Priceless Photos from Super Sunday

Not only is Super Bowl Sunday the biggest day on the sporting calendar in this country, but it has truly become a worldwide event. The pregame build-up and postgame wrap-up seemingly last forever, and celebrities from near and far find some way to make an appearance. Here are a few memorable images from Super Bowl XLI that will stand the test of time.

Ashton Kutcher, Demi Moore, and Bruce Willis pose for a photo before the start of the game. The relationship among these three has been positively surreal at times in the tabloids, but they certainly seem to be enjoying themselves here. Just in case you were wondering, Kutcher is from Cedar Rapids, IA, Moore from Roswell, NM, and Willis grew up in Penns Grove, NJ, so they all appear to be serious bandwagon-jumpers (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images).

Nothing says professional football quite like a pregame Cirque de Soleil performance. So this is what Bears defensive tackle Tommie Harris has been up to since he tore his left hamstring in Week 13. At least he appears to be moving pretty well, although he seems to have dropped a significant amount of weight and lost some pigment along the way (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images).

Billy Joel looks to the sky as he's being pelted with rain during his performance of the national anthem. On television, you could literally see the raindrops bouncing off his piano keys. Joel's performance was received as average at best, although I commend him for not drawing it out 15 minutes like so many of the diva-types tend to do (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images).

Devin Hester returns the opening kickoff 92 yards for a touchdown and sends the Dolphin Stadium crowd into an absolute frenzy. I've seen countless football games in countless venues, but that was an experience I'll never forget and one of the most amazing feelings I've ever had. The Colts quickly learned their lesson and squib-kicked the rest of the night (Photo by Doug Miralle/Getty Images).

Reggie Wayne races for the end zone on his 53-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter. The Bears seemed to be in complete control in the early going after Hester's kickoff return and an interception by Chris Harris on Indy's first drive, but Wayne's TD changed everything. Both Harris and Charles Tillman later admitted to a breakdown in their coverage (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images).

Rex Grossman can't handle the snap from center, one of two fumbles he was credited with in the game. Nobody was more heavily scrutinized leading up to Super Bowl XLI than Grossman, and unfortunately for him, he did very little to silence his myriad critics. Both teams had trouble holding on to the football as evidenced by four turnovers in the first quarter alone (Photo by Eliot J. Schechter/Getty Images).

Prince performs his halftime show before a throng of flashlight-waving fans. After a so-so performance from the Rolling Stones at Super Bowl XL, Prince braved the elements and brought the house down when he opened with Let's Go Crazy. His set-ending rendition of Purple Rain was especially appropriate with the way Mother Nature was acting (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images).

Peyton Manning calls the play at the line of scrimmage. For someone who supposedly had a reputation for choking in big games, Manning was in complete control after his first-series interception and dinked-and-dunked the Bears to death. All those comparisons to the championship-less Dan Marino will now go the way of the dodo bird (Photo by Doug Miralle/Getty Images).

Thomas Jones breaks through the Indianapolis secondary on his way to a career-best 52-yard run. Jones was the lone offensive star for the Bears in Super Bowl XLI, rushing for 115 yards on just 15 attempts. Speculation has been brewing for quite some time that he could be traded or cut in the offseason to make room for Cedric Benson as the starting tailback, but Jones proved once again how underappreciated he is (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images).

Lovie Smith and Tony Dungy share an embrace at midfield after the ballgame. The two of them exhibited class and style all week long down in Miami, and despite Dungy's triumph and Smith's failure, they remain great friends. Dungy is the first black head coach to win a Super Bowl, and he thinks Smith will be the second (Photo by Doug Miralle/Getty Images).

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