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Sunday, February 07, 2010

Super Bowl halftime show patterns

I hate the Super Bowl halftime shows. Okay, "hate" may be a bit strong, but I feel like the NFL has this great opportunity to entertain America and they consistently blow it.

We have the infamous 2004 "wardrobe malfunction" to thank for the recent spate of horribly boring halftime shows.

Ever since that Justin Timberlake/Janet Jackson stunt, the NFL has been understandably conservative in its entertainment choices. Here's the list of entertainers for the last 6 years:

2005 - Paul McCartney
2006 - The Rolling Stones
2007 - Prince and the Florida A&M University Marching Band
2008 - Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
2009 - Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band
2010 - The Who

None of these artists has been particularly relevant on the music scene since 1990. Sure, they've all continued to perform and have even released a few singles. But let's be serious, their heyday is long over.

I realize that 60-year-old white men (okay, so Prince is the exception) are relatively safe and won't reveal taboo body parts to the rest of the world. But it seems less than coincidental to me that 10 of the 15 Super Bowl performances from 1990 to 2004 prominently featured women and there's not a single woman who has performed since Janet Jackson.

Now, I didn't like Jackson's performance. Taste is important and she wasn't tasteful to say the least.

But let's get a performance that we can get excited about for a change!

Also noteworthy: Brits have performed in 2000 (Phil Collins), 2005 (Paul McCartney), and 2010 (The Who). Leona Lewis in 2015? No? Susan Boyle? The Darkness? Any better suggestions?


Anonymous Bill Roehl declared,

Come on, this one is cake--now that he's out of prison: Boy George.

2/08/2010 6:36 AM  
Blogger Kara Jo declared,

I vote Susan Boyle.

2/08/2010 7:47 AM  
Blogger Joey declared,

Bill: I just threw up in my mouth.

Kara Jo: If it means the twins come today, I'll vote with you!

2/08/2010 10:08 AM  

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