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Fails The 7 Greatest Super Bowl XLV FAILs  

Robert Wabash
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Super Bowl 45, 2011, the time when the Packers won, Christina Aguilera butchered one of the most well-known songs in the world, where we got easily the worst halftime show in years, where people got cheated out of their seats and where nobody looked like they were having fun. Super Bowl XLV was a little bit of a disaster and here are seven reasons why this was probably the worst, yet most hilariously unfortunate Super Bowl we've had in recent memory.
1

Christina Aguilera Butchers the American National Anthem

You must have seen this already, but it's impossible not to include one of the greatest FAILs in Super Bowl history on this glorious list, especially before a game where almost everything that could've gone wrong went wrong.

Do you ever have those days where you're about to do something you do every day, something so routine that you're so used to it that you're sure you don't have to practice it? This is most likely what Christina Aguilera did during 2011's Super Bowl XLV because she made the mistake that could've been avoided had she just practiced it instead of winging it. I mean think of it, how much easier does it get than to sing the National Anthem if you're a singer with Christina Aguilera's experience? It's like you changing your Facebook profile, or whatever the hell else you do at work all day.

So, here's the video, fast forwarded to the part where she messes up because we've all heard the American National Anthem before.

So here's where she messed up: She basically made the same mistake that any of us practicing it in Music class in 2nd grade made -- she repeated the end of the first verse (which is a common mistake) instead of what happens at the end of the second.

How it should go

Oh say can you see by the dan's early light
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming;
Whose broad stripes and bright stars, through the perilous fight
O'er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming
[rest of song]

What she sang:

Oh say can you see by the dan's early light
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming;
Whose broad stripes and bright stars, through the perilous fight
What so proudly... roast(?)... at the twilight's last reaming(?)
[rest of song]

Embarrassing. Moreover, the worst part of the entire ordeal is what the jerk (read: comic genius) Producer decided to cut to right after her flub.

Here are the next two shots that were cut to as SOON as she sang the wrong lyrics. Everyone in America heard it, and people were confused.

and finally, a group of troops that have heard, sang and cried to this song before, troops who've put their lives on the line for what the song stands for, troops in Afghanistan CURRENTLY, not only noticing her mistake but all of them actually looking kind of pissed about it. They know what she did. And this telling shot here is what really put the cherry on top of this amazing, wonderfully memorable and hilarious Super Bowl FAIL.


2

Black Eyed Peas Underwhelm the World

So since it's not 2007, the world has been voicing how disappointing, bad and horrible sounding the Black Eyed Peas performance was at Super Bowl XLV in 2011. 4 years after what you can really call their "prime", they decide to give one of the most widely watched performances in the world to the Black Eyed Peas.

Performing "I've Gotta Feelin'" aka that song with incredibly bad lyrics, except for the hook, that people were goin nuts over... in 2009, the Black Eyed Peas performed as well as they could have, but unlike some great recent Half-Time Show acts like The Who or Bruce Springsteen, they didn't exactly play for a TV audience AND the stadium audience. They only seemed to be playing for the stadium audience.

Add in the fact that Usher came on the stage, upstaged the Black Eyed Peas in not only dancing, but singing and overall performance, and the fact that phoning-it-in Slash played Sweet Child of Mine with Fergie somehow making Axel Rose sound incredibly talented AND the fact that Fergie's mic wasn't working for the first part of the performance -- and you've got one of the most memorably bad Half-time performances in recent Super Bowl history.

How do you make Axel Rose sound GOOD? Like this:

The Black Eyed Peas also didn't put any effort into dancing because they had a crowd doing a choreographed dance... that nobody could see.

Here's the performance:

Sure, this might have looked kind of awesome to anyone that was able to go, but to all of us at home without the highest in HD technology, it really just kind of looked like a poorly-lit moshpit of ravers. Maybe they were going for that whole TRON angle that was so cool (in 2010 before the new movie came out), but either way, what really put the nail in the coffin of their lackluster performance was the fact that some of the light up suits weren't working.

The lights weren't working at ALL in the most stylized part of the formation they got into to create the word "LOVE", making it really say something like LOl E, or as we would write it on the internet LOL, E!

Maybe they knew someone named Eric that said something really funny before the show?

And because it was the Super Bowl, and also because this is the internet, here is Hitler's reaction to The Black Eyed Peas' performing the Super Bowl this year. Hate to say it, but feels like he was right.

Also, this is why pre-planning advertising for LIVE events is never a good idea...

Anyway, I don't know... maybe kids liked it? Either way, worst performance ever.


3

Green Bay Packers Coach Gets Red on Him

Alright, this isn't that huge a deal, but it's a great photo and really spells out exactly what it's like to try and keep your cool during the Super Bowl.

The world is watching and it's an enormous part of American culture. Having to play at the Super Bowl must be extremely nerve wracking. How nerve wracking exactly? Well, here's how Mike McCarthy was feeling during this Super Bowl XLV...


4

Shoddy Stadium Seating Leads to 400 Seat-less People

Check out the news story to the left.

There are few things harder to get than Super Bowl tickets other than GOOD Super Bowl tickets, so it goes without saying that if you get them, pay literal thousands to fly across the country or to buy the ticket itself (which range up to $600 - $3,000), you pretty much deserve a seat.

But 1,250 fans were displaced, including 400 who were not even allowed in.

A man and his son (who spent thousands getting tickets, flying in from Guam, got a break from the nuclear submarine he's stationed on and had to fly back the next day) were not allowed in along with hundreds of other angry people.

A few sections of the stadium in Arlington, Texas were deemed insecure for anyone sitting there, so because of legal reasons these people lost the seats that they paid for.

They spent a good portion of the game away from the game itself, watching it at a bar when they paid hundreds or thousands to get there.

HUGE FAIL on the stadium's part, which just adds to how horrible of a debacle this entire Super Bowl really was.

News has it that the stadium will invite back the people who were not seated next year for free seats -- which is really the least they could have done. Although, people were there to see the Packers play the Steelers... and unless that's the exact game next year, the people who went will never be properly compensated.

It's like a company accidentally burning a kid's entire collection of Spider-Man comics and replacing them with Superman comics. It's just not the same.