Picture this: Prince taking the stage at U.S. Bank Stadium in
his hometown of Minneapolis for the 2018 Super Bowl to a dazzling display of
, wowing the crowd at halftime with his frenzied guitar
work, soulful singing and slick dance moves.
Perfect marketing, a die-hard fan’s dream. But it won’t happen.
Prince’s death from an accidental painkiller overdose in 2016 leaves fans to
only imagine how the megastar might have topped his electrifying performance in
pouring rain at the Super Bowl 11 years ago in Miami.
”People joke, `Can we just have a Prince hologram?”’ said Mike Howard,
spokesman for the Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee. Justin Timberlake is the
halftime performer for Sunday’s game.
At a press conference Thursday, Timberlake said Prince was a big
”In my opinion, the greatest all-around musician in popular culture,”
Timberlake said. ”The time I got to spend around him, with
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But the sights and sounds of Prince still surround the big game between the
Philadelphia Eagles and the New England Patriots. There’s the mural of Prince
with a white dove in the Uptown neighborhood, his gold star outside Minneapolis’
First Avenue nightclub, or Paisley Park, his recording complex-turned-museum in
Chanhassen, about 20 miles (32 kilometers) southwest of Minneapolis.
”Prince is not here in being, but he’s here in spirit,” said music producer
Jimmy Jam, who along with his producing partner Terry Lewis went heavy on
Minnesota musical acts for Super Bowl Live , a
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Minneapolis. Jam said he hears Prince music ”on every NFL telecast and highlight
on all the networks.”
Jam said Prince ”is so associated with this state and with this city that his
presence is definitely felt.”
Thousands packed downtown for Monday’s ”Prince Night” concert, featuring
Sheila E., Morris Day and The Time, and Prince’s 1980s band The Revolution.
Fans also are getting a firsthand look at Prince’s guitars, costumes, hats
and shoes on loan from Paisley Park at an exhibit as part of Super Bowl
”He was magic. I think that people in Minnesota didn’t realize exactly how
big he was probably until after his death, because he was our hometown guy,”
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Sunday’s game marks the anniversary of Prince’s appearance at the 2007 Super
Bowl that saw the Indianapolis Colts beat the Chicago Bears. Many called the
show the best Super Bowl halftime ever.
Dressed in turquoise jacket and pants with an orange shirt, Prince gave a
blistering rendition of his own hits, such as ”Let’s Go Crazy,” followed by
covers of Creedence Clearwater Revival’s ”Proud Mary,” Bob Dylan’s ”All Along
the Watchtower” and the Foo Fighters’ ”Best of You” before finishing with
”Purple Rain” in a driving rainstorm.
Morris Hayes, 55, was a keyboardist for Prince’s former band New Power
Generation and was on stage that night. He remembers organizers approaching
Prince before the Super Bowl with the forecast of rain and offering to
pre-record his performance. Hayes said that prompted Prince’s famous response:
Can you make it rain harder?
”The fact that it did rain when it did and how (Prince) did `Purple Rain’ in
the rain, you can’t beat that. … It was magical, you
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Fan Melisa Rokala, 46, of Cokato explains Prince’s appeal to Minnesota
”As a Minnesotan, we love our own. And we love it when our own people love us
here,” Rokala said. ”He loved Minnesota. It was always his home. And his music
She believes Prince – who once wrote a song for the Minnesota Vikings – would
have been involved in a Minneapolis Super Bowl, perhaps again as the halftime
performer, if he was still alive.
While Drew Brees and Tom Brady continue making history, the rookie
quarterbacks are making their mark.Brees broke Peyton Manning’s record for
career passing yards on Monday night and Brady became the third quarterback to
throw 500 touchdown passes last Thursday night. Brady is 40 TD passes away from
passing Manning for first on the career list. He also is one win away from
becoming the first quarterback with 200 regular-season wins.Arizona’s Josh
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Each player led his team to victory in Week 5, the first time since the merger
that rookie QBs were 4-0 or better in a single week.Here’s a look inside more
numbers going into Week 6:NO AUTOMATICS: Extra points haven’t been automatic
since the NFL moved the conversion back 13 yards from the 2-yard line to the 15
in 2015. But kickers are missing even more attempts this season. Through five
weeks, there have been 20 missed extra points. There were 17 in each of the
previous two seasons at this point and 18 in 2015.DESHAUN’S QUEST: Deshaun
Watson can become the first quarterback to throw for 375 yards or more in four
consecutive games when the Houston Texans host Buffalo. Ryan Fitzpatrick did it
in the first three games this season. Brady and Hall of Famer Kurt Warner also
had three-game streaks. Jacksonville’s Blake Bortles has done it in the past two
games.KIRK’S IMPACT: Minnesota’s Kirk Cousins is the first player in league
history to complete at least 30 passes in four consecutive games. Adam Thielen
is a recipient of many of those throws. He is the third player with at least 100
yards receiving in each of his team’s first five games to start a season.GO-TO
GUY: Zach Ertz has been Carson Wentz‘s go-to receiver since the Eagles
quarterback returned from knee surgery. Ertz has at least 10 catches for 100
yards in two straight games. Only four players have ever done it three
consecutive weeks.FREE FOOTBALL: At least one game has reached overtime in each
of the first five weeks. That hadn’t happened before. The Browns have played in
three OT games already, going 1-1-1.GREATEST SHOW ON TURF: The Rams are the
fifth team to score at least 30 points in each of their first five games to
start a season in NFL history. The record is eight held by the 2000 Rams, 2013
Broncos and 2007 Patriots.___