Terry Bradshaw misses pregame show after father's death

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Fox analyst Terry Bradshaw did not take part in the network’s Super Bowl coverage after the death of his father.

Bill Bradshaw died Thursday after a long illness, Fox said Sunday. He was 86. Terry Bradshaw was with his family in Louisiana.

Fox Sports dedicated the broadcast to the Bradshaws.

Michael Strahan, who was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame a day earlier, replaced Bradshaw on Sunday’s pregame show. Strahan, the former New York Giants defensive end, was originally scheduled to help host Fox’s red carpet coverage.

Terry Bradshaw won four Super Bowls as quarterback of the Pittsburgh Steelers before going into TV. The Hall of Famer joined Fox’s pregame show in 1994.

RECORDS IN DEFEAT: It sounds like great news for the Broncos: Peyton Manning and Demaryius Thomas set Super Bowl offensive records.

But all those numbers did little against the Seahawks, most coming after Seattle was firmly in control.

Manning had 34 completions and Thomas, a former Georgia Tech star, 13 catches Sunday, both records. New England’s Tom Brady (against Carolina in 2004) and New Orleans’ Drew Brees (against Manning’s Colts in 2010) each had completed 32 passes.

The previous receptions mark was 11, shared by Cincinnati’s Dan Ross (1982 against the 49ers), San Francisco’s Jerry Rice (1989 against the Bengals), and New England’s Deion Branch (2005 against Philadelphia) and Wes Welker (2008 against the Giants).

THE RIGHT NOTES: Anyone tuning in early to the Super Bowl with thumbs at the ready to tweet about musical hijinks in the run up to the game was shut down by Queen Latifah, Renee Fleming and scores of choral singers.

Rapper and singer Queen Latifah and the opera star Fleming proved the perfect choices to sing America the Beautiful and The Star-Spangled Banner.

Both women are accomplished performers and handled the pitfall-ridden material with relative ease in stirring performances that brought cheers from the crowd.

“Have you ever heard it sung any better,” play by play announcer Joe Buck said as fans cheered wildly after Fleming’s two-minute rendition of the national anthem.

BLACKED OUT: Time Warner Cable investigated a blackout on its standard-definition Fox channel in Southern California that cut off the Super Bowl telecast for its customers for about an hour.

The company said in a Twitter message the Fox high-definition channel was not
affected.

Hundreds of fans took to Twitter to complain about the blackout, which occurred shortly before the halftime show. The company apologized for the inconvenience.


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