Where’s the halftime R-E-S-P-E-C-T?

It’s nice to see the Detroit Newspapers begin to take notice of debates popping up in the blogosphere and realize…hey…maybe there are some things we missed here. Issue one in that debate is that it took TWO days for someone at the Freep or News to realize “wait a second…you mean we have our own talent from Detroit that could be playing during halftime of the Super Bowl?” In fact, the reporting out of both of our Daily papers looked more like the News’ article than any kind of criticism.

Although the Rolling Stones are a great band, the Super Bowl folks along with the network really should have looked for a way to incorporate the musical culture of the community the Super Bowl is located in. I understand that sponsors want to keep people tuned in, but…how much more would people be tuned in by a central theme that runs throughout the night? As it is, if you are under the age of 30…you are probably going to switch the channel during halftime to a channel like MTV.

Well, this argument, that Detroit’s musical heritage should have played a higher role, was picked up in the blogoshpere AS SOON as the press release was out on the street…in forums like DetroitYes and it’s younger and bawdier protege, HotFudgeDetroit. Why it took the traditional media two days to echo said argument…that’s the real question. Especially given that the last time the Super Bowl was held in Metro Detroit, in 1982 at the Silverdome (Please try not to re-mention the debacle that was a snowstorm and Vice-President Bush creating a perfect storm of traffic for miles) the halftime theme was ‘A Salute to the 60’s and Motown’, wouldn’t it make sense to follow along that same vein? What do y’all think? If you had your choice, who would be performing?

3 Comments so far

  1. Jeppy (unregistered) on December 1st, 2005 @ 6:51 am

    Well personally, I hate football. But if I were designing the entertainment, I’d have “They Might Be Giants” doing the musical entertainment, and Sarah Silverman providing a comedy intermission.


  2. MGal (unregistered) on December 1st, 2005 @ 7:18 am

    You are asking for some common sense in Detroit AND Pro-football? Ray, have you been hit in the head? Just kidding..

    This was a discussion at last year’s superbowl party. Although we could list of a terrific line-up of Detroit musicmakers (including a full lineup of garage bands), we knew it could not be.

    Sadly, they are just trying to make it marketable to wider audience and forgetting that they could be reminding people of a wonderful musical heritage.


  3. Pedropus (unregistered) on December 1st, 2005 @ 10:23 am

    You can catch oldies acts during PBS fundraising drives. Frankly, it bores me to tears when people start talking about how great that “old music” was. At least the Stones are still working and have one or two original members.

    Motown abandoned this city decades ago. I say forget them and move on.



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