Halftime performance eclipses one-sided game

Column by Annika Grassl

annikagrassl-w2000-h2000As I am sure we are all aware: Super Bowl XLVII was this past Sunday.

Since the game was not that exciting, I decided to focus on everyone’s favorite parts — the commercials and the half time show.

Despite predictions, there was no snow on the field.

Although both the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks come from competitive cities, their mascots are very similar.

Both mascots mean “lightning” in their respective languages. The Seahawks’ mascot’s name stems from a northern Pacific Indian tribal language.

Unfortunately for Broncos fans, the orange-and-blue made their only touchdown early in the game.

The Ford commercial had lots of pomp and circumstance — fireworks and sprinklers going off as car drove down the street.

Doritos was one of the sponsors of the game.

Their commercial was about a time machine that runs on Doritos. In the commercial, this little kid convinced a grown man that the time machine he created ran on Doritos and then put on a fake beard to show how he “aged.”

There was a TurboTax commercial about getting money for vacations. The commercial compared watching a team that isn’t yours play in the Super Bowl to watching the girl of your dreams dance with another guy.

There was a big buildup for Bruno Mars’ performance at the halftime show. He had little kids sing the beginning of “Billionaire.” After the enthusiastic drum solo came the song “Locked Out Of Heaven.” There were lots of lights and pyrotechnics as Mars sang. Then Mars transitioned smoothly into “Treasure.”

Mars had very fancy footwork while the spotlight was on him. The enthusiastic guitarist was going crazy fake-smashing his guitar against the stage.

The Red Hot Chili Peppers were full of energy.

Then, fittingly, Mars went into “Just The Way You Are” which kept up the sentimental vibe that the concert had after the well wishes from servicemen and women to their facilities in the United States.

The concert ended with a big fireworks display that left a thick haze of smoke.

Grassl is a first-year law, politics and society and public relations double major and can be reached at annika.grassl@drake.edu

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