Monday, November 7, 2011

Nickelback Outted

Whatever the name, there's an Internet movement afoot: A petition designed to keep the oft-mocked Canadian rock outfit from playing at halftime of the Detroit Lions' Thanksgiving Day game against the Green Bay Packers.

It began with one man: University of Michigan graduate student/Michigan native/Thanksgiving Day ticket holder Dennis Guttman, a vehement anti-Nickelbacker who was "extremely disappointed" when he heard the band had been tabbed.

Now, thanks in part to a widespread disdain for Nickelbacl, it's taking off. From 10 signatures on Tuesday night, it crossed the 22,000 mark on Thursday -- and keeps growing.

"I'm absolutely shocked and happy," Guttman said.

And he still has that main goal: "It would be fantastic if they change it. ...I'd like to hear some good music during halftime -- hopefully something that better represents Detroit."

I take my hat off to Nickelback. Touche my friends. They are one of the only bands out there that has legitimately made the same song over and over again and remained relevant for a handful of years. Far Away, Photograph, How You Remind Me, Someday, Rockstar, Savin' Me, etc. The list goes on and on. It's basically the exact same song each time with the same raspy voice singing about a bunch of drama that is broadly relatable. I don't know who was the genius who thought they'd be perfect for the Thanksgiving Day halftime show but my guess would be Matt Millen. Poor Nickelback. Dennis Guttman must really despise them if he went as far as starting a petition. I wonder what caused his hatred for the band? He must have come home one day after school only to see his Mom and all of Nickelback doing some rated R stuff. They were a consistent contributor to the NOW series and definitely got slimed at the Nickelodeon awards show one time (stat boy will check me on that one). I'll definitely keep a close eye on how this plays out over the next few weeks and keep everyone updated. Maybe Guttman is right. Maybe Nickelback doesn't belong as a halftime show for a semi-big NFL game. Or maybe Guttman is wrong and Nickelback will steal the show. Regardless of what happens we know their next song will sound something like one of these.


  1. you think detroit could have gotten jack white or eminem or someone else decent. Or the halftime show could be Wade Boggs drinking miller lites at the 50 yard line. I'd watch that