Super Bowl notebook: Beyonce will sing live at halftime
Beyonce began her Super Bowl news conference Thursday with a rousing rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” that could be heard throughout the spacious media center. It was her way of showing she will perform live Sunday during her halftime show rather than lip-synching like she did last week while performing the national anthem at President Obama's inauguration. “I am a perfectionist,” she said. “I did not have time to rehearse with the orchestra for a live TV show. ... I did not feel comfortable taking a risk.”
• 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is a risk taker. Ben Roethlisberger was not, at least not early in his Steelers career. Yet both got their teams to the Super Bowl during their second NFL seasons. 49ers backup linebackerClark Haggans played on both teams — the 49ers this season and the Steelers in 2005. “They're two different guys, two different monsters,” Haggans said. “Cap, he has can run or throw. The only similarity is they wear No. 7. It's hard to compare and contrast. They're just two different quarterbacks, (but) they both make plays. Cap goes to work every day, puts on a hard hat and punches in. He's the type of guy who's first one there, last one to leave, if it's in the weight room, the classroom or practice field.”
• On Friday, the Harbaugh brothers will share a news conference stage. On Thursday, they shared a practice field. After practicing in the wind on an outdoor field built atop a baseball diamond Wednesday, the Ravens and coachJohn Harbaugh moved their practice Thursday to the Saints' indoor facility, where the 49ers and coachJim Harbaugh already were practicing. “Just cooperating spirits,” Jim said. NFL officials made sure the teams didn't bump into each other or share a common area, and numerous windows were covered up so one team couldn't watch the other during two practices that went off one after the other, separated by only about 10 minutes.
• Linebacker Ray Lewis said the Ravens' veteran players are so tight-knit, they sometimes conduct their own meetings, which usually are led by the assistant coach in charge of that position. “We kind of took it over for ourselves years ago,” Lewis said. “We kind of took the coaches out of the meetings, saying, ‘Coach, we got this. We are going to go through everything you've taught us already, but when we leave here, we are going to have a meeting with just ourselves.' ” Lewis also said he sees “a total change” in the Ravens during Super Bowl week, although he did not elaborate. He added, “We are all dialed in.”
— Alan Robinson