Lady Gaga will be singing the national anthem at this weekend's Super Bowl 50.
Gene Collier: The chat is underway and live from San Francisco and certainly we thank Lady Gaga for stopping by for the national anthem. She's incredible. I'll be happy to take any questions you may have.
The Card Says Moops: Gaga has quite a voice...what's the vibe like out there in San Fran? Have you seen the new stadium yet?
Gene Collier: A graduate of the Tisch School, I believe, at NYU, Gaga is a massive talent, both visually and musically. The vibe in San Francisco is laid back as ever, with just a touch of impatience with the Super Bowl, which locals have noticed does not include the 49ers or the Raiders from across the bay. Some Broncos fans in full orange garb actually apologized to me, saying "We won't bug you." Too late. No Moops, haven't seen stadium yet.
Randy: Cam Newton has the Dab. What would your celebration dance be?
Gene Collier: Hokey Pokey. Hey, that's what it's all about
Carl: What's the best burrito in SF? Have you tried them all already?
Gene Collier: Yes in just four and a half ties I've tried every single Burrito in San Francisco. Best is the belly buster at Burrito Betty's, Haight and Filmore. Tell 'em I sent ya.
Tyler: Congrats to Mike White on the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame. Any good Mike stories?
Gene Collier: This was great news to start the morning. Mike White a Hall of Famer. Mike has a million stories about a million characters. It is he who is the raconteur rather than the subject most often. Years ago, my younger son Terminator was in a basketball program Mike ran in the North Hills. One day, he brought Lavar Arrington to the session and Arrington signed basketballs for all the kids. That ball is still in our backyard today, being intermittenly chewed on by our belligerent airedale.
The Card Says Moops: Someone made a comment that I quite liked under one of the PG articles, that Ray Searage should file for a PFA order against Pirates management for all of the reclamation projects they sign. But I think he probably enjoys the challenge, and it certainly makes him more valuable. Or would he rather be with someone like the Dodgers, theoretically?
Gene Collier: Most pitching coaches I know like these kinds of challenges and Ray's been known for his successes with notable reclamation projects. He's less known somehow for being unable to help James McDonald and Charlie Morton, among others. This reminds of the immortal words of the late long-time baseball writer Charlie Feeney, another PG Hall of Famer, who said of pitching coaches in the era of 10-man staffs: "Pitching coach? He'll help three, hurt three, and not affect the other four."
Adam: Favorite Super Bowl memory?
Gene Collier: Without a doubt being in the same room (maybe 30 feet from) Paul McCartney. Was at a Friday press conference in Jacksonville the year after Janet Jackson's exposure. In a faded pink sweatshirt and jeans, McCartney said "As you can see, I have no wardrobe to malfunction." People actually walked to a microphone and asked him questions, but I was so in awe of him I could no more have formed a question to ask him than I could have joined Cirque de Soleil.
The Card Says Moops: What have some of Gene Collier's crepuscular activities been this week?
Gene Collier: Many activities, both of mine and the millions of San Franciscans, are in fact crepuscular, due to the fog 'n at.
Alex: How's the weather?
Gene Collier: Thanks for asking Alex. 52 and sunny right now, going up to 68 and sunny for Super Bowl Sunday, then 70 and sunny for 12 hours of crippling plane rides Monday.
Brandt: Like football players, do you worry about the long term effects of your career on your health?
Gene Collier: It's been 46 years since I was an active head banger as the nose tackle for the Panther Valley Panthers (5-5-1) senior year, so I don't anticipate any latent concussion symptoms. As for my professional career, the typical accumulation of bad habits amid tight deadlines has and will take its toll, sure.
Kevin: If you could pick the SB halftime show, who would you pick?
Gene Collier: Leon Redbone, then Dan Hicks and his Hot Licks.
That's all we have time for today. Thanks for all the great questions. We'll do it again next Thursday.
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