The not-so Super Bowl

Kyle Jennings, Staff Writer

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According to Sporteology, football is the most watched sport in the U.S. and every year the Super Bowl is one of the most televised events in America. The Super Bowl is the main championship game of the NFL, the official league of football; however, for those who do not enjoy watching football the halftime show provides entertainment from some of the most popular singers of the year and the commercials usually do not disappoint either.

This year the returning champions, the New England Patriots, faced the newly moved L.A. Rams, a repeat of the XXXVI back in 2002. There was hope for a high-scoring game and the dethroning of the NE Patriots, who, out of the last ten Super Bowls, have been in five and won three. 

The game itself was low scoring, with only one touchdown being scored in the fourth quarter. It began with the Patriots receiving the kickoff but turning over the ball shortly after. The first quarter ended with no points being scored on both teams. In the second quarter, New England was able to score a field goal bringing the score to three for the Patriots and zero for L.A. In the third quarter, the Rams tied the game, but in the fourth New England scored both a touchdown and a field goal bringing the final score to 13-3 Patriots.

For those uninterested in the football portion of the Super Bowl, Maroon 5, Travis Scott, and a rapper named Big Boi were scheduled for the halftime show and were expected to play Sweet Victory from the show Spongebob Squarepants. The feature of this song would have been an ode to the creator of the show, Stephen Hillenburg, who passed away the last November. While the game may have disappointed some, the halftime show disappointed many people with the New York Times calling the performance “dynamically flat.” It began with Maroon 5 performing a few of their hit songs but then, on the screens of millions, characters from the hit show SpongeBob SquarePants appeared and played the intro to Sweet Victory. This clip, however, was cut short. While Travis Scott and Big Boi helped to spice up the show, the trio did not give a performance that hyped up the audience.

According to Sports Media Watch, Super Bowl LIII viewership was the lowest in almost nine years with only 98.1 million compared to last year’s 103 million. It also had the lowest rating in 14 years tying with Super Bowl XXXIX in 2005. This has been blamed on many factors, such as having the Patriots returning again, the halftime show not being as relevant as it was a few years ago, or the absence of Sweet Victory.

 

 

Works Cited

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/03/arts/music/super-bowl-halftime-show.html

https://www.sportsmediawatch.com/super-bowl-ratings-historical-viewership-chart-cbs-nbc-fox-abc/

https://sporteology.net/top-10-most-popular-sports-in-america/