouldn't be a problem. (Did they find a guy with a garage-door opener first? The world-building on these remains confusing to me.)

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Super Bowl Winners: New York Giants Outlast New England Patriots By 21-17 Score

The New England Patriots had a minute left to go 80 yards after the New York Giants and Eli Manning came back a little too early, but a dropped ball from Dion Branch and Justin Tuck's crucial third-down sack made their fourth quarter comeback stick as the Giants topped the Patriots 21-17, scoring their second Super Bowl victory against the Patriots in XLVI. Eli Manning was 30-for-40 with 296 yards and a touchdown, while Bradshaw had 17 carries for 72 yards and a touchdown; Justin Tuck had a big safety in the first quarter, forcing Brady to deposit a pass intentionally way downfield.

Ahmad Bradshaw scored a fourth-quarter touchdown to put the Giants on top, but it wasn't quite the cause for celebration you'd expect it to be—the Patriots allowed him to score, giving Tom Brady and company a full minute to make a comeback. Brady was good, but he wasn't quite good enough; three last-chance Hail Marys weren't able to do it, despite a first-down toss to Branch on fourth-and-long.

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Worst Super Bowl Commercials: GoDaddy Basically Does Schmitt's Gay Beer Straight

GoDaddy has cornered the market for terrible Super Bowl commercials again in 2012, but their fourth quarter ad might have hit new levels of braindead. Made to promote cloud computing, it's basically a remake of that hilarious Schmitt's Gay Beer commercial, only played straight and straight and even dumber. In fact, let's just watch that Schmitt's Gay Beer commercial instead of the GoDaddy one:

Isn't that commercial great? And isn't GoDaddy terrible? That's really all there is to say about that. If you register your domain from GoDaddy, you are subsidizing Danica Patrick's lost weekend and the production of the dumbest, most degrading Super Bowl commercials in the world. Not degrading to women, or Danica Patrick, or minorities, or anything—just degrading to humanity, because one human has convinced other humans that yet more humans will be convinced to buy a domain name by the prospect of seeing some women almost get naked on the internet, where women are naked by default.

But Schmitt's Gay Beer—I mean, that's still great.

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Best Super Bowl Commercials 2012: An Early Video List

We've been responding as rapidly as possible to 2012's Super Bowl commercials all night; here, so far as we can tell, are some early winners, from strong car ads from Toyota and General Motors to—well, really, aside from the car ads things have been pretty weak. In no particular order, some ads you should seek out:

Toyota's Camry: It's Reinvented ad splits the difference between funny-for-everybody and the kind of increasingly dated Old Spice humor that's infected all high-profile reimaginings over the last few years. The baby-time-machine's tone is just perfect. The Chevy Silverado 2012 commercial was extremely well-shot, timely, if you're Mayan, and to-the-point. Even Chrysler's Clint Eastwood-infused Clint Eastwood-infused Imported from Detroit sequel was pretty good, until you stopped to think about what he was actually saying, which appeared to be a patriotism mad lib.

Volkswagen brought back Star Wars to impressive effect, although the metaverse implications are a little staggering.

Aside from that: I mean the Doritos ads were like Doritos ads, if you like cute things that refuse to give up their Doritos. (This time they went cute kid instead of cute animal.)

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Super Bowl Commercials: Football Safety History Ad Pretends Helmets Make NFL Safer

As promised, the NFL has used its in-house 2012 Super Bowl commercial to promote the safety gains football has made since its debut as a rough-and-tumble college sport that killed people beneath an inexorable flying wedge of bodies. It's really well-made—unfortunately, there's no evidence all the pads and helmets shown off in the commercial have made the game any safer; an increasing body of work suggests they make it less safe.

Here's a relevant ESPN story on it. As pads and helmets make a player feel safer, he's more likely to behave in ways that aren't safe, as anyone who's followed someone in a massive SUV will attest. Apparently it's called "risk compensation," and it is at least a little terrifying to anybody who wears a helmet when he rides a bike.

I don't know what the NFL could do about it, but I am convinced that if football players still worked in leather helmets without pads the game would be slower and the players would be less likely to severely concuss each other at a similar risk to themselves.

