Christina Aguilera's Super Bowl national anthem performance continues to cause controversy — this time with bettors. There was a betting line (offshore only) of 1 minutes, 54 seconds on how long it would take the singer to complete the tune. One betting website timed it at 1:53.7, but there were two issues. First, she may have included an extra "oh" at the end, extending it past 1:54. Second, she messed up a line in the song, causing some to question whether it should count. At least one website indicated it would pay off both sides of the bet because of the questions.

The game was a thriller, but behind the scenes there were some issues at Sunday's Super Bowl. The biggest blunder was the failure of workers to complete 1,250 temporary seats at Cowboys Stadium that had been sold for $800 apiece. The NFL re-seated most of the affected individuals (taking seats away from Cowboys staff and families), offered three times the price as a refund, and put the remaining people in standing room areas where they had to watch a video screen.

 

Packers defensive end Cullen Jenkins used Super Bowl media day Tuesday to make public the fact that he was unable to reach his father, who had been out of touch for over a month. He continued to share his concern during the week and said he planned to leave his father a ticket for the game in hopes he would attend. On Thursday, Jenkins’ brother, Jets defensive tackle Kris Jenkins, told The Associated Press that Darome Jenkins, who raised his sons as a single father in Michigan, had been located by police at his home in Hawaii.

 

Former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling checked in with the Dennis & Callahan show Friday morning. A Steelers fan since birth (his father grew up in the Pittsburgh area) Schilling predicts a 31-21 victory over the Packers on Sunday.

 

Asked if he has any hesitation cheering for an individual with a shaky past in Ben Roethlisberger, Schilling said he no longer wears the quarterback's jersey but still roots for the team.

 

With the Super Bowl a battle of the coaching Mikes — Green Bay's McCarthy vs. Pittsburgh's Tomlin — The Wall Street Journal looks at which first names have been the most successful among coaches in all of the major sports. The name with the most different coaches to win a title is Bill. In the NFL, four Bills — Belichick, Parcells, Walsh and Cowher — have combined for nine Super Bowl titles, tying them with the four Mikes who have combined for five Lombardis.

 

Steelers linebacker James Harrison made clear his feelings about being heavily fined for hits to the head this season. At a cold Super Bowl media day on Tuesday, he said sarcastically: "I don't want to hurt nobody, I don't want to step on nobody's foot and hurt their toe, I don't want to have no dirt or none of this rubber on the field fly into their eye and make their eye hurt, I just want to tackle them softly on the ground and, if y'all can, lay a pillow down where I'm going to tackle them so they don't hit the ground too hard, Mr. [Roger] Goodell."

 

According to a poll commissioned by The Hollywood Reporter, Sunday's Super Bowl is headed for record ratings, and while Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is the most disliked player in the game, Tom Brady surprisingly ranks higher on the list of most disliked NFL players.

 

Martin Luther King III, the 53-yard old son of the late civil rights leader, is part of a group trying to buy the Mets from the Wilpon family, which is being forced to sell at least a portion of its shares due to the Bernie Madoff debacle. TV executive Larry Meli noted that no MLB team has African-American ownership. "It's fitting with the legacy of Jackie Robinson essentially transferring to the Mets; what better place to have African-American ownership than with the Mets?" Meli told the New York Post. "The time and place are right for it."

 

A Maple Leafs fan avoided a fine for his waffle-throwing incident at a game in December despite his refusal to plead out and insistence that the team deserved the protest for its lack of success for many years. Joe Robb was charged with mischief after tossing the breakfast food on the ice during the Leafs' Dec. 20 game vs. the Thrashers in Toronto, mimicking another fan who lodged a similar protest earlier that month. On Thursday, Robb refused to refused to plead guilty, but charges were dropped in exchange for five hours of community service.

Religion played a key role in two top stories from Wednesday. In one, a Jewish hockey player sued the NHL's Ducks for religious discrimination because he said the team failed to prevent harassment by coaches of the minor league team he was assigned to in 2008-09. Jason Bailey claims he was the target of anti-Semitic comments by Bakersfield Condors head coach Marty Raymond and assistant Mark Pederson. After Bailey complained during the season, the coaches were suspended and wrote letters of apology to Bailey.