Tom Petty has long been one of my favorite musicians, not because heís great at anything, but because heís really good at everything -- heís a really good songwriter, heís a really good performer, and heís got that wonderfully distinctive whine that says well whiskey mustíve been half-off during happy hour. Basically, heís just a good old-fashioned blue-collar bar rocker.

Plus, you gotta give him bonus points for longevity. Petty has been doing his thing for 30 years, without ever buckling to the various rock fads that have come and gone in that time.

Tonight, he took the stage for the Super Bowl halftime show, and it looked like he loved it. It also looked like he couldnít believe it. Needless to say, he didnít sound great, but he sounded really good (and it sounded like he was really singing).

Hats off to Fox for putting a no-nonsense bar rocker on center stage for a supposed audience of a billion people. After all, this is the network that celebrates pop conformity and popular mediocrity with ďAmerican Idol.Ē Itís nice to see the Super Bowl give a nod to real rock made by real people.