Sometimes during the madness and excitement of the Super Bowl, somebody fumbles the ball and the game is turned upside down. In Super Bowl XLV, it wasn’t a Packers or Steelers player who fumbled — it was Christina Aguilera.

Sometimes during the madness and excitement of the Super Bowl, somebody fumbles the ball and the game is turned upside down.

In Super Bowl XLV, it wasn’t a Packers or Steelers player who fumbled — it was Christina Aguilera.

Aguilera dropped the ball on a lyric during her performance of the national anthem. I caught it right away, but I didn’t let it ruin the moment. Aguilera still belted out the song with her vocal prowess. It gave me chills. 

She apologized afterward and gave statements to the press about her mix-up, stating she got “caught up in the moment.” I can believe that.

Singing before millions of viewers and a packed Cowboys’ stadium, the pressure had to be immense. It’s almost impossible not to screw something up with that amount of hype.

Rumor has it past national-anthem singers have prerecorded the song and lip-synched during the television event. I can assure you, Aguilera didn’t do that.

People were quick to criticize her performance and her appearance. I think she looked great. She was dressed respectively.

Lea Michelle from “Glee,” however, gave a stunning rendition of “America The Beautiful.” She was perfect.

Reviews of the Black Eyed Peas halftime show were mixed. I have to ask those who thought it lacked “something” — was that before you drank your Super Bowl keg or after the indigestion set in? Because the BEP’s rocked the Dallas arena like no other halftime show in years. I think BEP’s show rivaled that of U2’s in ‘02 and Michael Jackson’s halftime extravaganza in 1992.

BEP’s spectacle had it all — cool music, awesome special effects, killer costumes and choreography that amazed me.

You just knew that “I Got A Feeling” would open the set, and it did. BEP has grown by leaps and bounds since its onset in 2000. The set reflected that growth as the group performed a montage of hits including “Boom Boom Pow,” “Pump It,” “Let’s Get It Started” and “Time Of My Life (Dirty Bit).”

Fergie sang as if she was trying to be heard over the crowd’s roar, but how could she not when Slash ascended from below the stage to play the familiar licks of “Sweet Child O’ Mine”? Fergie is no Axel, but she didn’t hurt the song by any means. It was trip to see Slash, too.

Usher’s appearance was a welcome one. He danced up a storm, performing “OMG” with will.i.am.

The costume designer for the field dancers did a phenomenal job. The electrical-filled light suits were awesome. As they changed color for different formations it kept for an awe-inspiring visual effect. Something to remember for a long time.

Now, who won the game? Just kidding. Congrats to Aaron Rodgers and the
Packers for an awesome game.

David T. Farr is a Sturgis (Mich.) Journal correspondent. E-mail him at farrboy@hotmail.com.