Rick's List: Super Bowl edition

Rick Koster offers weekly lists of ideas, notions and things that must be seen to be believed.

The Super Bowl halftime show is oft-polarizing and typically trots out septaganerian rockers or interchangeable contemporary pop stars - or both. For example, Sunday's extravaganza, which costs more than the entire space program and is scheduled to last seven hours, features Bruno Mars with the Red Hot Chili Peppers. That's actually pretty intriguing, though I'm sure there are plenty of drunks who'd prefer a Katy Perry wardrobe malfunction. In any case, for all of the complaints about overblown productions, here are SB halftime shows of yore that just don't seem all that much fun.

1974 - "A Musical America" featuring the University of Texas Marching Band with accompaniment from the reigning Miss Texas.

1977 - "It's a Small World" with an audience card stunt!

1979 - "A Salute to the Caribbean!" boasting the talents of someone named Ken Hamilton.

2012 - Anytime you get Madonna and LMFAO together, the Thinking Person can't switch fast enough to the Puppy Bowl.


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