Bruno Mars Injects Soul into the Super Bowl Halftime Show
#TaniaOnTheScene - Concert of the Year? That’s what the NFL claimed all week long as it hyped its halftime show with Bruno Mars. But could a relatively young artist without huge name recognition carry the day? Even one of the football commentators came out and said “There were a lot of doubters.” Once Mars was done, though, doubters should have been few.
Two stunts marked the opening of his halftime performance, one slightly less nauseating than the other. It began with a children’s choir and segued into a drum solo performed by Bruno himself. (His lookalike brother, Eric Hernandez — Mars was born Peter Gene Hernandez — took over soon after). But then it was time to break out the gold jackets and skinny ties and launch into “Locked Out of Heaven.” His jumbo band of brass, backup singers and bass put the song across nicely. Not only that, but when they broke into “Treasure,” the synchronized dance moves provided a moment straight out of the Platters, circa 1966.
Then, Bruno started to snarl. “Who you rockin’ with — you rockin’ with the best!” All of a sudden, the man was James Brown, singing “I don’t want to hurt you baby, I just want to work you baby. ” And he gave it his best JB shuffle before a segue into the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ “Give It Away Now.” Instantaneously, lamé jackets gave way to shirtless man flesh as Anthony Keidis, Flea and the rest of RHCP took the stage.
NFL Teams Could Hire Tattoo Experts in Hernandez Case
#TaniaOnTheScene- Tattoos are about as common in NFL locker rooms as jock straps and four-letter words, but one “longtime NFL personnel man” thinks ink will play a bigger role in the league going forward.
According to CBS’ Bruce Feldman, NFL teams may start using police experts to inspect prospects’ tattoos in the wake of the Aaron Hernandez ordeal. When the former Patriots tight end was arrested, law enforcement inspected his tattoos to see if he had any gang ties. Reports indicated that Hernandez may have been involved in the Bristol Bloods street gang due to a red “Blood” tattoo found on his right hand. The tight end reportedly denied any involvement in street gangs.
Hernandez, charged with the murder of Odin L. Lloyd in Massachusetts, has sparked a lot of chatter about his possible gang background, including a high school photo of Hernandez throwing gang signs while dressed in Bloods red, which either shows he was a gang member back then or was being a high school kid and posing for an inappropriate photo.
Super Bowl XLVIII, the NFL championship game scheduled to be played in New Jersey in February, plans to transform Broadway from 34th to 44th streets into “Super Bowl Boulevard” next winter.
From Jan. 29 to Feb. 1, the Great White Way will feature a slew of fan-friendly activities, including football-toss contests, zip lines, photo opportunities with the Vince Lombardi Trophy and giant mockups of Roman numerals XLVIII, and a seven-story slide painted to look like a snow-covered “Toboggan Run,” which the NFL is hailing as “the statement of Super Bowl Boulevard.”
The first day of the NFL Draft was Thursday, April 26, 2012. For those of you who don’t care about football, or sports in general, I made these interviews really fun and quirky. So ladies, please watch it; I know you’ll enjoy it too. #TaniaOnTheScene of a rooftop event for a Pre-Draft NFL party. I got to talk to some of the football players that hope to get picked up by an NFL team. #TaniaSuggests you check out the clip below:
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