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Eagles begin their quest to repeat Super Bowl victory

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The NFL season has come to an end with the Philadelphia Eagles winning their first ever  Super Bowl. Although there are no games being played from February to August, the offseason is an extremely exciting time where fans follow along as franchise executives build their rosters for next year. This period is filled with high profile trades, free agent signings, and culminates in the NFL draft on April 26th.

Philadelphia Eagles executive vice president of football operations, Howie Roseman, has been largely credited for the Eagles’ success in the past few seasons. This is partly due to recent draft picks paying off extremely well in the form of Carson Wentz, Jordan Hicks, and others. In addition to this, Roseman spearheaded the signing of key players such as Legarrette Blount and Nigel Bradham among others. Roseman overseas contract negotiations, salary cap management, and the team’s scouting department. So far this offseason, Roseman has led the Eagles through countless salary negotiations and trades, making the Eagles one of the most active teams in this period. While most teams who win a Super Bowl look to keep their roster in tact, Roseman has taken a different approach in the Eagles quest to repeat as Super Bowl champions.

Going into the offseason, the Eagles had a massive salary cap problem in which they needed to get rid of $10 million on the team salary before next year. Roseman acted quickly and restructured offensive lineman Lane Johnson’s and tight end Zach Ertz’s contracts, freeing up the necessary amount of money to get under the $177 million league salary cap. Roseman then looked internally at the 13 players whose contracts had expired and were open to free agency. Star linebacker Nigel Bradham was the Eagles-main priority, and was successfully re-signed to a five-year 40 million dollar contract. This move was a steal for the Eagles, as linebackers have been receiving much more money recently, which shows Roseman’s negotiating prowess.

The Eagles then turned their attention outside and began making big name signings in order to bolster their already impressive roster. One of the biggest trades of the offseason was made for Seattle’s defensive end Michael Bennett. In this trade the Eagles gave up backup wide receiver Marcus Johnson and a fifth round pick for Bennett and a seventh round pick. This trade was huge for Philadelphia as it strengthened their already tenacious defense which allowed the least passing and rushing yards per game of any team in 2017. In addition, it filled the gap left by long time Eagle star, Vinny Curry, who was signed by the Buccaneers to a three-year 23 million dollar contract. The downside with Bennett is his problematic off-the-field behavior which has landed him in the news once again this past week. Bennett had a warrant issued for his arrest after his alleged assault of a 66-year-old paraplegic women after Super Bowl LI. Bennett turned himself in but maintained his innocence. Roseman claimed that the Eagles were unaware of this incident while trading for Bennett

“I don’t think it’s fair in any situation to not give people the right to present their side. I don’t want to get into this, but our overriding philosophy on things are people are innocent until proven guilty.”

In addition to Bennett, the Eagles added veteran defensive tackle Haloti N’gata. Adding another defensive lineman was a very interesting move by Roseman, especially after the addition of Michael Bennett. Although N’gata is a very talented player, he is 34 years old and hasn’t played a full season since 2011. He will presumably take on a lighter workload next season for the Eagles, and will solidify the depth at defensive line.

After trading their number-two receiver Torrey Smith to the Panthers, the Eagles were in the market for a replacement. Roseman went out and signed Ravens veteran Mike Wallace to a one-year $2.5 million deal. Wallace, now 31, has continued to produce exceptional numbers even as he has passed his prime. This signing was a steal for the Eagles, as Wallace is a coveted veteran who is known for his fantastic locker room demeanor.

Roseman and the rest of the Eagles executives have shown the NFL that they are not satisfied with their accomplishments last season. They have been aggressive and effective in their offseason moves, filling gaps and upgrading positions across the board. It will be extremely interesting to see who the Eagles draft and also any other moves that occur before the season starts again in July.

