Pop Rocks

Pop Rocks: So Who's Going to Perform at Next Year's Super Bowl Halftime Show?

If Janet Jackson's nip slip in 2004 threw ice water on the practice of using current entertainers for Super Bowl halftimes, M.I.A.'s middle finger salute dumped it in the Bering Sea. Finally, after eight years of K. Billy's Sounds of the '70s and Pete Townshend's belly (which somehow didn't draw *any* outrage outside of my living room), things were starting to loosen up. Granted, a 53-year-old Madonna is hardly the controversial figure of yore, but including contemporary acts like Nicki Minaj and LMFAO demonstrated maybe we as a nation were ready to enter the 21st century.

It was fun while it lasted. Yesterday, both the NFL and NBC released their own apologies, each blaming the other for the incident. And while it doesn't appear to have generated the same amount of widespread hullabaloo as Miss Jackson's breast, rest assured the chilling effects will be long-lasting. And because inveterate gamblers like myself need something to do before baseball season starts, here are my five most likely halftime performers for Super Bowl XLVII.

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Peter Vonder Haar writes movie reviews for the Houston Press and the occasional book. The first three novels in the "Clarke & Clarke Mysteries" - Lucky Town, Point Blank, and Empty Sky - are out now.
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