Whoever thinks famous athletes have special treatment, will be surprised by the Orlando Magic. The team is without a hotel in Indianopolis when the Magic are in town to play the Indiana Pacers during Super Bowl weekend.
Being from a popular tourist destination like Orlando, one would think the team personnel would know to plan in advance for hotel accommodations…. but the late release of the NBA schedule because of the lockout left the team with little options.
NBA officials denied the Magic’s request to fly into Indianapolis on the morning of the game for fear of bad weather or mechanical complications. Instead, the team will stay in nearby Cincinnati, allowing the team to also have the option of driving to the game.
“You guys can comment on that and save me my money,” Magic head coach Stan Van Gundy told reporters, “But when you come out with the schedule in December and have a game in the Super Bowl city, lodging might be a problem.”
Cee Lo Green with join her Magesty at the Super Bowl halftime show next Sunday. The Queen of Pop was named the performer back in November, and it has long been speculated as to who will join her. The Grammy winning F$%#@ singer has been traveling back and forth to Madonna’s New York City to practice the performance. Already confirmed acts, Nicki Minaj and M.I.A will perform Madonna’s first single “Gimme All Your Luvin” off her new albumn M.D.N.A.
But Cee Lo will not be the only boy in the midst of Material Girls. Last year’s Super Bowl performers the Black Eyed Peas revealed LMFAO will also share the stage. Will i.am told Capital FM, “I’m going to the Super Bowl this year to see my group LMFAO perform with Madonna.”
Baltimore Ravens fans will do anything to see their team win a Super Bowl, and that includes turning on Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco. A distressed fan called Baltimore General Manager Ozzie Newsome to report they saw the franchise quarterback on a skateboard.
“I’d never been on a skateboard in my life, so I was literally riding it about 10 feet down my driveway just to see if I could stand on it and stay upright,” Flacco told NFL Total Access.“One of my neighbors must have called in looking for Newsome and left a voicemail on his secretary’s phone saying, ‘Hey, man, you got to let Joe Flacco know we’re trying to win the Super Bowl around here! He’s at home riding a skateboard. Somebody’s got to let him know what the deal is.’”
Flacco can’t trust his neighbors or his teammates. On Monday, Ravens safety Ed Reed called out Flacco along with the offensive line that they need to play better in this weekend’s AFC title game.
The Baltimore Ravens will face the New England Patiorts, and even though the Pats are favored, many are believe the Ravens and Flacco can skate by.
Madonna has been named the Super Bowl half time performer. The Material Girl beat out other acts including Lady Gaga, who NBC officials did not think would identify with NFL fans… but apparently Madonna does. This is the second time Madonna has asked to perform at the Super Bowl, but in 2000 had to pull out due to a scheduling conflict.
The NFL released a statement saying, ” “We are happy to confirm that Madonna will perform in the Bridgestone Super Bowl XLVI Halftime Show at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis on Sunday, February 5 … The Material Girl has partnered with a creative team from Cirque du Soleil, Jamie King, and multimedia artists from Moment Factory, to create a signature performance for the Super Bowl’s halftime show, which will be broadcast worldwide.”
Ironically enough, this year’s Super Bowl is in Indianapolis, which Madonna has never toured in.