10. Janet Jackson Wardrobe Malfunction- 2004
This one was pretty big. With the world watching, Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake were putting on a white-hot halftime performance at the Super Bowl in 2004. Im sure the execs were patting each other on their backs with the huge success of the show, when all of a sudden; “it” happened. The “it” being that in one split second, Justin Timberlake rips off a patch of Janet’s clothing, revealing a full frontal view of her breast with a piercing of a sun. Those same execs put a ban on both Timberlake and Jackson and they have never performed at a Super Bowl again.
9. Christina Aguilera Butchers National Anthem-2011
In a case of second-hand embarrassment, the nation watched on in horror as Christina Aguilera stomped, disemboweled and buried our national anthem in front of an audience of 25 million people. While some people vowed to never forgive her for flubbing the Star Spangled Banner, Other people thought it was amazing. Watch the video below and you be the judge.
8. Not Enough Seats at Super Bowl XLV-2011
If the National Anthem wasnt bad enough, patrons at the Super Bowl in 2011 were faced with something a little more displeasing. There were not enough seats! Over 1200 people were effected by a section of the stadium not being completed in time and while 850 of the people were given a seat, 400 people were escorted out of the stadium. Don’t feel too bad for them though, they were refunded the face value of the ticket times 3.
7. Madonna and Mia-2012
Huge egos are just a part of the Super Bowl and the halftime show in 2012 featured two of the biggest egos in Hollywood. Madonna and Mia. Halfway through their performance, MIA flipped the bird on to the audience of almost 30 million people. The NFL was not so pleased and sued her for $16 million dollars.
6. Leon Lett and His Terrible Fumble-1992
Leon Lett was a super star for the Dallas Cowboys defense. In a critical play, Lett recovered a fumble and was rumbling down the field for 50 yards to score a touchdown. Well, it would have been a touchdown had Lett not slowed down at the 10 yard line to showboat. Thats when a blazing Don Bebe of the Buffalo Bills knocked the ball from Lett’s hands, sending it out of bounds and resulting in a touchback instead of a touchdown.
5. Barret Robbins Misses The Super Bowl – 2003
A team often gets to the Super Bowl with an outstanding offensive line. One of the pillars of the Oakland Raiders team that went to Super Bowl XXXVII was all-pro Barret Robbins. Unfortunately for him and the Raiders, Robbins had an undiagnosed bi-polar disease and the night before the big game, Robbins had a meltdown of self doubt, fear, loathing and nerves. When the game started, Robbins was nowhere to be found. A substitute center took his place but it wasnt enough to change the day for the Raiders and they lost to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Later it was revealed that Robbins was in Tijuana getting black out drunk at the bars. His career, his marriage and almost his life ended that weekend.
4. One More Yard – 2000
Many Super Bowls are just not that entertaining. That was not the case with Super Bowl XXXIV. The Rams and the Titans had a fierce duel that came down to the final seconds as well as the final inches. With 10 seconds on the clock, Wide Receiver Dyson caught a ball on the 4 yard line and looked to be ready to march into the end-zone and send the game into overtime. A defender from the Rams got his right hand on Dyson’s hip, pulling him down and ending the game. One yard short.
3. Eugene Robinson and a Hooker-1999
It’s the night before the biggest game of your career. You can either study tape, plan and prepare and get a good nights rest or you can drive to the shady part of town and proposition and prostitute and get arrested? Im sure most of us would turn in early, but most of us are not Eugene Robinson. Robinson found himself in a bad spot after soliciting sex for $40 from an undercover female officer. While Robinson did play in the Super Bowl the next day, his unwanted attention took the teams eyes off the prize and they lost to the Denver Broncos.
2.Super Bowl Blackout – 2013
The Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers met at Super Bowl XLVII. All was going as planned until the lights went black at the start of the second half. They remained off for almost 35 minutes. Some thought it was network sabotage but the reality was a blown fuse. The 49ers came roaring back and looked poised to win the game but the Ravens held on to win the title despite the delay caused by the blackout.
Wide Right – 1991
If your name is Scott Norwood, you are still not welcome in the state of New York. The Buffalo Bills made it to the Super Bowl 4 years in a row, a feat that any team can be proud of. But thats still a lot of heartbreak all in a row. In their first Super Bowl, they had a chance to win the game with a field goal. Many feel if they would have made that kick, they would have had the swagger to go on to become one of the storied franchises in all of the NFL. Instead, Scott Norwood shanked his kick wide right, sealing the fate of the team and becoming a known as “wide right”