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Laga Gaga halftime show with drones

Wow, the drones were amazing! Everything was amazing! Maybe the greatest halftime show ever!

My only complaint is that the studio versions of her songs are better; but then you have to appreciate that she had the guts to sing live and not lipsynch.

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Scott Adams, the creator of Dilbert, agrees:

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And following the halftime show, the biggest comeback in the history of the Superbowl.

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Lady Gaga vs. Katy Perry

So some commenters have voted for Katy Perry’s halftime show from two years ago.

Now I love Katy Perry. She’s gorgeous. And cute. And her songs have such a endearing touch of whimsy. But Lady Gaga has her halftime show beat by a mile. Besides the drones, there was Lady Gaga’s athleticism and the much larger scope of choreography. Plus Lady Gaga’s show wasn’t interrupted by some crappy hip-hop/rap number by Missy Elliott.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

February 5, 2017 at 8:31 pm

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  1. Politics aside, I have a soft spot for Lady Gaga. Here is a YouTube clip of her playing on MacDougal Street, I assume from her NYU days.

    R P

    February 5, 2017 at 8:38 pm

    • She’s not really my kind of music, but agreed that she’s a great talent and a class act. I was impressed that she didn’t make a political speech as “expected;” no doubt she’s already being called a Nazi on Twitter.


      February 6, 2017 at 12:47 am

    • Lion, you are obviously a nerd but seriously are you also gay?

      I don’t mean that as a taunt but you seem like a mildly paranoid, Jewish gay nerd with right of center politics that might be more anti-New York lefty liberal in origin than ideologically right wing.

      You are an older guy with no wife who likes photography and faggy girl music.

      There are more than a few right of center gay guys.

      And yet nerdy stuff doesn’t seem to be a gay magnet.


      February 7, 2017 at 9:08 am

  2. Not better than Katy Perry and the giant lion.

    David Pinsen

    February 5, 2017 at 8:54 pm

  3. Scott Adams (who lives a few blocks from John Madden) is an excitable guy!!! Bet his young girlfriend ain’t too happy with his enthusiasm for young Miss Germanotta….I am not taking sides on this!

    howitzer daniel

    February 5, 2017 at 9:03 pm

  4. Yeah Scott Adams has lost his mind. Lady Gaga huh? Radio Goo Goo. She’s Madonna without the career to come back to. She’s the only media figure weirder than most of the others. How do they get these gigs? Was Miley Cyrus in rehab? No wonder the record business is flat. These acts suck.
    Drones over the Super Bowl. It sounds like one of those stand alone Star Wars movies centering around a secondary character.

    Joshua Sinistar

    February 5, 2017 at 10:08 pm

  5. I make it a point to never watch the halftime show. And I didn’t watch this one. So I have nothing to say on the subject. Though I think gaga is pretty hot.


    February 5, 2017 at 11:38 pm

  6. In terms of music, and performing zeal, Bruce probably had the best halftime show. Best overall I still go with Katy Perry. Unsurpassed stagecraft and effects. I doubt there’s been anything more spectacular on Broadway.

    Wasn’t a fan of the Missy Elliot halftime show within a halftime show either, but still.

    David Pinsen

    February 6, 2017 at 12:32 am

    • Katy Perry definitely had the most elaborate production values, but I think this one was a lot more impressive because Lady Gaga didn’t lip-sync. I also find Perry’s music to be soulless and manufactured even by pop standards.

      IMO, the best halftime show ever, by some margin, was Prince’s from Super Bowl XLI. (Particularly from 6min on).


      February 6, 2017 at 3:30 am

  7. 2 big issues right now:

    1. Is a Constitutional crisis coming?

    2. Is a civil war coming?

    For the immigration EO, what I expect to happen is the 9th will rule against Trump and it will go to the Supremes who will rule 4-4. Gorusch will be the 5th vote when they take the case again later in the year. But what if the Court rules against Trump? I don’t think they will because I assume they don’t want to risk a Constitutional crisis, but you really don’t know. If there was a crisis, it wouldn’t be until months from now by which time Sessions will have already had a chance to clean house at the DOJ so we wouldn’t have to worry about the Marshals obeying the court instead of Trump, but the real concern would be Kelly and Mattis. Who knows what side they would take.

    As for a civil war, the left isn’t going to stop their violent protests, but now we are ready to hit back and understand we can’t count on the police. Gavin McInnes has his “Proud Boys” which can function as sort of a proto SA, although we aren’t at that point yet. Still, all we need is to get to a point to where the two factions are fighting in the streets. We are rapidly approaching that point and the left, who are normally so intelligent, are playing into our hands this time.

    Otis the Sweaty

    February 6, 2017 at 12:39 am

    • Otis, how would this happen? The big cities vote 90+% blue and the red areas of red states are 90+% red.. Where would the confrontation happen.

      Also I think it should be noted that several years ago there were tons of posters on Lions website claiming that civil war is coming and now it seems at least 10% likely.

      Lion likes to take credit for blatantly obvious things that would happen as predictions he got right. Will lion make a post saying “I was wrong about my civil war prediction” when the revolution is televised. Hmmmm are you partial and imbalanced lion :P.

