Super Bowl LIII Kicks Off To Less Than Rave Reviews

Written by on February 4, 2019

Maria Agcopra – Fourth Estate Contributor

Atlanta, GE, United States (4E) – It’s that time of the year again when the whole world tunes in to the biggest sporting event of the United States: the Super Bowl. The Super Bowl is the annual championship game of the National Football League.

Making it to the finals this year, or the Super Bowl LIII, the New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Rams. The Patriots beat the Rams by 13-3 making it the lowest scoring game in Super Bowl history. Despite such a downer of a record, Patriots Quarterback Tom Brady secured his sixth championship ring and Rams’ Johnny Hekker kicked a 65-yard punt, the longest in Super Bowl history, CNN Sports reports.

What probably was most talked about other than the game was the Halftime Show which featured Adam Levine and his band, Maroon 5; including musical guests Travis Scott and Big Boi.

The performance received harsh reviews from critics: The Atlantic called it a “forgettable” performance while Deadline commented that it was “painful and one of the worst ever.” The New York Times wrote that it was a performance that barely left a mark in Super Bowl history and that “it cling to stale notions of rock-stardom”, according to Esquire. The only positive review came from GQ stating that at least Adam Levine took his shirt off to reveal a sweaty and heavily tattooed body.

Also making an appearance was Spongebob Squarepants, who subtly opened for Travis Scott. According to CNN fans of the show petitioned to have a song featured at the event after Spongebob animator Stephen Hillenburg passed away last year. Hence, the power ballad ‘Sweet Victory’ made a brief cameo.

The second runner up to upstaging the games were the commercials which themes returned to humor from Pepsi to Stella Artois to new trailers for upcoming movies and shows such as Captain Marvel, Avengers: End Game, HULU’s The Handmaid’s Tale and HBO’s Game of Thrones.

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