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Livin’ on Pereira: Bon Jovi Visits NMS

Posted by jetsstaff on June 9, 2010 – 2:04 pm

The New Home Of The Jets proffered a cozy spot for one of New Jersey’s favorite sons recently when Jon Bon Jovi played the first concerts in the New Meadowlands Stadium. So well received was he that he’ll be back for another tilt in early July.

I was among the fortunate who saw JBJ and his band turn in their usual fahhhhbulous performance on opening night, swaying between his Jersey Shore-fire combo of fist-pumping anthems and tender ballads to the delight of a full house. NMS may be the new kid on the block but for the most part it stepped up to put on a show that you would expect from the NFL’s most mod new spot.

Bon Jovi always seems to turn up in big spots, like the NFL’s Kickoff Concert in Times Square shortly after 9/11 (for which I have always given him the utmost props), charity events and probably the odd supermarket opening if he felt one of his fans thought he might turn up. Fueled by his restless heart and rock and roll strut and aided and abetted by guitarist Richie Sambora’s swinging hooks, all of that only added to the fact that just the day before, the NMS was tabbed for the 2014 Super Bowl.

While Bon Jovi played, Jets owner Woody Johnson and center Nick Mangold served up hunks of an enormous cake to celebrate. Ahh, if it can be said with music, Jets and Cake, then I want to hear it.


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16 Responses to “Livin’ on Pereira: Bon Jovi Visits NMS”

  1. By Hogan on Jun 9, 2010 | Reply

    Everyone that is comparing your job or bills, or police or firmemen to the NFL. The diferance is noone pays millions of dollars in tickets and merch, to see you or a policeman do your job. Tom if hundreds of fans were clamoring to see you, you also could ask for more $. Dont give me Hollywood cause that is its own world also, and you want to talk about overpaid, at least they work physically hard in the NFL.

  2. By Jets Fan Since '64 Tom on Jun 9, 2010 | Reply

    Hogan, folks like Mike Jet Vet and Gary C. are decrying the selfishness on DR’s part that, if it spreads, will cripple the new Jets before they’ve even gotten off the ground. And when folks talk about principles like honoring commitments, they’ve every right to apply the standards to which they themselves are held, especially having seen prima donnas ruin their favorite teams over the years. Hollywood is analogous in that odds are steep, rewards can be huge, and perspective can easily be lost.

  3. By Jets Fan Since '64 Tom on Jun 10, 2010 | Reply

    In fact, Hogan, when you fail to hold stars to the same standards of ethics that you yourself uphold, you give in to the star-worship that’s destroyed more teams (and movie productions) than built them. “Speaking truth to power” can also mean getting real with egomaniacal athletes. A story today about DR marketing himself for endorsements while he’s acting like a kid about his deal made me sick. As for saying “pay the man” re any good player who holds out, that’s simply not a workable approach.

  4. By Jets Fan Since '64 Tom on Jun 10, 2010 | Reply

    More on “Pay the man” lunacy: In the wake of DR’s nonsense, folks on this site are now saying “Pay the man” re NM, DF, and DH. Awhile back many said the same about JF, TJ, and Leon. I’m worried that SH and AC, two of the players on other teams I most wished were Jets, won’t get paid enough. Me and Ira agree that J-Co’s worth his weight in gold. And our draft picks and FAs have to be signed, too. Only problem is, we fans whose money supports the team can’t just tell our bosses, “Pay the man.”

  5. By Jets Fan Since '64 Tom on Jun 10, 2010 | Reply

    By the way, here’s a quote I love that DR would do very well to think about. Oscar Robertson (high school champion, college champion, Olympic champion, NBA champion) was asked if somebody, think it was Jordan or Bryant, was the greatest ever. Oscar, taken aback, said, “He’s not even great yet.” The interviewer, astounded, asked him what he meant. Oscar replied, “He’s not GREAT until he makes every player on his team better.” Not easy to do that when you want all the money for yourself, Revis.

  6. By Jets Fan Since '64 Tom on Jun 10, 2010 | Reply

    Oh and by the way, Hogan, crew members, who are also “Hollywood” even if you never see ‘em on “Entertainment Tonight” until they become producers and directors, have been known to drop dead after weeks of twenty-hour days. When that starts happening in the NFL, Revis can come crying to me about his contract.

