Madonna to Perform at Super Bowl?

Are you ready for some Kabbalah Ball!? According to the sports site SBNation, Madonna has agreed to perform at the Super Bowl XLVI halftime show. The game will be held in Indianapolis at Lucas Oil Stadium, and if the Madonna report is true, it will mark the first time she’s ever performed at the world’s single biggest sporting event. She came close to appearing at Super Bowl XXXV, but she backed out at the last minute. A source told TV Guide, “I don’t know who did what to anger her, but she is out.” Maybe they gave her hydrangeas?

After the Black Eyed Peas’ LED-lit, auto-tuned bowel movement of a performance last year, the organizers probably looked to the last truly great half time show, Prince, and tried to find an act from a similar era with wide appeal. Madonna is no stranger to huge performances, and many of her songs are timeless enough to make people watching forget that she was born during the Eisenhower era.

Super Bowl halftime performances are peculiar things. For one, they don’t really help ratings, as it’s the game itself (and the commercials) that make it the most-watched televised event every year.They’ve almost become self-parodies, with distracting set designs and hired crowds ushered onto the field to jump and wave when the crane camera swoops overhead. Players hate the shows because they have to wait for agonizingly long stretches of time during the biggest game of their lives for workers to build and strike those sets and for the phony fans to return to the bowels of the stadium.

Still, the planners try harder and harder to top themselves every year. Oddly enough, Madonna probably won’t have as much hype surrounding her as the Black Eyed Peas, who were seemingly created in a lab for Super Bowl half time shows, and their anemic performance with Usher and Slash did nothing but disappoint. People don’t think of Madonna as just a pop star anymore. To most, she’s an actress, director, tabloid fixture, and inspiration to Lady Gaga. If she can just remind people of what a great performer she can be, the half time show will be a success.

She shouldn’t have to worry. If there are three things football fans love, it’s smash mouth gridiron action, cold beer, and the Material Girl.

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