The Boss at the Super Bowl

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Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band performed the Super Bowl half-time show, and Malitz and I watched because, well, Liz Clarke just wasn't gonna report on it for us.

The 12-minute set featured shortened versions of four songs from Springsteen's catalogue: "Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out," "Born to Run," "Working on a Dream" and "Glory Days."

As they performed, Malitz and I exchanged lame and inane thoughts in real time, via IM. Transcript after the jump.

du Lac: Following that opening act - a 100-yard interception for a touchdown to end the half - is going to be just brutal. Good luck, Bruce!
Malitz: That was the biggest momentum shift in Super Bowl history. Still not enough to get the Dylan/ out of my head. They did a virtual duet on "Forever Young" for Pepsi.

Malitz: Did you catch the Smashing Pumpkins song in the Hyundai commercial? This is going to shock you, but it was really bad and bland.
du Lac: Was it a three-hour commercial?

Malitz: So do you know the official set list by this point?
du Lac: No, not really. I just hope Bruce's game plan is better than Coach Whisenhunt's.

Malitz: I feel like Bruce needs to deliver here. People might be starting to turn on him, and not just Liz Clarke.
du Lac: He's no Prince.

Malitz: It seems weird that they are so strict about the 12 minutes thing.
du Lac: Has Larry Fitzgerald even heard of Springsteen? Interesting intro.

Malitz: I have put my chicken fingers down, on the Boss's advice.
du Lac: Wait, this show is sponsored by Bridgestone? And not Walmart?

Malitz: I think it's sponsored by things you can put on a 50something dude's face to make him seem young and hip.
du Lac: Did you make a prop bet on whether "Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out"would open the set?

Malitz: I think Clarence is wearing one the Underaker's old Wrestlemania getups.
du Lac: His legs are in worse shape than Jim Otto's.

Malitz: Good to see Max could get La Bamba and the horn guys to play along
du Lac: "Born to Run"! Is the set already over? Quick 12 minutes.

Malitz: Well at least now there will be some sort of surprise ending.
du Lac: Bruce sounds winded, like he'd chased James Harrison down the field.

Malitz: Well he's definitely not lip-synching. Man, that solo sure came up quickly.
du Lac: First time ever for fireworks at a Springsteen show?

Malitz: Who's had more surgeries over the past year, Steelers offensive line or the E Street Band?
du Lac: Wonder if Little Steven and Troy Polamalu swapped do-rags before the game.

du Lac: Oh, man: "Working on a Dream." Bathroom break song! Wonder if he'll include the whistling part.
Malitz: Choir! He must have been reading my Tweets during the "We Are One" concert.

du Lac: Choirs are like bacon. They make everything taste better.
Malitz: More cowbell?

du Lac: Updated "Glory Days" lyric! Come to think of it, maybe they should throw a Hail Mary here. He's no Prince.

du Lac: This Bruce-Steven banter seems like a Muppet skit.
Malitz: Yeah they are like those guys in the balcony of the theater but not as funny.

du Lac: Man, 12 minutes - it usually takes them that long just to clear their throats. I want my money back.
Malitz: Yeah, I think they would have been better off with No Age.

du Lac: Be Your Own Pet could've reunited and done 16 songs in that same amount of time.
Malitz: James Harrison run back was still much more exciting.

du Lac: Yeah, I'm gonna search for Prince highlights on YouTube. Though that's probably a futile pursuit, kind of like the Cardinals chasing Harrison.
Malitz: And was that a Disneyland plug?

du Lac: Well, what'd you want him to say? I'm going to Sam's Club?
Malitz: I'm going to the mom and pop store!

du Lac: Better there than to wherever it is that he hangs with the Queen of the Supermarket.
Malitz: Well, that was perfectly perfunctory. Early picks for 2010 halftime?

du Lac: Prince. He deserves a Super Bowl residency.
Malitz: I'll agree to that. Although I'd prefer a 9:30 club residency. I say it's something country next year.

du Lac: Chesney?
Malitz: Sure, with a bunch of different guest spots.

du Lac: Including Prince. In a Nudie suit.
Malitz: Perfect. OK, time to watch the Steelers get one for the Alfonseca finger.

By J. Freedom du Lac |  February 1, 2009; 8:33 PM ET Live Last Night, On TV , Set Lists , Sports , Springsteen
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Fabulous half time show - Tenth Avenue Freezeout was expected but really great, but Born to Run will always be one of my favorites for all time. Great job Bruuuuuuuuuce!

Posted by: jerzygrl | February 1, 2009 8:57 PM

I don't know who you two are, but you really need a sabbatical. Lame and inane doesn't begin to describe your comments.

Posted by: fredleonhardt | February 1, 2009 10:28 PM

really don't care about your back and forth conversation. something a little more interesting please, why should we take interest in this? for the sake of the blog please don't post nonsense like this.

Posted by: dadanimal | February 2, 2009 3:33 PM

Geez, folks, you should lighten up. They put the transcript after the jump, no one made you follow the link. some of us enjoyed the inane back-and-forth. btw, it was a pretty great halftime show, even though the new song was weak and the popularity of Glory Days is inexplicable. the bruce-steven banter and the disneyland crack were very funny....bruce did a great job of lightening things up and entertaining.

Posted by: DC20004 | February 2, 2009 7:46 PM

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