1. The response to the 2020 Super Bowl halftime show starring Jennifer Lopez and Shakira was overwhelmingly positive, minus the people who felt offended by the ass shaking.
One person who wasn’t exactly thrilled with the halftime show before it took place, however, was J.Lo.
In an upcoming Netflix documentary halftime(out June 14) about her career, the Super Bowl LIV halftime show is covered extensively, revealing that Lopez had several issues with the NFL during the show.
First of all, Lopez was frustrated that she couldn’t have the gig all to herself.
“It’s the worst idea in the world, having two people play the Super Bowl,” Lopez told her 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 a different cast member.
“We have six f—— minutes. We have 30 seconds of a song, and if we take a minute we have five left,” Lopez complained. “But there must be certain songs that we sing. We gotta have our singing moments. It won’t be a dance f—— revue. We must sing our message.”
Lopez’s manager, Benny Medina, also expressed disappointment with the documentary about his client having to share the spotlight with another actor.
“Usually you have a headliner at a Super Bowl,” Medina said. “This headliner is building a show and should they choose to have other guests, that is their choice. It was an insult to say that it took two Latinas to do the job that an artist has done in the past.”
“If it was going to be a double headliner, they should have given us 20 minutes,” Lopez said in the documentary. “They should have f—— done that.”
The singer/actress/dancer also feuded with the NFL over a part of the halftime show that featured kids in cages. When the NFL got wind of this the night before the Super Bowl, they asked Lopez to remove the cages.
“We walked out of rehearsal and I noticed everyone was freaking out, but I don’t know why,” says Lopez. “I get a call from Benny and he says, ‘They want to pull the cages.’ That night, NFL leaders saw it for the first time and they said, “Hey, you can’t do that.”
In a rare loss for the NFL, Lopez refused to pull the cages and let her show up however she wanted — except doing it alone.
2. A brand new SI Media podcast launched today, featuring an interview with The Ringer’s Bryan Curtis. Topics discussed include:
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– Drew Brees made at NBC Sports
– The NFL broadcast future by Pat McAfee
– ABC/ESPN studio show NBA Finals
– Is LeBron getting a podcast?
Following the chat with Curtis, WFAN/SNY’s Sal Licata joins us in New York for our weekly Traina Thoughts segment. This week, we dive deep into Kevin Durant’s response to Sal on Twitter, saying that Sports Talk Radio “makes him nauseous.”
You can listen to the podcast below or download it on Apple, Spotify and Google.
3. Draymond Green made it clear after a brutal game against the Celtics last night that he will be podcasting after games no matter what. I know the 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 they go to sleep. Newsflash: They don’t. Some gamers play video games all night, some go to a restaurant, some enjoy a gentleman’s club, etc., etc.
So stop fussing about Green doing a podcast after a game. It’s not a big deal.
4. Jimmy Kimmel Live‘s Guillermo made his annual contribution by going to media day at the NBA Finals, and it was as good as ever.
5. Pat McAfee took a call from an 8-year-old on his show on Wednesday, and no one could have predicted how the conversation would end.
6. After 13 straight losses, every Angels batter used a Nickelback song as their walkup music last night in hopes of changing the mojo.
The Angels lost to the Red Sox, 1-0 and the losing streak stands at 14.
7. RANDOM VIDEO OF THE DAY: Happy 61st Birthday to Michael J. Fox.
be sure to Check out previous issues of Traina Thoughts and look at them Sports Illustrated Media Podcast moderated by Jimmy Traina on Apple, Spotify or Google. You can also follow Jimmy Twitter, Instagram and tick tock.