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(The Hollywood Reporter)   A petition for Weird Al Yankovic to perform at the Super Bowl now has over 30,000 signatures. Though to put that in perspective, a petition to be allowed to drink from the fire hose has over 17,000 signatures   (hollywoodreporter.com) divider line 162
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2014-08-07 09:51:07 AM  
You're more likely to find a marble in a wading pool full of oatmeal than you are to see Weird Al play the Superbowl.

FWIW the headline reference probably went way over most people's heads, but Subby, you're a class act in my book.
 
2014-08-07 10:47:09 AM  
Only three artists have had a Top 40 song in every decade since the 1980s.

Michael Jackson, Madonna, Weird Al.

/not really a fan but wow
 
2014-08-07 10:49:12 AM  
Just imagine the wardrobe malfunction! It would be epic!
 
2014-08-07 10:49:29 AM  

unlikely: You're more likely to find a marble in a wading pool full of oatmeal than you are to see Weird Al play the Superbowl.

FWIW the headline reference probably went way over most people's heads, but Subby, you're a class act in my book.


Agreed. NFL board members take themselves, and their sport, way too seriously for this to happen. But hey, dare to dream right?
 
2014-08-07 10:49:56 AM  
Where's the petition to put Weird Al in a box and push it out to sea?
 
2014-08-07 10:51:36 AM  

AteMyBrain: Where's the petition to put Weird Al in a box and push it out to sea?


Why would you want to do that?
 
2014-08-07 10:52:20 AM  

unlikely: You're more likely to find a marble in a wading pool full of oatmeal than you are to see Weird Al play the Superbowl.

FWIW the headline reference probably went way over most people's heads, but Subby, you're a class act in my book.


You mean this?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G1omoaoQr2Y

/nothing is obscure on fark.
 
2014-08-07 10:53:19 AM  
The stick is so far up the NFL's ass that they don't have the flexibility to see the wisdom in this idea.
 
2014-08-07 10:54:48 AM  

AllYourFarkAreBelongToMe: unlikely: You're more likely to find a marble in a wading pool full of oatmeal than you are to see Weird Al play the Superbowl.

FWIW the headline reference probably went way over most people's heads, but Subby, you're a class act in my book.

You mean this?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G1omoaoQr2Y

/nothing is obscure on fark.


I think he was referring to the UHF reference in the headline.


Supplies!!!!
 
2014-08-07 10:54:52 AM  
i.imgur.com
 
2014-08-07 10:56:27 AM  
Smoke weed? That's a year suspension.
Beat a woman? Sit out for three games.
Book Weird Al for halftime at the Superb Owl? We're running a serious sporting event here!
 
2014-08-07 10:56:48 AM  
It makes sense.  A lot of Super Bowl viewers are pretty white and nerdy.
 
2014-08-07 10:58:11 AM  

Savage Belief: unlikely: You're more likely to find a marble in a wading pool full of oatmeal than you are to see Weird Al play the Superbowl.

FWIW the headline reference probably went way over most people's heads, but Subby, you're a class act in my book.

Agreed. NFL board members take themselves, and their sport, way too seriously for this to happen. But hey, dare to dream be stupid, right?


FIFY
 
2014-08-07 10:58:29 AM  

WhiskeySticks: Smoke weed? That's a year suspension.
Beat a woman? Sit out for three games.
Book Weird Al for halftime at the Superb Owl? We're running a serious sporting event here!


You mean "Sit out TWO games", right?
 
2014-08-07 11:00:05 AM  

Savage Belief: But hey, dare to dream right?


You mean "Dare to Be Stupid" don't you?
 
2014-08-07 11:01:23 AM  
If you had told me 25 years ago that in 2014, Weird Al would have the #1 album and was being suggested for performing at the Super Bowl, I would have said you're crazy.
 
2014-08-07 11:01:35 AM  

xaks: WhiskeySticks: Smoke weed? That's a year suspension.
Beat a woman? Sit out for three games.
Book Weird Al for halftime at the Superb Owl? We're running a serious sporting event here!

You mean "Sit out TWO games", right?


Whichever...I stopped paying attention to the circus after the announcement came down. shiats ridiculous.
 
2014-08-07 11:02:40 AM  

Wellon Dowd: The stick is so far up the NFL's ass that they don't have the flexibility to see the wisdom in this idea.


Who put the sticks up their butts? That's just cruel...
 
2014-08-07 11:03:45 AM  

Capo Del Bandito: Savage Belief: But hey, dare to dream right?

You mean "Dare to Be Stupid" don't you?


Man I wanted to do this first ...

Also, seriously? There is no way in hell Weird Al would ever get the Super Bowl, he isn't exactly hip with housewives, teens, international markets, most male NFL fans - pretty much every existing and emerging market the Super Bowl is reaching - but other than that it would make perfect sense. The Puppy Bowl was invented as the alternative for a reason
 
2014-08-07 11:04:07 AM  

Rockbender: Wellon Dowd: The stick is so far up the NFL's ass that they don't have the flexibility to see the wisdom in this idea.

