ASST. SPORTS EDITOR
Boston faced Los Angeles in another big-stage sporting event. This time, it was for one of the most viewed sporting events of the year: the Super Bowl. Viewers were looking forward to a fast-paced game, amazing plays, scoreboard running, a great halftime show, and some entertaining commercials that people have been anticipating all year long, while being served with lots of food to fill the most American event of the year. For the most part, we were just given the food, as this game started off extremely slow. Unless you enjoy watching special teams kick field goals, viewers were given a defensive battle between two teams that played absolute “zero” defense during the regular season.
“Anybody but the Patriots,” is a quote from fans who just want the Patriots’ dynasty to end. However, the only thing that ended was the hopes of Rams fans who watched as the Patriots hoisted the Lombardi Trophy after winning 13 – 3. “We’re still here,” said Tom Brady after the Patriots hosted a rally in front of their fans, and before they flew to Atlanta for Super Bowl LIII.
Brady won his sixth Super Bowl championship which ties him with the Pittsburgh Steelers entire organization. His sixth ring is the most won by any National Football League player ever, which is why fans and sport anchors could define him as the Greatest Of All Time (G.O.A.T). Brady, won another chip at the age of 41, defying all odds after being drafted in the sixth round as the 199 pick.
Leading up to the Super Bowl, there were many stories about the outcome that came up in sports bars and sports talk shows alike. Journalists were writing about Brady’s age and whether he can still perform at an elite level on the biggest stage in the NFL. Could Jared Goff and the L.A. Rams bring a trophy to the “City of Angels”, a city that just watched the Dodgers lose in back-to-back World Series and is currently watching the Lakers struggle without LeBron James. L.A. has not had a major parade for a sports team’s grand success in a final since 2016, which was for The L.A. Sparks, who are not on such a grand stage like the other sports in L.A.
At the beginning of the game, we saw both of the most prolific quarterbacks of the sport struggle to start a good drive. As for the rest of the offense, there were large problems on both ends, as few yardages were gained by the two most potent offensive teams in the NFL as they seemed to just fizzle out. Brady seemed to be showing a hint of his age at the beginning throwing, a pick right to the Rams defense. As for Goff, his inexperience seemed to show throughout the game as he was unable to really bring himself to the top-tier player he was all regular season long.
The Rams, who averaged 32.9 points per game, had the most problems as they could only muster three points. The Rams are also known for their explosive run game, but were only able to get 62 rushing yards from three running backs. As the Rams biggest offensive player, Todd Gurley was not his normal game changing self when it mattered most. The Patriots did a bit better, as they had long drives throughout the game but were never able to get an end product until the fourth quarter. Brady was still able to go for 262 passing yards, and the Patriots as a whole went for 156 rushing yards.
What it all came down to was defense, and, if you ever played a sport, you probably heard the phrase “defense wins championships,” which, for most fans of the game, was true. It was not until the fourth quarter with seven minutes left to play when we finally got the first, and only, touchdown scored by the Patriots, giving us the most exciting play from the other hour and half of boredom.
At least we had the halftime show to help improve the mood. This, too, was not as received as previous years. For most people the highlight of the performance was the brief clip of Spongebob Squarepants, which introduced Travis Scott. Overall, the production of the halftime was not what gave it a bad name, but it was instead the selected musicians who took the stage. Maroon 5 is a musical group that is not as popular today as they were 5 or 6 years ago. How many times are we going to have to hear “Sicko Mode” by Travis Scott before it gets played out? The song is popular, as it ranks top five in Top 100 Billboard songs, but I’m sure many are already tired of it by now. This was also the only song Scott would perform as his time was only about forty-two seconds.
Overall, the football event of the year did not live up to the hype. Most fans will agree, but some defensive coordinators will strongly disagree. The new era of football seems to be making its way, with big offensive plays overtaking the game and leaving defense in the dust for the viewers. What we saw, instead, is the game’s own refusal to change as defense actually won a championship again. Showing that the so-called “new-age” of football still has not taken flight, even though we have seen the largest boom in offense for the NFL this season.