1. The response to the Super Bowl 2020 halftime show starring Jennifer Lopez and Shakira has been overwhelmingly positive minus the people who were offended by the ass-shaking.
However, one person who wasn’t exactly thrilled with the intermission show before it took place was J.Lo.
In an upcoming Netflix documentary, Half the time(out June 14) on his career, the Super Bowl LIV halftime show is covered extensively and reveals that Lopez had several issues with the NFL during the show.
For starters, Lopez was frustrated that she couldn’t have the concert all to herself.
“This is the worst idea in the world to have two people doing the Super Bowl,” Lopez told his music director. “It was the worst idea in the world.”
A big part of Lopez’s frustrations were the time constraints that came with having to do the show with another artist.
“We have six f —— minutes. We have 30 seconds of a song, and if we take a minute, that’s enough, there’s five left, ”Lopez complained. “But there must be some songs that we sing, though. We must have our singing moments. It won’t be a f —— dance magazine. We have to sing our message ”.
Lopez’s manager Benny Medina also expressed his disappointment in the documentary that his client had to share the spotlight with another artist.
“Typically you have a headliner in a Super Bowl,” Medina said. “That headliner builds a show, and if they choose to have other guests, it’s their choice. It was an insult to say that you needed two Latinas to do the work an artist has historically done. “
“If he had been a double headliner, they should have given us 20 minutes,” Lopez said in the documentary. “This is what they should have fucking done.”
The singer / actress / dancer also battled with the NFL for a part of the halftime show that featured caged babies. Once the NFL noticed this the night before the Super Bowl, they asked Lopez to remove the cages.
“We left the rehearsal and I noticed that everyone was going crazy, but I don’t know why,” says Lopez. “I get a call from Benny and he says, ‘They want to get the cages out.’ That night, NFL superiors saw him for the first time and said, “Hey, you can’t do this.”
In a rare defeat for the NFL, Lopez refused to pull the cages and did his show as he wanted, except to do it himself.
2. A brand new SI Media Podcast is out today and features an interview with Bryan Curtis of The Ringer. Topics discussed include:
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– Drew Brees done at NBC Sports
– The future of NFL broadcasting by Pat McAfee
– ABC / ESPN NBA Finals Studio Schedule
– Is LeBron receiving a podcast?
After the conversation with Curtis, Sal Licata of WFAN / SNY in New York joins me in our weekly “Traina Thoughts” segment. This week, we feature Kevin Durant responding to Sal on Twitter and saying the radio about sports “makes him nauseous.”
You can listen to the podcast below or download it on Apple, Spotify and Google.
3. Draymond Green, after a brutal match against the Celtics last night, made it clear that he will go to the podcast after matches no matter what. I know fans want and think that after a game, players go back to their hotel rooms, put on their pajamas, have a glass of milk and watch some Netflix before getting some sleep. Newsflash: They don’t. Some players play video games all night, some go to restaurants, others have fun in a gentleman’s club, etc., etc.
So stop fussing about Green doing a podcast after a game. It is not a big deal.
4. Jimmy Kimmel LiveGuillermo did his yearly bit by going to media day at the NBA Finals, and it was as good as ever.
5. Pat McAfee got a call from an 8-year-old on his schedule on Wednesday and no one could have predicted how the conversation would end.
6. After 13 losses in a row, each Angels hitter used a Nickelback song as walkup music last night in hopes of changing the mojo.
The Angels lost to the Red Sox, 1–0 and the losing streak is 14.
7. CASUAL VIDEO OF THE DAY: Happy 61st birthday to Michael J. Fox.
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