Can you imagine "Weird Al" Yankovic performing during the Super Bowl XLIX halftime show? Well, that's the idea one petitioner is trying to plant into the minds of "Weird Al" fans and the NFL.
The Change.org petition was started by Washington-based Ed Ball, a man who, admittedly, was drunk when drafting the language for his petition. In it he writes, "Having ['Weird Al'] headline the Super Bowl XLIX Halftime Show. [sic] would not only be overly accepted by the millions of views, but it would remain true to the standards and quality of the show business."
Drunk or not, Ball's petition has gotten some serious attention — he's gotten more than 80,000 signatures. So, how likely is it we'll see a "Fat" or "Amish Paradise" performance during Super Bowl XLIX?
Let's say Ball gets the signatures he needs. Then what? A Change.org customer support manager commented in 2011 once a petition reaches its goal, "an email gets sent to the target of the petition." In Ball's case, that's NFL management.
But thousands of signatures from "Weird Al" fans won't exactly get him to the stage — the NFL will most likely have to reach out to him. Before Bruno Mars' performance at Super Bowl XLIII, the pop singer told Forbes he got a call from the NFL about a possible Super Bowl gig. A sports consultant also told the magazine, "There aren’t that many acts like [Bruno Mars]... and the NFL has been going through most of them. You don’t want to recycle."
To find out more about Weird Al's Super Bowl chances and other possible performers getting buzz, watch this Newsy video.