Monday, February 4, 2019

Another Year, Another Super Bowl

Yesterday, February 3rd, marked the 53rd annual Super Bowl. This game had the New England Patriots versus the Los Angeles Rams. And this game was probably one of the worst Super Bowls I've seen. There were so many things that made it so lackluster this time around. Most of the commercials weren't even that entertaining and funny. Many of them were just on the serious side. That's not what Super Bowl commercials are about. It takes some weight and pressure off of the game itself. They give you a small laugh as you are anxiously awaiting the game. The best commercials, in my opinion, were the teasers for the upcoming Marvel movies this year: Avengers: Endgame and Captain Marvel. Now, that could be because I am a huge fan of the franchise myself, but I still stand by my word. Other than those, the commercials were just... forgettable.

Now, let's talk about the halftime show. Maroon 5 was the headline act, which I didn't expect to be good in the first place. But, there was a small detail that would have made the show so much better. In late November, the creator of Spongebob Squarepants, Stephen Hillenburg, died due to ALS. Days after this heartbreaking event, someone decided to make a petition on to get Maroon 5 to play the song "Sweet Victory" during the show in honor of him. The song was used at the end of an episode called "Band Geeks," where Squidward Tentacles agreed to be a conductor of a band that he must put together. Although the band had a rocky start, they managed to pull through at the end of the episode. They performed the song at what seemed to be a Super Bowl game. The band performed beautifully.

So, did the NFL listen to the people and get Maroon 5 to perform the legendary song? Not really. During the halftime show, there were a brief 10 seconds of a Flash animation that included Squidward and Spongebob. Squidward, as the conductor, says "And now, a true musical genius who needs no introduction" Spongebob does a small dance that can be seen in the same episode I mentioned before, and the trumpets blare. It was the same trumpets to "Sweet Victory" I was on the edge of my seat. I couldn't believe they listened to the people. Until Travis Scott came on stage to perform his song "Sicko Mode." Everybody was crushed. Those few seconds just didn't feel like enough. We were promised "Sweet Victory" but... we never got it.

As for the actual game, I don't have much to say. It was just plain boring. Now, I admit, I am not a football fan at all. I don't understand anything that happens during it, but at least if I decide to watch it, I get some excitement out of it. The game that both the Patriots and Rams played just felt like your average college football game.

The Super Bowl is the biggest televised event in American history, but with the dull commercials, to the disappointing halftime show, to the bland game, it certainly didn't feel that special.

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