As you might have read by now, Tom Petty has died. I’m not aware of any particular connection that Tom might have had to the NFL, whether he was a fan of the sport or of any team in particular (he was born in Gainesville, so let’s not sully the man’s memory by assuming he liked the Jaguars or even the Gators). What I do know is that Tom Petty’s musical performance at halftime of Superbowl XLII heralded quite possibly the greatest moment of football schadenfreude in the history of the sport.
I hope that Tom is resting in peace among the wildflowers, and I thought we’d sent him off with a surprise edition of Request Line. Drop your favorite Tom Petty songs (or Traveling Wilbury’s songs, or King of the Hill clips where he voiced Lucky), in the comments and you can help cheer up your fellows here on what is turning out to be a terrible, terrible day.