Detroit News at noon: Super Bowl edition
Today is Monday, February 8, 2015, and here's what you need to know.
Big Game breakdown
- Peyton Manning earned his second Super Bowl ring in four appearances Sunday night during Super Bowl 50. But, as columnist Jerry Green points out, it was the grunts who made it possible.
- The commercials were a mixed bag, but this MSU professor argues the ads for the Toyota Prius and Doritos were the best. Fiat Chrysler saluted Jeep history in two Super Bowl ads and Buick showed off its Cascada convertible.
- The halftime show featured Coldplay, but it was guest appearances by Beyoncé and Bruno Mars that really had people talking.
- Oh, and in case you missed her stunning performance, check out Lady Gaga's rendition of the National Anthem here.
- Local connection: Three weeks after being freed from an Iranian prison, Flint resident and former Marine Amir Hekmati popped up in social media photographs at Super Bowl 50.
- Speaking of Beyoncé, after she slayed at the Super Bowl halftime show and debuted her new single "Formation," she announced concert dates that included a May 29 show in Detroit. As part of it, she has pledged to help with the Flint water crisis relief.
- The director of Metro Detroit’s regional water authority wants Flint to remain a long-term customer despite the city’s commitment to draw from a pipeline due to come online later this year.
- Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton took time from the campaign trail Sunday to visit Flint and pledge her support to residents. Clinton said she would continue to advocate for a $600 million aid plan authored by U.S. Senate Democrats that would provide $200 million for health care and education support for Flint children exposed to toxic lead metals.
- Click here for complete coverage of the Flint water crisis.
Auto bonus time
- The timing of an estimated $488 million in autoworker bonuses being paid out in Michigan couldn’t be better for the people who sell motorhomes. United Auto Workers members will get $11,000 from General Motors Co. followed by earlier notices that Ford Motor Co. workers will get $9,300, and Fiat-Chrysler hourly staffers will receive $4,000. All those bonus reveals came just days before the Detroit Camper & RV Show opens Wednesday in Novi.
More in sports
- Former Lions running back Reggie Bush said he enjoyed his time in Detroit, which included a 1,000-yard season in 2013. And like most people, Bush wasn’t upset to see the man who fired him get dismissed during last season.
Lions' safety Glover Quin has a dream, and it's the same dream all football fans in Detroit share: a Super Bowl for the Lions.
The lighter side
- Here's a feel-good story for you: Former Michigan State wide receiver Bennie Fowler, who plays for the Broncos, is now the owner of valuable memorabilia from Super Bowl history, and he plans to give the football that might be the last completed pass of Peyton Manning’s career to his mother.
- If you need even more good vibes to get you through your post-Super Bowl Monday, check out columnist Neal Rubin's story about this group of volunteers who are serving up breakfast and hope.
Detroit News at Noon is a daily news briefing featuring some of the biggest stories from www.detroitnews.com.