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Posted at 04:42 PM ET, 11/09/2011

Detroit Lions fans petitioning to get Nickelback bumped from Thanksgiving halftime show


Nickelback was hot during the closing ceremony of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics. They’re not getting the same reception in Detroit. (Cameron Spencer - Getty Images)
For the first time since 2007 the Detroit Lions will take the field on Thanksgiving Day with a winning record, eager to bolster their hopes for their first playoff berth since 1999.

Their opponent is the Green Bay Packers — the last remaining unbeaten team in the NFL, the defending Super Bowl champions, and the team atop Detroit’s NFC North division.

Fans in Detroit should be salivating for this game like it’s a juicy holiday turkey with all the trimmings.

Instead, they’re peeved. In fact they’re quite peeved, because the Lions have invited Nickelback to perform during halftime.

Oh, the horror!

Not only does Nickelback have nothing in common with Detroit’s Motown roots or status as a cradle for soul and hip hop, but these guys are ...(gasp)... Canadian!!!

What do you do when you want to incite change? You start a petition, of course. That’s exactly what Detroit’s Dennis Guttman did, and as of Wednesday he was up over 50,000 signatures on the social action website, change.org.

Who knew so many people loathed Nickelback (as much as this blogger does)?

Here’s Guttman’s rationale:

This game is nationally televised, do we really want the rest of the US to associate Detroit with Nickelback? Detroit is home to so many great musicians and they chose Nickelback?!?!?! Does anyone even like Nickelback? Is this some sort of ploy to get people to leave their seats during halftime to spend money on alcoholic beverages and concessions? This is completely unfair to those of us who purchased tickets to the game. At least the people watching at home can mute their TVs. The Lions ought to think about their fans before choosing such an awful band to play at halftime.”

So who should the Lions turn to to replace the group responsible for the unforgettable hit “Photograph”?

Here’s a list of some homegrown talent (with an assist from Rolling Stone ) that could do the job: Eminem, Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Kid Rock, Bob Seger, Alice Cooper, Bob Seger, Iggy Pop.

My vote is for the Insane Clown Posse feat. Sufjan Stevens and the Temptations. Hey, the options are endless, yet somehow they settled on Nickelback.

Who do you want to see on stage while you’re polishing off that slice of pumpkin pie this Thanksgiving?

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