Local Radio Host Asks If Marching Bands Super Bowl Halftime Shows Should Return
Sunday’s Super Bowl halftime show was an all-time coffee break conversation on Monday. I guarantee you the guy that seems too horny made some inappropriate comments. Someone probably found themselves in hot water with Human Resources. Another talked about how they had to shield their kids’ eyes and send them upstairs (Got to think about the children, always!) In a not surprising moment, a local radio host, Doug Russell of ESPN Milwaukee made a poll question for his show wondering what type of act you’d like to see. There’s no problem with that, it’s a good engaging question. But then you see… Marching bands as an option. Marching bands? What? I mean, how out-of-touch can you be, Doug?
The Doug Russell Show Twitter Poll Question of the Night: Who should perform at next year's Super Bowl halftime show? (Note: for the purposes of this poll, "Classic r/p" band are along the lines of The Stones, McCartney, etc. "Modern r/p" are like Bruno Mars, Taylor Swift, etc.)
— Doug Russell (@DougRussell) February 3, 2020
Save me the lecture about marching bands in Super Bowl halftime shows, it was a thing in the ’70s. But the New York Times made fun of it saying the halftime performances calling them ‘unhip.’ And ever since Michael Jackson in 1993, it is either a popular musician or a classic artist that everyone remembers. There is no in-between. Marching bands find their way to play a part in a show as they did in 2018 and 2019. But they’re never the main event. Could you imagine Pepsi shelling all that money for a couple of marching bands? I realize it’s just a poll, but good god, that’s bad.
The puzzling thing about this poll, and maybe shows Doug’s hand a bit is there was no country or hip-hop to be found on this poll. Aren’t those obvious additions? Two of the most popular music genres in 2020, but we’re worried about getting some bassoon love. The crazier thing is 12 percent voted for marching bands. I assume those are the same people that consider band a sport in high school.