Who put the sticks up their butts? That's just cruel...


I know.

Poor sticks.
 
2014-08-07 11:04:16 AM  
Won't happen. NFL has to please their sponsor's and their sponsor's want their target demographic to watch the half time show and purchase their products. They want as big of a name/well known stadium rock/pop act as they can get, someone who can sell out stadiums. Weird Al seems like a nice enough guy, but a dude doing parody songs popular with a very small population 20 yrs ago on a damn accordion will probably turn off a bunch of 56 yr old executive suits and their 19 yr old girlfriends
 
2014-08-07 11:05:09 AM  

Capo Del Bandito: Savage Belief: But hey, dare to dream right?

You mean "Dare to Be Stupid" don't you?


Put down your chainsaw and listen to me.
 
2014-08-07 11:06:41 AM  

Savage Belief: Agreed. NFL board members take themselves, and their sport, way too seriously


Black. Eyed. Peas.
 
2014-08-07 11:06:58 AM  
hacks.mit.edu
 
2014-08-07 11:07:17 AM  

Lee451: Savage Belief: unlikely: You're more likely to find a marble in a wading pool full of oatmeal than you are to see Weird Al play the Superbowl.

FWIW the headline reference probably went way over most people's heads, but Subby, you're a class act in my book.

Agreed. NFL board members take themselves, and their sport, way too seriously for this to happen. But hey, dare to dream be stupid, right?

FIFY


I wave my righteous indignation in your general direction sir!

WhiskeySticks: Book Weird Al for halftime at the Superb Owl?


Is that like a Supreme Hawk?
 
2014-08-07 11:07:29 AM  
i.chzbgr.com
 
2014-08-07 11:08:03 AM  

Rockbender: Wellon Dowd: The stick is so far up the NFL's ass that they don't have the flexibility to see the wisdom in this idea.

Who put the sticks up their butts? That's just cruel...


On Earth we have a legend called Footloose......
 
2014-08-07 11:08:46 AM  
How many signatures for teaching poodles to fly?
 
2014-08-07 11:09:22 AM  
Everyone keeps saying Al isn't reaching demographic x or y. When I've mentioned his new album to s pretty wide variety of people in the last two weeks, I got a lot of positive reactions to Al. Seems the only demographic he's not hip with is major label record execs.
 
2014-08-07 11:09:31 AM  
I'd be surprised if he did it.  The Superbowl refused to let the RHCP even play their instruments.  I don't think Al would just stand up there and lip sync while his band pantomimed their performance.  And really what's the point?  The way the Superbowl does it, you might as well just project a holographic Al on stage.  It'd be just as much a "live performance" as they've ever done.
 
2014-08-07 11:09:34 AM  

p the boiler: There is no way in hell Weird Al would ever get the Super Bowl, he isn't exactly hip with housewives, teens, international markets, most male NFL fans - pretty much every existing and emerging market the Super Bowl is reaching


Ah, but you forget - the songs he covers are the songs that will inevitably be played at the SB anyway, because he covers "flavor of the week" pop crap.

Every year, the SB is a clusterfark of 80,000 artists mugging for the camera for 5 seconds each (and they pre-record the sound, which I get, but still rubs me wrong); why not have Weird Al "emcee" it and get the real performers to join him for the parodies of their songs?

Or - and I might blow your mind here, fair warning - some kind of hybridized real-parody insanity where they battle for "control" of the song (a la "Lump/Gump", as PUSA adopted Weird Al's last line as the "official" last line of the song on tour).

// PATENT PENDING, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED, GUARANTEE VOID IN TENNESSEE
 
2014-08-07 11:10:36 AM  
http://youtu.be/IwlTqU1Lw3Y

YOU GET TO DRINK FROM THE FIRE HOSE!!!!
 
2014-08-07 11:11:59 AM  

Weigard: Savage Belief: Agreed. NFL board members take themselves, and their sport, way too seriously

Black. Eyed. Peas.


Right, but they're a widly popular group that sell out stadiums full of sponsors target demographic. Remember, this event is watched worldwide. I don't know if he has much appeal to some 19 yr old in Korea.
 
2014-08-07 11:12:16 AM  

Rockbender: Who put the sticks up their butts? That's just cruel...


Blame Kevin Bacon.

TommyDeuce: Put down your chainsaw and listen to me.


Time to let the bed bugs bite.
 
2014-08-07 11:13:06 AM  

Capo Del Bandito: Lee451: Savage Belief: unlikely: You're more likely to find a marble in a wading pool full of oatmeal than you are to see Weird Al play the Superbowl.

FWIW the headline reference probably went way over most people's heads, but Subby, you're a class act in my book.

Agreed. NFL board members take themselves, and their sport, way too seriously for this to happen. But hey, dare to dream be stupid, right?

FIFY

I wave my righteous indignation in your general direction sir!

WhiskeySticks: Book Weird Al for halftime at the Superb Owl?

Is that like a Supreme Hawk?


"Dare to be Stupid" has been a soundtrack to my life.
 
