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Bomani Jones: ‘America Being Nostalgic For Rap At The Super Bowl Is Wild’

“Jones joked that he was happy he had invested in high-end speakers before the show.”

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Long before we knew that it was going to become a reality, Bomani Jones was calling for a G Funk Super Bowl halftime show. It happened on Sunday night. While most people sang the show’s praises, Jones noted that it was bigger than just a fun show featuring nostalgic rap acts from the 90s.

On Monday’s episode of The Right Time, Jones quickly recapped the Rams’ victory in Super Bowl LVI before saying “Y’all don’t give a damn what I thought about that football game. Y’all ain’t thought about that football game since that football game happened.

“I’m here to talk about G Funk Super Bowl. It was low riders on the field. It was dudes dancing in khaki suits. It was 50 Cent hanging upside down, and as my boy Chase said ‘looking luck Buck Moreland in a beater’. We got that too. It was Kendrick Lamar kicking a new negro spiritual at the Super Bowl. It was Mary J Blige singing one of those damn happiness carols at the Super Bowl. It was Dr. Dre saying he still not lovin’ police at the Super Bowl. It was snoop wearing basically. Head-to-toe designer Crip rag at the Super Bowl. It was Snoop Crip walking at the Super Bowl.”

Jones joked that he was happy he had invested in high-end speakers before the show.

“We was up in Harlem knocking. It was bangin’!”

While he was ready to celebrate the show for being high quality, Bomani Jones also noted it was worth celebrating that the show happened at all. He said that this idea was crystalized for him after a conversation with Mike Ryan from The Dan Le Batard Show, who insisted that last year’s performance by The Weekend was clearly superior.

“I realized some of y’all grew up at a time where they always play rap music all over the place. Some of you grew up in a time where you didn’t have people making significant value judgements about you just on the basis of rap music. People my age, I just can’t stress this enough, it was surreal to see that this is not just accepted as mainstream music, but accepted as something that America could be nostalgic about.”

Jones described the setlist as “all gangsta from start to finish.” The only reason he was disappointed was that Dr. Dre did not play anything from before his album 2001 aside from “California Love.”

The halftime show was a cultural touchstone, but it didn’t have a larger meaning attached for the league as some had speculated. According to Bomani Jones, music was all that mattered and he is still a little gobsmacked that the show happened at all.

“The idea that some real deal, hardcore rap music was being played at the Super Bowl and America wanted it was wild.”

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Danny Balis Joins 97.1 The Freak

“I feel kind of nervous because I haven’t done this in a long time. I thought this may not ever happen to me again, to do radio with people I’ve known for a very, very long time.”

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Longtime Sportsradio 96.7/1310 The Ticket producer Danny Balis is joining 97.1 The Freak in Dallas.

Balis was introduced Monday as the newest member of The Downbeat cast, which already features Mike Rhyner, Mike Sirois, and Michael Gruber.

“He was the one I want, and I get what I want here,” Rhyner said during Monday’s announcement.

“I’m excited,” said Balis. “I feel kind of nervous because I haven’t done this in a long time. I thought this may not ever happen to me again, to do radio with people I’ve known for a very, very long time.”

Balis left The Ticket in May, citing an interest in focusing on other areas of his life outside of radio. He served as a producer at the station for 22 years before stepping aside. At the time, he said “The room for growth for me up here is not going to open up until all you knuckleheads retire,” the 54-year-old joked.

In addition to his work with The Freak, Balis continues to co-own the Twilite Lounge in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex.

97.1 The Freak launched in October, and features a “broad-based, personality driven format” that features several former Dallas sports radio personalities including Rhyner, and Ben and Skin among others.

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Shan & RJ: We Have Questions About Jerry Jones But Washington Post Report Isn’t One of Them

“We all have some skeletons in our closet, but to throw the weight of the word racist on anyone, you’re gonna have to come with more than that.”

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Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones found himself in the headlines last week ahead of the team’s Thanksgiving Day game, but it was largely seen as something that didn’t need to be dragged out into the spotlight, and 105.3 The Fan hosts Shan and RJ agreed.

The Washington Post last week published a photo from 1957 showing a 14-year-old Jones among a crowd of onlookers as white students tried to block the path of some Black students attempting to enter his North Little Rock, Arkansas high school.

The piece focused on Jones, who is the Cowboys general manager, never hiring a Black head coach in the entire time he’s owned the franchise.

On Monday, Shan Shariff said it seemed a bit much to use that photo and article to paint Jones as some sort of racist.

“There’s certainly a bunch of stories out there that we know on and off the record about Jerry Jones that makes me question his morals,” he said. “We all have some skeletons in our closet, but to throw the weight of the word racist on anyone, you’re gonna have to come with more than that.”

Cowboys insider Bobby Belt, who was filling in for co-host RJ Choppy on Shan & RJ, said Jones has likely evolved like a lot of people do over time. He didn’t think it was fair to necessarily say Jones was racist.

“I’m not gonna speak for anyone else but I don’t believe he’s racist,” Belt said. “I think there are enough people who have dealt with him who are African American who would tell you they don’t think he’s racist. But it’s still not a thing that you can just write off to ‘Oh I was just standing there.'”

Jones admitted to the Post that his football coach at the time told him and other players not to get involved or be among the crowd for that moment, but he went anyway.

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DiPietro & Rothenberg: NFL TV Partners Should Schedule Jets and Giants at Opposite Times

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For the first time in a long time, both the New York Giants and the New York Jets are factors in the NFL playoff picture. After years of both franchises occupying the bottom portions of the league standings, fans in New York and the surrounding area have a reason to believe. On DiPietro & Rothenberg on ESPN New York, Dave Rothenberg said he thinks the league should put both teams in more marquee windows.

“When you start to think about flexing games, you start to think about you know what, the Giants and Jets should be flexed into better time slots,” he said.

Co-host Rick DiPietro said it sucks now that both teams are playing well, fans are essentially forced to flip back and forth between games.

“It’s awful. It really is,” he said. “I wouldn’t say that it ruins the Sunday because that would be hard. But it’s not my favorite.”

Still, it’s not lost on Rothenberg that football fans in the city now have something to cheer for NFL wise as the last chunk of the regular season approaches.

“When was the last time the Jets and Giants in December had meaningful football games?” Rothenberg asked. “Years and years and years.”

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