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Clint Eastwood Super Bowl Commercial Video: Chrysler Reaches For Detroit-Based Patriotism Again

Last year Chrysler’s Eminem-starring Imported from Detroit was one of the most popular Super Bowl commercials of the year. In 2012 they went back to the well, getting Clint Eastwood to deliver a rousing speech on Halftime in America.

By the time it was over, and Eastwood was telling you the world was about to Get It from a resurgent America, it was hard to avoid breaking into a U S A chant and marching off to buy an American car. I think I felt the same way after watching this commercial as I did when Obama announced Osama bin Laden’s death.

Then, unfortunately for the dealership, it occurred to me that Eastwood’s wordy, repetitive speech didn’t seem to mean anything at all. It remains a great commercial, mostly because he’s Clint Eastwood and Chrysler’s ad people have turned in two great pieces of Detroit malaise cinematography in a row, but if you heard Newt Gingrich deliver this speech you’d probably just wish he for him to go back to talking about bases on the moon.

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Super Bowl 2012 Halftime Show: Madonna Better Than Black Eyed Peas, Says Easily Excited Universe

The 2012 Super Bowl halftime show is over, and here’s to Madonna, who, like Paul McCartney after the Janet Jackson incident, had an incredibly easy job of currying public favor after a disaster the year before. All Madonna had to do was not be the Black Eyed Peas, and although bringing LMFAO in was a dangerous shot at being worse than the Black Eyed Peas public opinion immediately afterward suggests this is the most popular Super Bowl halftime show since—well, The Who in 2010, I guess?

Madonna—how she looks, the songs she sings, the people she chose to collaborate with—will receive mixed reviews wherever she goes, but the stagecraft and special effects at the halftime show were extremely impressive; if you look at the wardrobe malfunction show the most striking thing isn’t Janet Jackson’s nipple so much as just how cheap it looks by comparison. This was the halftime show equivalent of the Beijing Olympics in 2008. Or the Arirang games in North Korea, depending on what you think of “Like A Prayer.”

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Super Bowl 2012 Halftime Show: Madonna, LMFAO, Caligula Star

Welcome to the 2012 Super Bowl halftime show, choreographed by Edward Gibbon! Madonna, LMFAO, Nicki Minaj, Cee-Lo, and I think Caligula's skeleton starred in a halftime show that looked greenscreened by glitter, featured Madonna's single—it has the word Madonna in it, a lot, in case you forget—and, mercifully, was not the last thing I saw before dying.

Look, I love history, and I love the western world. But if you're an aging, ultra-decadent pop singer performing at the tail-end of a worldwide depression, I can think of better themes for your halftime show at the most overhyped, expensive event in the richest country on earth than "Late-period Roman Empire, only you're kind of rooting for the barbarians to come in and destroy Western Civilization as we know it."

But what do I know: I didn't like the Black-Eyed Peas' TRON suits and futuristic Guts harnesses either. Apparently I can't be pleased, at least by mediocre dance-pop and (in the case of LMFAO) truly abominable dance-pop, whether it's performed in the distant past or the distant future.

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Super Bowl Commercials: Doritos, Cute Things, And Physical Pain

Enclosed, for your consideration, are Doritos's 2012 entrants into the Super Bowl commercial genre they have pioneered—namely, the Cute Things and Physical Pain class of popular Super Bowl ads. Last year the angry pug was one of the most popular commercials of the big metagame; this year there was a baby slingshot. It involved a baby flying through the air in a very dangerous manner for a snack food.

If I were a literary critic in good standing, I would suggest that there appears to be a clear theme here: Don't try to take Doritos from a cute animal or baby. Just go to the store and buy your own bag of Doritos for like three dollars. I can't emphasize this enough.

Best-case scenario: They take your Doritos and you're the stooge in some Super Bowl commercial: Worst-case scenario: Your shame will be broadcast to 100 million people as you run into some glass or something and break your nose.

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Worst Super Bowl Commercials: Teleflora Encourages You To Pay For Sex—With Flowers!

For a while I wasn't sure that terrible m&m's ad about playing loud music and being a funny dancing thing that dances lol would have any competitors in the Worst Super Bowl Commercials derby, but Teleflora's ad about—and I'm paraphrasing here—paying a supermodel money and then having sex with her in exchange for that money is unquestionably the worst Super Bowl commercial you will see in the year 2012.

