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Broadcast blog: Second quarter

Posted: Monday February 7, 2005 3:16AM; Updated: Monday February 7, 2005 3:37AM


Second Quarter

Paul McCartney
Never mind a close Super Bowl, we've got Paul McCartney playing at halftime.
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7:26 p.m.: Myers reports from the sideline that Brady is playing with a heavy heart because of the death of his grandmother and that he was the only member of the family who could not attend the vigil. Buck adds more details on Brady's grandmother including her name (Margaret) and age (94). Nice work.

7:27 p.m.: All hail the first ad for American Idol.

7:29 p.m.: Owner-cam: First shot of Eagle owner Jeffrey Lurie comes after wideout Todd Pinkston's 41-yard pass completion.

7:32 p.m.: Here's Buck's call of the first touchdown: "T.O. at the bottom of the screen. Blitz. Pump fake from McNabb. Over the middle. Touchdown. Smith."

7:39 p.m.: Uh, oh. Collinsworth is flying at warp speed: "In my mind this has been a pretty good whupping by the Philadelphia Eagles". Uh, it's 7-0 with nine minutes left in the second quarter, dude. And Corey Dillon just picked up 24 yards on the last two plays.

7:42 p.m.: Buck says David Givens' knee was clearly down prior to the Eagles recovery of a fumble. "Good call, Joe," says Aikman. We'll see if it's a good call after Fox makes about eight million on commercials.

7:44 p.m.: Second shout out to Paul McCartney, this time during a commercial for the halftime show.

7:44 p.m.: Buck again reinforces his call. Overturned. Fox announcers are 2-for-2 on challenges.

7:46 p.m.: Dillon runs for 25 yards. Collinsworth's whupping is looking like a tie game any minute.

7:47 p.m.: Brady fumbles on the Eagles 10. Philadelphia ball. Maybe Collinsworth is right.

7:52 p.m.: Another American Idol commercial. Man, I hate that show.

7:53 p.m: Another shout out for McCartney. That's three if you're counting at home.

7:53 p.m.: Another shout out for McCartney. That's four. That's two in less than 60 seconds, a record for a halftime performer.

7:57 p.m.: Former Bears quarterback Jim McMahon appears in an ad for Silestone. I'm reminded of what Edwin Pope, the great Miami Herald columnist, said about McMahon this week: "He was a jerk who really worked at it."

7:58 p.m.: I'm starting to think's Mike Silver's prediction of 45-13 Pats isn't going to make it.

7:59 p.m.: Fox's Joe Buck, coming out of an ad for the Visa halftime show, says that while people complain that the Super Bowl is a corporate event, the stadium is filled with emotion and Eagles fans. Of course those Eagle fans work for the following companies: Visa, Fox, Budweiser and Cialis.

8:02 p.m.: The Pats score. So much for the whupping, Cris.

8:05 p.m.: Aikman questions why Belichick isn't calling a timeout here. Bellichik then takes a time out. Good work, Mr. Aikman.

8:08 p.m.: Finally, a Terrell Owens update. Collinsworth says that the leg is not a major factor.

8:10 p.m.: It's halftime. 7-7.

Second quarter grade: A-

The skinny: Good replays, excellent stats, but docked a half grade because of Collinsworth's whupping comment.