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I got this idea for a blog on packersnews.net. A thread was started about who would you have as a Super Bowl half time show. So I replied, but the more I started to think about it, the more ideas I had, so I decided to write this blog.
The NFL has gone the “safe” route since the Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake “nipple gate” situation. By having artist such as Paul McCartney, Prince, The Who and other “classic rock & pop” acts, the NFL has made it a “who’s who” (no pun intended) of 70’s icons.
But the half time show has become stale and it is time for a change. I have the solution to the NFL’s problem.
Working as a Program Director for a CHR Top 40 station for 5 years, I have a unique perspective. I am an avid sports fan. Besides my family and god, it is the third most important thing in my life. But I am also a huge music fan and consider myself rather eclectic.
I am a self-described “hip-hop head”, but prefer the thought provoking and “conscious” artists who touch on social issues to the “bling, bling” money, girls and clothes artists. But I respect those artists as well because they found their “nitch”.
I also am a huge R&B and Soul fan, not just todays artists, but also acts from the 60’s,70’s, 80’s and 90’s. Finally, I also like classic rock groups like Journey (Steve Perry has the most amazing voice), The Eagles, Pink Floyd, Bruce Springsteen, War, Carlos Santana and many others.
Why am I describing my personal tastes in this blog? So you can see what my twisted little mind has in store for the NFL and the idea I have for the Super Bowl halftime show.
Today we don’t seem to have an appreciation for older groups and their music. In the radio business we are always looking for that new, fresh thing that will turn the radio world and society upside down and create a buzz.
A few years ago I went to my boss with an idea that I heard on some mixtapes. It combined new song lyrics played over classic rock & R&B beats. He thought it was a really good idea, but it would be difficult to get all the artists to clear it, so we decided to not try it (as part of a new music show we were planning). Today it is known as “mash-up’s” and they even have a video game (DJ Hero) that you can “mash-up” certain songs.
So, my idea is to bring together artists of today with classic artists of yesterday, on stage performing together as one. It would allow both younger viewers and older viewers to both enjoy the show.
I have a few ideas of artists that I think would be good fits together with their songs. Here they are in no particular order:
1. The Eagles and R&B artist TQ performing “Hotel California”. TQ is an artist that is multi-talented with a natural voice and actually did a very good version of “Hotel California” but the Eagles never cleared it.
2. Earth, Wind & Fire with R&B artist Usher performing “September”. Usher is one hell of an entertainer and would be a natural fit with Earth, Wind and Fire.
3. Kool & The Gang with R&B artist Ne-Yo performing “Celebrate”. Ne-Yo is another multi-talented singer and song writer that has the right vocals to sing “Celebrate”.
4. Pat Benatar with pop artist Pink performing “Hit me With Your Best Shot”. This see,s like a natural fit. Both have that voice that is so distinctive and would be one hell of a performance.
5. Queen with “American Idol” runner-up Adam Lambert performing “We Are The Champions”. This, to me, is another perfect fit with Lambert’s theatrics blending with Queen.
6. Stevie Wonder and R&B artist Trey Songz performing ANY Stevie Wonder song. Trey Songz is another R&B singer that is “slept on” by many people, but is getting more popularity lately (and deservedly so).
7. Prince with R&B artist Ryan Leslie performing ANY Prince song. Prince had the best half time show in recent memory (to me at least). Leslie can’t sing as good a Prince, but he has that similar style.
8. Bee Gee’s with R&B artist Robin Thicke
By tieing in the “old with the new” it bridges the gap between generations. The NFL was caught of guard by the Timberlake/Jackson situation, but they shouldn’t exclude newer acts because of it. Make sure that you have final say over all things about the performance. That would eliminate any issue or concern the NFL would have.
I didn’t include any Hip-Hop acts because I don’t feel that the older people attending or viewing would be as receptive to them as younger people. It is about dollars and cents with the NFL and I also don’t feel that “corporate America” would accept a Hip-Hop act. In time, maybe, but I don’t think some are ready for a Lil’ Wayne and AC/DC mash-up.
I hope that this blog some how finds it way to the NFL office and the people who are in charge of the halftime show. I think a little “freshen up” wouldn’t be a bad thing. The NFL wants to continue to improve their product in every aspect, this is one to improve the Super Bowl.
