Another year and another Super Bowl has come and gone.
However, what's a Super Bowl without its fair share of talent, controversy, entertainment and food?
This year a whopping 111.5 million people tuned in to see the reigning champs, the Seattle Seahawks, take on the New England Patriots. While last year's Super Bowl was a slow and painful blow out, this year's game consisted of tension, suspense and an all out brawl to top it off.
The 2014 Super Bowl ended with Richard Sherman, a cornerback for the Seahawks, shouting at the delicate Erin Andrews about being the best. This year's game left him with a slightly different expression.
Prior to the game, the 2015 Super Bowl had a bit of controversy surrounding it. The New England Patriots had been caught allegedly using footballs that were deflated
below regulation, creating a possible advantage. This is not the first time the Patriots have been suspected of cheating. This tension was believed to drive ratings, ticket sales, and commercial slot prices up. It did exactly this, because who doesn't love a good controversy?
Ticket prices were at an all time high this year. With a face value of roughly $500.00 to $1,500.00, tickets were sold on average for $8,000.00.
Football has become a sport that can bond friends and make enemies in a three-hour time span, but it is clearly something people want to feel a part of.
Personally, I'm a New York Jets fan and I know my boys are not going to make it to the Super Bowl in my life time, but there is something about the event that draws me in every year without fail. Part of that draw comes from the sport and the players, but a large portion of it is the halftime show.
The Super Bowl halftime show has had its fair share of show stopping moments, both good and bad. Who could forget Janet Jackson's nip slip?
This year Katy Perry rode in on a tiger and soared around the stadium. While Snoop Dogg was not in attendance, Perry did have Lenny Kravitz and Missy Elliott as special guests.
The halftime show is a moment for fans to pull away from the nerves, the joy and the hostility, and watch stars perform on neutral turf. While there was nothing terribly shocking during the half-time show, the game did come down to a few crazy plays and ended in a fistfight.
The struggle of the Super Bowl tends to be bathroom breaks. When is the right time to go? If you leave while the game is on, you run the risk of missing a game changing play.
However, if you leave during commercials you know you are going to miss the best commercial of the year. This year, a commercial of 30 seconds cost $4.5 million. Should you really miss it? Every year the typical car, chip and insurance commercials clutter the ad time, but every year, without fail, the Budweiser commercials shine through. The classic bull-terrier puppy and Clydesdale horse, capture the hearts of millions of viewers. This year was no exception.
Maybe you've been watching your weight as a new year's resolution and are giving yourself a cheat day. Maybe you've promised yourself you'll hit the gym tomorrow morning, or maybe you've chosen to not think about the amount of delicious food and beer that your ingesting. Wherever you fall, I hope you enjoyed the game!
The Super Bowl does three main things to Americans; it brings them together, tears them apart and stuffs them full of food and advertising.
But hey, we love it!