No deference to Adam Levine and Maroon 5 and their performance during Sunday's Super Bowl LIII halftime show, but the NFL needs to book a big-time country star...soon!

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If you watched Super Bowl LIII this year-- yawn-- it almost seemed like the halftime show had as much energy and excitement as the game itself. (Sure it was a defensive gem, but we wanna see some points scored, right?!?)

I've actually always kinda liked Maroon 5's music, so this suggestion isn't a response to what I thought was a poor job they did Sunday in Atlanta-- because I thought they were fine. Well, they were OK. There were definitely other performers-- like Minnesota's Prince-- who I thought had a more energetic show, though.

But after watching yet ANOTHER pop star take the entertainment world's biggest stage (estimates say over 100 million people across the globe saw the game Sunday), I'm wondering why the NFL doesn't book a country act for the Super Bowl halftime show!

Can you imagine the spectacle that would happen if Garth Brooks was tapped to do the show? Or how about Keith Urban? I've seen both of those performers several times in concert and know they're both the real deal-- they're incredible musicians AND performers who are true to the music and know how to entertain a crowd. They'd KILL it at the Super Bowl!

While nobody has come out and said it, I'm thinking the NLF still views country artists as a bunch of hicks, right? It's like Alan Jackson said in his song 'Gone Country.' When it comes to country stars today, "It's changed, you see. They're not as backward as they used to be..."  That song came out in the 90's but it's even more true today. The country format is more popular than ever before, and thanks to up-and-coming artists like Maren Morris, Thomas Rhett, and Kelsea Ballerini, it regularly crosses over into the pop world as well.

The last time the NFL featured ANY country act during the Super Bowl halftime show was 25 years ago, back in 1994, when the theme was "Rockin' Country Sunday" (yes, they actually called it that) and Clint BlackTanya TuckerTravis Tritt, and Wynonna Judd were all featured.

But that's an eternity ago from today's country performers. So come on, NFL, wise up, Book a country act to do the halftime show at Super Bowl LIV in Miami, will ya?

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