Halftime Hype … Super Bowl Gripe?

Heck, let’s be honest here … the game itself is usually not all that great.

So, why do people continue to anticipate that the halftime show at the Super Bowl will be anything other than bad?

Is there any way that any performer or group of performers could do anything that could possibly live up to the hype?

What could The Black-Eyed Peas possibly have done in those 20 minutes that would come off as anything more than the musical equivalent of drinking from a fire hose?

Let’s look back in time for just a second.  The Grambling State University marching band was the Super Bowl halftime entertainment in the game’s inaugural year. 

Seriously!  That was it …

But as the game grew in stature, it became necessary to “grow” the halftime show.

Subsequently, we were subjected to a long line of mini-concerts by minor musical celebrities, culminating more recently in enormous, spectacular  extravaganzas by Michael Jackson, U2, The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen and others …

So, what chance did The Black-Eyed Peas stand?

From the visual and audio evidence … none at all.

Somewhere, somehow, the producers of the Super Bowl need to get back to the adage that “less can be more” …

But, we’re talking about an event that we dubbed The Super Bowl before the first game was ever played.  When you start off like that, it’s hard for it not to be pretty much down-hill from there.

Finally, on a separate note:  I have a feeling that Francis Scott Key is rolling over in his grave after last night … Thanks Christina!

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11 Responses to Halftime Hype … Super Bowl Gripe?

  1. nrhatch says:

    When Christina Aguilera muffed the lyrics to the Star Spangled Banner, I shook my head in amazement. Maybe if she hadn’t been so intent on making the song “her own,” and focused instead on singing it as written, she wouldn’t have messed up the lyrics. 🙂

    I thought the half-time show last night was terrible. I don’t always feel that way. Some performers belong in the half-time shows. Others don’t. The BEP’s tried too hard to go “over the top.” As a result, they just fell flat.

    But the most disappointing aspect of the game was Michael Douglas’s message at the outset. He compared the value of this year’s SuperBowl with the contributions made by JFK, MLK Jr., the astronauts, and the firefighters who responded to the World Trade Center on 9/11.

    Give me a break. It’s a game. It’s not life or death, or courage of the kind displayed by great men during great moments.

    Thanks, Judson.

    • Judson says:

      Wow! I missed the Michael Douglas comments. A little far-fetched to be sure.

    • nrhatch says:

      It was near the beginning, and presented like a commercial. It was a bogus and unnecessary testimonial ~ hyping up the SB in case anyone watching was tempted to watch something else. 😉

      • Judson says:

        Ordinarily I like Michael Douglas. In fact, I was under the impression that he was at death’s door … or was that just tabloid nonsense? Either way … Michael, take a deep breath and step away from the mic.

      • nrhatch says:

        I like Michael Douglas too ~ just watched him in Wall Street 2. Not a great movie, but he gave a solid performance.

  2. herby says:

    As an Australian, I am fairly ignorant about the American Football. The only time I really know about it is that there is a Super Bowl. My parents sometimes watch the Super Bowl as a novelty because they once went to a gridiron game when they were on holidays in the US. So yesterday, I walked into Dad’s lounge room when the game had 50 seconds to go and saw that the Green Bay Packers won.

    That is the extent of my knowledge of the actual Super Bowl game.

    However, every year it’s funny to hear the TV talk show hosts bagging out the latest half-time let entertainment let-down. We have similar comments that happen every year here when they talk about who ever sang the national anthem at our football finals.

    I’ve heard of giving more time to the Arts than the Sports but surely the two don’t need to be mixed to create what you so beautifully dub ‘the musical equivalent of drinking from a firehose’.

    Guess I’m trying to say that I totally get what you are saying and love the way you said it.

    • Judson says:

      Thanks Herby. Good to hear from you. I have always been in awe of football played by “Australian Rules” … Is there a super bowl equivalent down under??

      • herby says:

        Both Australian Rules (AFL) and Rugby League (NFL) are huge here. Our ‘Super Bowl’ equivalents are the Grand Finals for each of these codes. They are held on different weekends in September.

        AFL is played largely in Melbourne with Brisbane, Perth and Sydney all hosting teams.

        NFL is played largely in New South Wales (Sydney) & Queensland (Brisbane / North Queensland / Gold Coast), with Melbourne also hosting a team.

        The grand finals for each code is a huge deal. So, I think it’d be like your Super Bowl.

      • herby says:

        PS: I am definitely more a League fan than an Aussie Rules fan. But then, I am a Queenslander 😀

  3. territerri says:

    I didn’t watch. I don’t really care about football and those half-time shows are always anti-climactic. Unless there’s a wardrobe malfunction, of course.

  4. eof737 says:

    Super anything is used very loosely in the media so I watched without major expectation… The matching band choreography was fun… the rest was … well, the rest.
    I was going to say – but Judson, Biebs and Usher were great! Then I remembered oops, wrong event! I need more sleep. 🙂
    Thanks for stopping by my blog. It’s a pleasure to meet you.
    Eliz

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