  7. By Mike Jet Vet on Jun 10, 2010 | Reply

    Tom 64 spoken with true conviction and I’m sure with value passed on.. Sad part some here don’t have a glue just from their analysis..Hogan NFL players begin as young impressionable Kids coming out of college and get $million contracts before playing a single down in the NFL ..Your analogy comparing these players with Police and Firemen your kidding right ducking bullets running into burning buildings both risking life or limb or Play 20 games a year with 4 months off .There is no comparison

  8. By Mike Jet Vet on Jun 10, 2010 | Reply

    CONT.and believe your reasoning was no one is clamoring or pays Millions to watch Police and firemen go to work REALLY that to me makes them unsung hero’s . BTY my belief (I hope randy can print this without offending any1) fans believing in the way you do is reason why costs to me on average taking my kids to a single game is $500.. Here’s my reasoning Hogan when loved ones are in trouble or in need of help ( CALL REViS ) let me know how that works out for you

  9. By Alan on Jun 10, 2010 | Reply

    Wow, I suggest everyone goes to ESPNNY.com and read the story on Kevin Basped. Cimini actually writes something touching for once in his life. Lets just pray that Basped becomes the OLB we have needed. Imagine that mixed with Pace and Gholston comes out Ok at DE. Then you have Revis, Cromartie, and Wilson in the secondary. and theyre all under 26 with the exception of pace.

  10. By Alan on Jun 10, 2010 | Reply

    Jet Fan Since 64, quit bleeding all over the floor, you think the week would be over by now since the hold out was exactly a week ago. He skipped one day He never said anything negative to the media. Your lashing out like he skipped all of training camp and badmouthed MR.T and Mr.J. He has been nothing but positive.

  11. By Phil Sullivan on Jun 10, 2010 | Reply

    Al,
    Great pictures as usual. You are an artist I have always enjoyed your work. Keep them coming, we appreciate it.

    Phil

  12. By Jets Fan Since '64 Tom on Jun 10, 2010 | Reply

    Alan, the kind of junk DR is pulling is like cancer on a team, as you see by the way NM’s talking now. What’s more, I don’t wanna hear a damn thing about what a “fine young man” DR allegedly is, like we kept hearing as Leon made more and more foolish choices. The idea that DR is digging in on his idiotic, purely ego-based demand to be the highest paid CB is one I’d love to confront as a GM. You’d apparently wait until he’s skipping camp and badmouthing people to get tough, which is WAY too late.

  13. By Jets Fan Since '64 Tom on Jun 10, 2010 | Reply

    Hey MJV, everything you said is great but that last laugh about calling Revis when you need help, man, I don’t know whether to laugh or cry. Guess we’re really in “The Simpsons” or some alternative universe when folks don’t appreciate or even know what cops, firemen, soldiers, etc. do, as if because they’re not on “American Idol” they’re not worthy. You’re way off on DR and the entire issue of how to take a bunch of young men and mold them into champions, Alan, but right about Cimini, good tip.

  14. By Hogan on Jun 11, 2010 | Reply

    MJV and Tom, I agree with most of what you say, If a good actor, or police/firmen,(who I totally respect by the way,if that came out wrong) asked for more $ they deserved I would be fine with that. But it remains true that you do not pay $ to help them. Maybe u should not watch the NFL, and donate all that $ to the PBA, if it bothers you that much. Also I am on record saying I stop short of anything that hurts the team just to make DR happy, but I dont pretend to know what that is.

  15. By Jets Fan Since '64 Tom on Jun 11, 2010 | Reply

    My biggest charitable contribution every year is to the Paralyzed Veterans of America, Hogan, and I hope you don’t think that’s something to joke about. But if you want to know what “something that hurts the team” is, read the Willis article in the Post today that Spicer just tipped us off to.

  16. By Syd on Aug 26, 2010 | Reply

    I thought I’d take a chance and write you about a guy that cou;d solve the defensive back issue go to you tube search Airabin Justin. The Jets would not be sorry if they signed him. He is a real cover corner and can run with the best of them just like Revis. Check it out.

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