The Eagles win it all

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Usually when a quarterback passes for over 500 yards, shattering his own Super Bowl record in the process, you expect his team to win. Alas, it was not to be for the Patriots and quarterback Tom Brady on Sunday night, as the Philadelphia Eagles secured their first world championship in team history. Defense was at a premium in the game as the teams combined for an NFL-record 1,155 total yards of offense. But in the end, it was a monstrous defensive play that sealed the game for the Eagles.

The narratives leading into this game certainly built up much of the hype around it. It was Philadelphia’s third shot at a Super Bowl, their most recent loss being at the hands of the Patriots in 2005. On the other side, Bill Belichick and the Patriots were seeking their record-breaking sixth Super Bowl championship . The Eagles had lost their seeming franchise quarterback, Carson Wentz, near the end of the regular season, and were forced to turn to former starter Nick Foles, who struggled in the regular season before stunning spectators and opposing teams in the playoffs. Wentz had been putting up MVP-caliber numbers while healthy. Tom Brady, meanwhile, won his third MVP award on Saturday night and was leading the defending Super Bowl champs, who had completed a 13-3 regular season. Both teams had featured high-flying offenses during the regular season, the Eagles being the highest and Patriots the second-highest scoring offenses. Both teams featured top 10 scoring defenses, though the Eagles were consistently more highly regarded as there were concerns of the Patriots giving up big plays.

The game began in rather slow fashion as both teams traded field goals during the opening frame. But it was on the Eagles’ next drive that they set the tone for the game, with quarterback Nick Foles delivering a perfect bomb to Alshon Jeffrey in the endzone. Jeffrey, who had Patriots cornerback Eric Rowe all over him, managed to extend to make a beautiful catch and held onto the ball for an Eagles touchdown. Such big plays became commonplace as neither defense could maintain consistent coverage. Patriots starting cornerback Malcolm Butler, best known for his heroic goal-line interception in Super Bowl XLIX, did not play a single defensive snap for reasons that remain unclear. Neither team’s pass rush could generate consistent pressure on the opposing quarterback.

A scary moment for the Patriots came near the beginning of the second quarter, as Patriots receiver Brandin Cooks looked to extend his run through the open field. Malcolm Jenkins delivered an absolutely massive blindside to Cooks, after which he immediately crumpled to the ground and remained motionless. Thankfully Cooks was able to make it off the field under his own power, but he was ruled out of the game with a head injury.

The Eagles took over after a fourth down stop, and their next drive saw a couple of highlight reel plays. The first was a perfect lob from Foles to Jeffrey again, which Jeffrey managed to track down while falling towards the sideline. From there, former Patriot LeGarrette Blount, more known for his power running than his speed, burst through the Patriots secondary to give the Eagles a 12-point lead.

New England’s next drive ended with a Stephen Gostkowski field goal, and the Eagles saw a chance to break the 20 point mark and put up a 16-point lead on the Patriots. Foles once again went deep down the sideline looking for Alshon Jeffrey. Jeffrey almost pulled off an insane one-handed catch but instead batted the ball into the hands of New England safety Duron Harmon, thus averting a potential crisis for the New England defense. It was time for some Patriots big plays as Tom Brady delivered a beautiful 40+ yard strike to Chris Hogan and James White broke a number of tackles on a rousing 26-yard run to the endzone.

With two minutes left in the half, the Eagles had plenty of time to march down the field, and they capped the final drive of the half with a trick play that got every Eagles fan on their feets. Quarterback Nick Foles lined up as a receiver and, completely unmarked, caught a two yard touchdown pass to give the Eagles a 22-12 lead going into the half. Tom Brady had been slightly overthrown on a similar trick play earlier in the half. At halftime, Brady had already thrown for 276 yards and the offenses had combined for 673 yards.

The Patriots started the second half with possession, looking to cut it to a one possession game. Star tight end Rob Gronkowski had been quiet during the first half, but he came out with a vengeance on this drive, catching five passes for 68 yards, including the five yard touchdown strike from Brady.

