CBS Ranks Top 51 Big Game Halftime Shows, 60% of Top Ten are Pats Games
This is an excellent piece from CBS Sports, although I disagree with the ranking of my all time favorite. It's astonishing how many times The Pats have played alongside these historic performances.
If you read through these lengthy, thorough and hilarious rankings you'll see that The Who's performance at Big Game XLIV in 2010 made Top 15. That's not bad, but this one STILL remains my all time favorite, allow me to explain!
The performance itself was terrific and I remember being amazed by how drummer Zak Starkey replicated Keith Moon's style. I had seen The Who in Worcester in 1996 and this Big Game performance was exponentially better.
My expectations were quite low for these High Numbers and they proved to me, Miami and a few hundred million other viewers that they still could bring it.
I made an over/under bet with my buddy on how many complete Pete Townshend guitar windmills would be captured by the cameras. I had the over and I think I won this bet by at least 50!
This show gave me a much needed jolt of adrenaline THEN The New Orleans Saints started the 2nd Half by recovering on ONSIDE KICK! They went on to beat Peyton Manning and The Colts in one of the better (you bet!) Big Games of all time.
Prince (Number One according to CBS) did put on a terrific show on this same Miami stage a few years earlier but Manning won that game, so there's no way in hell I'd ever put that as the best ever.
As you can see, it's impossible for me to entirely separate the musical artistry from the pro football championship ramifications when ranking these events.