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Super gaffe lets Janet off hook

Janet Jackson finally is off the hook.

Five years after Jackson’s infamous “wardrobe malfunction” shocked Super Bowl viewers, cable TV provider Comcast committed a major broadcast malfunction when it inadvertently aired a 30-second clip from a pornographic movie to thousands of its customers in Tucson, Ariz., with less than three minutes left in Sunday’s Super Bowl.

“We are mortified by the Super Bowl interruption, and we apologize to our customers,” Comcast, a company based in Philadelphia, said in a statement. “We can’t undo what happened, but we remain deeply sorry for the impact this situation has had on our customers.”

Comcast will issue a $10 credit to subscribers whose Super Bowl broadcast was interrupted by what a company spokeswoman called an “isolated malicious act.”

The clip was from a porn movie being shown on another Comcast pay-per-view channel at the time.

Only Comcast subscribers who received a standard-definition signal could see the clip, while those who watched the game on high-definition TVs weren’t affected.

In an attempt to cash in on the mistake, adult entertainment studio Pink Visual is offering its Tucson-area customers $10 off subscriptions to its adult sites to compensate Comcast subscribers who might have wanted to see the rest of the porn movie that interrupted the Super Bowl broadcast.

“We feel really bad for the customers that were just getting into it when Comcast rudely switched back to the football game before the clip could really get going,” Pink Visual’s Kim Kysar joked.

The U.S. Attorney’s office in Phoenix said it is investigating Sunday’s interruption.

The Federal Communications Commission fined CBS a record $550,000 after Jackson briefly bared her breast during the 2004 Super Bowl halftime show.

WANT TO PLAY A GAME OF G-E-I-C-O? — The names of bowl games, ballparks and other sports stadiums long ago were sold to sponsors, so it shouldn’t be surprising that the NBA has done the same to the classic playground basketball game H-O-R-S-E, which will be played during the league’s All-Star Saturday for the first time on Feb. 14.

Sadly, the three yet-to-be-named NBA players who will take part in the event will be playing G-E-I-C-O, as in the insurance company that will sponsor the event, instead of H-O-R-S-E.

A more appropriate name would be G-R-E-E-D.

SPORTS CENTERED — When former Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin was in high school, she aspired to be a sportscaster and was disappointed to learn where ESPN was located.

The Alaska governor said Connecticut was too far away for her to move, but she paid homage to ESPN, which is located in Bristol, Conn., by naming her first daughter Bristol, Palin says in the Feb. 16 issue of Esquire magazine.

Palin also says she’s still angry with the media over questions about whether her 9-month-old son, Trig, actually is the child of 18-year-old Bristol, whose son Tripp was born in December.

It’s unclear who Trig and Tripp were named after.


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