Super Bowl LIII: State College Edition

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Every Penn Stater can agree on this: nobody does football like Penn State does football. And while nothing quite compares to game days at Beaver Stadium, there’s a special feeling that comes along with every Super Bowl Sunday. This year, the New England Patriots faced off against the Los Angeles Rams in what is now the lowest-scoring Super Bowl game of all time. The Patriots prevailed with a 13-3 win and Julian Edelman announced as the MVP.

While the game itself may not have been the most riveting, the commercials, food and events surrounding the Super Bowl never fail to entertain. VALLEY talked to Penn Staters to find out their favorite moments from Super Bowl LIII.

Commercials

The Super Bowl is the one television event a year where people are as excited about the commercials as they are about the program itself. This year certainly did not disappoint when it came to this element. One commercial especially stood out to Penn Staters, presumably because it featured one of their very own. The NFL aired a star-studded commercial celebrating their 100th season, and ending with a shot of former Nittany Lion, Saquon Barkley.

“I wasn’t really paying that much attention to the TV until I saw Saquon and then I knew it was going to be my favorite commercial,” said Tara Tyndall, a sophomore.

Another commercial that generated buzz was Bud Light’s “Game of Thrones” crossover commercial. The commercial was a recreation of one of the most well known “Game of Thrones” scenes and resonated with many fans who are anxious for any possible teases of what the coming season has to offer.

The game may have been low scoring, but the commercials certainly scored high in viewer’s books.

Food

For many, food seemed to be the first and most important element of the Super Bowl that came to mind. The most popular dish? Buffalo chicken dip.

“It’s the best part of the Super Bowl,” said Maddy Lysek, a junior at Penn State.

Other favorites were pizzas from Canyon, wings from Wings Over, and of course Doritos. State College truly knows how to do tailgate food, and the Super Bowl is certainly no exception for that.

Half Time Show

After months of controversy, it was announced that Maroon 5, Travis Scott and Big Boi were officially the half-time performers for this year’s Super Bowl. Possibly the most exciting addition to this performance, however, was the announcement that Spongebob’s half time show was going to be featured to honor Stephen Hillenburg, the late creator of “Spongebob Squarepants.”

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For this year’s show, a short clip from the “Spongebob” episode was remixed with the beginning Travis Scott’s hit, “Sicko Mode.” While it was certainly a pump up moment, some fans were disappointed that the entire “Sweet Victory” song from “Spongebob” was not played.

“The clip of Spongebob really got my hopes up that we were going to see the whole performance. Other than that it was great but I wish they did the whole song,” said Catie Campbell, a sophomore.

Maroon 5, on the other hand, catered to both their OG fans with “She Will Be Loved” and their younger listeners with their more recent song “Girls Like You.” Adam Levine, Maroon 5’s lead singer, spiced up the show by eventually deciding to go shirtless, as well as having a choir back him up.

This year’s game was unique in many ways, from the score to the performances. As expected, Penn Staters made the most of Super Bowl LIII, but nothing beats seeing our very own Nittany Lions play.

Tweet us, @VALLEYmag, with your favorite Super Bowl LIII moments!

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