For those who missed out on Super Bowl Sunday — either in protest of the NFL or just from pure disinterest — let me just say that the game was pretty epic, hands down one of the best Super Bowl games in the past few years. But I understand the sentiment, since I, too, struggled internally if I should watch this year’s Super Bowl, considering all the controversial news surrounding the NFL in the recent year or so. In the end, I think my personal feelings toward the Patriots overruled the more rational side of me (I know, it’s bad).
Although I’m not a huge fan of the Eagles (I must say showing solidarity with Meek Mill by playing “Dreams and Nightmares” was a nice touch), I was delighted to see the stunned look on Tom Brady’s face after he got sacked and fumbled, which led to a turnover with less than three minutes to go in the fourth quarter. I just couldn’t help it. The Patriots are a great team, however smug and obnoxious they can be, but it was time for them to relinquish the throne (for god’s sake). Don’t feel too bad for them though — they still have five championships under their belt despite this year’s loss.
We all know that people don’t just tune it to watch the game. It’s much more than that. It’s an experience, with the half-time show and all the commercials that cause brouhaha, not to mention spotting celebrities who show up in support of their respective teams.
So that said, here are some highs and lows from the Super Bowl LII (that’s 52) from the entertainment side of things.
Chronicling Bradley Cooper’s many facial expressions throughout the game.
If you are a fan of Bradley Cooper, you know that he is an ultimate Eagles fan, which makes sense since he hails from Philly. Watching his many facial expressions throughout the game was entertaining on so many levels because you could relate to him as a fellow spectator (unless you were rooting for the other team).
Kevin Hart’s getting denied in his attempt to join the Eagles championship stage and being censored on national TV.
Security guard playing better defense on Kevin Hart than either team did in the game: pic.twitter.com/Stj85U87co
— Deadspin (@Deadspin) February 5, 2018
Poor Kevin Hart. Being a celebrity didn’t cut it for the security guards. Yes, he was treated like the rest of us plebeians for the night and was denied by the security guards when he tried to get on the championship stage. On top of that, he totally crashed a post-game interview, where, being who he is, dropped an F-bomb. All in all, he was having a good time so let’s give him a pass.
The unveiling of Donald Glover as young Lando Calrissian.
A Han Solo spin-off??? I completely forgot that this was going to happen, so I was excited to see this trailer, not to mention Donald Glover as young Lando Calrissian. I mean look at that mustache!
NFL’s Dirty Dancing Spoof ad.
Don’t put Odell Beckham Jr. in the corner. Oh NFL, I want to loathe you, but then you come out with this sort of ad where it’s all cute and fun. It seems like both Eli Manning and Odell Beckham Jr. had tons of fun shooting this video. They certainly got moves!
Tide ad featuring David Harbour aka Jim Hopper from Stranger Things.
To be honest, I was kinda confused by this ad; it was too meta for me. I think I’m just biased since I just like David Harbour, so Tide should stick with him from now on. Oh yeah, in case you’ve forgotten, make sure your kids are not eating tide pods.
‘Alexa Loses Her Voice’ ad by Amazon.
It’s official. Amazon is becoming our overlord, with Alexa as its loyal servant. Jeff Bezos even makes an appearance. It’s corny, but good corny with appropriate use of celebrities. I just hope that we don’t get overrun by Alexa at any point soon. Robots are taking over!
The 20-second blackout.
From NBC Sports spokesperson:
“We had a brief equipment failure that we quickly resolved. No game action or commercial time were missed.”
— NBC Sports PR (@NBCSportsPR) February 5, 2018
I was glad that I wasn’t the only one who was freaking out when my TV blacked out. Not sure how much money NBC ended up losing (though they claim they really didn’t lose that much), but you would think a technical glitch would be a thing of the past by now, but nope, that’s not the case. At least, it only lasted for half a minute at best, and let’s hope it doesn’t happen again with the upcoming NBC coverage of the Winter Olympics.
Justin Timberlake’s Prince Tribute.
So I thought it was a done deal when Sheila E. tweeted that Justin Timberlake wouldn’t be using a Prince hologram during his halftime show. Well, Justin kept his words alright by not using a hologram but a video projection. It was a nice gesture to pay tribute to Prince in his hometown, but something about it didn’t seem right. Plus, his overall halftime show was not very memorable. We should have had Janet Jackson instead.
Ram Truck ad (featuring Martin Luther King Jr.’s sermon).
Who thought this was a great idea? Seriously, someone should get fired over this. I’m surprised that the MLK family even approved this. Where is the connection? Built to serve? The inclusion of MLK’s sermon did not add anything to the overall narrative.
Keanu Reeves’ Squarespace ad.
I’m not sure what was going on here…how was this relevant to anything except for it’s Keanu Reeves. What his job nowadays? And I used to like Keanu Reeves and still do to some extent. He seems lost. Please, someone, resurrect his movie career, so he doesn’t have to pay bills by making useless commercials.
T-Mobile ad featuring lots of babies.
What do babies and buying a cellphone have anything to with attaining equality? So buying a cellphone in an inalienable right now? I was left scratching my head on this one. Good try T-Mobile, but I’m sorry to say you failed. You should expand your service area first.
Hyundai ad: Help cancer patients by buying our cars.
Ah, another car ad that didn’t make sense. If you want to help people who have cancer, buy a Hyundai. Great message indeed. I’m not going to say anything more than that.
So what were your favorite/least favorite moments?