Super Bowl 2013
By Taylor Dugan
Ahh. It’s that time of year again. Super Bowl Sunday came and went just as fast as Christmas and the holidays had. Super Bowl Sunday is a time to come together with friends and family. A time to make bets about who will win and who will lose. A time where Americans consume an uncanny amount of calories to the point of unbuckling their pants just as halftime rolls around. A day that is considered the only day of the year acceptable to watch commercials, when the funniest of advertising comes across television screens throughout the nation. Ahh yes, the Super Bowl .
This year, for the first time in HISTORY, two brothers (John and Jim Harbaugh) coached against one another. Talk about a sibling rivalry! I wonder what team their mother cheered for? An interview with the Harbaugh family–Jack (father), Jackie (mother), Joanie (sister)–said that they were proud of both men no matter the outcome. The Harbaugh Bowl, as many called it, was one to watch for many reasons:
1). Brotherly Love? Yeah right!! John’s AFC Champion Baltimore Ravens finished the regular season 10-6, winning their 3 playoff games heading into Sunday’s game. Jim’s NFC Champion San Francisco 49ers went 11-4-1 in the regular season earning a first round bye. The 49ers won their 2 playoff match-ups to stamp their ticket to the big game. The odds had San Fran winning, but how could you rule out the Ravens?! Ray Lewis had a few tricks up his sleeve before he hung up his cleats for good. Baltimore took home the Lombardi Trophy on Sunday, beating San Fran 34-31.
2). Musical Entertainment! Alicia Keys belted out her own rendition of the Star Spangled Banner on Sunday as Beyonce redeemed her Inauguration national anthem with performing the halftime show flawlessly. Keys had said that her version of the national anthem would be one to remember, however some would agree that as long and dragged out as she performed it, we’d all like to forget about it. As rumored, the girls of Destiny’s Child reunited on stage as Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams joined Beyonce after a few songs. All the Independent Women of the 90’s were Jumpin’ Jumpin’ as the trio’s reunion was the first since the group’s last performance in 2006.
3). The Adbowl! Every year, commercials get funnier and funnier as the competition for what has become known as the Adbowl continues to grow. My personal favorite commercial of this year’s Super Bowl was Tide’s “Miracle Stain” commercial, where a 49ers fan drops food on his jersey and the stain magically brings him fame from the stain looking like the face of Joe Montana. The commercial ends with the man’s wife washing the jersey, who then turns to the camera, and shows her proudly wearing a Ravens jersey. The commercial not only grabbed the attention of many viewers, but was ironic in the fact that the Ravens won. Super Bowl commercials are known as the year’s most watched commercials, known as the most unexpected and humorous commercials of the year. This year, to have a 30-second commercial in the 47th Super Bowl, it cost companies $4 million. Many were outraged by this price, including General Motors, who refused to have a commercial in this year’s line-up.
4). Lights Out? Directly after the Pepsi Half Time Show, the third quarter began with a bit of a dark outlook for San Fran. Not only did Baltimore’s Jacoby Jones return the ball 108 yards for a touchdown, setting a Super Bowl record for the longest kick return in Super Bowl history, but half of the Superdome’s stadium lights went out. The power outage was one of the most bizarre moments in the history of the Super Bowl, keeping fans in the stadium and at home on their feet, waiting in anticipation for the game to restart. The players and coaches were told to stay on the field during the 34 minutes of the power outage while Twitter had it’s most exciting 34 minutes of it’s history.
I hope all who watched the excitement of the Super Bowl were as pleased as I was this year. Congrats to the Baltimore Ravens, the 2013 NFL Super Bowl Champions! Now here’s to a quick off season!!
Fun facts about the 2013 Super Bowl:
• This year’s game was played in New Orleans in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
• Jim Harbaugh’s son Jack is an intern for his Uncle John.
• Jim Harbaugh is a former NFL quarterback who formerly played for who else but the Baltimore Ravens.
• The Baltimore Raven’s First overall draft pick was Ray Lewis, who retired after Sundays game.
• Ray Lewis’s first career sack was against a quarterback playing for the Indianapolis Colts. The quarterback? Jim Harbaugh.