If you know somebody at the Super Bowl this week there’s a chance you’re now separated by just two degrees from Kevin Bacon.
The actor is in New York and even took to the stage on Super Bowl Boulevard as half of the duo The Bacon Brothers, a band best known for its acting chops.
On Wednesday, the Bacon Brothers performed music from some of their six albums and, despite temperatures in the teens, drew a crowd that included several hundred people and somebody in a shrimp costume.
“Who’s playing?” one spectator asked as he approached the scene.
“It’s nobody big,” another said.
About that time the screen above the stage flashed a close up shot of Michael Bacon’s brother. “Hey, that’s Kevin Bacon,” somebody said.
And suddenly, phones were out and snapping pictures of the band they hadn’t recognized.
The music was clearly several notches better than The Accelerators (Bruce Willis’ band), but it didn’t sizzle quite enough to warm up their footloose following. So, after a song or two, many moved along.
Further proving Americans in general – and sportswriters specifically – will eat anything, Papa John’s delivered several stacks of pickle-topped pizza to the Super Bowl Media Center on Thursday.
Faster than you can say "Peyton Manning," who pitches pizza for the chain, the pies were gone but not forgotten.
One offering was the Double Cheeseburger Pizza. Available for a limited time, the pizza was topped with pickles, hamburger, diced tomatoes and a special sauce vaguely reminiscent of a famous burger chain.
And no, the crust was not sesame seed.
In a town famous for pizza, these mass-produced pizzas may look contrived, but they weren’t as shocking to the palette as many expected. By The News Tribune’s informal count, only two writers felt ill afterward.
NFL ON BROADWAY
Three NFL players are making their Broadway debut during Super Bowl week in the musical “Rock of Ages.” Green Bay receiver Randall Cobb, Detroit Lions running back Joique Bell and former Seahawks and Packers running back Ahman Green are making cameos.
Cobb appeared Tuesday, Bell appeared Wednesday and Green will be on stage Saturday afternoon at 2 at the Helen Hayes Theater. Other NFL players could also make surprise appearances.
WILSON’S NO. 3 IS NO. 1
More Russell Wilson merchandise sold more than any other player this season, NFL Players Inc. announced Thursday.
San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick was second and Denver quarterback Peyton Manning was third.
Marshawn Lynch ranked ninth and Richard Sherman was 11th on the list that measures total overall retail sales from September-November.
WILSON, SHERMAN BECOME MUSEUM FIXTURES
NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith unfurled a Russell Wilson jersey Thursday as he present it to the Smithsonian National African American Museum.
The NFLPA makes an annual donation to the museum as well as giving uniforms from two players on each Super Bowl team. Smith said, the jerseys will “hopefully become permanent fixtures in the museum.”
This year the museum received uniforms for Wilson and cornerback Richard Sherman and Denver players Champ Bailey and Von Miller.