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Previewing a tainted Super Bowl LIII

By J.D. McKay

As Saints quarterback Drew Brees dropped back to pass with just under two minutes left in the NFC Championship game, his chances to advance to his second Super Bowl seemed pretty high. According to the ESPN win probability, they had an 82 percent chance to win. The result of the play will be remembered in New Orleans for years to come. He threw a pass to wide receiver Tommylee Lewis that would have ended in a touchdown had it been completed, but Rams corner Nickell Robey-Coleman blew up Lewis. The ball was still five yards away from Lewis when he was hit. The refs missed the call and the Saints kicked a field goal to go up by three. Two kicks by Rams kicker Greg Zuerlein later, and the Rams were leaving the Mercedes-Benz Superdome with a trip to the Super Bowl while Saints fans were leaving with a bad taste in their mouths.

So the stage is set for the second Patriots vs Rams Super Bowl. Unfortunately, I expect the Patriots to win their sixth Super Bowl. Patriots QB Tom Brady is too good and too experienced to lose. But, I will give what both teams need to do to win the game.

Patriots- The Patriots have the ultimate cheat code on their team in Brady and Bill Belichick, but what really makes them the best team in the NFL is their running game. Running back Sony Michel has had at least 75 rushing yards in all but one of their wins. In both Playoff wins, he had combined, 242 rushing yards. In games they lost, he averaged 46.2 rushing yards per game. So getting Michel going will get the Patriots their sixth Lombardi Trophy.

Rams- The Rams have a high powered offense, but the Patriots showed that a high powered offense does not faze them when they beat the Patriots. The Rams really need to have their star-studded defense play better than they have all season and get after Brady. Their defensive tackles are Ndamukong Suh and Aaron Donald, who are probably the best defensive tackles in football. Donald had 20.5 sacks which is a little over one sack per game. If he could get two sacks and hit Brady as he is throwing two more times, he could throw-off Brady’s rhythm and allow his offense to out-score the Patriots and win their second Super Bowl.

Bottom line: This Patriots team is the possibly the best football team of all time. Brady is also the best postseason quarterback ever. There is no way that he will lose two Super Bowls in a row. The Rams are on their way up, but this is not their year to be Super Bowl Champions. Final score: Patriots 24- Rams 16

 

Super Bowl brings attention to advertising

By Jared Hinderer

In the wake of the Super Bowl, the game itself seems to always be looked over as talk of the halftime show and advertisements persists, most importantly, the advertisements. While I am no professional in advertising, I seem to notice a trend when it comes to advertising, and I like it.

The trend I notice in many commercials now is that seeming very little focus is placed on showing the features or attributes of the product being advertised. Instead a humorous or touching story is played out while sneaking in features of products. This trend is especially prevalent in car commercials.

Take the “Space Babies” commercial from Kia, advertising their Sorento SUV. In this commercial, a child’s voice from the back seat of an SUV hooks you with the infamous question of, “Dad, where do babies come from?” and at this point the father begins a humorous tale explaining to his child that babies come from a distant planet, and arrive on earth after a nine month journey. Cute, right? This whole time, you unknowing become drawn into the tail, watch all the way to end where it shows the family, with a new baby, driving in their 2014 Kia Sorento. When the boy starts with explaining how he heard babies were made, his father quickly gave a voice command to Kia’s UVO system telling it to play music from his USB in the car.

In this commercial Kia sneaks in that their car has a voice activated entertainment center with USB interface, while eluding to the fact that the car is well suited for young and growing families, and even shows off that the car looks good driving through suburban neighborhoods.

Another company that used this technique effectively is Doritos. Doritos is almost always ranked highest on top ten countdowns all over. Doritos focuses on humor to get their name talked about for weeks after the big game. Most notably their “Goat 4 Sale” commercial this year. Did they tell you that Doritos taste amazing and you should go get some? No, but what they did do is give you a funny commercial to talk about.

Advertising is constantly changing, and it’s changing for the better. Commercials now provide humor and stories that make most of them a bearable, dare I say even enjoyable, break to your regular programming.

Geraghty’s sports bucket list

By Luke Geraghty

As a sports fan, I have been to many sporting events. From college basketball to the NBA and from peewee football to the NFL, I have seen the excitement that sports has to offer. However, there are many things that I still have on my sports bucket list I have not done yet. I narrowed my long list to the top five places and events I would like to visit.

#5: The Rose Bowl

Opening in 1902, the Rose Bowl is one of the most historic college football stadiums in the U.S. Its Pasadena setting gives a beautiful background to an already beautiful stadium. Fans from all across the country come to watch the bowl game which features the Big Ten and Pac-12 champions. Because of this, it has been the highest attended bowl game since 1945. The great setting and tradition of the Rose Bowl makes it one of the best sporting venues in the U.S.

#4: Phog Allen Fieldhouse

One of the most historic places in college basketball, Phog Allen Fieldhouse is a nightmare for the visiting team. Since Feb. 20, 1994, Kansas has won over 95 percent of its regular season home games. Their home court was recognized as being the loudest college basketball arena in the country by ESPN magazine in 2010. Around 5,000 of the 16,000 seat arena is dedicated to the students. With a lot of the other seats bought by season ticket holders, it makes attending the games very difficult.

#3: The FIFA World Cup

The Olympics are supposed to be biggest sporting event around the world, but the FIFA World Cup might be an exception. People all across the world tune in to watch this extravaganza. Countries put aside their problems just to cheer on their team all the way to the FIFA World Cup Final. Stadiums are filled with people from all across the world. From the Americas to Asia, all of the cultures unite in one place. The U.S. last hosted a world cup in 1994 so they are not exactly due to receive one in the near future.

#2: Super Bowl

Super Bowl Sunday is constantly one of the most watched events every year. The top two teams in arguably the most popular sports league give the people plenty of reason to watch the this incredible event every year. However, attending the Super Bowl can be very expensive. It is practically impossible to purchase a ticket less then $1,000 in less you win it in some competition. This can make it hard for the casual fan to a purchase a ticket, but if you are willing to make it your vacation for the year then it could work out.

#1 Fenway Park

Home of the Boston Red Sox, my favorite Major League Baseball team, Fenway Park might be the most unique sports venue in America. From the green monster to Pesky’s Pole, this park has a great history. Fenway Park opened in 1912, making it the oldest ballpark in the MLB. Much like the other places on the list, attending a game at Fenway Park is very difficult. Fenway Park is one of the smallest ballparks in the MLB and with a large fan base, it’s hard to find an available ticket. Quite possibly the biggest regular season game in Red Sox history will take place on April 20. This will be the day that the Red Sox celebrate Fenway’s 100th anniversary. Something tells me it is not a coincidence that the team they will be playing are their arch rivals, the New York Yankees.

Each of these places brings a great tradition that draws attention of avid sports fan like me and even though they all will be difficult to attend, I will refuse to cross them off my list.