Setting the stage for the ideal complementary performance that matches the ideal singer to the ideal NFL team is no small feat. Particularly in the modern era, where social media is patrolled by someone seeking to be offended, and in the process, become famous in the drama and controversy that embroils the event in the aftermath.
The NFL has tried to walk that fine line between robust memorable entertainment and unoffensive performances. Sometimes the NFL gets it right, as they did with Whitney Houston nailing the National Anthem before Super Bowl in 1991.
And then there was the unforgettable magic show of Elvis Presto during the Super Bowl halftime show in 1989.
Yeah, that was so horrid that you have to click on this link to watch the performance.
But somehow, I believe that the LA Rams nailed it in signing classic hard rocker Ozzy Osbourne to play during the halftime show on Thursday Night Football. Why?
Osbourne has been a rock ‘n roll icon since leaving the band Black Sabbath in 1979. His hits swelled the airwaves in the glory days of classic rock. If you need a refresher of how good this guy is, here is an anthology of his best top songs.
Much like the LA Rams, he delivers a high-energy performance in each stage event, an in-your-face unapologetic performance of a man who answers to his own will and marches to his own drum.
Once you’ve heard the song “Crazy Train,” you will know exactly what I mean. The guitar melody is unforgettable, and the lyrics are an anthem for anyone who is not into keeping their head down and just going with the flow.
Will this performance upset some folks? Probably. But to be honest, I don’t think that the LA Rams are too worried about it. They are going off the rails this season to repeat as NFL Champions. They are bound to step on some toes and offend folks along the way.