When Van Halen released their first album in 1978, I was seven years away from existing, and so were many of the younger NFL fans of my generation (generation Y? sure, but Echo Boomers doesn’t sound nearly as pretentious) whose love for the sport has grown with the Internet, and addiction-fueling tools like fantasy football.

So if the vague, nugget of a hint unearthed this morning by PFT turns into a Super Bowl halftime show by yet another group that also played at the opening ceremony of the first Olympics, the message from the NFL to that young crowd will be the same as it’s been since Janet Jackson’s nipple was exposed, and men worldwide saw a boob for the first time.

Translated, it’ll sound something like this: we still don’t care about you during the Super Bowl halftime show. Go away.

To review, Mike Florio relayed a possible clue passed along by a reader who survived a USA Today story in which the band talks about their plans for the year. The possible hint bomb is dropped by Eddie Van Halen right about here…

The band will have completed more than 40 shows on this leg, and “a lot of the canceled dates were in cities we already played,” he says. “So in November, we’ll hit Japan, and in the new year, we’ll possibly do something special, but I can’t talk about it.”

“Something special” early in the new year could mean hosting a party with several tigers present for the band’s amusement. Every movie about rock stars that I’ve ever seen is totally true, so that would be considered quite tame by rock star standards. Instead “something special” could mean playing the Super Bowl, which would be one of the only hallowed grounds Van Halen hasn’t conquered.

The Black Eyed Peas were the only act in recent years that may know what sexting means, with Madonna and her posse of bird flippers providing the 20-minutes of sexual gyrations for this year’s show. The Who, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, and Prince have also been our post-breast entertainment, and they’ve been met with the usual quips about age, and an increasing fade into obscurity as the acts drift into the music afterlife. The elderly groups/singers have all been invited to play under the Super Bowl spotlight as an olive branch to a larger demographic that cares very little about the most-watched sporting event in the world, and when it’s extended those viewers come for the show, but stay for the advertising.

Yes, the Super Bowl halftime show is an advertising rouse. Mind = blown.

I made those same quips about Madonna’s fondness for fishnets, and for you, me, and everyone who watches the Super Bowl for, um, football, the halftime show is a brief distraction, and not the main event.

So take your David Lee Roth, casual, generic watcher. But please, let me have my snark.

Pic via SF Weekly