In preparation for this year of Super Bowl half-time show viewing, I watched a video of the show during the 1992 Super Bowl (the first time the event was ever held in Minnesota).
It has featured appearances by Dorothy Hamill and Brian Boitano skating on teflon, the 1980 Olympics U.S. hockey team, the University of Minnesota’s marching band (go, Gophers!), ballroom dancers, hockey stick formations, and dancers wearing a shade of green that really shouldn’t exist, even in the imagination. And poor, poor Gloria Estefan, dressed in something that vaguely resembles a skating dress. (Luckily, they invited her back some years later to perform with Stevie Wonder and she looked fully recovered. Life does give us some second chances.)
The theme is “Winter Magic.” Be afraid, be very afraid.
Sigh. Now I have to include the video, just because I mentioned it. But a warning: if you watch it, you may have nightmares regardless of whether or not you lived through the late 1980s.
Here are some reasons to watch:
- Sheer boredom + curiosity + the burning desire to see what inspired them to invite Michael Jackson to perform at the Super Bowl the following year.
- Winter blues that can only be cured by some kind of shock therapy.
- The need to watch something so awful that being able to turn it off makes you feel in control of your own life choices.
- As a reminder that whatever Coldplay and Beyonce have to offer this year, at least it’s not a reprise of “Winter Magic.” (I hope.)
Don’t say I didn’t warn you. And please don’t watch it for the skating. . . Nooooo!!!
I am so sorry you had to see that. The horror, the horror!
To get rid of those snowflakes, here’s Michael Jackson in 1993 and the return of Gloria in 1999.