We're only one game into the NFL season at this point, but it looks like the League already has its pick locked down for the vaunted Super Bowl halftime show at the end of the season.
Bruno Mars will be the performer, according to two sources "familiar with the issue" in the Los Angeles Times when the Super Bowl comes to East Rutherford, NJ. Neither the NFL nor Fox, the network carrying 2014's game, would comment on the rumor. One NFL representative reportedly said lightly that only Janet Jackson and Miley Cyrus had been ruled out of contention.
There were initial complaints from some on Twitter that Mars wasn't a high enough caliber performer to play the Super Bowl stage, but sales charts beg to disagree. Mars' most recent album, "Unorthodox Jukebox," has sold more than 4 million copies worldwide, and his previous album, "Doo-Wops and Hooligans" has sold 6 million.
Bruno Mars following Beyonce is like George W. Bush following Abraham Lincoln
— Alex Antonetz (@AlexAntonetz) September 6, 2013
The NFL has to consider three factors when preparing for the performance, most of which deal with the game's location in New Jersey:
1. Many Jersey residents had hoped that one of the state's own power acts would take the stage to commemorate the event, but Bruce Springsteen has played the Super Bowl before, and Bon Jovi is currently on hiatus after guitarist Richie Sambora quit the band (Mars is from Hawaii).
2. Considering that Mars is from a warm climate, he'd better dress warm. For the first time in years, the Super Bowl will be cold thanks to its locale. New Jersey in February will be freezing at the least, and a blizzard at the worst. Tough to play a guitar with cold hands.
3. Last year's Super Bowl performer, Beyonce, left the NFL in shock. Or, more accurately, in lack of shock. When the power went out at the Superdome in New Orleans, many believed it was because the pop star's act had consumed to much juice. MetLife Stadium in Rutherford is more newfangled, but still something for the NFL to keep an eye on.