The Worst Super Bowl Halftime Show

The year was 1989 and the place was Miami, Florida’s Joe Robbie Stadium. It was Super Bowl XXIII and San Francisco 49ers coach Bill Walsh would lead his team—which featured four future Pro Football Hall of Famers—to a four point victory over the Cincinatti Bengals.

But beyond all the football pageantry, there was something else. Yes, it was what I think we can unequivocally agree was the worst Super Bowl Halftime Show ever. If you watched the halftime spectacular, you would have seen Diet Coke proudly presenting the “”Be Bop Bamboozled in 3-D” halftime show. If viewers had picked up special Coca Cola 3-D glasses at participating retailers, they’d have the rare privilege of watching the WORLD’S FIRST 3-D TELEVISION COMMERCIAL!

Well, that’s all well and good, but what about the folks in the stadium? Surely they must have gotten to experience some special entertainment. A legendary performer must have been there to dazzle the fans in Miami, right? Nope. The stadium and television audience were treated(?) to the “world’s largest card trick,” as performed by crap Elvis impersonator and alleged magician Elvis Presto. So, watch this clip and struggle to enjoy as Presto magically places the audience’s card under their seat. Really, what’s truly magical about this performance is that it makes 2011’s much-maligned Black Eyed Peas performance look mildly good by comparison.

About Michael Darling
Collector of the interesting and absurd.

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