Everything is bigger in Texas. And this year, Super Bowl XLV will be held in the mega-plex of Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, TX.
With a record capacity of 105,121 last season and the largest jumbo-tron in the world, there is no question that Super Bowl XLV will be the sporting event of the decade.
To go along with the undoubtedly flamboyant pre-planning for next February, the big game will need a big performer to dazzle fans during the half-time show.
Big names have played the show in the past: U2, Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, the Who, and the Rolling Stones to name a few.
Here is list of big-named groups that should be at the top of the list to play the half time show in 2011.
I saw Billy Joel perform on his Face-to-Face tour with Elton John in May of 2009, and the 60-year old still has a lot of gas in the tank.
If Paul McCartney can play "Hey Jude" during the half time show of a Super Bowl, what would stop Joel from playing his chart-topping "Piano Man," along with more upbeat songs like "You May Be Right" or "We Didn't Start The Fire?"
A pioneer in heartland rock, Jon Mellencamp should be an obvious consideration to play the half time show in the stadium which hosts America's Team.
Mellencamp bleeds red, white, and blue with hits like "Pink Houses," "R.O.C.K in the U.S.A," and "I Need a Lover."
The one knock on Mellencamp, however, is that his show would be almost the exact same thing as Bruce Springsteen's was during Super Bowl XLIII.
The epitome of stadium rock, there is no doubt that Queen + Paul Rodgers would get Arlington rocking.
During Super Bowl XLIV, the Who performed without bassist John Entwistle and drummer Keith Moon, who died in 2002 and 1978.
Likewise, Queen would have to take the stage without long-time lead singer Freddie Mercury, who passed away in 1992.
But Queen hasn't lost a step since Mercury's death, adding Paul Rodgers and continuing to tour. Although Queen hasn't had many chart toppers with Rodgers as the front man, they do have "We Will Rock You," "I Want It All," "Under Pressure," and "We Are The Champions" on their resume.
The Eagles were rumored to be the first choice for last year's half time show, but turned down the show.
Hopefully, the Eagles will be given consideration again.
The Eagles are currently touring with Fleetwood Mac on their Long Road Out of Eden tour.
Although it is only a dream, the one reason that Super Bowl officials would not want Led Zeppelin to reunite for the Super Bowl is that the band playing the half time show would far overshadow the game itself.
After disbanding in 1980 after drummer John Bonham's death, Zep has reunited only four times (1985, 1988, 1995, and 2007) for live performances.
Imagine this: 120,000 people crammed into Cowboys Stadium. The arena is dark. Then from the shadows comes "Hey hey mama, let me see you grove. Wanna make you sweat, wanna make you groove." Goosebumps ensue.
Even if Zeppelin was on the radar, I would think that we would have a better chance of seeing the Beatles perform.