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The Super Bowl is known for being the conclusion of the NFL season, the commercials, food and the half time show. The half time show is one of the biggest music performances of the years. From Sir Paul McCartney to Beyonce, the biggest names in music have been asked to perform and this year was no different. When it was announced that Lady Gaga was announced as Super Bowl 51’s half time performer, there was talk about what she would do. Lady Gaga is known for not being afraid to push boundaries and speak her mind. With the largest political event of the last several months still looming, many wondered if she would call out President Trump and his policies.
The performance opened with a pre-recording of Gaga standing on the edge of the top of the stadium. She sang “God Bless America” and “This Land is your Land” with drones behind her forming the country and the American Flag. She then “jumped” into the stadium. The live performance started with her suspended in air being lowered to the stage. She performed a melody of hits spanning her career from The Fame to Joanne (with the notable exception of no songs from ARTPOP). She performed “Born This Way” which is about being proud of who you are. Along with this song and the two songs she started with, she could have being pointing the finger at Trump and his some of his policies.
Gaga also performed “Poker Face,” “Just Dance,” “Telephone,” “Million Reasons,” “Bad Romance” with elements of “Paparazzi,” “LoveGame,” “Dance in the Dark” and “The Edge of Glory.” She incorporated dance moves from previous music videos and the dancers’ outfits paid homage to previous eras of her career. She ended her performance by dropping her mic and jumping off the stage while catching a football.
After a 6 month break from tennis, Roger Federer of Switzerland returned to tennis and the Grand Slam stage in Australia. The former number 1 dropped in rankings the past few months and was ranked number 17 in the world going into the Australian Open. At age 35, he proved that age is only number when he made it all the way to the final to face his long time rival Rafael Nadal of Spain. The epic 5 set match last 3 hours and 35 minutes. This win marks his 18th Grand Slam win, making him have the most Grand Slam win of any male player in tennis history. Pete Sampras (USA) and Rafael Nadal (Spain) trail him with each having 14. Federer winning this match proves that he is the GOAT of men’s tennis.
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The first week of the Australian Open was a week full of upsets for some of the top seeds in both the men’s and women’s draws. As the first of the 4 major Grand Slams of the year, it is the first major tournament of year and one of the most sought after titles of the tennis season.
On the women’s side, sisters Venus and Serena Williams are breezing through their rounds and secured spots in week 2. Number 3 player Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland was knocked in round 2 to an unranked player, Mirjana Lucic-Baroni of Croatia. World Number 1 Angelique Kerber of Germany was knocked out to unranked American Coco Vandeweghe in the fourth round. With the rate that the Williams sisters are going, could there be another Williams sisters final? Could Serena win her 23rd Career Grand Slam?
On the men’s side, half of the Big Four were knocked out in the early rounds. The first major upset was when 6 time winner of the tournament, Serbian Novak Djokovic was knocked out in the second round to unranked player, Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan. Another major upset of the tournament was when current World Number 1 and 5 time finalist, Andy Murray of Great Britain was knocked by unranked German player Mischa Zverev. With two more of the Big Four players, they will be going to face to face with other veteran players of the ATP tour. Rafael Nadal of Spain has been making his way through the rounds with only one 5 set match. Considered one of the all time greats, Roger Federer of Switzerland made his return to the the Grand Slams after sitting out the 2016 French and US Opens.
The Australian Open can be watched online, on ESPN and the Tennis Channel.
*Note: Melbourne, Australia is 16 hours ahead of the East Coast of the US. The matches will be aired on TV at about 9pm ET on ESPN.*