Raise your hand if you’re excited and/or interested in watching this year’s Super Bowl Halftime show. Hold on, let’s us finish counting hands.

Wow, that many?

Many people were surprised, even horrified, to hear [lastfm link_type=”similar_artist_radio”]Madonna[/lastfm] is this year’s halftime act. But when you think about it, it sorta makes sense.

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Let’s go back to a simpler time: 2004.

Remember that year? Before then, things were so much easier. The FCC let you get away with so much: swearing, nudity, innuendos. But then Janet Jackson had to go and get nasty during the halftime show at Super Bowl XXXVIII.

But think about it – since then, the NFL has gone out of its way to be super (pun intended) family friendly: Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones, Prince, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Bruce Springsteen, The Who and most recently The Black Eyed Peas.

These acts are older, more mature and, to an extent, less relevant.

Which is why Madonna fits so perfectly; in the beginning of Madonna’s career she was the most controversial person in music! As she grew up she became more sympathetic (she had a baby!), and even more likeable by the general masses (she won a Golden Globe… for acting!)?

But where Madonna differs from her halftime show predecessors is that regardless of her popularity during any decade, she was always outspoken and going to do whatever the hell she wanted anyway.

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Madonna is the perfect rebound girl: she’s got the security and safety that fans are used to, but she’s also kinda scary and will snap you out of your depressive funk and back into the game.

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Granted, she’s a few face-lifts removed from her cone-clad Blonde Ambition Tour days, but one thing has not changed: the girl knows how to be controversial and entertaining.

We’re talking about someone who has been reviled by the Pope, censored on TV, and even wrote a book! 

And isn’t that exactly what the NFL wants to be? To be relevant again? To have a Super Bowl halftime show that people actually talk about other than to say ‘WTF, really?’. At one time, even before 2004, people cared as much about the halftime show as they did the commercials.


So, while Madonna may not be your cup of fake British tea, she certainly will provide some water cooler talk. Let’s finally get over our past digressions and make some new mistakes. Let’s live again!

Agree? Disagree? Uninterested and only watching for the commercials? Let us know in the comment box below.

Comments (2)
  1. Pat says:

    Loved the piece!!! Excellent job!! Let’s hope Madonna doesn’t disappoint!!

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