The Grey Cup. Immediately images of bloodied and bruised football players, beer, and parties come to mind. This year another Canadian staple joined them. Justin Bieber. Across the country, 300 pound football meatheads dropped their 24 packs of Molson and had a collective heart attack. Whoever made this decision screwed up, big time. Football is the stereotypical “manly” sport. Men stereotypically like rock music. Canadian acts like Rush, Our Lady Peace, even Nickelback would have been logical choices to perform at the half time show. Naturally, the guys running the 100th Grey Cup chose the intensely manly acts of Marianas Trench, Carly Rae Jepsen, and The Biebs to play. The Grey Cup did not disappoint as an event and a game, and I can see why these musical acts were chosen, they are all chart toppers. However, reaching Top 40 status is not necessarily a good thing for a halftime show. The event planners should have catered to the wants of the paying customers, the majority of which are male. Football junkies don’t want to have Justin Bieber croon “Baby” at them. They want an entertaining show they can rock out and drink to while they wait for the game to start back up. Gordon Lightfoot also played and that was a good choice, if the show was 35 years ago. I like Lightfoot, but his performance was a little boring and lacking of energy for a halftime show. I can’t really put blame on the 74 year old music icon, I’m frankly impressed that he can still even play. The real blame here should be put on whoever organized the show. They made some poor decisions that hindered one of the greatest football celebrations in Canadian history. The 100th Grey Cup was still an awesome event, but imagine how good things could have been without being forced to watch Mr. Selena Gomez.
*I had to do a blog entry on the Grey Cup for school and this came to mind. I actually have to cut it down by like 200 words when I hand this thing in, but oh well, consider this the first edition. Just a small sample of what I do at CSM!