Should Nickelback Perform at the Packers-Lions Thanskgiving Game?

More than 45,000 people have signed a petition calling for the Canadian rock band to be replaced from the nationally televised halftime show.

Nickelback? Step back!

Detroit Lions fans are rallying against the Canadian rockers after they were announced as the halftime band for the Thanksgiving game versus our own Green Bay Packers. 

Dennis Guttman, a student at the University of Michigan, has started a petition to ask the Lions to drop Nickelback from the rock band’s scheduled appearance at the Nov. 24 game.

The petition rails against the group, asking "Does anyone even like Nickelback?"

One commenter, Eva Blankinship, said she would "rather drink bleach than listen to Nickelback and have them associated with Detroit."

As of Tuesday, Nov. 8, more than 45,000 people have signed Guttman’s online petition, and the pushback against Nickelback has drawn attention from national media outlets such as ESPNTime and Deadspin.

Some Detroit-area rockers have even “volunteered” to step in for Nickelback.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., a rock duo, announced on its Facebook page that the group “would be willing to replace Nickelback on the Thanksgiving Day Halftime show, but we still feel the Robocop Statue is a more important enterprise that we'd rather lend our support to.”

What do you think?

Should Nickelback perform at the Packers-Lions’ Thanksgiving Day game? And if not, which band should replace them?

Michael November 09, 2011 at 12:18 AM
The NFL and the broadcast partners decide on half-time entertainment not for just the Detroit fans but rather the entire viewing public. I'd be happy to see Nickleback perform at half-time but being a realistic FOOTBALL fan, we don't sit around for the half-time entertainment. Bathroom, beverages and food are atop my list for the approximately 18 minutes that half-time encompasses. 45,000 people signed the petition, upwards of 2 million will watch this game in N. America alone. More because GB will still be undefeated. It's time to focus on your studies and find a way out of Detroit.
Ron Clone November 09, 2011 at 12:59 PM
Missing the point packer fans. Detroit is home to more American musical roots than almost any other city in the country, from Motown to Techno to garage band. The point here is with that much musical variety to emerge from one city, why not choose local, nationally known, talent . Outside of Milwaukee, nobody has even heard of the Bodeans. And who's the kid selling glasses for Wisconsin Vision? Music is as big as cars and sports in Detroit. Get Detroit music, not what the network says thy should get. And read up a little Detroit bashers. The D is already coming back.
Michael C November 09, 2011 at 03:13 PM
Dont think out of the 45000 names signed, ill bet 76% dont even have tickets to the game... also BIG DEAL it was one dude that just doesnt like the band, thats all....NICKELBACK didnt do nothing wrong, its theofficals that picked the band... i would have had KID ROCK.....
GearHead November 09, 2011 at 03:27 PM
Agreed. MKE and DET both have remarkable musical tapestry, but we both like our rock straight-up. I shook my head and laughed at the Elton John fiasco, thinking "Geez, wasn't Bob Seeger, Rare Earth, Grand Funk, Alice Cooper or the 'Nuge available?" All DET rockers. Or Springsteen, who sounded like one.
Herbert November 09, 2011 at 03:46 PM
Detroit finally has some success on the field after what 16 years or so now they think they can dictate who plays at halftime? Nickelback is better than the trainwreck of a half time show the NFL made us sit through at the Super Bowl last season... anything is better than that fiasco.


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