Super Bowl LIV delivers more than exciting game (half-time show Video + Top commercials)
KC win first Superbowl in 50 years, J.Lo and Shakira heat up half-time show, fun commercials were aired and Trump congratulates wrong state
In one of America’s biggest annual events, Kansas City Chiefs win their first Superbowl in 50 years coming from behind to defeat the San Francisco 49ers 31-20 in Miami, Florida. The Chiefs came back from a double-digit deficit in the second half to win, marking their first NFL championship since 1970. Quarterback Patrick Mahomes, was named the game’s MVP.
But the game is only part of the story.
After the final whistle the excited U.S. President quickly congratulated the winning team via Twitter by saying, “Congratulations to the Kansas City Chiefs on a great game and a fantastic comeback, under immense pressure. You represented the Great State of Kansas and, in fact, the entire USA, so very well. Our Country is PROUD OF YOU!”
The team is actually based in and plays in Kansas City, Missouri, not Kansas even though the city straddles both states, Kansas City, Mo., and Kansas City, Kan., are two distinct entities, each with its own government.
Many Americans were quick to point out the President’s mistake, although surely residents of both states happily share the team.
The tweet was quickly deleted and replaced with a corrected version of the same message.
“Congratulations to the Kansas City Chiefs on a great game and a fantastic comeback under immense pressure,” it read. “We are proud of you and the Great State of Missouri. You are true Champions!”
Although, the President’s slip-up received a great deal of media and social media attention, on the night attention was focused on the field for both the game and the Superbowl’s half-time show renowned for featuring incredible performances throughout the 54 years of the competition. And this year was no exception as both Jennifer Lopez, 50 and Shakira, celebrating her 43rd birthday that night, delivered explosively entertaining performances with incredible dancers, musicians and costumes that included nods to Miami’s Cuban community.
They became the first two Latina singers to perform at the Super Bowl.
Another big draw at Super Bowl parties are the actual commercials in between whistles.
Some of the most talked about commercials included an ad for Google that pulled on the audience’s emotional heart strings with its tribute to Loretta. An elderly man talks to Google to help him remember important moments with his wife. See below:
Another clever commercial delivered a very appropriate “Groundhog Day” theme – given that it occurred the following day, February 3 – starring Bill Murray who kidnaps a groundhog kidnaps and a Jeep Gladiator and begins a series of of adventures. The idea is that “No day is the same in a Jeep Gladiator.” Bill’s character wakes up each morning at 6 am like in the movie and then goes on various adventures fatbiking, snowshoeing, driving without the doors or roof, and hilariously playing whack-a-mole while Punxsutawney Phil (or Wiarton Willy) looks on.
Meanwhile, although Patriots fans had no one to cheer on this year, they did get some good news in the form of a commercial featuring their hero Tom Brady. The black and white video with dramatic sombre music begins as what seems like a final retirement goodbye from the superstar quarterback but unfolds as a commercial for streaming network “Hulu” and a big cheeky announcement from Tom Brady. See below:
Several other commercials aired including one for the Hyundai Sonata and its Remote Smart Parking assistant or in this Boston accent themed commecial Smaht Pahk. It features Chris Evans, John Krasinski, Rachel Dratch, and David “Big Papi” Ortiz and it is a “wicked smaht” and funny way to promote the new feature and have fun with Boston accents metioning numerous Boston area parking locations. Was it also a dig at the Patriots or in anticipation of them being in the ‘Big Game’? We will never know.
Other hilarious commercials included a Hammer Time “you can’t touch this” orange finger themed Cheetos commercial as well as a “Best Thing Since Sliced Bread” Little Caesar’s spot featuring Rainn Wilson of the office. There were several other ads including one for Mountain Dew with “The Shining” as a theme, Doritos Cool Ranch starring Lil Nas X and Sam Elliott. Not all commercials aired in Canada however, which is always a disappointment for some, but they can at least be found on YouTube.
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