2014-08-07 11:13:59 AM  
It would prove better in theory than in execution. The performance would be anticlimactic and after putting so much effort into making it happen, signing petitions and whatnot, everyone would ignore their feelings of disappointment and pretend it was better than it was.
 
2014-08-07 11:14:10 AM  
An internet petition won't get this done, an organized Facebook and Twitter campaign might, but you would have to convince people participating in the campaign to not call the NFL a bunch of souless corporate shills. Basically you would need to flood all social media sites with posts praising Wierd Al as a great family friendly performer and artist loved by generations using a hash tag,

#WierdAlXLIX
 
2014-08-07 11:14:12 AM  

Land_of_the_Magic_Dragon: On Earth we have a legend called Footloose......


Why am I constantly late today?

Damn work and being productive I want to be the quickest person on Fark!

Spaceballer: [i.chzbgr.com image 500x399]


jmayson: How many signatures for teaching poodles to fly?


Ahh I see jmayson knows my pain.
 
2014-08-07 11:18:07 AM  
cookiefleck someone who can sell out stadiums

Weird Al holds an attendance record for the San Diego county fair for 2012. 92,000+
 
2014-08-07 11:22:28 AM  

cookiefleck: Won't happen. NFL has to please their sponsor's and their sponsor's want their target demographic to watch the half time show and purchase their products. They want as big of a name/well known stadium rock/pop act as they can get, someone who can sell out stadiums. Weird Al seems like a nice enough guy, but a dude doing parody songs popular with a very small population 20 yrs ago on a damn accordion will probably turn off a bunch of 56 yr old executive suits and their 19 yr old girlfriends


Can he at least kick it off with "Sports Song"?
 
2014-08-07 11:23:03 AM  

Intrepid00: cookiefleck: Won't happen. NFL has to please their sponsor's and their sponsor's want their target demographic to watch the half time show and purchase their products. They want as big of a name/well known stadium rock/pop act as they can get, someone who can sell out stadiums. Weird Al seems like a nice enough guy, but a dude doing parody songs popular with a very small population 20 yrs ago on a damn accordion will probably turn off a bunch of 56 yr old executive suits and their 19 yr old girlfriends

Can he at least kick it off with "Sports Song"?


Well maybe at the rose bowl.
 
2014-08-07 11:24:25 AM  

Savage Belief: cookiefleck someone who can sell out stadiums

Weird Al holds an attendance record for the San Diego county fair for 2012. 92,000+


The Chargers only averaged 65,392 in 2011.
 
2014-08-07 11:25:53 AM  
Having him make an appearance with whatever act the do sign to perform this year would be a neat compromise.  You just have to make sure it is a group he has spoofed, that they have a good sense of humor, and the band can play the tune with Al.
 
2014-08-07 11:26:30 AM  
1 Weird Al = 0,5(6) fire hoses
 
2014-08-07 11:26:44 AM  

WhiskeySticks: Savage Belief: cookiefleck someone who can sell out stadiums

Weird Al holds an attendance record for the San Diego county fair for 2012. 92,000+

The Chargers only averaged 65,392 in 2011.


So?
 
2014-08-07 11:27:07 AM  
What's in the box!!!!??!???
 
2014-08-07 11:27:59 AM  

Savage Belief: cookiefleck someone who can sell out stadiums

Weird Al holds an attendance record for the San Diego county fair for 2012. 92,000+


Once again, I don't mean to insult geek sensibilities, but... He also doesn't exactly provide the "cool, hip" image the NFL wants to promote. He's not some tarted up jail bait or a pop rock group that'll sell soda.They want something that everyone everywhere will immediately recognize and feel comfortable with. I'm not saying its right, but its the truth
 
2014-08-07 11:30:37 AM  

cookiefleck: Savage Belief: cookiefleck someone who can sell out stadiums

Weird Al holds an attendance record for the San Diego county fair for 2012. 92,000+

Once again, I don't mean to insult geek sensibilities, but... He also doesn't exactly provide the "cool, hip" image the NFL wants to promote. He's not some tarted up jail bait or a pop rock group that'll sell soda.They want something that everyone everywhere will immediately recognize and feel comfortable with. I'm not saying its right, but its the truth


YOU MUST LOVE AL!!!!!!
 
2014-08-07 11:32:11 AM  

Savage Belief: AteMyBrain: Where's the petition to put Weird Al in a box and push it out to sea?

Why would you want to do that?


because it's hip to hate popular people or things.  didn't you know that?
 
2014-08-07 11:33:21 AM  

cookiefleck: Savage Belief: cookiefleck someone who can sell out stadiums

Weird Al holds an attendance record for the San Diego county fair for 2012. 92,000+

Once again, I don't mean to insult geek sensibilities, but... He also doesn't exactly provide the "cool, hip" image the NFL wants to promote. He's not some tarted up jail bait or a pop rock group that'll sell soda.They want something that everyone everywhere will immediately recognize and feel comfortable with. I'm not saying its right, but its the truth


He's been around long enough he would be immediately recognized. You have a point with the "and feel comfortable" part though.
 
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