Thursday, January 7, 2010

HALFTIME: Whatever Happened to the Spectacle?

It was nice to catch a little bit of the Alabama and Texas marching bands during the BCS championship games, but it was little more than just a teaser. Thinking of all the bowls this season and in recent years, so little is shown, but at least with the college bowls, the presentation remains grand, each school's band playing in time-honored form while working in some new numbers like "Seven Nations Army" by the White Stripes.

Especially with HDTV and enhanced audio, wouldn't it be nice to see more rather than listen to same old sports talking heads analyze every little nuance of the game?

For the NFL, halftime revolves completely around the television broadcasts where there really isn't much going on at the stadium except for the Super Bowl. Today's halftime events might include something like some local radio station's morning shock jocks hosting the finalists for the city's loudest belching contest or something equally cosmic. Once upon a time, it was a nice showcase for high school bands or other entertainers to excite the crowd.

Watching television though, the only halftime entertainment we see is for the Super Bowl. Who didn't quake and carefully follow orders last year when Bruce Springteen commanded that the audience put down its glacamole chip!

Finally after years of misery including those horrible "Up With People" presentations and those sweet little singing children in ethnic costumes singing "It's a Small World After All" through Janet Jackson's "wardrobe malfunction," the aging baby boomers have gotten quite a show with the Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Prince, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, and Springsteen.

Can't we at least have some real good old halftime showmanship for the college bowls?

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