The Patriots defense looked to get a stop and put the ball back in the hands of Brady to potentially take their first lead of the game on the next drive. Instead, the Eagles were unstoppable, marching easily down the field, before Foles delivered on a controversial touchdown with another perfect pass. Eagles running back Corey Clement appeared to juggle the ball after the catch, thus preventing him from getting two feet down while in control of the ball. However, the touchdown call stood after review.

Once again, Brady faced a ten point deficit, but he led the Patriots offense calmly down the field, capping the drive off with another strike to former college lacrosse player Chris Hogan. The Eagles got the ball back, and the Patriots defense managed to get a stop of sorts, holding the Birds to a field goal. Brady was presented with an opportunity to deliver the Patriots their first lead of the game and he delivered, throwing a beautiful back corner fade to Rob Gronkowski who had been unstoppable on such routes all year.

The Eagles, now facing their first deficit of the gain, marched down to their own 45, before the Patriots managed to force a 4th-and-1. The Eagles went for it and, in one of the most crucial plays of the game, Foles managed to convert with a pass to tight end Zach Ertz right at the first down marker in spite of the Patriots bringing blitz. The Eagles then continued their march down the field before Foles delivered another controversial touchdown. Tight end Zach Ertz caught the ball about five yards short of the endzone and then dove in as he crossed the goal line to avoid a tackle. He lost possession of the ball when he hit the ground but managed to regain possession while the ball was still in the air. The play was reviewed for almost five minutes by the officiating crew before the touchdown call was confirmed. The Eagles failed to convert on a two-point conversion attempt, thus giving them only a five point lead.

Brady got the ball back with over two minutes to play, which he has traditionally demonstrated is plenty of time for him to orchestrate a game-winning drive. Instead, it was the Eagles who delivered possibly the signature play of the game. With Brady dropping back to pass on second down, the Eagles brought a four-man rush. Defensive end Brandon Graham beat his blocker and stripped Brady of the ball as he attempted to clutch the ball. Eagles rookie Derek Barnett recovered and the Eagles kicked a field goal to seemingly clinch the victory. Brady got the ball back with under a minute left with a touchdown and two-point conversion being required to tie the game. The Patriots drove down to around the 50 before a last gasp Hail Mary in the vicinity of Gronkowski fell harmlessly to the ground. Victory Eagles.

But perhaps the most notable occurrence of the night was the celebration that occurred in Philadelphia afterwards. Hundreds of thousands of fans took to the streets to raucously celebrate, celebrations that included the climbing and tearing down of lampposts and even the destruction of the awning outside the Ritz Carlton Hotel. In a more organized celebration, the Eagles victory parade will be held this Thursday.

In one of the most exciting and record-setting Super Bowls ever, the Philadelphia Eagles held on to win with a clutch defensive play in a game where defense was an afterthought. It was a fitting cap to a season of great resiliency for the Eagles, as they faced a slew of high-profile injuries. Ultimately, it will be a game remembered in Philadelphia sports folklore for years to come.

The Eagles rocky road to Super Bowl LII

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Following a 38-7 sweep of the Minnesota Vikings, the Philadelphia Eagles have gained a chance to end the team’s 57-year championship drought. All they have to do is defeat Tom Brady and the Patriots.

For the most part, however, the past several seasons have been rocky for the Birds. The team entered 2012 with high hopes after finishing with four straight wins in the 2011 season. Despite a promising 3-1 start, the Eagles proceeded to lose 11 of their next 12 games, finishing the season with a disheartening 4-12 record, their worst record since 1998.

Shortly after, on New Year’s Eve of 2012, the franchise’s owner Jeffrey Lurie announced that Andy Reid, the head coach at the time, would not be staying for another season. Sure, Reid had brought the Birds their longest sustained period of success during his run from 1999 to 2012, but there was still a hole in the trophy case for the Vince Lombardi Trophy.

When asked about finding a new head coach, Lurie commented, “It’s better to find the right leader than to make a fast decision. There’s no guarantee I’ll make a great decision, but I’m confident I will.”

