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Purple Reign

Prince's commanding half-time show at the Super Bowl has seeded a spike in searches for stats about His Purpleness.

Purple Reign

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Photobyap_36Prince's commanding half-time show at the Super Bowl has seeded a spike in searches for stats about His Purpleness.

No 1 query, according to Yahoo! Index Buzz:  How old is Prince?

No. 2? How tall is Prince?

He is 48, according to his Wikipedia page.

And 5-foot-2.

Which means this photo is nearly life-sized.

At Phawker, rock snob Ed King writes:

I don’t recall when the Halftime Show as Cross-Generational, Cross-Marketing Rock Extravaganza began, but it’s always been a reason to bear witness to the last desperate breaths of rock legends (McCartney, The Rolling Stones), hate foreigners trying to upstage our national holiday (U2 and Bono’s American flag-lined leather jacket), or fully understand the impulses that led a Fat Elvis to aim a shotgun at his TV set. Even the opportunity to catch a glimpse of past-its-expiration-date naked silicone boobie was a bomb. What were the odds that Prince, in the third year of his not-yet accomplished comeback campaign, would do any better?

I'd take those odds. So would King.

marty
Posted 02/05/2007 06:09:46 PM
PUH-LEASE...

That performance was the best any Super Bowl has seen in YEARS.

A music snob should be able to admit that.

Give kudos where it's due.


Will Teullive
Posted 02/05/2007 07:17:17 PM
CBS was so impressed by Prince’s half-time performance; they offered him a cameo on ‘Two and a Half Men’ he’ll play the half man.

Does Lovie Smith have a wife named Thurston?

David Spade looked as confused in the stands as Rex Grossman looked on the field

K-Fed is Vanilla Ice, if Vanilla Ice had no talent at all

How do most of us really know if Marlee Matlin screwed up the National Anthem or not? 
Anthony
Posted 02/05/2007 09:16:23 PM
I found it ironic (if not a bit sad) that Lamar Hunt's widow was present at the coin toss.

I don't know if it was part of Lamar's grand scheme of bringing the AFL and NFL together 40-some years ago, but his grand championship game hasn't been a football game in many years.  It's a TV show, and now it's merely a promotional tool for corporate America.

The NFL needs to be careful that their great game does not disentegrate into commercialism any worse than it already is.  Now, there will be at least one  regular season game played overseas.

It happened right before our eyes.
Jane
Posted 02/06/2007 08:16:09 PM
You might not want to make remarks at the expense of people under 5' 3" unless you want bruised kneecaps or bite marks on your shins.  Just sayin' some of those short folk are feisty.  Not that I speak from experience or anything....
daniel rubin
Posted 02/06/2007 08:20:26 PM
so the above average in above average jane has to do more with aptitude than altitude?
Jane
Posted 02/06/2007 10:47:28 PM
Enough aptitude and psyc (Myers Briggs) tests have shown a deviation from the norm that I must be above average, below average or just plain odd.  I'm just taking an optimistic view.  Height is one area where below average is statistically undeniable.  However, as a shadow dweller and skulker being easily overlooked is a plus. 
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