Posted to OGR on 02/07/2010
Ever since Janet Jackson’s infamous “Wardrobe Malfunction” during the 2004 Super Bowl Half Time show in Houston, aging, venerable rock and rollers have taken over the stage during the grand finale of football. What! You say! How can that be? Sure – just follow through with me for a minute. Let me see now… 2005 - ALLTEL Stadium, Jacksonville, Paul McCartney born June 18, 1942) – Check! 2006 – Ford Field, Detroit, The Rolling Stones (Mick Jagger born July 26, 1943) - Check! 2007 – Dolphin Stadium, Miami, Prince (born June 7, 1958) – Check! 2008 – University of Phoenix Stadium, Tom Petty (born October 20, 1950) & the Heartbreakers – Check! 2009 – Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Bruce Springsteen (born September 23, 1949) and the E Street Band – Check! 2010 – Sun Life Stadium, Miami Gardens, The Who (Roger Daltrey born March 1, 1944) – Check! Prince was the youngest when he took the state at 48. Yup, these artists are all boomer s or pre-boomers whose audience was the boomers. Looks like glitter, flash and public exposure have given was to sex, drugs and rock and roll!
The only boomer left in the NFL was Jeff Carney of the Saints, who is 45. He was released in December. There are only 6 other players over 40 who played in 2009. Jeff Feagles, New York Giant, born March 7, 1966, Matt Stover, Indianapolis Colts, born January 27, 1968, Matt Turk, Houston Texans, born June 16, 1968, Brett Farve, Minnesota Vikings, born October 10, 1969, John Kasay, Carolina Panthers, born October 27, 2969 and Junior Seau, New England Patriots, born January 19, 1969. At least one of these (Farve) is retiring this year. But we baby boomers can rejoice in the at least the half time show us “Owned” by us. Long Live Rock and Roll!!!
Copyright 2010 Rick Wrigley