I don't know whether pimps have tried this before, and I'm not a lawyer, but I'm relatively sure it's still prostitution if you offer someone one Sex Coupon in exchange for the services she provides. I'm also relatively sure that if on Valentine's Day you happen to tell the lady in your life, "They say you have to give to receive—super hot sex!"—well, I don't want to spoil it for you. But you'll probably be murdered.

Seriously, do not take any advice this woman gives you, not even if it's to go back in time and buy Apple stock at 19 bucks. The very attractive are different from you and me.

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Super Bowl Commercials: Star Wars Ad Goes As Long As Possible Without Phantom Menace Scenes

I'm glad George Lucas made a Super Bowl commercial about what people think about Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, opening this weekend for a big-big-screen IMAX engagement 13 years after it originally broke the hearts of Star Wars fans over the age of, say, 14. (At 12 I loved it.) Half of the trailer seems devoted to scenes from every episode of Star Wars except The Phantom Menace, before it finally shows some obligatory pod racers, Darth Maul, and Liam Neeson scenes.

While I'm here, can I say how disappointed I was—even at 12—when Darth Maul, who they relentlessly touted for a solid year leading up the release, died (spoiler alert) like 10 minutes into the movie, not to return for any of the sequels? Before this Super Bowl commercial, that was the simplest analogy for the Star Wars prequels—most people were really excited for the first 10 minutes or so, and then found themselves cut in half by a lightsaber for the last two-and-eight-ninths movies.

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Super Bowl Commercials Video: Budweiser Prohibition Ad Reminds Us Of Terrible Time When People Couldn't Get Wasted

I realize that overly sentimental and dramatic Super Bowl commercials are a fact of life, but Budweiser's cinematic celebration of the repeal of prohibition—set to the sounds of The Natural—might be the most ridiculous one in recent memory. Watch it first; it looks great.

Now, your political mileage may vary, but so far as I can tell this is an ad about how life-affirming it was that we as humans were unable to successfully eradicate a drug that has huge external costs to our society at large that the companies making it usually spend on dramatic and sentimental ads designed to sell you more of that harmful drug.

Prohibition was—and really should always have been seen as—a terrible idea. But celebrating the fact that there's no way to make it work strikes me as a less than ideal resolution to a less than ideal chapter in our nation's history. I also like the characterization of prohibition "denying people Budweiser," as though the constitutional amendment mentions "Drinkability" by name.

But the clydesdales finally got to carry something other than Bevo! And that guy had a biplane! So no doubt that was great.

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Super Bowl Commercials: Volkswagen, Fat Dog, Darth Vader Create Terrifying Metaverse

That's it: Volkswagen has gone Super Bowl commercials meta, with an ad that combines a real commercial—a fat dog losing weight and slimming down, much like the no-longer-anathema-to-male-drives Volkswagen Beetle—with some people in a wretched hive of scum and villainy in the Star Wars universe, talking about the Darth Vader ad they ran last year. With—that's right, three layers—the real Darth Vader force-choking some Mos Eisley fiend who dislikes the Fake Darth Vader commercial.

Allow me to sort this out for you: We live in the real world, where we watched Volkswagen do an adorable little-kid-Darth-Vader commercial last year.

Darth Vader lives in the Star Wars universe, where they also watched Volkswagen do an adorable little-kid-Darth-Vader commercial last year, and where they appear to be aware of public opinion toward the ad in our world.

My only conclusion is that we are a world nested inside the Star Wars universe, where they're aware that in our world Darth Vader is a cultural artifact beloved by all and not a terrifying, murderous despot who's turned a broken, bureaucratic republic into a disastrously greedy empire.

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Super Bowl Commercials: When The Mayan Apocalypse Comes, Abandon Your Children, Drive Your Chevy Silverado (Video)

Maybe I'm not getting the right message out of this, but so far as I can tell the idea behind the 2012 Chevy Silverado Super Bowl commercial is that if the Mayan Apocalypse is real, you should abandon your family, get into your truck, and drive into a post-apocalyptic nightmare where you and your buds can talk about how your truck is better than a Ford.

