In "Stupid Bowl Avoidance Mode"...
Well, Richie insisted on watching the Rolling Stones during halftime. That I could agree to. I don't know, as I age, it's cool to see how vital those guys still are. Yeah, Mick Jagger sounds perpetually out of breath, but he always has problems with breath control on stage. He did back in the '60s, even. Listen to Got Live If You Want It sometime.
And let us not forget that Charlie Watts had fucking CANCER not too long ago. Throat cancer. And he's old enough for Medicare if he was a USian. If you are as vital and vibrant as those senior citizens on stage tonight when you hit their age, you are doing great.
A Motown revue would have been just grand if they had done that, and hardly a risk of "wardrobe malfunctions." It would have been even cooler if they had gotten Iggy Pop and his current crop of Stooges (Including Mike Watt! Yes!) as the halftime show, but I'm sure he would have been a way bigger risk of scandalous behavior. And as far as more modern Detroiters like Eminem and Fiffy Cent...there is no way in HELL they would allow them to perform at the Super Bowl.
Still and all...lift a pint to the Rolling Stones, mates. They rocked the house.