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Nickelback, a little better than you think

Updated: April 14, 2009, 1:59 PM ET
By Paul Shirley | Special to ESPN.com

It's time for me to do the impossible.

It's time for me to defend Nickelback.

Nickelback gets a bad rap.

I get it. Nickelback is by no means cutting-edge. Nor is it a great rock band -- I've never heard a Nickelback song and thought afterward that it changed the landscape of popular music forever. I'm not sure I could say, honestly, that I even like those guys. But they're not nearly as bad as people think.

My history with Canada's most popular musical ...

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