2.02.2012

Article on the press conference

Madonna Talks Victor Cruz, High-Ankle Sprains

Barton Silverman/The New York TimesMadonna did her own version of Victor Cruz's salsa dance celebration to close her news conference Thursday.

There was little to be learned at Madonna's news conference Thursday other than the fact that the pop star does not regularly watch football, is recovering from a strained hamstring and is a fan of Victor Cruz's salsa dancing.

In 20 minutes of mostly light-hearted banter, the star of this year's Super Bowl halftime show made many references to her roots in the Midwest (including saying that this was likely her father's favorite of her many career moves) and frequently gave questioners a hard time if they asked silly or unanswerable questions.

She even warned Gerald McCoy, a young player from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, to not ask a "stupid question."

When he asked for a kiss, she politely declined.

While happy to discuss her collaboration with Cirque du Soleil, Madonna would not reveal any of the songs she would be performing Sunday. She did say three would be classics and one would be new. She also implied there would be surprise guests, but gave no further information.

The biggest laughs of the event came when a reporter for a Fox affiliate in Boston grilled her on whether or not Rob Gronkowski would be able to play and what she would do to treat a high ankle sprain.

"A lot of people would say I'm a bit of a masochist," Madonna said. "I would just tape my ankle, take an anti-inflammatory and get my butt out there."

When pushed again if Gronkowski would play, she said "I hope he does."

She could not confirm the reports that Yankees star Alex Rodriguez has a painting of himself as a centaur, saying she had never seen it, but said she is fairly certain that the player she was romantically linked to in the media does have a large photograph of her lying on a horse.

The interview session closed with a question about Cruz's salsa dancing when he scores touchdowns and whether she is impressed.

"He has inspired me, I've been practicing my salsa moves," Madonna said as she broke into her own version of Cruz's famous dance.

"Do you think he would approve?" she said, ending the event.


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