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Lots of musicians have been either making appearances or announcing future appearances at sporting events—except for the metal band GWAR, which is receiving an online push to be the halftime act for Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium. The attention-getting pairings are fun for all, but in a few cases the matches of performer and event could have been better.

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Event

Performer

Should be

Reason

Super Bowl XLVIII

Bruno Mars

Bruno Mars

Mass appeal

Texans-Titans

Vanilla Ice

Kings of Leon

From Nashville

NHL opener

Kings of Leon

Vanilla Ice

"Ice, Ice, Baby"

Mayweather fight

Justin Bieber

Eminem

Takes hits, makes hits

Notre Dame--Michigan

Eminem

Justin Bieber

Teenage girls

Mariano Rivera send-off

Metallica

GWAR

Metallica's gone soft

+ The Sept. 14 title bout was a place to preen and be seen, complete with Heidi Klum, George Lopez and Jack Nicholson.

+ Singer James Hetfield was caught toting an Armani shopping bag and wearing flip-flops, so the band's license to rock has been suspended.

SIGN OF THE APOCALYPSE

A fan at Fenway Park had his face bloodied when outfielder Jonny Gomes punted a beer can during a celebration of Boston's division title.

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JEFF KRAVITZ/FILMMAGIC/GETTY IMAGES (MARS)

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BOB LEVEY/GETTY IMAGES (VANILLA ICE)

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KEVIN MAZUR/WIREIMAGE/GETTY IMAGES (BIEBER)

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JOSEPH OKPAKO/REDFERNS/GETTY IMAGES (EMINEM)

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ELSA/GETTY IMAGES (METALLICA)

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