The Most G-Rated Super Bowl Halftime Show In Years

I was watching the Super Bowl Halftime Show last night waiting hoping praying that Tom Petty would break out in an impromptu jam session of “Last Dance With Mary Jane” or “You Don’t Know How It Feels”. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen. He sang “American Girl,” “I Won’t Back Down,” “Free Fallin’ ” and “Runnin’ Down a Dream.” He played like he was in an East Coast bar somewhere with a crowd of 50. I am a Tom Petty fan, but when it comes to playing at a venue such as the Super Bowl, you have got to step it up a little. Play like you mean it. Don’t be conservative, let it all hang out. Hannah Montana would have been more entertaining to watch.

Tom Petty Superbowl

Speaking of letting it all hang out, this was the most G-Rated halftime show in years. First we had the infamous 1/2 millisecond shot of Janet Jacksons boob that probably never would have garnered much attention if it weren’t for people rewinding and slow-mo-ing their DVR’s. Then we had Prince (who I am a HUGE fan of) standing behind a large curtain and casting a shadow upon it while he played his guitar. Too many people thought it resembled Prince playing with his penis. I thought, along with most other people, that it looked like a man playing a guitar behind a curtain.

Lastly, what would a Super Bowl be without those commercials we have all came to love? There were several mentions of myspace.com/superbowlads during the game last night. You can watch the ads again (OH JOY!) and vote on them if you would like.

Former WVU Coach Rich Rodriguez In Hot Water?

Unfortunately, all of us here in WV are forced to wonder just why Rich Rodriguez left our beloved mountaineers. Maybe a lawsuit will clear things up a bit. I will be interested and anxiously awaiting the former Coaches response.

It’s bad enough that we lost Coach Belien to Michigan, but two coaches in as many years heading off to the same school? What the hell happened here? Are the Michigan deals simply too good to turn down, or is WVU pissing in the coaches Cheerios every morning?

By Pam Ramsey
Associated Press Writer

CHARLESTON — West Virginia University’s Board of Governors sued former football coach Rich Rodriguez Thursday to collect a $4 million buyout of his contract with the school.

The lawsuit, filed in Monongalia County Circuit Court, says the university believes Rodriguez doesn’t intend to abide by the contract.

The buyout clause requires Rodriguez to pay $4 million to WVU over a two-year period, with one-third of the total due 30 days after his employment’s termination. His resignation was effective Dec. 19.

Rodriguez’s agent, Mike Brown, declined to comment Thursday night on the lawsuit.

Rodriguez went to Michigan after seven seasons in Morgantown, where he led West Virginia to four Big East championships and a 60-26 record.

West Virginia officials decided to ask a court to enforce the contract after supporters of Rodriguez questioned its validity and the coach did not disavow those statements, said Alex Macia, vice president of legal affairs and legal counsel for the university.

“There are very clear statements and factually incorrect statements by people who purportedly speak for the coach,” Macia said.

“There comes a time when you have to have a court pronounce as a matter of law what happened,” he said.

Rodriguez and the university agreed to a seven-year contract on Dec. 21, 2002, and it has been extended twice since then. The latest revision was agreed to on Dec. 8, 2006, when Rodriguez was considering an offer from Alabama. The revised contract was to run through the 2013 season.

In addition to increasing Rodriguez’s salary, the 2006 contract extension included a $100,000 supplemental payment to the assistant coaches’ salary pool and $6.2 million in improvements to the team’s athletic building, the Milan Puskar Center.

According to the lawsuit, the university fulfilled the contract’s terms and Rodriguez never gave it written notice, as required by the contract, that it had not followed the agreement, the lawsuit said.

“The university performed and upheld its end of the bargain,” Macia said.

University officials were not aware of and did not consent to Rodriguez’s discussions with Michigan officials about the Wolverines’ coaching job, the lawsuit said.

A summons issued to Rodriguez gave him 20 days to respond to the lawsuit.