November 3rd, 2011
05:23 PM ET
It seems Nickelback’s nasally rock ballads just don’t sit well with sports fans.
Supporters of the Detroit Lions are the latest to protest a possible performance by the Canadian band. (The Winnipeg Free Press published an open letter to the National Hockey League in August when word spread that Nickelback would play at its Face-Off festival.)
The band is reportedly slated to perform during halftime at Ford Field, when the Lions take on the Green Bay Packers Thanksgiving Day. But a whole lot of Lions fans/Nickelback haters have signed an online petition begging the National Football League to reconsider.
As of the time of this post on Thursday, more than 9,500 people had signed the virtual petition, citing:
“This game is nationally televised, do we really want the rest of the US to associate Detroit with Nickelback? … Is this some sort of ploy to get people to leave their seats during halftime to spend money on alcoholic beverages and concessions? This is completely unfair to those of us who purchased tickets to the game. At least the people watching at home can mute their TVs.”
One person who signed the petition wrote, “I'd rather drink bleach than listen to Nickelback and have them associated with Detroit.”
And here’s a fun fact: Nickelback is one of the worst bands you can admit to liking on a first date, according to a U.K. dating site.
But any press is good press, right? Nickelback’s new album, “Here and Now,” drops November 21.
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