Super Bowl's free-falling halftime show
Everyone catch Tom Petty's halftime show at the Super Bowl? I'm left with a couple lasting impressions:
- That was the most predictable set possible. First, "American Girl" -- nice choice. (I yelled out lines from "Fast Times" during the entire song -- "THE cruising vessel!" -- much to the dismay of my guests.) Then all the tunes you expected, ending with "Running Down A Dream." No surprises.
- Tom looks awful in a beard. He's not exactly Tom Brady without facial hair either, but you know what I mean.
- I think Tom could have used some time in the training room prior to the show. Some whirlpool time. He barely moved. He looked like me after I do the first lawn-mowing of the season. I wanted to buy him a recliner and a couple Advils.
- Lastly, I'm glad I haven't yet pulled the trigger on buying tickets for his summer tour. The Heartbreakers looked great, but I'm not sensing a show worth spending $100 at this point.
You know what Petty needed? Rain! Like Prince had last year in Miami. And perhaps a hip replacement. I'm not sure. Still, give the NFL some kudos for sticking with the 80s for another year. My hope for next year's Super Bowl Halftime here in Tampa? ... Frankie Goes To Hollywood. ("When two tribes go to war, one is all that you can score!")