Don't get me wrong: It's kind of funny! It's really well made! But if six or seven fortysomething guys are the sole survivors of the Mayan Apocalypse, Chevrolet as a brand will no longer have any meaning, unless it's used to create the new aristocracy of Chevy owners, anointed by their truck-drivingness to hold Ford F-150 drives in a perpetual serfdom.

Badge-engineering concern: Are the owners of GMC's identical full-size trucks going to survive the apocalypse? What about my dad, who drives the mid-size Chevy Colorado—co-engineered by Isuzu, no less. These are the kinds of things Mayans knew way more about than we do, alas.

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Super Bowl Commercials: Bud Light Platinum One Metal Better Than Regular Bud Light

I have to give the art director types points: Bud Light's first Super Bowl commercial of 2012 is less tacky and bro-filled than their usual ads, and choosing "Run Away's" intro is an inspired choice. But "Bud Light Platinum" is the laziest naming-scheme in the history of lazy naming schemes, especially when the bottle is blue. Consider:

American Express Platinum is platinum-colored. It is one better than Gold, which is one better than—well, Green, but there is, nevertheless, a metal-based hierarchy being established, here. (It's two better than zinc!) Bud Light Platinum is one unit of measurement better than Bud Light—which I'm sure they will tell you is also really great.

Why does it exist? Because Bud Light wants more of your money, and is choosing to try to cut it from their existing customer base instead of getting involved in the hipster-filled, increasingly big-corporation-unfriendly world of craft beers and local specialties. They're hoping, I guess, that people who have more money will decide that they can no longer be seen drinking regular Bud Light, but in my experience the people in this market who have more money just buy greater volumes of Natty Light instead.

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2012 Super Bowl Score: Tom Brady Safety Intentionally Grounds Giants To 2-0 Lead

That sound you here is Las Vegas making all its money: The first points of Super Bowl XLVI came on a safety, the product of Tom Brady’s unlikely brand of downfield intentional grounding, leaving the New York Giants up 2-0 on the New England Patriots in the first quarter. Justin Tuck’s pressure forced the call, which caused great joy in the more vengeful sections of St. Louis tonight.

The Giants saw mixed results in their first offensive drive, getting downfield on some nice passes before they couldn’t keep Eli Manning off the ground. But I’m willing to bet that if they force a safety every time Tom Brady touches the ball, they’ll be in good shape for their second Super Bowl win against the Patriots in as many vengeful St. Louis Rams fan situations.

For more Super Bowl updates, including all the complaints you could possibly want about this year’s Super Bowl commercials, follow along on the SB Nation St. Louis Super Bowl story stream. I promise not to stop typing until my fingers fall off or the Super Bowl is over, possibly by a score of 2-0.

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Super Bowl Commercials (Video): Hyundai Joins Regular Guy A Cappella Trend

If there’s one persistent advertising trend in the last five years, besides brands that wish they were Old Spice, it’s this: Regular-guy a cappella. People in an office ba-ba-ba-ing a song is as hilarious, apparently, to ad executives as men dressed like women are to British people. The latest signer-on, Hyundai, adds a Gen-X ironized cultural song for added impact, using “Gonna Fly Now” to represent their refusal to back down, their determination to Find A Way, at all costs, to make people forget they made the Hyundai Excel.

The verdict: It’s an okay ad! You won’t not hate it! (The video is available on their YouTube page.)

But I wish ad execs would get to work on starting some new trends; there’s only so much juice left in the a cappella fruit. And if I see that Dr. Pepper Is For Cool Dudes Only Just Kidding But Seriously Old Spice knockoff one more time I’m going to self-immolate in the name of killing irony forever.

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Super Bowl Commercials: Old Navy's Corporado Ad Leaves You Uncertain As To What Old Navy Sells

The first round of 2012 Super Bowl commercials is here, and Old Navy has gone the fake brand route, suggesting you Dress Like A Guy, but not their tai-chi-performing 80s thirtysomething in “Corporado,” which—aside from a flip phone in a holster—is just about indistinguishable from the kind of corporate-casual stuff you could buy at, say, Macy’s.

