Early plans for Super Bowl XLVI in Indy
The week's worth of events leading up to Super Bowl XLV were clearly unsettled. The weather was awful. Media day was uneventful. There was no trash talk among the participants, and the biggest story of the week happened at a piano bar.
On game day, Christina Aguilera botched the national anthem and the Black Eyed Peas played host to sensory overload at halftime, leaving some of us scratching our heads afterward.
Fortunately, the game turned out to be exciting.
Nevertheless, the entire week seemed off -- which means the NFL has the opportunity to greatly improve the Super Bowl spectacle next year in Indianapolis, perhaps by returning to tried, true and safe entertainment choices. Page 2's dubious network of sources uncovers an internal NFL document regarding this very topic:
Illustration by Kurt Snibbe. Page 2 editor Thomas Neumann contributed to this article.
Patrick Hruby is a freelance writer and ESPN.com contributor. Contact him at PatrickHruby.net.