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Opinion: Reviewing Superbowl LVIII

Solé Scott- Features Editor

San Fransisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs faced off to win the prestigious trophy. This was the eighth time the 49ers advanced to the Superbowl and the Chiefs’ sixth. 

The 2024 Superbowl was held in Las Vegas for the first time in National Football League, NFL, history on Feb. 11 at the Allegiant Stadium. 

No Superbowl can start without the national anthem, which was sung by country music icon Reba McEntire.  

The Black national anthem, “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” was sung by singer and actress Andra Day. 

Throughout the night, the 49ers were in the lead and were the clear favorites to win until the game went into overtime. 

The halftime show with Usher proved to the world why he is a living legend. The dancing, live vocals, outfit change and exciting roller-skating segment was a once in a lifetime performance. 

Alicia Keys was the only extraneous element of the halftime show with an all-too-common voice crack mishap in the beginning of “If I Ain’t Got You.” After the game, the NFL uploaded the halftime show and noticeably edited out the voice crack. 

Now, Alicia Keys is a fantastic musician but not a good singer when she is live. 

The game ended with the Chiefs winning 25-22 against the 49ers due to Patrick Mahomes throwing the winning catch to Mecole Hardman Jr., who scored a touchdown. 

The Superbowl is popular for its athletic entertainment and halftime show, but it is also well known for its commercials. 

This year, the commercials were mediocre compared to other years. The jokes were corny and regrettable since the ads were not cheap to produce. 

My favorite commercials were from Verizon and Beyoncé, who unexpectedly broke the internet because she teased the release of two songs that will be on her new album in March. 

Kanye West reportedly spent $7 million for an ad slot only to use his iPhone to tell the audience to visit his YEEZY website and buy his shoes and clothes. 

I also enjoyed the Apple music commercial with Taraji P. Henson, Ludacris and Lil Jon going all over Las Vegas after losing Usher. 

The commercial was funny because he had a custom-made titanium denture grill in his mouth that slightly distorted his speaking voice. 

One aspect of this Superbowl that drove myself and other audience members insane was the camera continuously showing Taylor Swift and her crew. 

The NFL needs to know that when fans are watching football, they are only watching football. Throughout the season, Taylor Swift has been forced down our throats since she started to date Chiefs player Travis Kelce. 

No other spouse, fiancée, girlfriend, mother or father to a player is shown as much as Swift, which totally gives off the vibes of a PR relationship. 

Nevertheless, this Superbowl was not only interesting to watch but also made history. 

For example, the event was the most watched United States broadcast since the Apollo 11 moon landing with 123.7 million. Next, Superbowl 58 was the longest in history, lasting 74 minutes and 57 seconds. 

Lastly, the Chiefs were the first team to win back-to-back Superbowl’s since 2004 when Tom Brady led the Patriots to victory. 

The next Superbowl will be held in New Orleans at the Caesar’s Superdome. 

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