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Detroit Lions fans say no thanks to Nickelback

By David Eckstein

Thanksgiving is the most American of holidays. It's full of tradition and favorites like turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce. And every year the Detroit Lions host (and frequently lose) the NFL's Thanksgiving Classic. But it isn't the prospect of having to face the defending Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers that has Lions fans growling mad about this year's event, it's the halftime act.

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An overly-concerned fan has started an online petition to scrap Nickelback as the musical interlude between the second and third quarters. To date the petition has secured more than 20,000 signatures.

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As for the organizer's rationale:

"This game is nationally televised, do we really want the rest of the U.S. to associate Detroit with Nickelback? Detroit is home to so many great musicians and they chose Nickelback?!?!?! Does anyone even like Nickelback? Is this some sort of ploy to get people to leave their seats during halftime to spend money on alcoholic beverages and concessions? This is completely unfair to those of us who purchased tickets to the game. At least the people watching at home can mute their TVs. The Lions ought to think about their fans before choosing such an awful band to play at halftime."

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If that wasn't harsh enough welcome for the Canadian band, the comments by petition signees are brutal.

A person listed as Taylor Bittner writes, "Nickelback is the worst group ever. I don't want to be sitting around with my family and have to listen to even more annoying people."

Of course, Lions fans have had a tough go of it during the Turkey Day game: Detroit is just 1-9 over last 10 years, and they have a lifetime Thanksgiving winning percentage of just .479.

Nov 7, 2011 8:04AM
NICKELBACK, REALLY?  Thanksgiving is a American holiday.   I was hoping for an American band to play but I guess I'll just go for seconds during halftime.   
Nov 5, 2011 10:49PM

It seems, as the NFL consistently tries to outdo itself, that halfime acts are usually awful!


They ought to just invite a couple of good college marching bands and have them perform at halftime.


Does anyone else remember how patently DREADFUL the Black Eyed Peas were when they performed?

I thought they would be kicked out of the music business and was genuinely surprised they weren't.

Nov 5, 2011 10:26AM

As a sports AND music fan, I applaud the Lions fans for not wanting a talentless group of corporate created posers. Detroit is one of the legendary cities in the history of rock and roll. From Berry Gordy and Motown, Bob Seger, Kiss, Iggy Pop and the Stooges,MC5, and a host of blues musicians, the city deserves a better choice than this. Also, they have a team this year that the rest of America will want to watch against the Packers, so the ratings should be much higher. Give them the respect they deserve and book someone else. If they want a Canadian group, how about Neil Young and Crazy Horse or Rush!! By the way, I am not a Lions fan, or live in Michigan.I follow the Giants. Lions fans, I hope you get what you want. I will be watching on Thanksgiving and rooting for you. Maybe, our teams will meet in the playoffs!

Nov 5, 2011 8:52AM


You like Nickleback and WE are the morons?

NIckleback sucks, blows AND swallows.


Canada has some great bands, Nicklecrack isn't one of them.

Nov 5, 2011 8:35AM

So let me get this straight.


Detroit likes Nickleback?


THAT figures...Smile

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