I have no idea what sort of overlap exists across Madonna fans and American Football fans, but that is a Venn diagram I'd like to see! The Super Bowl Halftime Show doesn't worry about such things because it actually isn't about football at all; It's about Roman centurion costumes, vogueing, gold head dresses and world peace - exactly the same things as the Sydney Mardi Gras. That's what we learned from watching Madonna's performance at the Bridgestone Super Bowl XLVI Halftime Show. That, and reminding Madonna's doubters that the 53-year-old chunk of sinew still has it.

Dressed in golden Givenchy couture and a custom headpiece was Philip Treacy, she rose from the stage boards like a goddess from ancient history (she is a goddess from ancient history) before performing a medley of tunes including "Vogue", "Music", "Open Your Heart", "Express Yourself" and new single "Give Me All Your Luvin'" when Nicki Minaj and M.I.A. joined her onstage.

"Like A Prayer" was a highlight as was the moment she nearly fell over. That brief and quickly-recovered slip notwithstanding, Madonna schooled everyone in stage entertainment / textbook S&M tonight.



PS The New York Giants scored a last-minute touchdown to beat the New England Patriots 21-17.