Picture this Feb. 1 scenario...The Steelers and Bruce Springsteen at the Super Bowl.
There would be a serious danger of Pittsburghers like myself thinking they died and went to heaven. Because heaven, along with angels on clouds and stuff, will have to have some Steelers and some Boss to be heaven.
Bruce will follow in the footsteps of the Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Prince and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, all brought in to restore honor after the Janet Jackson/Justin Timberlake wardrobe malfunction. The run of pop stars replacing marching bands began in 1988 with Chubby Checker and escalated in 1993 with Michael Jackson.
The Super Bowl is going deep with Springsteen and the E Street Band, who can galvanize a crowd unlike any of those others.
He probably have three songs to do it. So...what should he play?
Here's a guess:
-- "Promised Land" or "Badlands": A new president will have just been inaugurated (his pick is obviously Obama) and these might be the uplifting working-class anthems people want and need to hear.
-- "Livin' in the Future": Springsteen will have to remind people that he's written songs since the '70s, and this one from "Magic," manages to be a rousing concert song that sneaks in a political message: "My faith's been torn asunder, tell me is that rollin' thunder/Or just the sinkin' sound of somethin' righteous goin' under?"
-- "Born to Run": It was far from his biggest hit (No. 23 in 1975), but it's his signature song and he probably has to do it. Plus, it's still awesome and one of the best displays of the E Street's might.
Your turn - what do you think he will or should play?