Brrr, it’s so cold in the D! Well it is for Canadian rockers Nickelback, anyway, who are preparing to play Detroit’s Ford Field during halftime of the Lions-Packers’ Thanksgiving Day game. That’s riling up some Motor City Lions fans like Dennis Guttman, who’d rather not have his favorite team widely associated with the group (ironically, since before this year, few would want to be associated with the bungling Lions). Guttman took to the internet—as most do when faced with a crisis—and started an online petition to try to get the NFL and the Lions organization to change its mind and have a more locally sourced band—anyone from Eminem to the White Stripes, Aretha Franklin to Iggy Pop—play the halftime gig. So far, the petition has not only garnered attention to Guttman’s plight, but also 50,000 online signatures.
“This game is nationally televised, do we really want the rest of the US 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.”
Now, while we won’t weigh in on the appropriateness of having Nickelback at the Lions game or the effect of putting several punctuation marks after your sentences, we will give Guttman an A for the effort. It won’t do anything to change it situation, but at least he knows he’s not alone. Apparently being bludgeoned over the head with the sounds of Nickelback no matter where you go isn’t our Dennis Guttman and a lot of people’s cup of tea. But who knows? While he’s hiding out in the bathroom of the upper, upper mezzanine, waiting for them to finish, he might hear the words every person longs to hear from a Grammy winning band: “This song is dedicated to Dennis Guttman.” That might be enough fire to melt the Nickelback ice around his heart.