- The Washington Times - Friday, February 1, 2008

Thursday at the Super Bowl is always time for the press conferences featuring the pregame and halftime entertainment.

Two years ago, at Sir Scribble’s first Bowl, the Rolling Stones held court in Detroit and drew laughs from the entire audience with Mick’s memories of the New York Jets and Pittsburgh Steelers and Keith’s prediction that he would indeed outlive the cockroaches.

Last year was sensational with the reclusive Prince opting to play a live set at Miami Convention Center rather than take questions.

Yesterday was a disappointment. Alicia Keys (pregame) and Jordin Sparks (national anthem) were first up. Keys looked stunning, said she’s rooting for the hometown Giants, used the opportunity to promote her upcoming tour and wouldn’t reveal her set list for Sunday night. Unfortunately, a piano wasn’t present, so an impromptu performance was eliminated. Sparks was awestruck sitting next to Keys. The “American Idol” champion also professed her support for the Giants because her father, Phillippi, used to play for Big Blue.

Next was the halftime performers — Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. Let’s just say Tom, 57, looks weathered.

Ryan O’Halloran

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