August 08, 2006 at 06:45 AM EDT

Have you heard the amazing news? Cirque du Soleil will be the pregame show at Super Bowl XLI (pronounced “gigli”), and that Prince feller is doing the halftime.

Yes, you read that correctly. Prince. The Super Bowl. On CBS, home of the 2004 wardrobe malfunction. Not this Prince. This one. Remember him? Musical genius, shy exhibitionist, and sexual revolutionary? Has an album out, 3121? Okay, okay, it’s that guy who sang on American Idol. Remember him, kids? Golly, who’d have thought the day would come when Prince was considered a “safe” alternative to Janet Jackson?

It makes a certain sort of sense actually. He and Beyonce subbed for Jackson at the Grammys after Boobgate.  But will he use this bully pulpit to shock or awe? He’s one of our greatest live showmen, whose concert work is renowned for its pure musicianship — little need for fireworks, stage effects, or gimmicks. The most controversial thing Prince could do would be to, well, just play good music.

Of course, Prince’s participation is still officially a rumor — as is the news that he’ll partner with another act. (Are the Bangles busy?) But what are you thinking? Do you fear a Purple Bowl? Or are you, at this moment, doing a celebratory Batdance? Will Justin Timberlake rip off The Artist’s poorly anchored crotch patch? Comment un2 your heart’s content.

addCredit(“Prince: Frank Micelotta/Retna”)

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