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Steven Tyler Draws Negative Reviews over National Anthem Performance

Arnaldo Magnani/Getty Images(FOXBOROUGH, Mass.) -- The public has spoken, and they did not care much for Steven Tyler's performance of the national anthem at the AFC Championship Game on Sunday.

The American Idol judge and frontman of the Boston-based band Aerosmith screeched his way through "The Star-Spangled Banner" before the New England Patriots' home game against the Baltimore Ravens in Foxborough, Mass.

At various times, Tyler applied his trademark screams to the song, especially when he belted out the lyrics, "And the rockets' red glare" and, "O'er the land of the free."  The crowd gave him a nice applause afterward, but there were many football fans and Internet critics that panned the performance.

Yahoo! Sports posted an article with the headline, "Steven Tyler’s Scarf Better Than ‘Star-Spangled Banner’ Rendition."  Tyler wore a scarf bearing a Patriots logo with red, white and blue sequins.

The Patriots defeated the Ravens to advance to the Super Bowl and face the new NFC champs, the New York Giants.´╗┐

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Madonna: Performing at Super Bowl is Scary

Jamie McCarthy/WireImage(INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.) -- She's performing this year's Super Bowl half-time show, but Madonna confessed recently that she hasn't watched a football game from start to finish in decades.

"For sure, when I was in high school and I was a cheerleader, OK?" she told "Nightline" anchor Cynthia McFadden. "But not since then."

The pop icon said she watched a lot of soccer games during her dozen years spent living in the United Kingdom, where she enjoyed "seeing legs."

"When you play soccer, you see the legs. You see the bodies," she said. "Football, it's hard to see everybody.  They're very covered."

But uniform gripes aside, Madonna, 53, didn't downplay the importance of the game. "In the middle of this very important event in Americans lives, I have to put on the greatest show on earth," she said.

And that show, she noted, comes with serious time constraints and practical limitations. “I have eight minutes to set up my stage, 12 minutes to put on the greatest show on earth, and I have seven minutes to take it down.  So, that football field is clean for the second half of the game,” she said. “How do you do that?”

The Super Bowl will take place two days after the release of Madonna's other big project, her new film "W.E." Madonna makes her feature-length directorial debut with the movie, which explores the love story between American divorcée Wallis Simpson and King Edward VIII, who abdicated his throne to marry her.

Madonna said she believes the film "will find its audience."

For the Super Bowl, meanwhile, the Material Girl won't have to worry about finding an audience. There will likely be more than 100 million watching from home, not to mention the tens of thousands of football fans filling Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

Asked what was scarier, the opening of her film or performing the live half-time show, Madonna picked the latter.

"The Super Bowl," she said, "for sure."

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VIDEO: Jerome Simpson Busts a Move Into the End Zone

Joe Robbins/Getty Images(CINCINNATI) -- You’ve seen videos of football players celebrating in the end zone after scoring a touchdown, but Cincinnati Bengals receiver Jerome Simpson managed to bust a move as he ran into the end zone on Saturday’s Week 16 game against the Arizona Cardinals.

Andy Dalton threw a 19-yard pass to Simpson. The only thing between Simpson and the end zone was Cardinals linebacker Daryl Washington.

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Simpson didn’t want to take any chances getting around Washington, who is 6’2” and 234 lbs., so he did a somersault over the defender and landed perfectly on two feet in the end zone, in a move you’d expect from a gymnast.

The Bengals beat the Cardinals 23-16, keeping their playoff hopes for the alive.

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Keith Urban to Perform Thanksgiving Day Halftime Show

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Keith Urban will headline the halftime show during the Dallas Cowboys' game on Thanksgiving Day.

In conjunction with the game, The Salvation Army is holding a contest to raise money using a "virtual kettle" for a chance to win a trip to the game and stand on the field for Urban's performance.

Details are available on The Salvation Army's website.

The Cowboys host the New Orleans Saints Thanksgiving Day on Fox.

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