No Material Girls Need Apply: 10 Halftime Acts That Are Better Than Madonna

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No Material Girls Need Apply: 10 Halftime Acts That Are Better Than Madonna
She's more machine now than man, twisted and evil

Well friends, we are fast approaching the end of 2011 NFL season and quickly coming up on Super Sunday. And you know that what means right? A half time show, otherwise known as the national cigarette break.

This year the NFL has decided that nothing would represent the NFL better than the Material Girl herself: Madonna. Because nothing screams physical, violent sports like "Like a Virgin" right?

It wasn't always like this. In the early to mid 2000s the NFL was coming up with more hits than misses for its grandiose spectacle within a grandiose spectacle. Remember Prince soloing wildly during a literal "Purple Rain"? Or U2's emotional performance during the first post-9/11 Super Bowl?

My personal favorite half time show featured Bruce Springsteen and E Street Band. I loved it for the simple fact that Bruce is as representative of America as the game itself.

However, it all fell apart thanks to an unlikely source: The Who. They were supposed to be a great choice. "Won't Get Fooled Again" and "Baba O'Reilly" are the kind of anthemic epics that fit the Super Bowl perfectly. But what we got instead was Roger Daltrey flubbing his own lyrics and Pete Townshend playing like he's a deaf geriatric (which he is).

Since that debacle, the league has played it safe. Last year we got the Black Eyed Peas Present: Tron. And this year we get an aging pop star who hasn't had a hit in years. So here are 10 choices that would've made a better pick.

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