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Superbowl Betting Props: The Who Performs At Halftime #1 – SportsUntapped.com
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Added January 31st, 2010 by David Glisan

Superbowl Betting Props:  The Who Performs At Halftime #1
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“Things the do look awful c-c-cold.  I hope I die before I get old”
–My Generation

Pete Townshend didn’t die before he got but he is playing the halftime of the Superbowl which isn’t far from death for a rock band’s ‘street cred’.  Full disclosure here–I’m a huge Who fan.  The Who were punks years before the punk movement and one of the first bands to bring serious anger and intensity to rock music.   Guitarist Pete Townshend lost much of his hearing in one ear after the band put too much explosive into the drums (we’ve got the video of that below).  The Who successfully transcended their punkish start as the soundtrack of the English mod movement to a huge arena rock band.

Like prizefighters, rock bands get old quickly and somewhere along the line it happened to The Who.  They recovered fairly well from the death of drummer Keith Moon, drafting the solid Kenny Jones.   The loss of the great John Entwistle on bass was something they never really recovered from.  The band now performs with Pino Palladino on bass, who is an exceptionally talented musician that has played with a number of groups.  They also perform with Simon Townshend, Pete’s younger brother, as a rhythm guitarist.  Zak Starkey now plays the drums for the band–you’ve probably heard of his dad Richard Starkey who went by the name ‘Ringo Starr’ in a band called ‘The Beatles’.

Sportsbooks have offered several prop bets on the Who’s halftime performance and we’ll talk about more of these in a subsequent post.  For now, we’ll focus on this Bodog prop:

Will a member of the Who smash a guitar on stage during the half time show?

YES:  +140
NO: -170

If you know anything about rock music history you know that The Who were one of the first bands to destroy their instruments on stage.  Jerry Lee Lewis deserves a nod here, as legend has it that he once set a piano on fire at the end of his performance as a protest for being billed below Chuck Berry.   Other bands have done it since, most notably KISS guitarist Paul Stanley who has suggested that his guitar smashing is an homage to Townshend.  Sonic Youth used to do a lot of the ‘amp torturing’ a la Townshend as in the picture accompanying this post.

The Who hasn’t done much instrument destruction in their later years, and it would be unlikely that they’d choose the Superbowl halftime show as a venue to revisit it.  Part of the deal since the infamous Janet Jackson/Justin Timberlake ‘wardrobe malfunction’ in 2004 is that the halftime entertainment is supposed to be ‘family friendly’ and ‘inoffensive’.  The Rolling Stones performance in 2006 was even on tape delay just in case Jagger lobbed out some expletives or did anything else that would offend the lowest common denominator.   The Who are solid pros, and they know why they’re here–they’ll go up there and play some of their classics.  What they most likely won’t do is destroy any instruments.   Frankly, I’m surprised that the ‘no’ price on this prop isn’t higher so this is another good value that you should go bet now before the price goes up.  And after you get down on your bet, watch the video below and witness just how badass The Who was back in the day…

PLAY WILL THE WHO SMASH ANY INSTRUMENTS–NO -170

 
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