Football Nation: Super Bowl LIII

Annie Snyder '21, Magazine Editor

Although Pittsburgh has somewhat blocked the news of a Patriot win from their mind, the Super Bowl was still a major event in February. The 53rd Super Bowl was held in Atlanta, Georgia on Sunday, February 3rd between the Los Angeles Rams and New England Patriots. The game ended up being the lowest scoring game in Super Bowl history with an end score of 13-3 Patriots. At half time, the Rams had a chance of a comeback as it was tied 3-3, but were outplayed in nearly every aspect. The MVP of the game was the Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman, who had a particularly good performance with 10 receptions for 141 yards.

When the game lacked interest, the halftime show brought some buzz to the internet and meme scene. Although the song “Sweet Victory” was cut off by music artist Travis Scott’s “Sicko Mode,” many still found some entertainment value in Maroon 5’s performance. As always, the show got it’s own fair share of critics, saying that Maroon 5 did not deserve to play on one of the music industry’s biggest stages. The entire show was surrounded by controversy, as many performers turned down the spot in support of Colin Kaepernick. If you are not familiar, Colin Kaepernick started the movement of NFL players taking a knee during the national anthem to protest police brutality. Many of Kaepernick’s supporters include large artists who are also boycotting the NFL, such as Cardi B, who decided to not support the Super Bowl.

Now for the commercials; Bloomberg News said that one 30 second ad cost $5 million this year. Some memorable ads this year include the Pepsi commercial with Cardi B, Steve Carell, and Lil Jon, and the Bud Light commercial that made sure everyone knows Bud Light has no corn syrup. Doritos also had an interestingly catchy commercial featuring Chance the Rapper and the Backstreet Boys. Last but not least, Verizon went for the heartfelt route with stories of NFL stars who were saved by first responders. The Super Bowl may not have had the outcome most Pittsburghers were anticipating, but it was still a great show! Let’s hold out hope for the black and gold in Super Bowl LIV!