6am Sunday January 10th, I awake on my mom’s couch after less than 3 hours sleep. The sun is already peaking through the blinds and I am already pumped up. In a matter of hours I will be in Arizona watching the Packers and Cardinals in the NFL playoffs. I asked via my Facebook page which jersey I should wear, my Greg Jennings away jersey or my Arrigo home jersey?
Thanks to a good family friend, Dave Wangerin, I decided, my Arrigo jersey in honor of my grandfather. I was ready to go, but I wanted the Jennings jersey there as well but how could I get it in? So I decided to ask my mom to wear it (since Jennings is one of her favorite players).
NOW I was ready to go.
We hit I-10 by 6:45am and I am trying to stay calm. The last time I watched the Packers was September 29th, 1991 when they played the Los Angeles Rams. The Packers were led by Sterling Sharpe. They lost 23-21. That is too long to go without seeing the team I have rooted for my entire life.
The drive there was filled with great talk and even better bonding between my mom and me. When I was a little boy my mom and I would just go to a game on a whim. This was the first time we were able to leave our own families and have some much-needed time together. We were both excited about the day and the Packers chances on advancing deep into the playoffs.
As we got on highway 101, I really got excited. Just minutes before I told her I was excited but it hadn’t hit me yet, but that time was here. I thought about my grandfather who passed away November 4th, 2008 and how he took me to my first NFL game when the Packers played the Rams in L.A. during the mid 80’s. I thought about seeing them play the Raiders in L.A. and also all my friends on all the Packers websites I write for and support my blogs.
It was 65 and overcast when we parked at 12:35 pm Arizona time. I looked at the University of Phoenix Stadium and thought to myself “I cannot believe I am right here, RIGHT NOW” and “I hope this ticket is legit” knowing that it was. As we approached the gate my mom said “let me take a picture of you before we go in”. I stopped and she snapped…”CLICK”…
We got to our seats just as Mason Crosby came out for his warm-ups. We were in Section 137, row 30 seats 3 and 4 on the Packers sideline. We could see the whole field from our seats. I almost started to tear up. I had an arrange of emotions go through me, but I kept going back to my first NFL game with my Grandfather, Joe Arrigo. I wish he was there with us to share this special day.
My phone rang and another Packers fan and friend called from Green Bay to see how I was doing. I had text him a picture from my seat as he asked me to do. Randy said Anquan Boldin was out and that he was nervous. I was too. I told him earlier in the week that I though the Packers would win, but I also knew that as the game got closer I would get nervous. He wished me well and when I hung up the phone the Packers emerged from their locker room and huddled up to get some last words to pump them up from Nick Barnett.
But then we realized (thanks to some Cardinals fans) that we were 1 row over to far. Feeling REALLY stupid we went one row over and we quickly realized that we had BETTER seats than the ones we just left. After a good laugh I watched Aaron Rodgers get ready for his first playoff start as an NFL quarterback. There was less than 10 minutes before the start of the game and I was wishing I was on the field getting ready to do work right with them. Then it hit me, I was right were I was needed, to do work for the Packers in the stands. It was on! I watched Greg Jennings, catch for Rodgers as he warmed up with Jordy Nelson.
The thing that stood out to me was how well liked Jennings is amongst the Packers. James Jones, Nick Collins, Tramon Williams, Donald Lee and Jermichael Finley all came over to him and spoke. He seemed to say things that got them pumped as each of them slapped hands and went off to get loses.
Donald Driver was focused. He warmed up Matt Flynn as Jones caught for Flynn and seemed ready to go from the jump (see photo below).
I watched the receivers warm up (since that was the position I played) and thought to myself “what is going through their minds RIGHT NOW?” As the clock ticked down to the start of the kick off the Packers gathered and went back the locker room.
The stadium started to fill up as each second passed. More and more people wearing red came in, but there was still a lot of green and gold coming in as well. As the Packers emerged to a chorus of boo’s from the Cardinals fans, and cheers from the Packers fans, and the Cardinals entered to the exact opposite I knew what time it was…time for the coin flip, in other words game time!