So much for Lurie’s confidence. He proceeded to hire Chip Kelly, a former college football coach whose 3-year NFL run with the Eagles consisted of losing a wild-card game to New Orleans in 2013 and missing the playoffs in 2014 and 2015. The tactics that Kelly had used at the University of Oregon did not seem to work in the NFL. After failing to qualify for the playoffs in 2014, Coach Kelly demanded full control of the team from Lurie and went on to make some controversial moves.

Kelly let go two of the team’s best playmakers, wide receiver DeSean Jackson and running back LeSean McCoy. As if he had not fooled around enough already, the head coach then traded quarterback Nick Foles for Sam Bradford, even though Bradford had been out with a torn ACL for the entire previous season. With these bold changes, the Eagles went 7-9 in 2015, and Kelly was abruptly sacked just before the last game of the season.

“The original hiring of Chip was a bold choice,” Lurie admitted. “We knew what the potential pitfalls were … There’s a risk involved in allowing Chip to have that kind of say over player transactions. However, it’s risk/reward. Sometimes the risks don’t work, and in this case, it didn’t work.”

After Kelly’s firing, just before the end of the 2015 season, Lurie didn’t know who would replace him. He did, however, know what he wanted in a head coach.

“We’re looking for someone who interacts very well and communicates clearly with everybody he works with and comes in touch with,” Lurie mentioned shortly after firing Kelly. “You’ve got to open your heart to players and everybody you want to achieve peak performance. I would call it a style of leadership that values information from all the resources provided, but at the same time values emotional intelligence.” The players had a similar attitude; they simply wanted someone “genuine.”

After much thought and searching, Lurie turned to Doug Pederson, a former NFL backup quarterback who had both played for and coached the Eagles as Andy Reid’s offensive coordinator. Pederson seemed to be exactly what the Birds needed.

“I understand the culture and passion of Philadelphia,” Pederson said. “I get it. I experienced that as a quarterback in 1999. I experienced that first hand. And now coming back, I understand what it feels like to win in this city. This city hasn’t won, and their organization hasn’t won in quite some time. It’s my job to turn that around.”

Pederson’s first move was drafting North Dakota State quarterback Carson Wentz with the second overall pick in 2016. Then, right before the start of the season, 2015 quarterback Bradford was traded to the Minnesota Vikings, and Wentz was named the starting quarterback in his first NFL season. Pederson and Wentz started the year well with three straight wins, but finished the season 7-9.

Despite the losing record in 2016, Lurie was still confident that Pederson was the right man for the job. Unlike with the fiasco involving Chip Kelly, this time, his confidence paid off.

This season has been remarkable for the Birds. In the regular season, the Eagles pulled off an impressive 13-3 record, tying the best record in franchise history. However, just before the end of the season, starting quarterback and MVP candidate Wentz injured both his ACL and LCL in a game against the Los Angeles Rams, which sidelined him from play for at least the rest of the season. The injury was a huge setback for his teammates, coaches, and fans.

However, the Eagles remained strong, with former starting quarterback Nick Foles stepping up to become the starter and finish the season to make the playoffs.

“I still want Wentz to be a part of the process [of the playoffs],” Coach Pederson said. “I mean, he’s a big reason why we’re 13-3 and where we are today. So same way with the rest of the guys that are hurt, I do want them to feel a part of what we’re doing and help their positions where they can.”

Wentz regularly talks with backup quarterback Nick Foles during practice and throughout the course of the day. He comes out on the sidelines before games, and, as team captain, he still goes to midfield for the coin toss.

With the support of both Wentz and the team, Foles has done a superb job as quarterback so far, winning both the Divisional and the NFC Championship, a feat that hasn’t been accomplished by the Eagles since 2004.

