As a lifelong Pats fan, the desire to try to laugh has never been greater than after the New England Patriots’ second heartbreaking loss to the New York Giants in the final minutes of the Super Bowl. Thank goodness for Madonna.

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As a lifelong Pats fan, the desire to try to laugh has never been greater than after the New England Patriots’ second heartbreaking loss to the New York Giants in the final minutes of the Super Bowl.


Thank goodness for Madonna, or we all would be doubling our dosages of Prozac today. She always gives us an opportunity to poke fun at her over-the-top performances.


As the star of the halftime show at the Super Bowl, Madonna danced, or rather pranced, around the stage with phalanxes of pharaoh’s soldiers in a mega-production of fire and flame, broad swords and brass. It rivaled William Wyler’s classic film “Ben-Hur” –– there were almost more extras performing in Madonna’s halftime extravaganza than there were in Charlton Heston’s thundering chariot-racing scene.


With the exception of Madonna’s back-up dancers who vaulted and somersaulted like Olympic gymnasts, Madonna’s performance had more the flavor of a workout video than a well-choreographed dance production.


Nonetheless, it is amazing how the 53-year-old pop icon could do those knee-bends and jump squats without getting winded or pulling a hamstring. It was obvious that the super-slender Madonna has spent more time these days working out than making out with Britney Spears.


In fact, the pyrotechnics and outrageous performance factors were so muted that we could actually hear Madonna's voice.


Nevertheless, we thank Madonna for giving us something less horrible to focus on than the Patriots’ humbling loss. And we thank her for another thing: She didn’t dance the salsa the way Giants’ receiver Victor Cruz did in the end zone.                     


Peter Costa is a columnist for GateHouse Media. His latest collection of humor columns, “Outrageous CostaLiving,” is available at amazon.com.