We all how they game started. The fans that sat a row in front of me were all about talking trash. I LOVED IT! I said to all around me that would (and wouldn’t) listen that the Packers “WOULD COME BACK, THEY HAVE TO MUCH HEART”!!
As the game transformed into one of the best in NFL history, I was continuing to post on my Facebook account. By the time the Packers cut it to a 14 point game and just recovered the on-side kick, I posted “the Cards fans are SHOOK”! The guy (and his kids) in front of us was chanting “suck Pack suck” as Packers fans chanted “go Pack go”. He looked directly at my mom and said it, so I replied “count the rings! How many do the Cards have and remind me who is the trophy named after?” All the people around us including guy to my right, Chris, was cool and a huge Cardinals fans, all said “ooh” as the fan in front turned around and shut his mouth the rest of the game, or shall I say he didn’t turn around and get in anyones face (until the last play).
I was getting texts from all kinds of family and friends including one of my closest friends, R&B artist and avid sports fan TQ, about how the Cards were “unstoppable” and how this game was “like Madden” (I can’t share the rest because I want to keep this blog “G-rated”).
When the Packers tied the game I went CRAZY! All the Packers fans, and Cards for that matter, in my area were high fiving me and saying “you called it” as I yelled out “too much heart…to much heart…quick is not in their will…”, it was unbelievable. In the moments between the packers tieing the score and the kick off, I asked Chris to take a picture of me and my mom, the person I was sharing this day with, the person that I used to share these moments with every weekend as a child.
I got a text from TQ saying, “this game is like a game of Madden!” Even with all the trash that TQ talks, I know it is in good fun. I do it to him, but there is one difference, he can only do it every so often to me because I can always just ask him how his Raiders are doing?!
We all know how the game ended, but it didn’t bother me like I had thought it would. I was disappointed that they lost, but I was not as heart-broken as I normally am. Was it because I was there and witnessed one of the greatest games in the history of the NFL in person? Was it because of the way the Packers played after being down by 17 in the first? Was it because I watched Aaron Rodgers put the NFL on notice as one of the top 4 quarterbacks in the NFL in his first playoff start?
All of the above!
As we walked up the stadium stairs Cardinals fans were high fiving us saying “great game” and other positive things. They are some of the classicist fans in the NFL. I would say 85-90% of the fans we walked by (from our seats to the car) we outstanding.
I digress back to the Packers. I am excited about the future of the Packers. Ted Thompson has done a really good job of setting them up for the future. I think this loss will spring-board them to the next level in the NFL. Led by Rodgers, Charles Woodson, Jennings, Nick Collins, Tramon Williams, Finley, Clay Matthews III and Ryan Grant they should be good for a long time. Are there things that need to be address (like contract situations), yes, but I have faith they will get done.
Mike McCarthy has the belief of his players. They buy into what he is selling, and so am I. Watching him go back and forth on the sideline, coaching his guys up was a sight. Does McCarthy have his negatives, yes, but so does every other NFL head coach. I believe he is the right man for job and as long as he keeps the key members of his staff together, the Packers could be good for a long time.
I thank all the people who made the day one that I will never forget. The people around me, people texting me and replying on Facebook, the players & coaches and most importantly my mom.
We got back to California around 11:30pm after we stopped to eat and reliving the game. As I went to bed I had that thought come back to me, I wished my grandfather was with us. Then it hit me, he was there the whole time, in my heart and watching the game cheering just as hard as me. I can just hear him…”Everytime I watch them they lose!” and “JoJo, you know they’ll get them next year. They are just ready to bring the Lombardi trophy back home!”
My playoff experience will be one I will never forget, and not just because of the game, but the day as a whole!
I was not sure whether I would do the O.T.S. (On The Sidelines) rumors this year. While I love to do them, I do not sure I want to deal with the drama that comes with them. I decided late tonight that I will post a link on all sites to come here for them, except on http://packerchatters.com/4ums/. Larry and the staff over at “PC” were the first place that allowed me to write them for their site and I am a loyal person, especially to them. The other sites (http://www.packerhq.net/forum/index.php, http://packersnews.net, http://packersplanet.com and others)don’t have any problem with me just posting a link there for my normal blogs, so I will continue to post them like that.