Additionally, with the Super Bowl finally around the corner for the Birds, Philadelphia fans could not be more excited. After the Eagles crushed the Vikings in the NFC Championship game, fans dug deep into their seldom-seen stashes of Eagles gear. Car decals, flags, stickers, hats, jerseys—over the past couple of weeks, I have yet to step out of my dorm and not notice some form of fan support.

The obvious question of every Super Bowl remains, however. Who should the rest of us, those who are not Eagles or Patriots fans, root for? As a longtime fan of the New York Giants, this is an especially tough decision for me. There is no way I could support the Pats, but the Eagles haven’t been too kind on New York this year.

Safe to say, I won’t be rooting for either team, but rather against the Patriots.

Wing Bowl – An Eccentric Philly Tradition

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 On an average Friday morning, everyone is usually sound asleep in bed, and trying to catch a few hours of sleep before the next day’s classes. Instead, my roommate and I decide to take a 4:30am ride into the city to witness a unique Philly tradition.

When we arrive at the Wells Fargo Center, the surrounding parking lots are filled with troves of tailgating Philadelphia fans. The atmosphere is chaotic. The fans of all the city’s sports teams are packed into one area, reveling in the lively community. The scene of thousands of people, all wearing either USA or local team attire, up at the crack of dawn is a testament to a strong sense of city pride.

 Zack Rothenberg ’20 described his first thoughts when entering the sports complex.

“I was shocked that there were so many people up for the event. All of the fans were super rowdy and showed true Philly colors.”

Many fans are shocked by the scene when they arrive at Wing Bowl, as hardly ever are there so many wings and so many people packed into one arena. Despite a slight level of seriousness to this eating competition, this is also an opportunity for Philadelphia to get together and celebrate its uniqueness.

Such a tradition has been around for more than a decade. Founded in 1993, the Wing Bowl is a competitive eating contest held every year on the Friday morning before Super Bowl Sunday. The schedule includes multiple rounds of 26-minute interval “gorge-fests.” Competitors must devour as many wings as they can without violating any of the strict eating guidelines. Outside of the competition, there are also some theatrics.

The Wing Bowl, originally organized by radio host Al Morganti, served as Super Bowl substitute for Philadelphia sports fans, given that the Eagles weren’t performing to their potential. Al Morganti is a popular radio host who has name recognition with almost every Philadelphia sports fan. The Wing Bowl commissioner changes from year to year, but Morganti presides over every Bowl.

Even though this is an important event for prominent competitive eaters, the fans treat the contestants as audience personalities. This is similar to what would be seen in World Wrestling Entertainment. Contestants are brought in on floats and introduced to the crowd before the competition. The organizers also add in eaters with resentful stage names or outfits to Philadelphia fans, such as one contestant wearing a Pittsburgh Penguins jersey and named Pittsburgh Paulie.

The road for any contestant into the Wing Bowl is anything but mundane. Even the path to gain entry into this event is filled with debauchery. A potential contestant must either successfully performing an “eating stunt” on air during The Morning Show at the 94 WIP studios or win a “Wing-off”, a 10-minute eating contest held at a Philadelphia or South Jersey bar. Past eating stunts performed on The Morning Show have included eating 20 cups of cooked oatmeal, eating five Big Macs, and famous competitive eater Joey Chestnut’s offer to drink one US gallon of milk.

The Bowl consisted of several fan favorites including the mighty Molly Schuyler and Notorious B.O.B. (Bob Shoudt), but famous past participants have also left their mark on the sport. Top contestants in past Wing Bowls have made huge contributions to the sport of competitive eating. The famous eater Takeru Kobayashi has set many records, including the hot dog eating record of 110 bunless hotdogs in 10 minutes and the taco eating record of 130 tacos in 10 minutes. Renowned eater Joey Chestnut also has also obtained many prestigious accolades. However, the most wings eaten at the Wing Bowl competition was set by Patrick Bertoletti in 2015 with 444 wings. That is an absurd amount of wings.

