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Parker Service, Staff Writer
The Super Bowl is just around the corner. The 52nd Super Bowl will be between the New England Patriots, led by Tom Brady and Bill Belichick, and their NFC opponents: the Philadelphia Eagles, lead by Nick Foles and Doug Pederson. For those that are setting up for their parties, here are a few things to expect while you’re eating buffalo wings and watching football.
The Halftime Show
Fourteen years after the infamous wardrobe malfunction during Super Bowl XXXVIII’s Halftime Show, Justin Timberlake returns. In an interview with USA Today, the Philadelphian linebacker, Chris Long, said on the subject “I don’t know why they wouldn’t have them both back.” This is based on the hope that Janet Jackson, Timberlake’s partner fourteen years ago, may reunite this Sunday.
Many players (on both teams) want Jackson to return on Sunday. Another Eagles linebacker, Kamu Grugler-Hill, says “That was the greatest [halftime show] ever, even though I was like in fourth grade. I think I would have a lot more appreciation for it now...that would be cool if they did both of them again, though. A little relapse? That would be really, really cool." A New England linebacker Trevor Reilly said “I’d love to see a wardrobe malfunction, isn’t that what all of America is thinking?"
Whether Jackson returns or not, you can expect music ranging from any of Justin’s past works, including the 2016 Grammy Award winning song Can’t Stop The Feeling. But the songs you should definitely expect is from his upcoming fifth studio-album, Man of the Woods. Man of the Woods released this Friday, February 2nd, only two days before the Super Bowl. Chris Stapleton and Alicia Keys take guest spots on the album, so either one of these may make a guest performance during halftime.
What is undoubtedly the highlights for many around the world, expensive super bowl commercials will be premiering, and many will remain embedded in the collective consciousness of the world.
On Wednesday, Doritos released their ad early on Youtube. Doritos is one of the fan favorites every year and this year will likely not be an exception. It is a minute long ad, which costs upwards of nine million dollars. The commercial stars Game of Thrones’ Peter Dinklage and the actor Morgan Freeman. This ad is a lip-sync battle between the two stars, where Dinklage fights for Doritos Blaze, and Freeman for Mountain Dew Ice. It is an absurd ad that will definately be a big winner with fans.
Other ads that have been released are funny ones from Groupon, and Amazon. Many stars appear in some of these: Danny DeVito appears in an M&M ad, Super Bowl champion Peyton Manning stars in a Universal Studios ad, Chris Pratt and Bill Hader will also appear in their own commercials as well. A cross-promotional ad for Lexus and Marvel’s newest movie, Black Panther, is sure to be sleek and cool.
There is one notable exclusion from this list, and that is Bud Light. In recent weeks Bud Light has unveiled an incredibly popular and well-received campaign. They’ve revealed a new ad every week in a series set in a kingdom led by a Bud Light loving king. He and his subjects chant “Dilly Dilly,” which you may have heard yelled (annoyingly) around your campus. The ad campaign has an overall story, which makes it pretty unique. Bud Light has not released the finale to the Dilly Dilly storyline, opting instead to make the actual reveal during the Super Bowl.
This is an incredible matchup. The Eagles have been expected all year to make it here, and the Patriots are the returning champions from Super Bowl LI, last year. Tom Brady has recently been touted as what is possibly the greatest of all time.
With that, you would think this match would be pretty one-sided towards the Patriots. But the Eagles are no pushovers, and seem to have an even better chance than the Falcons last year. The Eagles have one of, if not the best defense in the league, and if they can keep pressure on Brady, than they stand a really good chance.
Most professional analysts seem to have the game ending within a field goal of the other team. They all seem to have the final scores in the twenty-to-twenty-five range. Though which team makes it out on top varies between these analysts, I do see a slight lean towards Philadelphia. But to the Pats fans out there, don’t get discouraged by this, because Brady is known for his second half miracles, that seemingly come out of nowhere, like in last year’s Super Bowl.
And if you believe in magic, this might just confirm an Eagle victory. Because just like in biblical times, animals seem to have a sixth sense for this stuff. Walter the camel, Bubbles the elephant, and Carlos the hairless cat all predict that Philly will be going home with a victory, not to mention Amazon’s Alexa pulling for the birds as well. Everybody loves an underdog.