Plus: It appears fireworks were thrown into the self-driving car that caught fire in San Francisco’s Chinatown neighborhood on Saturday.
Almost exactly 24 hours ago, the entire country was fixated on the events happening at Las Vegas’s Allegiant Stadium — the domed, multi-purpose coliseum that hosted this year’s Super Bowl between the San Francisco 49ers and the Kansas City Chiefs. The hype and yet-fulfilled lore (at the time) was among the highest and most mythological in recent memory; Taylor Swift and her carbon footprint offered some comedic fodder and fantastic memes.
The game, which went into overtime, was truly history-making. It was only the second Super Bowl to enter into overtime; the longest field goal in Super Bowl history was broken not once, but twice — first by 49ers JakeMoody, who set the new record at the 55-yard line, and then later by Chiefs Harrison Butker with 57-yard field goal; only eight teams have successfully defended their consecutive Super Bowl win titles, with Kansas’s City Chiefs now representing the latest addition.
The Sports Ball Game was fantastic — made even better by a career-spanning, nostalgia-rich halftime performance from Usher. But the real winner of the 2024 Super Bowl was Beyoncé Giselle Knowles: a woman whose pulse on the cultural zeitgeist and fastidious work ethic remain unmatched.
After Verizon played a layered advertisement starring Queen Bee (a 90-second commercial the star was reportedly paid $30M to film), the most Grammy Award-winning artist in history dropped the first singles off her long-awaited second act of the Renaissance trilogy of LPs. The pair of singles, “16 Carriages” and “Texas Hold ‘Em,” instantly broke the internet, which included all streaming services, many of which reported user lag from higher than normal traffic.
Knowles confirmed that anticipated visuals for the first act of the tribology exist in a cinematic universe of sorts by way of a caption-less Instagram post; eagle-eyed viewers might have noticed there’s yet another billboard featuring Beyoncé in the teaser; Knowles is also seen wearing an outfit donned during teaser visuals for act i. Both the devil and Kris Jenner work hard, but the Beyhive works harder.
The pair of singles have received universal acclaim for the musical production, lyricism, and how Knowles’s angelic voice seamlessly weaves into the country music tropes; they’ve broken multiple records, including cementing her as the first Black woman to occupy the first and second places on the U.S. Itunes store.
Mind you: She did this with no marketing revenue spent — in fact, she was *paid* (again, ~millions~) to promote her new music. Just three posts to her official Instagram account were all it took to send millions into a jovial tizzy…and likely a good amount of right-wing conservatives into an uproar.
Where was Beyoncé Giselle Knowles during all of this? Bopping and vibing and, quite literally, drinking her water and minding her business sat in a box at the Super Bowl. Now that’s winning, baby.
What else transpired over the weekend? Let’s take a look.
- ICYMI: A Waymo-operated car was set on fire. The act of vandalism occurred in San Francisoc’s Chinatown around 8 p.m. Saturday, leaving a self-driving car operated by Waymo burnt to a crisp; SFPD is said to be making headway into identifying possible suspects, who allegedly threw fireworks into the car, which caused it to soon billow with black smoke. More info.
- Another day, another Walgreens is closing in San Francisco. The location at 275 Sacramento Street is expected to close on February 27th; a representative at Walgreens wasn’t too clear as to why the store was closing — read: don’t let anyone tell you that it was due to large amounts of shoplifting, because it simply isn’t true — but cited that “multiple factors” are weighed when the $19B company chooses to shutter a store, which including looking over its “existing footprint of stores, dynamics of the local market, and changes in the buying habits of [Walgreens] patients and customers, among other reasons.” More info.
- This Mission District pizzaiolo seems like a pretty cool dude. Max Blachman-Gentile, the multi-hyphenate talent, and pizzaiolo — defined as a pizza maker, or chef who specializes in Italian-style pizzas — behind Jules Pizza, which is currently a pop-up at Buddy, the wine bar at 3115 22nd Street; he believed the foundation of a perfect pizza exists in the dough, which must be “light, crispy, with a blend of cheeses atop that create a symphony of flavors.” More info.