petition demands that ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic headline Super Bowl halftime show


“Weird Al” Yankovic is having a great summer. He reached No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart for the first time with his “Mandatory Fun” album, fueled by an “eight videos in eight days” promotion that included the now-classic “Sports Song.”

If one Washington state resident gets his way, Weird Al could be performing that song at Super Bowl XLIX on Feb. 1. Ed Ball has started a petition asking that Yankovic be named as the halftime entertainment for the NFL’s championship game, to be played at University of Phoenix Stadium in Arizona.

“For decades Weird Al has entertained fans, young and old, with his popular clever parodies and unique sense of humor. Having him headline the Super Bowl XLIX Halftime Show. would not only be overly accepted by the millions of views, but it would remain true to the standards and quality of the show business we have come to love and respect out of this prestigious event. The songs of artists that he is parodying could join him on stage to accompany, as well as other surprise appearances from well-known actors/actresses, adding more prestige and star power. The theatrics alone would be hilarious and a welcoming change, and draw a wider audience of fans that typically would not tune into the championship game or half-time show,” Ball wrote on the petition.

As of Wednesday afternoon, the petition had garnered more than 5,300 online signatures.

Ball claims he drunkenly (“hence the bad grammar, no proofreading”) submitted the petition after he overheard two Seattle Seahawks fans presumptively talking about their future travel plans to attend the Super Bowl.

“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!!!” Ball pleaded in an update to the poll.

Considering the dinosaurs that the NFL has trotted out in recent years, Weird Al would be something of a youthful choice at age 54. Vote yes on Weird Al.

After spending the first 17 years of his Post career writing and editing, Matt and the printed paper had an amicable divorce in 2014. He's now blogging and editing for the Early Lead and the Post's other Web-based products.



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