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Super Bowl entertainment report

Joel D. Amos is a Los Angeles-based writer, and the Senior Entertainment Editor here at SheKnows. He has interviewed numerous celebrities, including Angelina Jolie, Julia Roberts, Katherine Heigl, Rachel McAdams, Jamie Foxx, Anne Hathaw...

Although it began as a game to decide the best in American football, the Super Bowl has become a pop culture giant. From the pre-game red carpet, to the series of concerts and events that encircle the host city, crowning a champion is hardly why most of us watch.

Between the musical acts and the (hopefully) entertaining commercials, those are actually the reasons most of us put up with a 60 minute game taking five hours out of our Sunday.

The show's highlights (sorry football fans):

-         Local girl does good: Jordin Sparks dazzled with her national anthem.
-         Tom Petty reflected the nail-biting game with an explosive halftime set highlighted with "I Won't Back Down," otherwise known as the Giants' theme.
-         "Puppy Bowl" remains the best non-football TV event on Super Bowl Sunday.
-         Celebs were Arizona dreaming: LL Cool J, Jim Carrey and Jenny McCarthy, Kurt Russell and Kate Hudson, Pam Anderson and of course, Tom Brady's girlfriend Giselle Bundchen had a Super Sunday. Well, maybe not Giselle -- Patriots lost!
 

The Super Bowl commercials Top Ten*

* not necessarily the best, just the most eye-popping sights and sounds:
 
1.                  Fox knows how to promote itself: with commercials running $2.7 million at the minimum, the host network ran over 20 advertisements hawking its own wares from "American Idol" to "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles."
2.                  Movies have money: from Disney to Will Farrell, Adam Sandler and Angelina Jolie, we now know the movies with real marketing budgets.
3.                  The Internet is still king: besides beverages (see number 8), the bust must be bull, because over a dozen companies shelled out the big bucks to be seen.
4.                  Coke beats Pepsi again: despite an exclusive first half, Pepsi's ads failed to spark the humor and power of Coke's Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and the James Carville-former Republican Senate Majority leader Bill Frist's charming spot.
5.                  Funniest commercial: It was the E*Trade talking baby. (See number 3).
6.                  Peanuts can be insulting: an "ugly" girl is drop dead gorgeous because she smells like peanuts?
7.                  Women watch football, too: Sunsilk hair products was the sole "for women only" product advertised.
8.                  Beverages reign supreme: With over two dozen soda, water and beer ads, America must be a thirsty bunch.
9.                  Hybrids make their mark – from the Escalade to Toyota, green is good
10.              Victoria Secret is ready for the real game – after four hours of television, the big game's final big ad gives us an idea about what to do with the rest of our Sunday.
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