Buzz Bulletin: Kings and Queens

By: Whitney Carroll McKinnon
Posted: September 28, 2019

The boys may get all the attention on the field during the Super Bowl, but this year, halftime is going to be all about the ladies.

The announcement hit earlier this week that Jennifer Lopez and Shakira will be sharing the stage in Miami this February, and I, for one, am here for it.

The duo will be the third and fourth Latinx performers to perform at the Super Bowl since 1991, when the halftime show was first expanded to feature a mini-concert from a popular artist or group (what’s up, New Kids On The Block fans). Since then, only Gloria Estefan and Enrique Iglesias have represented the Latinx community on the Super Bowl stage.

You can bet the decision wasn’t reached without some serious thought from NFL execs. After the league was widely lambasted for booking LA-based Maroon 5 as last year’s halftime performer instead of any of the many hometown artists Atlanta has to offer (like Ludacris, Outkast, Cee Lo Green, and T.I.), it certainly wasn’t an accident to feature two Latin-flavored powerhouses as headliners this year.

Don’t be surprised if the performance features an appearance by Gloria Estefan. The Miami legend has hit the Super Bowl stage twice already–once as a solo act in 1992, and again three years later with Miami Sound Machine. Fingers crossed, because as all ’80’s kids know, Gloria Estefan is an absolute queen.

(I would also put money on Miami native Pitbull showing up for an appearance. Which is fine, I guess.)

There’s something in my eye…

‘Tis the season for emotional MLB goodbyes, and oh man, Seattle had a doozy this week.

Felix Hernandez made what is almost certainly his last start in a Mariners uniform, and you guys…this is why we love baseball.

King Felix came up to the big leagues in 2005 as a 19 year old phenom, and was borderline unhittable for the first decade of his career. He won the Cy Young Award in 2010 after leading the league with a 2.27 ERA while also facing more batters than anyone else in the majors. He was a workhorse who, despite his dominance, never won more than 19 games in a single season due to the Mariners’ chronic mediocrity. That didn’t stop him from putting up what could prove to be Hall of Fame-caliber numbers.

Hernandez’s effectiveness has waned in recent years, making his future somewhat hazy. However, his undeniable talent made him a bright spot on an otherwise bleak team for a generation of fans. And for the rest of us, he was a ton of fun to watch.

Carli Lloyd? Yes please.

I’m just going to leave this here:

Someone sign Carli please.

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