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Underwood drops ball in Sunday Night Football theme song premiere


Robin Maryland, president, ActSensuous

Robin Maryland,
president, ActSensuous

We’ve been waitin’ all (off season) for Sunday Night.

Well, it’s back!  And tonight features the Week 1 opening of the 2013 NFL season on Sunday night, as the New York Giants are taking on the Dallas Cowboys right now at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

So, the good news is the NFL is back.

The bad news for me and fans of this blog is country music singer/songwriter Carrie Underwood made her debut as the new voice and face (OK, legs) of NBC’s Sunday Night Football theme song, “Waiting All Day for Sunday Night,” to what was estimated to be 25 million viewers.

Or, wait, was that actually Carrie Bradshaw of “Sex and the City,” prancing on stage in those “bear” legs?

“Obviously, we wanted to make it sound like me,” Underwood said of her new version of the theme song that Faith Hill had performed the past six seasons, “but we definitely wanted to bring a fun edge to it.”

I do like Underwood’s sound better, but it would have been nice if she had given the performance a new look, too — a little class by wearing sheer pantyhose with those short-shorts.  But like Hill before her, Underwood must think that the $30 billion business the NFL is (wiki.answers.com) calls for a casual look on stage.

Country singer/songwriter Carrie Underwood makes her debut tonight, performing NBC's Sunday Night Football theme song.  (Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBC)

Country singer/songwriter Carrie Underwood makes her debut tonight, performing NBC’s Sunday Night Football theme song. (Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBC)

Underwood wore dark blueish/blackish denim short-shorts, a dark blue tank top and dark blueish/blackish cowboy boots.  And, unfortunately, bear legs.  [Note: I use quote marks on only the first reference to bear legs — my way of making fun of today's bare legs culture.]

I guess you can take the bumpkin out of the country, but you can’t take the country out of the bumpkin.

Somewhere, Hill must be smiling.

I was afraid Underwood would disappoint in this manner, but I so hoped she wouldn’t.  I don’t know anything about Underwood (I’ve never watched a single episode of American Idol), and I couldn’t name a song she’s ever written or sung.

In doing the research for this piece, one thing I did learn — something that stands out — is everyone makes a huge deal about her legs.

And being a country music singer, it makes sense that most of the photos I found were of her performing for country music audiences.  So, not surprisingly, in the majority of the pictures, she is wearing denim shorts or dresses with cowboy boots and bear legs

But I did find some pictures of Underwood wearing a fancy dress with peep-toe stilettos and sheer fishnet pantyhose during — of all places — the 2009 CMA (Country Music Awards) show in Nashville, Tenn.

Carrie Underwood performs during the 2009 CMA presentations in Nashville, Tenn.

Carrie Underwood performs during the 2009 CMA presentations in Nashville, Tenn.

Carrie Underwood performs during the Country Music Awards festival in 2010 in Nashville, Tenn.  (Rick Diamond/Getty Images)

Carrie Underwood performs during the Country Music Awards festival in 2010 in Nashville, Tenn. (Rick Diamond/Getty Images)

That made me think there was hope that she’d dress like this for SNF.  But, then I found pics of her a year later wearing shorts, cowboy boots and bear legs during the 2010 CMA presentations.

That appears to be Underwood’s preferred look.

Now, don’t get me wrong.  She looks good.  I just don’t think the look is professional or classy enough for the intro theme to SNF.

In 2012, Sunday Night Football averaged 21 million viewers each week, according to Nielsen.

According to Wikipedia, American football is the most popular sport, and Super Bowl Sunday is the biggest annual sporting event held in the United States.  In fact, the Super Bowl game is always among the highest-rated programs of all-time in Nielsen ratings.

Now, I’m wondering about the demographics of the national fan base of the NFL?  What is the connection between the NFL and country music?  In researching this question on the Internet, I couldn’t find that answer.

And what I could find about the average NFL viewer surprised me (only because the numbers are smaller than I anticipated):  Men make up 62.8 percent, compared with women (37.2%), and the highest percentage of viewers by age is in the range of 35-44, which is 21.2 percent.

I don’t know.  Apparently, the findings were in 2003 by Scarborough Research, so maybe the numbers are more impressive today.

Carrie Underwood performs during the  2009 CMA presentations in Nashville, Tenn.  (Rick Diamond/Getty Images)

Carrie Underwood performs during the 2009 CMA presentations in Nashville, Tenn. (Rick Diamond/Getty Images)

I don’t think there’s ever been an official poll that measures the percentage of men in the world who say they prefer women in pantyhose over bear legs (I couldn’t find anything official), but my own poll that posed that question last year returned predictable numbers: Out of 485 total votes, 465 (96%) answered Yes.

So, here’s what perplexes me: If (we’ll be conservative here) more than half of the men in the world prefer women in pantyhose, and more than 50 percent of men watch the NFL, why would Carrie Underwood and Faith Hill before her perform the SNF intro theme bear-legged?

