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Justin Timberlake's Anti-Spectacular Super Bowl

The pop star’s underachievement came off all the weaker with a tribute to the perfectionist Prince.
Source: Kevin Lamarque / Reuters

Justin Timberlake is among the very few performers to ever do multiple Super Bowls, and in a way, now so is Prince. But for a sense of how Prince, if alive today, would have approached the task of following up his 2007 performance—a strong pick for the best halftime in history—you can read from his production manager Patrick Whalen. It features the terrifying anecdote of Whalen trying to tell his boss that some fabulous idea was undoable, and then after a less-than-warm reply from The Purple One, finding a way to . “He always demanded the

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