“The fans really made the event. There seemed to be a positive feedback loop of energy in the crowd. Every time someone would yell for the sake of yelling that only encouraged others to join in their jeer. There was a cult of personality that seemed to be completely indicative of Philadelphia sports fans,” Rothenberg commented.

Fans from all corners of the city come to experience the degeneracy. When talking to other fans in the crowd, some would either skip or come before work in order to observe this brazen display of excitement. Surprisingly, there were fans that range from as young as 15 to retirement age.

The event is something that you can only experience in Philadelphia. There isn’t another city that would be willing to wake up before daybreak to engage in rebellious festivities and watch the eating of endless plates of wings. It is truly a spectacle that everyone must experience during their time at Swarthmore. Though it may be only for tough-skinned individuals, it is a novelty experience. A fan next to me said it best.

Just wait until everyone walks outside at 8a.m. with the sun blaring in our eyes and we all re-evaluate our life choices.”


Why Does Everyone Hate the Patriots?

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I grew up 15 minutes from Gillette Stadium, home of the New England Patriots. Since I can remember, my giddiness on those Sunday afternoons was unmatched; fans from all over New England descended on Foxboro like a cult gathering. The highways around the stadium would be jam packed with cars; anyone and everyone knew not to get on the roads the day of a home game at Gillette. Since I could form my first memory, the Patriots were champions.  It all started in 2001, then 2003, 2004, 2015, and now 2017. With five Super Bowl titles and countless AFC championship appearances, we were, and consistently have been the best.

My friends and I would play football at recess every day. I would be Randy Moss, the all-star wide receiver, my best friend Joe got to be Tom Brady, and everyone else would pick a player on the team to emulate according to the position they played. We were infatuated with all things Patriots. We collected everything from jerseys, hats, and memorabilia to our virtual players in Madden career mode.

Even though my dreams of running routes as a Patriots wide receiver in Gillette Stadium faded as I grew older, I never lost that Sunday gameday feeling. From the exuding confidence that dripped off of everything that Tom Brady touched, to the steely, arrogant countenance of Bill Belichick, the New England Patriots were the first sports team I truly loved.

As I packed for college, I made sure to bring my replica Patriots helmet, a present that my little brother had given to me for my 15th birthday. On the day that I left, I enthusiastically donned my Patriots t-shirt — a symbol to remind me that I would never forget my New England roots, no matter how much the allure of Philadelphia sports twisted at my heart.

During one of my very first days here, I remember having some friends over in my room. I had proudly set up my helmet on the top of my desk, where everyone walking into Willets 125 could see it. When my roommate Henry Han ’20 moved in, I remember distinctly him scoffing at the helmet.

“Dude, I can’t even describe how much I hate the Patriots. You guys suck.”

Although it was friendly banter, the comment really got me thinking. I had really lived in a Patriots bubble my entire life; my home friends, my family, my teachers, quite literally everyone I had any meaningful interactions with growing up had worshipped Brady and Co. Swarthmore was my first real experience meeting people who had genuine disdain for all things Patriots. I distinctly remember pondering the question, “Why do they hate us?”

I spoke with Max Rogow ’20, a lifelong Steelers fan and Pittsburgh native in hopes of getting an answer to this question.

“I hate the Patriots. For one, they always beat us! It’s hard to combine ethics and sports, but the Patriots definitely do some questionable things… I think of when they picked up Michael Floyd after he was arrested for a DUI, or LeGarrette Blount after his marijuana incident, or Deflategate, and really all the cheating scandals,” he said

To be perfectly honest, I never found the Michael Floyd, nor the LeGarrette Blount acquisitions to be all that bad. Bill Belichick was known for giving troubled stars second chances; everyone from Randy Moss to Chad Ochocinco. As a Patriots fan, I had never really seen how much people questioned the team’s ethics and morality until I got to Swarthmore.

Frank Sammartino ‘20, a Washington football fan and a D.C native echoed some of those sentiments.

