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The people of Detroit are demanding that the NFL find someone else, anyone else, to perform during the Thanksgiving game. "This game is nationally televised, do we really want the rest of the US to associate Detroit with Nickelback," the Replace Nickelback organizers wrote at Change.org. "Detroit is home to so many great musicians and they chose Nickelback?!?!?! Does anyone even like Nickelback? Is this some sort of ploy to get people to leave their seats during halftime to spend money on alcoholic beverages and concessions? This is completely unfair to those of us who purchased tickets to the game." This protest is Unoccupy Ford Field, and Nickelback is that 1% of music no Lions fans want to listen to.
Deadspin points out that this isn't the first time a fan base have raged against Nickelback performing at a sporting event: The band was supposed to perform at the Winnipeg Jets' first game in September, but that gig was cancelled after thousands of hockey fans complained. It's unclear whether that Nickelback show was protested because the band sucks, or if Winnipeg fans opposed to having a group from Alberta perform at their team's first game (Winnipeg is in Manitoba, and NHL provincial rivalries run deep. Just ask fans of Alberta's Calgary Flames and Edmonton Oilers.) While Nickelback got booed out of Winnipeg, the city had nothing but love for Pearl Jam.