Conversely, most other professional singers perform on stage throughout the world’s largest venues wearing pantyhose.

To me, the answer is Underwood and Hill don’t have the professionalism or class that most other professional entertainers do.

Back in April, I wrote this post:

Who should NBC hire next to perform intro to SNF? in which I featured the professional singers I hoped would be considered to replace Hill.  My first choice was Katy Perry, and most of you agreed, as supported by the poll I attached to that post:

Katy Perry always puts on a high-energy show, and always dresses beautifully in sheer pantyhose.

Katy Perry always puts on a high-energy show, and always dresses beautifully in sheer pantyhose.

Which celeb should be next to perform SNF intro?

Katy Perry               51 (59%)

Beyonce’                 10 (12%)

Lady Gaga               10 (12%)

Jennifer Lopez          5 (6%)

Taylor Swift               5 (6%)

Rihanna                     3 (3%)

Other                         3 (3%)

Selena Gomez 1

Gwen Stefani 1

Frankie Sanford 1

One thing I knew was, had NBC selected Katy Perry to perform the SNF theme song, she would have dressed beautifully in a great dress or shorts/jump suit with high heels and sheer pantyhose.

And so would Beyonce’, Rihanna, Taylor Swift …

Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders perform during an NFL game.

Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders perform during an NFL game.

I’ve written this before (and AKH just wrote this in his comment already) — NFL cheerleaders always wear pantyhose with their uniforms.  Why?   I mean it’s usually hot on the field, or raining, or cold, or snowing.

So why do the NFL cheerleaders wear pantyhose?  Because it’s more professional than bear legs.  It’s classy.  It looks awesome on them.

And it’s the NFL.  The NFL has always cared about its image.  Never more than in recent years.   So, if the cheerleaders have the professionalism and class to wear pantyhose as the integral part of their uniforms that they are, why would Underwood, and Hill before her, think their bear legs are appropriate in representing the NFL?

In the case of Carrie Underwood, well, all I can say is it’s a missed opportunity to build a professional and classy image.

Too bad.  I am officially not a Carrie Underwood fan.

All we can do now is just be happy that football is back.

 

 

Who should NBC hire next to perform intro to SNF?


Robin Maryland, president, ActSensuous

Robin Maryland,
president, ActSensuous

“I been waitin’ all (these years) for Sunday Night (without Faith Hill’s “bear” legs).”

Yesterday, one of our devoted readers (and our most prolific commenter), Brian W., alerted me that country singer Faith Hill announced on Monday that she no longer will perform the lead-in to Sunday Night Football.

Well, here’s a song for ya: “Ding-dong, the witch is dead.”

If it sounds like I won’t be missing Faith’s SNF intro, you got that right. I hate missed opportunities, and Faith certainly passed up the chance to class up the joint with her skimpy outfits and those pasty white “bear” legs prancing around the stage, belting out that Joan Jett-like tune. Hate that song … mostly because once you hear it, you can’t get it out of your head, along with the image of those “bear” legs.

I so wanted Faith to bring a little elegance to the SNF intro, but she just wouldn’t do it.

Bare legs and these goofy-looking shoes did nothing to help Faith Hill's image during her SNF lead-in shows.

Bare legs and these goofy-looking shoes did nothing to help Faith Hill’s image during her SNF lead-in shows.

Maybe she felt that because this was a sports venue, it called for a more casual look. Wrong!   Hey, Faith, even professional sports cheerleaders (some college and even high school cheerleaders) wear pantyhose with their uniforms.

And, if those “bear” legs weren’t bad enough, I don’t know what Faith was thinking with that”prostitute look” (below left).faithhill

So, yes, I am glad Faith no longer will be doing the introduction number to Sunday Night Football.

Now, I’m wondering who NBC will draft next for that role.

While finally, once again, we’re seeing more and more Hollywood actresses wearing pantyhose during publicity and public appearances, professional singers/dancers today (Faith notwithstanding) always wear pantyhose on stage.

So, I see no shortage of female candidates who could easily step into the SNF intro role.

Beyonce' can light up any stage, always showing off her legs in sheer pantyhose.

Beyonce’ can light up any stage, always showing off her legs in sheer pantyhose.

Here are my top few choices and why.

Beyonce

Well liked and respected, Beyonce’ is always professional and classy.  She’s a great singer/dancer/entertainer, and she is a devoted pantyhose wearer.

And, in addition to always wearing pantyhose on stage, she often wears for publicity events and guest appearances on talk shows.

Of course, Beyonce’ has done a Super Bowl halftime show, so she’s not exactly off the radar to NBC or the NFl.

She’s not controversial.  I’d say, on the surface, she seems to be a natural fit.

[She ... could ... go ... all the way!]

Always professional and classy enough to wear pantyhose during her performances onstage, Rihanna should be a candidate for the next SNF lead-in role.

Always professional and classy enough to wear pantyhose during her performances onstage, Rihanna should be a candidate for the next SNF lead-in role.

