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November 4, 2011 / jhsaeger

   Thanksgiving Day Disaster

   From 1999-2010, no one would have cared about who played the halftime show during the Detroit Lions Thanksgiving Day Game… Most people would’ve gripped about them being on TV (Again?  Weren’t they 0-16 last year?) and looked forward to the nightcap game, Turduken, napping, the Black Friday ads, or some quirky family tradition.  This year, however, the Lions are a hot team with a 6-2 record and a cast of Pro Bowlers to give the Motor City it’s first legit shot at a playoff run since 1999.  

   Shortly after the Detroit Lions announced today that Canadian band Nickleback would provide the halftime, a petition sprung up online to beg the Lions for something better.  As of 11:00 last night they had already garnered 15,000+ signatures.  After some brief thought, I threw together a list of Detroit natives that could give the NFL a much better halftime show.  It’s the home of Motown after all!
   1)  Stevie Wonder 
   2)  Aretha Franklin 
   3)  Smokey Robinson
   4)  Jack White
   5)  Diana Ross
   6)  Alice Cooper
   7)  The surviving Temptations
   8)  Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band
   9)  Martha Reeves 
   10) Ted Nugent – Ok, maybe not Ted Nugent
   Little known factoid: Legendary soul singer Marvin Gaye gave a serious effort to try out for the Detroit Lions in 1970, but was cut in training camp.  He did, however, maintain a relationship with members of the team, enlisting Lions Mel Farr and Lem Barney to sing background vocals on his #1 single “What’s Going On.”


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  1. Rosie / Nov 4 2011 2:39 pm

    Marvin Gaye's version of the Star Spangled Banner at the 83 NBA All Star Game remains my favorite version. I saw it on TV as it was happening – I still remember the goose bumps:

  2. John Saeger / Nov 4 2011 3:06 pm

    Great version, but I always have to give the edge to Whitney at the 1991 Super Bowl:

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