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Get Hyped for Halftime: Expectations for the 2014 Super Bowl Pepsi Halftime Show
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Bruno Mars is jacked up for Super Bowl XLVIII. He might also literally get jacked up in the middle of his halftime show performance.

Fresh off picking up his second Grammy, the 28-year-old singer songwriter appears more than ready to take on the Pepsi halftime show at MetLife Stadium this Sunday. 

Judging by his Twitter account, Mars is more excited about playing the Super Bowl than the Grammy he won earlier in the week.

Try to ignore the fact that he's not in the end zone. It's attitude that counts, and this is enthusiasm you like to see from the guy entrusted to perform at one of the biggest televised events in North America this year. Granted, Mars may not be smiling if one of the guys he's jamming with de-cleats him in the middle of "Grenade."

Indeed, Mars won't be alone onstage. The Hawaiian singer has invited the Red Hot Chili Peppers to perform alongside him at the halftime show, and it may be a decision that comes back to haunt him.

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Pictured: RHCP drummer Chad Smith

There’s a rumor going around that RHCP drummer Chad Smith will tackle Bruno Mars at midfield before or during the show. Smith recently went on air with Fox Sports’ Steve Gorman to discuss his upcoming show at the Super Bowl and hinted he might try to take Mars down at some point in the performance.

“My next guest is the guy you’re gonna see, I believe, tackle Bruno Mars onstage,” Gorman said. “Is this true? They brought you in to tackle Bruno Mars in the open field?”

“Well, you know, he’s pretty shifty,” Smith said. “He’s quick, he’s small. But I’m big and strong.”

“Just keep your eyes at the waist,” Gorman said. “He’s like Crazy Legs Hirsch out there that kid. Very underrated in the open field.”

Will this actually happen? Not likely. Can we pray it does? Certainly.

Even if this year’s Super Bowl goes without a hitch or preplanned hiccup, it’ll be interesting to see how Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers groove together on stage. 

Be prepared for something strange to happen, although hopefully nothing involving a surprise Miley Cyrus appearance and a vintage RHCP tube sock. All horror scenarios aside, this halftime show could prove to be an awesome mix of old and new funk, perhaps with some hybrid, mashup potential between Mars and the Red Hots.

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