Rihanna

Another good candidate who always wears pantyhose with her sexy but tasteful costumes on stage.

But, wait a minute.  Doesn’t she have an idiot rapper boyfriend who has used her face for a punching bag? I doubt NBC and the NFL would want Rihanna to be the poster girl for SNF.

Too bad because she otherwise would be a good choice.

[Fumble]

Lady Gaga

OK, just kidding.  She definitely is a devoted pantyhose wearer, but, well, too often she wears practically nothing but pantyhose.  NBC probably would be frightened by her.

[Sack]

Katy Perry is ultra-talented, exciting and always professional.

Katy Perry is ultra-talented, exciting and always professional.

Katy Perry

Now, here’s my favorite. Katy is nothing but classy, lovely, and just plain cute.

She writes some very compelling songs and appeals to audiences of all demographics.

Add to that a fantastic voice, great stage and screen presence, and very contemporary songwriting, and NBC would have a true winner.

Oh, and Katy Perry never goes anywhere not dressed beautifully.  And she’s one of the most prolific pantyhose wearers among all professional entertainers.

I just love her, and I bet that NBC would, too.

[Touchdown, Katy!]

Taylor Swift

If NBC wanted to stay with a country/pop singer, Taylor might be a pretty swift choice. That girl can write some entertaining songs.  She’s got a pleasant sound. She’s got a wholesome persona.

It could work.

[Long field goal]

Selena Gomez

Great voice. Wears lovely outfits, complete with pantyhose, on stage.  But … uh, no.  Cute, but probably too young. Probably not an NFL fan either. Anyway, she wouldn’t get my vote because too many times I’ve been disappointed in her for not wearing pantyhose with her beautiful outfits on late night talk shows.

[Tackled for loss]

(Photo by Seth Browarnik / Rex Features)

Jennifer Lopez is an experienced entertainer who has a connection to the NFL.

Jennifer Lopez

Now, we’re talking.  What a performer!  She can sing. She can dance. She can definitely rock it. She knows how to dress on stage.

But is she an NFL kind of girl?  Uh, yeah.  She’s part owner of the Miami Dolphins.

In one of her movies (the one of her’s I like best), “Out of Sight,” she plays a U.S. Marshall pursuing a career bank robber (George Clooney).

The movie is set in Miami, and in one scene, J-Lo wears short-shorts and a Dan Marino jersey.  But when she is on the job during a good portion of the movie, she’s wearing a skirt with sheer nude pantyhose and heels, and she looks great.

Sadly, I’ve seen her in a couple of TV commercials and print ads doing the “bear” legs thing.  So, she gets a personal foul penalty (15 yards), but I’d still give her the nod to do the SNF intro.

[First down, J-lo]

Gloria Estefan

Another great candidate, the Cuban-American pop singer can belt out a song like no one, and she’s got all the right moves on the stage.  But is she an NFL kind of gal?  Uh, hello, another part owner of the Miami Dolphins, and a “diehard” fan since the Phins’ 1972/73 perfect season, she says.

Makes sense to me.  Hey, NBC, if Gloria sings the SNF intro, I can tell  you this:  “The rhythym is Gonna Get You.”

[First and goal]

Christina Aguilera

Why not?  She’s got the pipes and the dance moves.  And she’s classy enough to wear pantyhose on stage.

[Extra point]

Paula Abdul

Paula Abdul

Paula Abdul

I have never seen Paula on stage not wearing pantyhose. She can sing and dance.  She’d be a fine candidate.

[Makes the playoffs]

Madonna

I’m not kidding.  OK, yes, I am.

Then again, she’d still be an upgrade over Faith Hill.  At least Madonna has the sense to wear pantyhose on stage.

[Holding penalty]

Singer/actress Cher was known for her exotic costumes on stage, always with suntan or nude pantyhose.

Singer/actress Cher was known for her exotic costumes on stage, always with suntan or nude pantyhose.

Cher

Now I’m kidding, of course.

But if this were the 1990s, she’d likely be my first choice. She most definitely would be classy, exotic and entertaining.

Back in the days of “Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves,” Cher was the entertainment bomb, and so were her on-stage costumes, such as this one (left) from 1978.

Before the likes of Madonna and Cyndi Lauper (both likely influenced by her), Cher was the girl who “just wanted to have fun.”

OK, so today Cher isn’t a candidate to perform the Sunday Night Football introduction, but it would be nice if when NBC considers the next star to take that stage, they choose someone who has the professionalism, glamour and exotic looks that Cher had.

[End of regulation]

OK, now it’s your turn.  Who’d I leave out?  Who would be your choice to perform the introduction number to Sunday Night Football, and why?   Take the poll below to let me know.

Also, next up is a photo gallery I’ve made for you featuring some professional entertainers who probably should be considered.  By the way, when you click to expand the pictures, you know you can comment on any one you like, right?  Just saying …

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