It’s common for networks to cut to celebrity faces in the crowd at playoff games like last weekend’s Divisional round matchup between the Cowboys and the Minnesota Vikings, but FOX seemed particularly tickled by the presence of one Prince, hanging out in a skybox, surrounded by sporting-fan folk and stonefaced in his observation tower despite his home team’s 34-3 blowout. Everybody I watched it with was equally amused, if only for the juxtaposed shots of beefcaked offensive lineman with this spritely extraterrestrial nymph in a fashion-forward black jacket. But it’s not so odd when you think about it: Prince did play the Super Bowl. And because, purple. Vikings paraphernalia wouldn’t clash in Prince’s home one bit, and that’s probably a pretty important litmus test for fandom when you call your home Paisley Park. Moreover Prince and Brett Favre regularly do things with their bodies that make younger men (and women) blush. This all just makes sense.
Somewhat odder although no less amusing is “Purple & Gold,” the fight song Prince has written and recorded for his beloved Purple Ones. He wrote it after watching them rout Romo, telling the Minnesota AP News it was the first time he’d seen the Vikings play in years and that afterward he “saw the future.” And the future is contained in this song, which is less Super Bowl Shuffle and more along the lines of a Kingdom Hall hymnal. “Raise every voice and let it be known in the name of the purple and gold.”
The Vikings travel to New Orleans for the NFC Conference Championship game this Sunday at 6:40PM. The Who play this year’s Super Bowl. Bet Pete Townsend doesn’t play a dick solo.