      Paul Ryan's Sickly Old Lapdog

      February 6, 2017 at 10:27 am

    • Otis,

      The left *used* to be intelligent.

      The people who are now associated with the left are really stupid, or borderline, or out and out Black Bloc thugs.

      Supposedly there’s gonna be a women’s strike on President’s Day.


      February 6, 2017 at 11:49 pm

      • These are the extremes. The left still controls the academic system, Hollywood’s entire production/hiring/marketing structure, pretty much everything based in NYC/LA/DC.

        They aren’t just spastic radical protestors.

        The left has been normalized. They aren’t the fringe weirdos, they are the mainstream in many regions and cultural sectors of the entire Western World.

        And they aren’t going away.


        February 7, 2017 at 9:01 am

      • A lot of those people aren’t actually intelligent. They have intelligent seeming credentials, but they are dumb as a box of rocks. Do you think Lena Dunham is actually intelligent?

        Eric Foner is intelligent. The vast majority of the students he cranked out weren’t.

        It is true that the average conservative Republican is kind of dumb.


        February 7, 2017 at 12:18 pm

      • Here’s another one catlady. I found this watching a Gavin McInnes video:

        Donald Trump’s Fascist Week: The Daily Show The Daily Show with Trevor Noah

        Nearly 3.5 million views!!!!! And that doesn’t include the TV show viewers, that’s just YouTube.

        Same with John Oliver. The left has been completely normalized and is incredibly popular compared to the right/moderates.

        The no leftists/non black celebs/singers are terrified into silence and barely exist to begin with.


        February 7, 2017 at 9:44 am

      • Big Corporate America supports Noah and Oliver. Not many people watch their shows. They are supported by ad revenue.

        Trevor and Oliver are really fringe acts, when you compare them to truly mainstream comedians from the past such as Milton Berle, Jack Benny, Danny Thomas. All were huge stars on TV. They were truly mainstream.

        W/out corporate support, Noah and Oliver would fade away.


        February 7, 2017 at 12:20 pm

  8. Who cares seriously, I could hardly watch 2 minutes of it, it is embarrassing, like some kids show.
    Coming from the soccer world, this all “entertain me” approach to sport looks lame. You suppose to support your team, chant, do something to help, not listen to stupid songs.
    Another interesting thing I have noticed, in soccer the first one to raise the cup is the team captain, it’s like sacred moment, in the super bowl they give it to the manager of the “franchise” and not much is done with it, probably it means something but I am not sure what.
    Amazing game but lame crowd and atmosphere.


    February 6, 2017 at 1:06 am

  9. You’ve got really prole tastes Lion, to think that Gaga’s performance was entertaining, leave aside amazing.


    February 6, 2017 at 1:06 am

  10. That said, she’s light years more talented than Madonna. Never could understand the appeal of that squeaking chipmunk.


    February 6, 2017 at 1:10 am

    • Go listen to Madonna’s 80s music, it’s good stuff.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      February 6, 2017 at 8:47 am

      • “Living in a Material World” was the apocalypse. You know the reigning Leftist template of “intersectional gynocratic Reaganism” that irony Twitter loves to call out? That’s the cultural moment that started it.

        Her self-possession and narcissism were unprecedented in a female popstar, and were horrible influences on American girl culture.

        The most popular female artists of the ’70s, prior to Madonna, according to Billboard, were:
        1. Karen Carpenter
        2. Olivia Newton-John
        3. Diana Ross
        4. Donna Summer
        5. Gladys Knight
        6. Helen Reddy
        7. Aretha Franklin
        8. Barbra Streisand

        Only three true divas – Ross, Franklin and Streisand. White chicks weren’t going to emulate the first two, and Streisand – while considered hot by some – wasn’t universally seen as a sex symbol, plus her music was mostly for older people.


        February 6, 2017 at 9:23 am

      • Debra Harry isn’t on the list? Outrageous!

        And what about the Go-Gos? The Bangles? Cindi Lauper?

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        February 6, 2017 at 9:37 am

      • Debra Harry isn’t on the list? Outrageous!

        And what about the Go-Gos? The Bangles? Cindi Lauper?

        Note that my comment says I was listing the top female artists of the ’70s, to contrast between Madonna and what came before. Of the ones you mentioned, only Blondie had any hits in the ’70s. Perhaps if Deborah Harry had gotten famous at age 25, like Madonna did, instead of late-blooming at age 33, she would have been more culturally influential.

        Remember too that coastal music critics retcon history to make SWPL darlings seem more popular than they actually were at the time.

        Dweeby critics loved coked-up Belinda Carlisle when she was in the Go-Go’s and they fantasized about being a chick-rock male groupie. Hated her when she was a pop solo artist who married a Reagan operative.


        February 6, 2017 at 10:34 am

      • Much as I loathe Madonna, I have to admit that her influence was enormous.

        There isn’t a female pop singer that hasn’t taken some of her shtick from the Madge.

        Whitney Houston OTOH (who stole a lot of her act from a Jewish singer named Jennifer Rush, who sings in Europe) has had zero influence whatever.

        Faith Hill and that whole ecosystem took their inspiration more from Tina Turner.

