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Madonna talks Gronkowski, Brady, A-Rod, and wardrobe malfunctions

Posted by Steve Silva, Boston.com Staff  February 2, 2012 03:10 PM

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INDIANAPOLIS -- Tuesday was Media Day. Today was Madonna Day.

The one and only Material Girl, who will be performing in the halftime show at the Super Bowl, spoke to a packed house this afternoon at the JW Marriott, and she answered a few Patriots related questions.

"I'm so excited to be here, incredibly nervous," Madonna said. "This is a Midwesterner girl's dream to be performing at the Super Bowl halftime show."

WCVB-TV (Ch. 5) morning anchor Bianca de la Garza asked Madonna if she had to pick either Eli Manning or Tom Brady to hang out with on a Saturday night, which one would she choose.

"I have to say Eli because he lives in New York," she said. "And I don't want him to waste gas."

Madonna was told about Gisele Bundchen's plea for prayers for her husband Tom Brady on Sunday.

"Bless her" Madonna said. "That's great. She's a good wife."

In the goofball question of the day department, Rich Shertenlieb, from 98.5's Toucher and Rich show, asked if it was true that Alex Rodriguez has a painting of himself as a centaur, half man, half horse, in his home.

"If he does I haven't seen it," she said. "But I'm pretty sure he has a large photograph of me lying on a horse."

She elaborated on what kind of support is needed in such a big game.

"Two things: You have to be ready for your game," she said. "I approach my shows the same way. So rehearse, rehearse, rehearse. Preparation. Be ready for anything. But then there's also just the support of the universe and the grace of God and as many Guardian Angels as you can attract so the combination of hard work and prayers is a good combination that will lead to success."

Doug "V.B." Goudie from Fox 25 in Boston asked if she had thoughts on whether Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski should play on Sunday and how much would a high ankle sprain affect her performance.

"Well a lot of people would say that I'm a bit of a masochist," she said. "I would just tape my ankle and say prayers, take an anti-inflammatory and get my butt out there... I hope he does [play].

And the possibility of a Janet Jackson wardrobe malfunction? Fugettabout it.

"Great attention to detail has been paid to my wardrobe," she said. "There will be no wardrobe malfunctions. Promise."

Madonna would not reveal anything about her act in terms who the surprise performers joining her may be or what songs she would be performing except to say she would be singing three old songs and one new song which will most likely be a new single released tomorrow titled "Gimme All Your Luvin."

"I don't want to blow the surprises," she said. "I want people to be knocked out of their seats."

The pop superstar said she has healed from a January injury suffered in rehearsals when she pulled a hamstring and sustained a bump on her nose from a microphone.

"My nose is healed," she said. "I'm OK. Lots of warm-ups and taping and ultrasound. I feel like I'm one of the football players right now with all the physical therapy I had to do. Mind over matter."

Madonna said she feels the pressure that will come with an anticipated 170 million people watching her performance on Sunday but today she seemed relaxed and confident, even doing a little Victor Cruz-style salsa dancing for the assembled media.

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