Now, what would this board be without a weekly post lamenting the loss of the good old days? ("I tell you, these kids today…!") But we are talking about a game, right? Rather, the show in the middle of a game. Look, I'm no fan of the over-the-top, breathless spectacles that SuperBowl half-time shows have become. In fact, I'm no fan of the SuperBowl. The only reason my wife and I watch it (and I use the word "watch" loosely) is because it provides us with an excuse to eat a lot of crap we don't usually eat. As for the half-time show, okay, so you didn't like it. Fair enough. But, come on, it was "un-American," and "at odds with traditional values," simply because you didn't like it? That's a bit much, don't you think? To me, the show was quintessentially American: bold, showy, loud, at times even obnoxious, performed by someone who rose up from absolutely nothing to the top of her industry. What's so un-American about that? (All of my red, white and blue jingoistic pride swells just thinking about it.)
And as for your precious "traditional values," I hate to wake you from the powdered-wig fog that you seem to be mired in, but American values have been changing ever since Plymouth Rock. And it's a good thing too. Otherwise we'd all still be bowing and curtsying to english monarchs, African-Americans would still be considered three-fifths of a person, slavery would still be in vogue (with probably it's very own hobbyist website and message board), women wouldn't be allowed to vote, and many of us would be dead already since the average life expectancy back in those glory days of yore was 39.7, with a 12% first year death rate. (Damn those scientists!) But, ah, those were the days, right?
Oh, and one more thing, as for that jazz that some of you enjoy--you know, what some used to call the devil's music--you wouldn't even be aware of it today had it not been for those few brave souls who in the early twentieth century in places like New Orleans, Chicago, and New York had the courage to stand up and say "Screw tradition!" and eased it out of the shadows and into the mainstream. So much for your traditional values.