If You're Watching Super Bowl 52, Here's What You Can Look Forward To

If You're Watching Super Bowl 52, Here's What You Can Look Forward To

Crack open a cold one and dip a wing in ranch because this could be a wild one.
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The Super Bowl. It’s an American Past time whether you like it or not, so get those wings ready and sit on a comfy couch and enjoy the game or those expensive super bowl commercials. This year's Super Bowl is being hosted in Minneapolis, Minnesota - a place that hasn’t hosted the Super Bowl since 1992. While we were looking forward to the possibility of a Vikings Super Bowl in Minneapolis, the Vikings did not pull through with their game against the Eagles. As always, the Super Bowl can be a very iconic event of the year, spawning potential controversy and memes that go viral.

Most NFL fans aren’t surprised to see the Patriots in yet another Super Bowl. They have qualified for the most Super Bowls with ten Super Bowls under their belts including five wins. The Eagles have gone to three Super Bowls so far, and the last time they’ve made it to the Super Bowl has been 2005, so it’ll be a really interesting game.

Eagles fans have been known for getting a bit rowdy to say the least, so it wouldn’t be a surprise if there are any incidences at the bowl regarding fan behavior as well as reactions to winning or losing the bowl. The hope is that the fans decide to be courteous to their opponents and show good sportsmanship, but it won’t be likely. There’s even betting odds about the behavior of Eagles fans at the game, like odd that an Eagles fan will run out onto the field, Eagles fan will throw debris onto the field, or even betting odd of how many Eagles fans will be arrested before, during and after the bowl.

Last Super Bowls have brought the infamous halftime show memes and controversies including “Left Shark,” a dancer in Katy Perry’s halftime show that seemed to do his own thing during “California Girls.” The Super Bowl had also brought on the controversial Beyonce performance where she tributes Black Lives Matter, Malcolm X and the Black Panthers in Super Bowl 50. People expected Lady Gaga’s halftime performance to get political considering the climate of a newly inaugurated president, but it seemed the most controversial it had gotten was her song “Born This Way,” which already had LGBT Pride undertones and the show wasn’t much of a surprise.

This year's Super Bowl will have Justin Timberlake as the halftime performer. Timberlake hasn’t performed at the halftime ever since the Janet Jackson nip slip incident in 2004. Some people are saying that Justin Timberlake should invite Janet Jackson to perform with him since some people blame him partially. Janet Jackson isn’t banned from performing at the Super Bowl but she did receive a hefty fine from the FCC. It is unlikely that she will be performing alongside Timberlake, however, we can’t say for sure.

Another influential piece of the Super Bowl is the commercials. Some tend to be inspiring while others might seem wildly inappropriate. The commercials themselves are something that the american consumer looks forward to as companies shell out thousands of dollars to make a commercial. A thirty second spot in the Super Bowl could cost a company five million dollars. This means that there is a lot that goes into the commercial as far as production and creation. They want the ad to be memorable. Sometimes, they are too memorable.

In 2014 there were two ads that had caused a stir. One of them was the Cheerios commercials featuring an interracial family. This ad was a problem from bigoted people who had an issue with a mixed family being accepted as commonplace even though it is something that very common now and not all that weird. However, the ad sparked debate on Twitter about whether or not Cheerios should apologize for the commercial. 2014 also had been the Super Bowl that featured the Cola.

In 2015, Nationwide released a very disturbing commercial about a boy who had died in an accident. Viewers had said that the commercial had been creepy and almost traumatizing and not at all appropriate. 2017 is known for the 84 Lumber commercial that told the story of a mother and daughters journey to the United States. This commercial caused an uproar because of it’s timing after Trump’s inauguration. It’ll be interesting to see what commercials have to offer this year.

From crazy Eagles fans to politically charged halftime shows, who know what antics will come from this years Super Bowl. Everyone crack open a cold one and enjoy this year's Super Bowl that may prove historic!