“I hate Bill Belichick, I hate Tom Brady, but I damn respect him,” he said. “For me, their fans are why I hate them so much … they win and they let you know! They’re the New York Yankees of football,” he said.

Growing up in Patriots country has had a massive effect on how I perceive the occasionally questionable ethics that the Patriots sometimes engage in. From Spygate, to Deflategate, I had always thought the football gods had aligned against us, rather than ever assigning any blame to the Patriots organization. And honestly, I love Patriots fans! We hate to lose, and we’ll fault everything from the referees, to Roger Goodell if we do. Nonetheless, as the saying goes, “There’s no such thing as a good loser. Those are losers.” I like to believe that while we might be bad losers, it’s the competitive attitude of Patriots fans that separates us from everyone else.

The 2016-17 season has concluded, and the Patriots have come out on top again. They are Super Bowl champions for the fifth time in my lifetime. Five times. I’m incredibly lucky to have grown up in the renaissance of Patriots football. My seventy year old high school science teacher likes to joke that, “There used to be a time where we could sneak into Patriots games. No one would even care because they were so bad!” Season tickets now, have an average waiting list time of around 50 years.

The greatest thing about the Patriots is that the trio of Robert Kraft, Bill Belichick, and Tom Brady will always find a way to win. After a four game suspension to start the year, Brady came out guns blazing and proved to the world why he will go down as the greatest quarterback in NFL history. I will always cherish my childhood, where winning was ingrained in my DNA by the greatest combination of owner, coach, and quarterback that I believe the NFL has ever seen. The experience of being a Patriots fan outside of New England has been eye-opening. Swarthmore has taught me that you either love the Patriots or hate them; and if you’re from outside of New England, you probably hate them!

Top 10 Commercials From Super Bowl 50

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In T-Mobile’s Super Bowl ad, Drake teaches Verizon management how to “call him on his cell phone.”

Every year, nearly 110 million Americans grab an ice cold beverage, pop a squat on the nearest seat, and watch one of America’s biggest spectacles —- the Super Bowl. The lucky Sunday of the year that gets to host such an event is often regarded as an unofficial national holiday, much like baseball’s Opening Day. It is hard to deny the presence of such an event when over a third of the entire country watches it. That being said, the Super Bowl is clearly an important piece of American culture. People throw parties, place bets, and eagerly wait in anticipation as football’s best two teams face off on the biggest stage in sports.

Although many people who watch the game get excited for the hard hits, tremendous throws, and incredible athletic feats, many viewers also get excited for the entertainment that accompanies the on-field action. In a capitalist economy where advertisements play a key role in marketing, many rich and well-known companies pay millions of dollars for only a moment’s worth of advertisement on Super Bowl Sunday. The game was broadcasted live by CBS Television, which took advantage of the high demand for air-time and charged companies a steep rate of $5 million per thirty seconds. If you take the cost for a one second commercial and divide it by the number of people who watched this year’s Super Bowl —- 111.9 million —you’ll find that it costed companies around $1500 to put their product in front of a single individual’s eyes for just one second.

However, viewers don’t see the advertisements as an annoyance, but rather a part of the entertainment. Super Bowl commercials are known for being the funniest and most unusual commercials companies will show in a given year. Below is a ranking of the 10 most stand-out commercials of this year’s Super Bowl.

