Thursday, September 24, 2009

Let's hear it for New York!

If it didn't happen in New York, it didn't happen.

In 72 hours, the Big Apple played host to Jay-Z's 9/11 benefit concert at Madison Square Garden, the MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall and the U.S. Open in Flushing Meadows.

Not to mention, All-Star shortshop Derek Jeter became the all-time Yankee hit leader surpassing the legendary Lou Gerhig in Bronx on 9/11.

What else could have happened?

Here are some highlights from what was a big weekend in New York:

Jay-Z shines bright at 9/11 concert:

My opinion: Great show and the special guests - Beyonce, Mary J. Blige, Kanye West, Rihanna, Kid Cudi and John Mayer- really made the show memorable. All proceeds from ticket sales went to the New York Police and Fire Widows' and Children's Benefit Fund. The unfortunate part is that people were selling tickets on Web sites for as much as $45,000 per ticket.

Derek Jeter makes history on 9/11:

My opinion: Huge moment in sports history. Jeter has been a consistent and classy player since the moment he was called up to the Major Leagues in May 1995. He's a player that any young Little Leaguer can look up to. There's no doubt that this history-making moment was well-deserved. Baseball players often make news for making bad decisions, but Jeter is one player who has made all the right ones. I'll be glad to see the day when he's inducted into the hall of fame.

Serena Williams loses temper and match:

My opinion: Tough loss for Serena, but other tennis players have done and probably said worse. She just picked a bad time to lose her cool. However, the blame -- or tennis ball -- should be pointed at Serena. If she didn't explode like that it is possible the match could have had a different outcome. But we'll never know...

Kanye West interrupts VMAs; declares Beyonce the best:

My opinion: One word: disgusting. Kanye interrupting sweet little country singer Taylor Swift's acceptance speech at the VMAs was a disgrace. It was a moment where the world asked: "Did he just do that?" But then we remembered this is Kanye, who is known to do anything. Luckily, Beyonce cleaned up the spill on aisle four by giving Taylor an opportunity to finish her acceptance speech. Thank you, B!

Lil' Mama gets a little too excited at VMAs / Alicia Keys says fall back:

My opinion: Lil' Mama, what you did was just as bad as what Kanye did. The only difference is Jay-Z is not some little country singer. Jay-Z even tapped Lil' Mama during the interruption as to say, "Get off!" But she continued to bounce around the stage as if she belonged. Lil' Mama may be from New York, but she really shouldn't even be within 50 feet of people like Jay-Z and Alicia Keys. Perhaps Lil' Mama should jump in front of mirror and ask herself, "what have ever I done?" I can give her an answer -- NOTHING!

In the video above, Alicia Keys sums up the incident:

"I can appreciate her being overwhelmed and inspired but we would have preferred she did it from her seat,"" Keys said on the Today Show Wednesday morning (September 16).

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