Which is great, but what, exactly, does Old Navy propose men—sorry, Guys—dress like instead? That’s more or less unexplained, though if I’m going off what I saw last time I went to Old Navy it looks a lot like what you could dress like at The Gap, only with more fake branding and locations on the front of the t-shirts.

One of the dangers of making viral ads is that people don’t necessarily want to go to your website to get advertised to some more. I don’t think the average Super Bowl-watching Guy is going to go to Old Navy’s website to figure out their alternate solution—particularly while they’re trying to prove their Guyness by watching the Super Bowl. “Bro, can you pass the iPad? I want to see what’s better than polos and khaki shirts. No, not from an expert, from Old Navy.”

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Super Bowl 2012: New York Giants Written In The Stars, A Million World Series Away

St. Louis Cardinals fans watching Super Bowl XLVI just had an unexpected flashback: The New York Giants chose Tinie Tempah’s “Written in the Stars,” heretofore most famous for its use as the official FOX song of the 2011 World Series, as their run-out-onto-the-field-and-get-pumped song.

Cardinals fans were disappointed to learn that David Freese was not involved in any other capacity.

Odd fact: As famous as that hook has become, the rapper whose song it’s in, Mr. Tempah, hardly ever gets a word in edgewise on promos. I’m relatively certain I’ll never know exactly what he sounds like, despite hearing his song every day of October and having it stuck in my head every day for a while after that. Wikipedia tells me he’s English, and that his album is titled Disc-Overy, which, seriously?

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Super Bowl 2012: Time, Channel, Odds, Ads, And More

Super Bowl 2012 time—XLVI, if you speak Latin—has come, and with it another round of Super Bowl commercials and discounted jars of salsa and corn chips. The New York Giants, the New England PatriotsAmericans: Are you ready for some being forced to care about football? A mandatory Sunday night party? If you aren't, I offer you this concise bundle of Super Bowl time, channel, odds, et cetera:

Time: 5:30 PM CST. Place: NBC, where, to be honest, they could really, really use the ratings. Odds: The New England Patriots are surprisingly slim favorites, despite having a four win advantage over the 9-7 Giants in the regular season. The possibility exists that betting services hate the Patriots nearly as much as Rams fans.

Commercials: Some Super Bowl ads are already streaming on the internet. Now is your chance to appear clairvoyant in front of your friends and acquaintances, which could be a good thing unless they decide you really are a psychic and it turns out they have mob ties and you have to predict the location of a bomb in the stadium before it goes off and if you excuse me I have a screenplay I have to go write now.

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Super Bowl 2012: Europe Pretty Much Ignores Football For Chelsea Vs. Manchester United

It is Super Bowl Sunday. Like most human beings in the United States of America on February 5, 2012, I have spent an outsized proportion of my day thinking about that. For perspective, I’d like to take this opportunity to remind you, me, and the other human Americans that in Europe, where I believe they call football American-Rules Soccer, they’re busy watching Chelsea vs. Manchester United, a Premier League contest-to-end-all-contests.

I realized that when my good friend Ahearn Alley, a pseudonymous contributor at Bring on the Cats and a fan of making people feel inadequate for not liking The World’s Favorite Sport, asked me if I was watching football at this very moment and did not mean to suggest I watch the Rams lose to the Patriots in 2001 all over again. (Because he’s not a terrible person.)

He even had a built-in, Super Bowl-related storyline to suggest: Chelsea, a less-storied big-city franchise in blue, taking on Manchester United, a widely loved and hated squad in red. If that means what I think it means, good news! The New England Patriots are losing 3-2 right now!

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Super Bowl Commercials: What Stupid Thing Will GoDaddy Do In 2012?

Super Bowl XLVI is hours away, and already one question has weighed heavily on the minds of Americans who can't wait to see a team from Boston and a team from New York compete in a major sporting event to the delight of TV network executives and Jimmy Fallon: What stupid thing is GoDaddy going to do for its stupid Super Bowl commercials in 2012?

I don't have the answer—if there were one thing I could give America, lord knows it would be that—but I've put some of SB Nation St. Louis's best minds on the question, and our stupid commercial actuaries have decided we're likely to see some of the following scenarios play out:

Somebody looks like they're about to take their clothes off. All their clothes. At the same time. Holy crap! And they're going to put it on the internet. GoDaddy should consider changing their business model to just, like, putting naked women on the internet, if that's even legal. Lord knows it's too hot for TV.