        Modern female pop singers = Tina + Madonna, more or less.


        February 6, 2017 at 11:52 pm

  11. Here’s a lady who could sing, Kiki Dee.


    February 6, 2017 at 1:12 am

  12. NOAA whistleblower reveals global warming studies faked data:

    (Unfortunately timed with the Super Bowl, so this won’t get the attention it deserves).


    February 6, 2017 at 1:35 am

  13. All a matter of taste, but I thought Prince’s halftime show was the best and nothing else has even been close.


    February 6, 2017 at 1:59 am

  14. How are you so sure she wasn’t lip syncing. It’s impossible to pull off a spectacle like that without pre-recorded voice tracks. Did you notice how the piano kept playing even after she stood up and walked away?

    She does have a great voice but that was not totally live. I doubt there was a live instrument on stage.


    February 6, 2017 at 9:44 am

    • I believe she was really singing, but with a prerecorded backing track. Same as the Prince show I posted above.


      February 6, 2017 at 10:47 am

  15. Just a couple of comments about this. She did not receive any pay for this, although the NFL did foot the bill for the show. Secondly my wife and I were sure she would say or do something political and she did not. Maybe hanging with T. Bennett has taught her some class after all.

    Samuel E. Hancock

    February 6, 2017 at 10:59 am

  16. Millions of middle aged men hanging out with their buddies for beer and pizza and football and… Lady Gaga??? I’ll bet they squealed like little girls as they compared it to past performances by Prince, Katy Perry and Missy Elliot. Maybe next weekend they can get together to watch Avenue Q and braid each others’ hair or something.


    February 6, 2017 at 1:51 pm

  17. Let me kill two birds with one stone. First global warming, I’m a skeptic as many are and I think the ‘Black Death’ hit it on the head with his comment. Second, I’m amazed that anyone could sit through all the way through Lady Gaga’s performance. To me she is simply the second coming of Madonna, which isn’t saying much.

    I’ll admit I wasn’t into pop music in the 70’s but I want to thank the Lion for pointing out Debra Harry, who I’d never heard of until today. The only person on that list that I liked is Gladys Knight.

    Oden's Raven

    February 6, 2017 at 2:01 pm

    • “Debra Harry, who I’d never heard of until today.”

      I blogged about a Blondie music video five years ago.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      February 6, 2017 at 4:35 pm

      • What does the Lion consider Blondie’s best songs? I’m partial to “The Tide is High” and “Rapture.” I thought “Call me” and “Heart of Glass” were overrated. “One way or another” was hard to take seriously, it was almost a novelty song.


        February 6, 2017 at 9:11 pm

      • Blondie doesn’t have a bad song, at least not on the first four albums. But Heart of Glass is their best music video.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        February 6, 2017 at 10:26 pm

  18. In the good old days, the halftime show meant college marching bands.

    BTW, the left has been waging a war on football for the last decade or so. It’s too masculine and violent for their taste. Their end game is to ban the sport.

    Lewis Medlock

    February 6, 2017 at 2:03 pm

    • The battle of the bands, that’s an Ivy League halftime tradition.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      February 6, 2017 at 4:35 pm

      • The Ivy League bands are scramble bands. They do not follow traditional marching formations, and they often use different instruments. Some of the best marching bands are from the historically black colleges.

        Lewis Medlock

        February 6, 2017 at 4:55 pm

      • Only the most elite schools have scramble bands.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        February 6, 2017 at 5:01 pm

  19. Has anyone ever commented on how much Lady Gaga has facial features that resemble Liza Minelli? I think Gaga would be the logical choice to portray Liza in a movie.


    February 6, 2017 at 9:12 pm

  20. Edelman, guys. Without that catch, the Pats would have lost.

    Edelman. Three beautiful Jewish syllables.


    February 6, 2017 at 11:54 pm

    • Edelman was born in Redwood City, California, the son of Angela (née Gole) and Frank Edelman, and brother to Alex Ward, a small businessman.

      According to the Patriots’ media office, Julian was raised as a Christian and his ancestry includes Greek, English, Scottish, Irish, Ashkenazi Jewish, and German.

      His father is part Jewish but his mother is not.

      During an NFL Network interview in December 2013, Edelman stated that he identifies as Jewish and that he celebrates Hanukkah, and he wore an Israeli-American flag pin on his hat during the November 2014 Denver Broncos game at Gillette Stadium.


      February 7, 2017 at 6:47 am

      • I know. Just trolling.

        If Tim Wise is a Jew to the alt-right, Edelman’s an MOT to me.

        The catch was decisive, though. Without it, no final TD to win the game.


        February 7, 2017 at 12:09 pm

      • Nate Ebner, a safety for the Patriots, has the same background as Edelman. His father was Jewish and his mother is Christian. Ebner considers himself to be Jewish.

        Lewis Medlock

        February 7, 2017 at 1:53 pm

      • I don’t know about Ebner, but I looked up Edelman on Ethnicelebs, and I take it back.

        One great-grandfather does not a Jew make, sorry.

        He’s just acting Jewish for his boss, Kraft.

        Still, a great catch.


        February 7, 2017 at 4:56 pm

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