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To The Coach Who Ruined The Game For Me

We can't blame you completely, but no one has ever stood up to you before.
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I know you never gave it a second thought, the idea that you're the reason I and many others, never went any farther in our athletic careers.

I know you didn’t sincerely care about our mental health, as long as we were physically healthy and our bodies were working enough to play. It’s obvious your calling wasn’t coaching and you weren’t meant to work with young adults, some who look to you as a parent figure or a confidant.

I also know that if we were to express our concerns about the empty feeling we began to feel when we stepped onto the court, you wouldn’t have taken the conversation seriously because it wasn’t your problem.

I know we can't blame you completely, no one has ever stood up to you before. No one said anything when girls would spend their time in the locker room crying because of something that was said or when half the team considered quitting because it was just too much.

We can't get mad at the obvious favoritism because that’s how sports are played.

Politics plays a huge role and if you want playing time, you have to know who to befriend. We CAN get mad at the obvious mistreatment, the empty threats, the verbal abuse, “it's not what you say, its how you say it.”

We can get mad because a sport that we loved so deeply and had such passion for, was taken away from us single-handedly by an adult who does not care. I know a paycheck meant more to you than our wellbeing, and I know in a few years you probably won’t even remember who we are, but we will always remember.

We will remember how excited we used to get on game days and how passionate we were when we played. How we wanted to continue on with our athletic careers to the next level when playing was actually fun. We will also always remember the sly remarks, the obvious dislike from the one person who was supposed to support and encourage us.

We will always remember the day things began to change and our love for the game started to fade.

I hope that one day, for the sake of the young athletes who still have a passion for what they do, you change.

I hope those same athletes walk into practice excited for the day, to get better and improve, instead of walking in with anxiety and worrying about how much trouble they would get into that day. I hope those athletes play their game and don’t hold back when doing it, instead of playing safe, too afraid to get pulled and benched the rest of the season.

I hope they form an incredible bond with you, the kind of bond they tell their future children about, “That’s the coach who made a difference for me when I was growing up, she’s the reason I continued to play.”

I don’t blame you for everything that happened, we all made choices. I just hope that one day, you realize that what you're doing isn’t working. I hope you realize that before any more athletes get to the point of hating the game they once loved.

To the coach that ruined the game for me, I hope you change.

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The Warriors' Fans May Need To Be Concerned About Stephen Curry

The six-time All-Star point guard's PPG has dipped over the past few games.

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The Golden State Warriors have been the most dominant NBA team over the past five years. They have claimed three NBA championships in the past four seasons and look to pull off a three-peat as they currently hold first place in the Western Conference more than halfway into the 2018-2019 NBA season. Warriors point guard Stephen Curry has been one of the primary reasons for their sustained success and is regarded by many around the NBA as the greatest shooter of all time and one of the best point guards in the league today. However, his points per game (PPG) total has dipped over the last few games. Should this be concerning for Warriors fans?

Curry got off to a hot streak early in the season and has had a few notable games like every season. He scored 51 points in three quarters while tallying 11 three-pointers against the Washington Wizards in the fifth game of the season and has delivered in the clutch with high-scoring games against the Los Angeles Clippers on December 23, 2018 (42 PTS) and Dallas Mavericks on January 13, 2019 (48 PTS).

However, Curry's consistency and point total have slipped over the past few games. He only put up 14 points and had a generally sloppy three-point shooting performance against the Los Angeles Lakers on February 2, and only 19 points four days later against the San Antonio Spurs, who were resting two of their best players, Demar Derozan and Lamarcus Aldridge due to load management. In addition, he only managed 20 points against a hapless Phoenix Suns team who made an expected cakewalk win for Golden State much harder than it should have been.

Perhaps Curry's numbers have dipped because he is still adjusting to having center Demarcus Cousins in the offense, or maybe I am simply exaggerating because Curry's standards are so high. The Warriors have won fifteen of their last sixteen games and are currently in cruise control heading for the top seed in the Western Conference. Perhaps the Warriors will ask more of Curry if the situation gets direr.

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