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Who likes Nickelback? That's not a rhetorical question: I'm legitimately wondering. Because despite the fact that they've sold a boatload of records and seem to be on a never-ending tour of NASCAR America, they also seem to be universally hated. Case in point: people in Detroit and Winnipeg are both railing to have the Canadian hunger-dunger-dangers taken off sporting event bills in their area. Other case in point: Google images automatically fills in "douche" and "douchebag" whenever I search for "Nickelback."
Nickelback was originally set to play at halftime during the Detroit Lions-Green Bay Packers game on Thanksgiving day, but some Lions fans are circulating a petition at change.org, begging the NFL to withdraw the invite.
"This game is nationally televised, do we really want the rest of the US to associate Detroit with Nickelback? Detroit is home to so many great musicians and they chose Nickelback?!?!?! Does anyone even like 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."
And, proving that there's no blind nationalistic allegiance to Chad Kroeger's awful caterwauling, two writers from the Winnipeg Free Press have asked NHL commissioner Gary Bettman to keep Nickelback off the bill for the NHL's season-opening ceremonies.
"As people who love music and love Winnipeg even more, we have a request: Please ensure this does not happen. The return of the NHL to Winnipeg is something we have been dreaming about for 15 years. Please do not sully the celebration with the presence of a band whose existence is antithetical to the very concept of celebration."
Might I suggest Rush? After all, "Modern-day warrior" with a "mean mean stride" almost certainly applies to both NFL and NHL players.