Coming in at number 10 is Death Wish Coffee. You wouldn’t necessarily think this was a coffee commercial from the start. The brilliant speech given by the captain of the ship makes the commercial look like a scene from Pirates of the Caribbean, but it is actually a large rush of coffee flowing into the mouth of man who wants nothing more than an ole cup of Joe. An awe inspiring story.
Earning ninth place is Heinz’s “Weiner Stampede.” In this winner of a commercial, a group of weiner dogs dressed in hot dog costumes elegantly run through a field of grass in slow motion. The cute scenery won over the hearts of many, but what really made the commercial amazing was when the hot dogs became reunited with humans dressed as bottles of ketchup and mustard. It was a heart-warming representation of the traditional American meal of hot dogs and Heinz products.
Doritos is well known for producing some of the best Super Bowl commercials year in and year out, which is why it shouldn’t come as a surprise that this one cracks our top ten list at number eight. In this commercial, a group of “Doritos Dogs” work tirelessly to sneak into the local store and snag a bag of Doritos chips. After many failed attempts, the dogs resort to coming together and dressing as a person, sneaking into the store, and walking away with their delicious chips.
Seventh place goes to Avocados From Mexico. A group of hideous looking aliens are touring a futuristic museum in outer space. The catch: the museum is a representation of human culture, where a Rubik’s cube, a crowded airplane, and the blue/gold dress make a guest appearance. At the end of the museum is an avocado tree from Mexico, which supposedly the aliens have kept well-nurtured. The tour guide mentions that avocado trees are in season year round, and that the best avocados are from Mexico!

Recently, Mountain Dew has produced some of the oddest commercials, and this one is no exception. In this sixth place Super Bowl ad, a group of friends are hanging out on a couch when an unusual creature with the head of a puppy, torso of a monkey, and legs of a baby comes strolling up singing, “PuppyMonkeyBaby, PuppyMonkeyBaby, PuppyMonkeyBaby.”
Doritos is at it again, and takes home the fifth place trophy. A soon-to-be-mother is getting an ultrasound while her nearby husband is munching on a tasty bag of Doritos chips. The father notices that wherever he moves the chip, the baby follows suit in the mother’s stomach. The wife fails to realize this, steals one of the chips, and throws it across the room. Let’s just say she went from soon-to-be mother to mother in a matter of moments.
In this serious Budweiser commercial that just missed cracking the top three, Helen Mirren is enjoying dinner at a restaurant while insulting the idea of drinking and driving. She suggests, “If you drive drunk, you, simply put, are a short-sighted utterly useless oxygen-wasting human form of pollution.” She then continues to talk about how people who don’t drink and drive make society better off.

Let’s face it, a Prius is not the fastest or coolest car on the market. However, its commercial was cool enough to snatch third place. Even though the Prius provides amazing environmental benefits, it gets the unfair stereotype of being one of the least desirable cars on the market — especially for getaways. A group of bank robbers are looking for a getaway car, and find themselves outrunning cop cars and helicopters in their newly stolen Prius. Throughout the commercial, snobby pokes are made at a Prius’ inability to reach high velocities and the unfortunate lack of pride held by Prius owners.
As much as I prefer listening to other artists, the T-Mobile commercial that features Drake was clever enough to warrant the second ranking on this list. While Drake is performing his popular “Hotline Bling,” a group of mobile carrier representatives try to change some of the lyrics to read more like what you see in the fine print of a contract. An enthusiastic Drake is on board with all of the atrocious changes, even letting the representatives into the music video. The idea: “Other wireless carriers ruin everything.”

T-Mobile did an amazing job this year, taking home both the first and second place trophies. We’ve all seen the exact same Verizon commercial with the different colored balls over and over again. Apparently, T-Mobile got just as tired of Verizon ripping on them as we did. What starts off looking like the beginning of the Verizon commercial with rolling colored balls being used to represent the differences between Verizon and competing mobile carriers is actually an opportunity for Steve Harvey to make a guest appearance. This commercial pokes fun at his recent blunder during the Miss Universe Pageant. In the words of Steve himself, “I’m not taking responsibility for this one! Oh-no! Verizon got it wrong. Yes! Not me!”

Though the game was entertaining in every aspect — the Denver Broncos beat the Carolina Panthers 24-10 —- and Beyonce and Bruno Mars helped save the halftime show, the commercials as a whole were sup par. Overall, I give them a B-. Although some pretty hilarious commercials kept many Americans from taking bathroom breaks, such commercials seemed to be scarce this year. That being said, now we have to turn the page and hope that Super Bowl 51 will give us some better material.


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