Guitars and vocals were replaced with the sound of fans booing on Thursday as the Brothers Osborne’s halftime performance at the Chicago Bears-Detroit Lions game was delayed for several minutes by audio issues.
The first two attempts by the country music duo to start their performance were derailed by sound problems. Fox announcer Joe Buck, noting the boos from the eager fans, said: “The crowd [is] almost willing this to happen.”
Seconds into the country duo’s performance at Ford Field in Detroit, the sound cut out and the crowd let out an audible gasp. You can check out the mini-fiasco below:
When the Detroit Lions forget to pay their electric bill. pic.twitter.com/WV0yhJqAPa
— Dirty Sports (@TheDirtySports) November 28, 2019
“We’ll get it figured out,” one of the brothers said into the microphone, as fans continued to wait in silence on the turf at Ford Field.
Buck asked his partner Troy Aikman if they had anything else they wanted to discuss from the first half, which ended with the Lions leading 17-10, and they both decided there wasn’t much to say to break up the confusion.
It’s unclear what caused the audio glitch. The NFL did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.
Finally, after several awkward minutes, the performance started up again. “Third time’s the charm,” Buck said.
The moment, of course, was instantly mocked on Twitter — with even the local paper getting in on the jokes:
They just Detroit-Sports’d this halftime show
— Detroit Free Press (@freep) November 28, 2019
Appropriate to this entire halftime disaster, Brothers Osborne is killing it with "It Ain't My Fault."
— Chris Emma (@CEmma670) November 28, 2019
We went from the Genesis halftime show to the Exodus halftime show
— Danny Heifetz (@Danny_Heifetz) November 28, 2019
If this Brothers Osborne snafu signals the end of expensive music halftime concerts in the NFL I am 100% cool with that.
A Former Marching Band Nerd
— Evan Schreiber (@SchreiberEvan) November 28, 2019
I mean I understood why Beyonce killed the power in the Superbowl but THE BROTHERS OSBORNE???
— Randy Havens (@MrRandyHavens) November 28, 2019
Detroit: They can't even do a halftime show properly.
It's probably for the best.
— Captain Schlasser: Leader of Men (@UrinatingTree) November 28, 2019
I am 100 percent certain that either of those guys from The Brothers Osborne would be a better option at QB for the #Bears in the second half.
— Eric Anderson (@Eric42Anderson) November 28, 2019
The current state of Detroit sports. pic.twitter.com/4KWmzJEMNx
— Ryan Field (@RyanFieldABC) November 28, 2019
"We'll get it figured out." — 2019 Detroit Lions rallying cry
— John Niyo (@JohnNiyo) November 28, 2019
If Detroit wins, they will move to 38-40-2 on Thanksgiving day.