Can one Seattle man get Weird Al booked for the Super Bowl halftime show?


Who says no? (Lucy Nicholson/Reuters)

Like so many brilliant ideas throughout history, Ed Ball’s came to him in a bar.

A few days ago, Ball, a 33-year-old Dallas Cowboys fan, was out drinking in Seattle when he overheard some people talking about the next Super Bowl. The Seahawks fans were discussing what would happen if their team defended its title next year. Then, the conversation shifted to who might perform at the halftime show.

One woman mentioned Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez and Iggy Azalea. Ball didn’t interrupt. He said nothing — until he returned home.

That’s when he drunkenly started a petition on Change.org, calling for a Weird Al Super Bowl halftime show. (You know. As one does.) The petition was posted to Reddit. It’s received more than 6,000 signatures now. Take that, Iggy Azalea.

“The Super Bowl is a national event that reaches out to a wide audience,” Ball told The Post on Wednesday. “Why not try to bring in some viewers who might not watch it otherwise?”

Yeah, unidentified woman in a Seattle bar (and also the NFL), why not go with Weird Al, who is clearly having a bit of a moment right now?

Ball said that he’s gotten a lot of support for the petition already, though he’s also seen some Weird Al backlash. He addressed that in his petition update:

“Haters gonna hate. Now, I am a life long football fan, former high school player, and enjoy classic rock artists performing on the big stage. Loved seeing the Stones, Tom Petty, and the Who. Foo Fighters or AC/DC would be excellent future choices too,” Ball wrote on his petition. “However, they already appeal to the ‘Average Joe’ fan, and do not reach out to a wider audience.

“Furthermore, I do not want to sit through another Black Eyed Peas disaster or see Nicki Minaj verbal vomit some lyrics that I cannot understand. And do you want Miley Cyrus?!? Because this is how you will end up with Miley Cyrus!!!”

Hear that, America — do you want Miley Cyrus?!? If not, then you know what to do.

“If this does happen, oh my gosh,” Ball said, “to see it live in person — that would be the dream come true.”

Sarah Larimer is a general assignment reporter for the Washington Post.
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