Greg Jennings had two of the best catches I have ever seen in person. First the one-handed touchdown in the corner of the end zone. The second on the drive that tied up the game that went for 25 yards which included a toe tap and over the shoulder catch. Jennings is a big time player and I look for him to take that next step into super stardom in 2010.
Good luck to Pete Carroll and the staff he takes from USC to Seattle. Pete gave us Trojans fans 10 years of excellence, 8 BCS games, 3 Heisman winners, 2 National titles. He rebuilt one of the proudest programs in college football history. I hope Mike Garrett has some ice packs for his seat, because it is gonna get hot! But back to Carroll, what he did not only for then USC football program (and school for that matter) is nothing compared to his charity work in and around Los Angeles. L.A. lost its prince Monday.
I expect USC to hire Jack Del Rio or Steve Sarkisian as Carroll’s replacement. I fully expect Norm Chow to be back as offensive coordinator who either Del Rio or “Sark”, as well as Ed Ogeron as defensive line coach and recruiting coordinator. Both would be key to keeping the program going strong.
The internet radio is on pace to be up by Super Bowl weekend (at least that’s what we are shooting for). More info coming in the upcoming weeks.
One last picture from Arizona…the Packers on the drive that tied up the game during a time out:
Today is Thursday December 17th, 2009. It is the fourth day of a week that has had it’s up and downs for me and the sports world.
A couple years ago when I was doing a draft pod cast I had the opportunity to interview a very talented wide receiver out of West Virginia. He was an explosive player with great size and speed but there were questions about his attitude and off the field manners. His name was Chris Henry.
Chris was polite, articulate, funny and sincere. He seemed like a guy I would hang around with everyday. Our “interview” seemed like two friends talking about football and how exciting it is to see someone you know getting ready to live out his dream, to be an NFL player.
Tragically, Chris Henry passed away today after falling out of the bed of his truck during an argument with his financè yesterday. He was just 26 years old.
Henry was drafted in the 2005 NFL draft (83rd overall) by the Cincinnati Bengals. The Bengals were the only team to interview him and told Henry that he would have to change his life style in order to be productive in the NFL. He didn’t listen to them, at first.
Henry had 5 off field issues and a suspension by the NFL during his brief career. But after being brought back by the Bengals last year, he seemed to change his life for the better. There were no more “off the field issues” for Chris, instead he was planning a wedding in March. There were no more arrests, rather time spent with his three kids.
Chris Henry was living proof that a Bengal can change his stripes.
My thoughts and prayers go out to the Henry family, friends, loved ones and of course his kids. They also go out to the Bengals organization and his teammates.
On Monday I interviewed at a station in Southern California for a sports talk host opportunity. It would be the ideal job for me. I know the enviroment both in the work place as well as the community and the “media market”.
The person that would be my boss is a person I greatly respect and would relish the opportunity to work for. He is a person that knows how to groom “talent” and gets the best out of them.
I thought the interview went better than I ever could have hoped. He asked me questions both in radio philosophy and sports and I was honest and most importantly, me. I didn’t try to be someone I’m not. I didn’t give him the answers he wanted to hear or lie about anything. I was 110% honest. I was “The Open Book of Joe Arrigo”.
The way I figure it, I would rather be 100% me and NOT get the job knowing I did my best then a person that is fake and still not get the job because I didn’t lay it all out on the line. That is just not me, as my friends and family know, I wear my heart on my sleeve and call it like I see it.
As I told my wife, and friends across the internet, it is in god’s hands know. If it is his will, than I will be at that station, if not, then I will strap up my chin strap and move on to my next play. But I will say this, if I do get the job there will not be a person that works harder than me and puts the amount of time and effort into the job as me. I am the right person for the job. I know that in my heart.
The Sports World This Past Week:
Tiger Woods. My how fast “icon’s” fall when they show their true colors.
Look, I have no issue with Tiger Woods. What he did is morally wrong and the ONLY people he needs to answer to is his wife, Elin and his kids. Not his mom, mother-in-law or any other family, just Elin and the kids. They are the ones most effected by his choices, not his sponsors, co-workers or friends.
