By: Tristan Mabee
The Super Bowl is the year’s most-watched program, with over 100 million people watching it live. Audiences tune in expecting to witness the hardest hits, the finest plays, and the fastest players. This wasn’t what happened in Super Bowl 53. Instead, audiences were treated to one touchdown, five field goals, and innumerable punts. To compare the game to a defensive chess match would be giving the game too much credit, as a chess match would likely have been more worth watching. Furthermore, a more one sided chess match has likely never happened, as where anyone can win a game of chess, most viewers likely knew the Patriots were going to win long before the game started.
While a one-sided game can still be interesting, especially if both teams are playing at their best, the Rams and Patriots both failed to even appear like they were excited to play. True there were some impressive moments, however these moments failed to bring any long-lasting success for either side. The general course was one of a single player doing something exceptional, and then the team as a whole lost the motivation to help turn that effort into points. This apathetic pall hung over the halftime show, as well; multiple performers turned down the opportunity to play the show months before the event occurred. The resulting halftime show was odd, as it featured Maroon Five, Spongebob for around five seconds, and then Travis Scott and Big Boi. Why Maroon Five or Spongebob were included at all still remains a mystery to many viewers. They have a different pedigree and audience appeal than Big Boi and Travis Scott. To put it simply, a band that was popular in the 2000s and a children’s cartoon character do not mesh well with two rappers, which became eminently clear as the halftime show stumbled through a bleeped-out number by Scott. Appealing to two main groups of audiences is usually a good strategy for something as far reaching as the halftime show. Attempting to appeal to rap fans, teens and young adults who watched Spongebob, and Maroon Five made the show a confused mess too vulgar for kids and too childish for adults.
The halftime show’s Youtube video currently sits at 846 thousand dislikes. In comparison, last year’s Super Bowl halftime show, which featured Justin Timberlake, only garnered fifty-seven thousand dislikes. The steep increase is obvious, and almost laughable. To say the show garnered ill will and was panned is an understatement.