Thursday, January 29, 2009

Another Football Pass

This year's Superbowl is in my town and along with all the hooplah and traffic woes come a few cool opportunities. Bruce Springsteen is performing in the halftime show. I'm not a Springstein fan. Never have been. Not even in the 80's. Something about him just grates on me.

Anyway, you know how they have the crowds that dance around in front of the halftime stage like they're at a regular concert? Well, those slots are pretty coveted by a lot of people. And to get in, at least this year, you have to get your name in the running for a tryout. And then you have to bring x number of friends and spend an entire day standing in the middle of Raymond James Stadium rehearsing.

Uh... I've been to a lot of concerts. There's not a lot of choreography involved in standing in front of the stage. Maybe a little "wave your arms like you just don't care" along with some well placed squeals and hip gyrations. All in all, I can't see where a day's worth of practice would be involved.

I imagine it should go a little something like this: Here's your holding room. On cue you will run out onto the field in this direction, flock around the stage and then proceed with the aforementioned "wave your hands like you just don't care," squeals and hip gyrations. Everybody clear? Ok. See you Superbowl Sunday around 10 a.m. so you can sit here and do nothing for eight hours while all your friends are enjoying their Superbowl parties. Congratulations you're in the halftime show!

Ok. Why am I going on about this? My friend was chosen to be in the show. And she invited me. She cannot believe that I would miss this opportunity. Especially since I am the one who drags everyone else to concerts and have been known to wave my hands like I just don't care more than most. I just don't want to do this halftime show. It sounds like more trouble than it's worth.

It's supposed to be raining in Tampa today. The people in the show have to show up at the stadium at noon. They have been told to expect to be there until 10 p.m. That's 10 hours, outside in the rain to learn how to wave your hands like you just don't care! And my friend doesn't understand why I just don't care to do this.

She tells me I have all morning to change my mind. All I have to do is show up at noon and she'll no longer think I've gone lame on her. Ok, yes it would be cool to say I was in a Superbowl halftime show. Yes it would be a blast to wave my hands like I just don't care with my friends even if I really just don't care about Springsteen. But 10 hours in the rain???? I'm sorry. I wouldn't even do that for Kenny Chesney. And I'm at every one of his Tampa shows up next to the stage waving my butt off.

Would you show up at noon today? On this play, I think I'll pass.

Wendi Darlin


Dee Shore said...

I wouldn't show up. Like you I am a HUGE concert buff. I love live music, but I've also been to special events that when it all boils down it was more of a hassle than anything else. Personaly, I would have gotten a ticket to watch the game. Or have a "Big Game" party. But that's just the football freak in me talking. *wink*

Wendi said...

Hey, Dee! My dh thought about getting tickets for the game. They're cheap this year, starting at only $1800 a pop. LOL! He doesn't really like either of the teams so he decided to pass too.

Maybe our new coach will give us a winning home team again. :)

Wendi Darlin

Tess MacKall said...

No way would I do it for any celebrity. Would you do it for Kenny Chesney? lol

Wendi said...

I'd probably do it for Kenny if it wasn't raining. In the rain, he'd have to promise me a week on that island of his to dry out in the Caribbean sun. LOL!

Wendi Darlin

AJ Llewellyn said...

Wendi, go. Last year I got to be in the mosh pit at the Grammys and although it was a major hassle, being there hours early and having our clothes inspected by security and the camera people etc was an amazing experience. Nothing beats a live show...except I am very down on Kenny Chesney who has declined me as MySpace friend - twice. Go and have fun and throw something at him for me!!

Wendi said...

AJ! Say it isn't so! Kenny declined you as a myspace friend??? Who does he think he is? LOL! I never go on myspace anymore. I don't think he's my friend either. If I remember correctly, George Strait is, and I don't even go to his concerts. LOL!

I ended up passing on the halftime show. My friend is there now, and it's pouring rain here. I'll get the scoop from her later on how it all went.

Stay weekend I'll be at the PBR Invitational (profession bull riders!) LOL! Trust me, I'll be talking about it. :)

Wendi Darlin

Minx Malone said...

Wow - I definitely think I would bail too!

Wendi said...

I did bail, Minx. :) And my friend sent me a pic from her cell phone around 7 pm. She was sporting a rain poncho and still in the stadium. Uggghhh!

Wendi Darlin

C. A. Salo said...

Well for cryingout loud Wendi, I thought for some odd reason you lived in Georgia or something. You're only an hour away from me!
What a silly goose I am. We'll have to have coffee one day.

Wendi said...

Definitely, C! Let me know if you're ever over here. I'll give you a shout when I'm headed your way. :)

Wendi Darlin