I like the way NIKE has handled the situation. Stand by him and take a wait and see approach. He is not the first person or athlete to have an affair, nor will he be the last. I personally lost all hope for athletes to be faithful once Michael Jordan was caught cheating on Juanita.
I do think the doctor that was caught trying to sneak HGH in the USA from Canada is a bigger story then Tiger’s cheating. This doctor treated Woods, Jose Reyes (the Mets All-Star short stop) and other athletes.
It’s time to let Tiger and Elin try to heal, but if he wants the media to start to go away he needs to have a press conference and accept responsibility for his actions. Until he does that, he will be on TMZ and other celebrity rumor sites. Tiger, take a page out of Alex Rodriguez’s book this past year and look your wife, kids, fans, sponsors and fellow golfer’s in the eye and apologize.
MLB’ Hot Stove:
The Boston Red Sox fans can no longer complain about the way the Yankees spend money on free agents. They have been just as guilty as the Yankees when it comes to over spending in the past and now this off season. I have no problem with teams spending on free agents, but the Red Sox and Red Sock Nation are quick to cry and complain about the Yankees but don’t have a problem when they do it.
The Sox signings of John Lackey and Mike Cameron were about $97 million dollars. The Red Sox payroll is around $170 million and they still are looking to add Padres first basemen Adrian Gonzalez. I like both moves by the Red Sox, but don’t want to hear any complaining about the Yankees and their moves any more.
The 3 team trade that sent Roy Halladay to the Phillies, Cliff Lee to the Mariners and a slew of prospects to the Blue Jays was a deal that I think in the short-term has Seattle and the Phillies as the winners. But the Blue Jays and Mariners are the long-term winners in my opinion.
Bud Selig needs to intervene with the Dodgers. The divorce of Frank and Jamie McCourt is hindering Ned Colletti’s ability to add quality players to the Dodgers roster. They need a second baseman and more importantly some starting pitching.
The Dodgers signed Jamie Carroll, Angel Berroa and resigned Doug Mientkiewicz but hows does that make them better than what they had last year? I would much rather have Orlando Hudson and Juan Pierre. There is NO WAY the Dodgers should have NOT offered arbitration to Randy Wolf, who wanted to remain a Dodger and was willing to take less money to stay. But because of the divorce situation the Dodgers are handcuffed.
I do hear the Dodgers are close to pulling the trigger on a deal that would send Reds starter Aaron Harang to the Dodgers with short stop Chin-Lung Hu and another prospect back to the Reds. That would be an upgrade over the other choices behind Clayton Kershaw and Chad Billingsley.
Angels fans should be livid at owner Arte Moreno and the front office. Not only do they lose their starting third baseman and lead-off man in Chone Figgens, but they also lost their ace in John Lackey and likely will lose club house leader Vlad Guerrero. On top of that, they didn’t get a deal for Halladay done when they had all the pieces to do it.
I hope Hedeki Matsui can stay healthy for you and I hope that they land Jason Bay because if not, it will be a long season for the Halo’s because the Mariners are closing the gap in the AL West.
Kobe Bryant is the best player in the NBA, period. Sorry LeBron James. Sorry D-Wade. Sorry Carmelo Anthony. Sorry Chris Paul. This is a no brainer. Kobe is the best “closer” in the NBA and more importantly the best leader in the NBA.
“Bean” is the best player on the best team in the NBA and has a will to win that rivals Michael Jordan. He plays hurt, tired, sick, with broken bones, torn legiments and still is the hardest working man on the court, all the time.
“Bean” is a winner. His methods at one time seemed selfish, but he just wanted to win. Magic did it. Michael did it. Bird did it. Shaq did it (and left Orlando to do so), and LeBron is doing it. So why was anyone surprised that the NBA’s most competitive person was doing it when he wanted to win?
Since Kobe and the Lakers added Pau Gasol, Shannon Brown and Derrick Fisher, Kobe has been nothing but the best teammate one could be. He saw the Lakers trying to do what they told him they were going to do, try to win a title. Once he seen that, he was a good solider.
When the Staples Center chants “MVP, MVP, MVP” we all know that they have it right. I will say this right now, if the Lakers win another title (giving Kobe five), he should have his statue right next to Magic Johnson and Oscar De La Hoya’s in front of Staples Center.
