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Posted at 9:19 AM ET, 02/ 1/2011

Super Bowl XLV oddities: Art guys talk smack, a lucky white blood cell

By Cindy Boren

renoir.jpgSign that the Super Bowl has jumped the shark, then turned back and filleted and grilled it: Art nerds are wagering valuable works on it. Director Daniel Keegan has placed the Milwaukee Art Museum's "Boating on the Yerres" by Gustave Caillebotte where his mouth is. The Carnegie Museum sees that wager and raises it with "Bathers with Crab" by Pierre-Auguste Renoir (wagered by Lynn Zelevansky). The city whose team wins the game gets the other city's painting on temporary loan.

"I'm confident that we will be enjoying the Renoir from Carnegie MAMCaillebotte1.jpgMuseum of Art very soon. I look forward to displaying it where the public can enjoy it and be reminded of the superiority of the Green Bay Packers," Keegan said.

"In Pittsburgh, we believe trash talk is bad form. We let the excellence of our football team, and our collection, speak for itself. It will be my great pleasure to see the Caillebotte from the Milwaukee Art Museum hang in our galleries," Zelevansky said.

It's so on, so eruditely on.

bloodcell.jpgThe nucleus of a white blood cell, sporting a "G," turned up in a laboratory at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Wauwatosa just after the last time the Green Bay Packers won the Super Bowl, in 1997, so, naturally, an image of the cell is being trotted out again...just in case there's any luck left in it. (via Aaron Nagler)

By Cindy Boren  | February 1, 2011; 9:19 AM ET
Categories:  Super Bowl XLV  
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