Danica Patrick does something low-quality and degrading. For what it's worth, I think Danica Patrick has every right to use her womanly charms for profit, fame, et cetera—I just wish she weren't doing it on the Super Bowl equivalent of a public access station.

The owner of GoDaddy leers like a really creepy volleyball coach. I'm not really into postmodern literary criticism's intense, comically strident reliance on power dynamics to unlock the Real Meaning of Everything, but this should be kind of obvious: If you're the one paying for an ad in which women take their clothes off, it's especially weird when you appear in that ad.

People you kind of remember are in it. You know, that girl, who was famous? Maybe Nancy Kerrigan and one of those hot tennis players will get into a super-hot slap fight and fall into a vat of salsa. Oh, and domain names.

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Super Bowl Commercials: Chevy Volt Attracts Aliens, As Does Man's Wife

For the second year in a row I'm somewhat impressed by Chevrolet's ability to get its talking points across in a Super Bowl commercial that is also entertaining, but this year's ad—the 2012 Chevy Volt is so technologically advanced, aliens in a flying saucer show up in a man's garage to examine it—combines that with a weird subfeature: Aliens are apparently equally attracted to the Volt owner's wife. Earth women, beware:

I am a little weirded out about that. I think maybe you should be a little weirded out about it, too, especially if you are an earth woman. In the meantime, people who are still confused about the difference between the slow-selling Volt and the not-as-slow-selling Nissan Leaf now know that it can run entirely on electricity or with the assistance of a gas generator, and that it is supposed to be as exciting as a high-tech toy as it is a green accessory.

They also know not to let their wife out when they go after the aliens. Because those aliens are exactly as creepy as you might expect, even when you're not married to Gillian Anderson.

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2012 Super Bowl Halftime Show: Madonna Was Performing Before Nicki Minaj Was Born

Look: I get it. It's been a while since I've been fond of the Super Bowl halftime show performer, and I'm not surprised that 2012, which will feature Madonna—as well as Nicki Minaj and M.I.A., whose blood she's been sucking for sustenance prior to the release of her new single, "Give Me All Your Luvin"—on stage, is no different. This continues the Super Bowl's trend of choosing figures who are old enough that they're unlikely to cause a major controversy on stage, one that was broken only when the Black Eyed Peas, who everyone in the entertainment industry is convinced everyone else loves, performed last year.

This is all apparently with the goal of promoting her new album, MDNA, which—and thanks for this, Wikipedia—began when she told Facebook, "I need to move. I need to sweat.... I'm on the lookout for the maddest, sickest, most badass people to collaborate with." Those people, as it turns out, included a French D.J. named Martin Solveig and the executive producers of the Super Bowl.

Granted: Paul McCartney, one the last halftime show performers I truly enjoyed, was performing before Madonna was born. But I wouldn't compare Madonna to Wings, let alone the Beatles.

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2012 Super Bowl Start Time, TV Schedule, Live Feed And More

The 2012 Super Bowl is nearly 48 hour away. NFL fans across the country are readying their best food and preparing to watch the ever-entrancing Super Bowl commercials.

For those who do not remember, these two Super Bowl teams -- the New York Giants and the New England Patriots -- met in a recent championship game, squaring off in Super Bowl XLII in 2008. In that spectacular and surprisingly low-scoring game, the Giants beat the Patriots in a stunning 4th quarter comeback that featured this absurd/amazing play:


WR David Tyree, who caught that spectacular catch, has since retired from the NFL, but the matchup still features a number of returning faces. Both quarterbacks, Eli Manning and Tom Brady, as well as both head coaches, Tom Coughlin and Bill Belichick, return for the encore matchup.

Stay tuned to SB Nation's NFL news hub for breaking news, analysis and commentary on the upcoming Super Bowl XLVI.

Gametime: 5:30 PM CST

Television: CBS

Internet: Online streaming

For more on the Patriots and their Super Bowl run, check out SB Nation's Patriots blog, Pats Pulpit as well as SB Nation Boston. For more on the Giants and their Super Bowl appearance, visit Giants blog Big Blue View and SB Nation New York.

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