The hokey ending to the four-song set the 59-year-old rocker performed with his E Street Band was all in good fun. After all, it was Springsteen who started the raucous, pyrotechnic-punctuated performance by barking out to his TV audience: "I want you to step back from the guacamole dip, I want you to put the chicken fingers down and turn your television all the way up!"
Springsteen did his best not to delay the game, cutting verses out of "Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out," "Born To Run," "Working on a Dream" and "Glory Days," The New York Times noted.
And he called a couple of audibles, inserting "Super Bowl" for "this city" in "Tenth Avenue," and in "Glory Days" morphing the hero from a baseball pitcher into a football quarterback and turning a "speedball" into a "Hail Mary."
But the crowd loved him anyway.