It is time for the recruiting wars to be kicked up a notch. High School football players will be making their choice on where to go to school and play football for the next three to five years. No one does it better than Pete Carroll, Nick Saban and Urban Meyer.
USC’s “poor” 2009 season doesn’t seem to have an effect on a recruiting class that is one of the best. Carroll has landed 10 “prospects” that could have an impact right away in 2010. Florida is another school that, like USC, lands the nation’s top players yearly. Saban has built Alabama back into national prominence with three strong recruiting classes.
This year there is a new cast of characters but the same story will be played out. Hundereds of kids will make a choice, some will regret it while others will thrive at their new schools. As quickly as we get to know their names, we will move onto the 2011 class and will start it all over again.
Hello all. Well the surgery went great! My arm hasn’t felt this good since I broke it back in September though I still have a lot of pain because the bone is trying to heal.
I feel bad that I haven’t blogged in a while, so I will have a new blog up soon.
Thanks for all the nice comments and well wishes!
Hello world, here is a little something about me…here is my Bio:
Joe is a 6 year radio veteran. He recently was
the Program Director for KQCM in 29 Palms Ca. He
co-hosted “The Big Sexy Sports Spectacular” or “B
Triple S” on Team 1010 KXPS in Palm Springs before
taking the position at KQ92.
Joe has overcome many
difficult obstacles in his life to become a
Born in Milwaukee Wisconsin to a single mother,
he was raised by his grandparents, Joe and Carol Arrigo and his mom, Cathy.
They moved to Upland Ca. in 1981 where Joe grew up
and enjoyed a life filled with love, happiness, music,
culture and sports, but Joe’s true passion is the Packers.
Joe’s mom, Cathy was always active and involved in his life. She was at every game and made it a point to take Joe to fun parks, sporting events and the beach, which became another passion of theirs. She remains his biggest fan and continues to support her oldest son. Their relationship has a different dynamic, “it’s the best of both worlds, she is my mom and my big sister, I wouldn’t have it any other way.”
Joe’s love for the Packers started in 1980 in
Milwaukee, while watching a Packers Bears game with
his uncle, he was immediately entranced with football
and that began his infatuation, well, ok, OBSESSION
with the Packers. Joe spent hours watching football
(when not playing) and analized everything. It
became almost comical how Joe could and would hold a
conversation with ANY GROWN PERSON and throw out stat
after stat, example after example and prove them
wrong, AT THE AGE OF 8!
Joe really started to focus on the NFL draft in 1988,
on his 11th birthday (April 18th), when he correctly
picked the Packers selection (7th overall) of then
South Carolina WR Sterling Sharpe after watching a
variety of highlight films. The following year (1989)
he correctly picked the first 15 players IN ORDER. At
12years old! During that time, the NFL draft was held
on Sundays, and Joe would “get sick” and miss school
Monday so he could continue to dissect and chart the
Joe, would spend long hours breaking down and watching film on
various players in hopes the Packers would draft them,
but he quickly figured out that would be more
challenging to try and breakdown each teams needs. The
running joke amongst Joe’s friends (started by Joe Pacheco) is that ”Joe is ESPN draft guru Mel Kiper Jr.’s evil step-nephew”. Joe,
who has been known to call Kiper “Uncle Mel”, credits
Kiper for being one of the first people that he looked
up to, along with Gil Brandt.
Now married with 3 children, Joe continues to break
down film, chart players and dissect the NFL draft as well as follow his passion (sports).
Joe attended Clark Atlanta University (Atlanta, Ga.)
as well as Chaffey College (Rancho Cucamonga, Ca)
where played baseball (LHP, CF) and football
(WR/KR/PR) while double majoring in Mass Media and
Joe has also appeared on various
sports stations nationwide, but is frequently heard on
ESPN 1430 in Fresno Ca. as a guest draft analyst, as
well as Southern California Correspondent.
Joe’s love for sports is only exceeded by his love for family and friends.
He would like to also say that he thanks the lord
everyday that he has been blessed with his
grandparents, Joe and Carol Arrigo (who are the 2 biggest influences in his
life) and his wife, kids, family and friends. He feels that without any
of them, no matter what success he has, it would be
meaningless and empty without them.