Coming into Super Bowl Sunday, many sports fans expected the game to be competitive and exciting to watch. Depending on your perspective, you may have found it to be both, neither, or none of the above. However, The Super Bowl is an integral part of American Culture. The Citadel being a military school, we tend to take a considerable interest in things involving physical strength or ability. So many of us either sat down in the barracks, on guard, during cons, at a party, or wherever, and watched Super Bowl LIII between the New England Patriots and Los Angles Rams.
The game itself was full of a high volume level of defense and didn’t involve much offense throughout the game. Unlike last year’s record-breaking Super Bowl in regards to the number of points scored, this Super Bowl had the lowest combined points in Super Bowl History with sixteen. Throughout the game, the Patriots would move the ball up and down the field, but the Rams defense would hold strong and stop them before they could do anything. Wade Phillips, who was the defensive coordinator for the 2015-2016 Super Bowl Champion Broncos team, had proven, when given the right pieces he could make things very interesting for Tom Brady. During that game, the Denver defense got to Brady four times, and Brady completed less than half of his passes in the 2016 AFC Title Game.
This game went a little differently though. The Rams only sacked Brady once, and Brady completed sixty percent of his pass attempts. Despite not scoring a touchdown until the fourth quarter, Brady and the Pats controlled the clock as Sony Michel had 94 rushing yards and a TD. Gronk chipped in with six catches for 87 yards and had a critical reception that led to a Sony Michel touchdown midway through the fourth quarter to retake the lead. Edelman had ten catches for 141 yards. His connection with Brady allowed New England to keep the ball out of Jared Goff’s hands. When Goff had the ball, he had a miserable time out on the field. He only completed half of his passes while being sacked four times. Todd Gurley also did not get many carries due to injury. In the end, the Patriots showing up in the fourth quarter would be enough to capture their sixth Super Bowl Championship in Franchise History, securing the victory with a score of 13-3.
Whether you were disappointed or happy with the game itself, one must acknowledge the disappointment with the great tease Maroon 5 gave fans during the halftime show. Rumor had it for the longest time that Maroon 5 would perform the song “Sweet Victory” from the hit show SpongeBob SquarePants. There was a petition where over one million people signed to get the band to perform it during half-time to honor the late creator Stephen Hillenburg who lost a battle with ALS back in November. Non the less, it must be appreciated that the animated character made a cameo on the scoreboard during the half-time show in the lead up to Travis Scott’s entrance. However, it was a let down as many expected the band would perform the song.
Regardless of what you did during Super Bowl Sunday, things that one can to take away is that defense still wins championships. In the end, there was only one sweet victory and many cadets yelling at the outcome of the game, be in favor or against.
But some cadets were not happy with how the halftime show turned out and decided to take the matter into their own hands. Some brave and courageous souls risked punishments to blare Sweet Victory over the all call. This power move elicited more cheers and attention in the barracks than the outcome of the game. To keep that hype going at PT the next morning, motivating all the hungover cadets to finish that PT Session with a sweet victory, the corps was treated to an encor performance .
-Grady Edwards Mike Class of 2020