Nickelback? Step back!
In the past, Detroit Lions fans have had plenty to complain about on the field, from Scott Mitchell and Joey Harrington to Bobby Ross and Marty Mornhinweg.
But now that quarterback Matthew Stafford and wide receiver Calvin Johnson have helped the Lions to a 6-2 start this season, Lions fans have a new complaint: the band on the field at halftime for this year’s Thanksgiving Day showdown against the Green Bay Packers.
Dennis Guttman, a student at the University of Michigan, has started a petition to ask the Lions to drop Nickelback from the rock band’s scheduled appearance at the Nov. 24 game.
The petition rails against the group, asking "Does anyone even like Nickelback?"
One commenter, Eva Blankinship, said she would "rather drink bleach than listen to Nickelback and have them associated with Detroit."
As of Monday, Nov. 7, more than 42,000 people have signed Guttman’s online petition, and the pushback against Nickelback has drawn attention from national media outlets such as ESPN, Time and Deadspin.
Some Detroit area rockers have even “volunteered” to step in for Nickelback.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., a rock duo, announced on its Facebook page that the group “would be willing to replace Nickelback on the Thanksgiving Day Halftime show, but we still feel the Robocop Statue is a more important enterprise that we'd rather lend our support to.”
What do you think?
Should Nickelback perform at the Lions’ Thanksgiving Day game? And if not, which band should replace them?