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.
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.
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.
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:
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 …
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.