There have been some great Super Bowls, and there have been some…well..quite a few losers. It is not only the score and the performance of the athletes that dictates how memorable the game was, but also all the accompanying media hype and the ‘who knows what will happen’ halftime shows.
Who can forget Super Bowl XXXVIII, when Janet Jackson had her breast exposed with a little help from Justin Timberlake? Of course, this year’s “DeflateGate” has enjoyed a much bigger, post-game, lead-up promotion than “NippleGate’ enjoyed back in 2004.
But when you have Katy Perry, Missy Elliott and Lenny Kravitz doing the halftime show, anything is possible.
Are you ready to “Get Your Freak On?”
Sometimes though, a few extra variables get thrown into the mix that promise to make the next Super Bowl the best ever and one that will be talked about for years, and Sunday’s game is no exception.
Here are the Top 5 reasons why Super Bowl XLIX could turn out to be one of the best and most watched Super Bowl games ever:
Need we say more? Although we still don’t know the true story of how 11 out of 12 footballs mysteriously were deflated by 2-psi before the AFL Championship Game, the scandal will be on the minds of every fan watching Sunday night’s game. So far, the locker room attendant (who knows the truth) isn’t talking, and neither is Tom Brady.
But one thing is for sure: all eyes will be on those footballs every second. Is Tom Brady squeezing the ball more than usual? Are the referees checking the balls after each play? Do those footballs look smaller than usual?
And, of course, will Brady lose because he was forced to play with properly inflated footballs?
2. Tom Brady’s Greatest Quarterback and Super Bowl Legacy
The Patriot’s 37-year-old quarterback will become the NFL’s first quarterback to play in six Super Bowls. And if he wins, he will tie Joe Montana and Terry Bradshaw’s record for having won four Super Bowl games. That feat will possibly make him the greatest quarterback ever and will restore the New England Patriot’s legacy.
Not to mention that he is the only NFL quarterback ever to be married to a supermodel and a woman who makes a hell of a lot more money than he does.
3. Richard Sherman’s Baby
Yes, some things are more important than the Super Bowl, or are they? Whether or not Richard Sherman’s girlfriend goes into labor before the game may have a lot of bearing on how 43% of football fans ( which are all women) view the current reputation of the NFL. Will Sherman show up if ‘little Petey” decides to make his grand appearance early, or will he decide to stay home?
No matter what Sherman decides, it will be a debate that may compound an already parents-paternity-rights issue for a long time to come if the tiny cornerback decides to steal the show.
4. Katy Perry’s Halftime Show
“This will be the BIGGEST event of my career!” Katy Perry said recently in an interview. Katy is so nervous about her performance that she even asked Bruno Mars (who did Super Bowl 2014) if she should spray tan herself the night before the show.
I can attest (from being a man myself) that Katy Perry won’t have to worry about men not watching her Super Bowl performance or how tan she appears.
Should we forget to mention again that Missy Elliott and Lenny Kravitz are also performing? “Get Your Freak On” which is a hot, Missy Elliot hit will sure to be highlighted by Lenny Kravitz’s appearance and musical talents.
5. Attack Of The Measles.
This is not at all humorous and a positive note for the game, but it needs to be mentioned. Over 1,000 people in Arizona are believed to have been exposed to the measles virus, and do not know they may have been infected. What makes this so relevant to the game is because Arizona is where the Super Bowl is being played.
The Arizona Department of Health Services is afraid that some of those people infected will attend the Super Bowl at the University of Phoenix Stadium.
The measles virus is the most contagious virus known to man and has a 90% transmission rate. Let’s hope none of those people go to the game and that most of the fans have been inoculated.
Enjoy the game!
Joseph E. Rathjen is a freelance writer and an Opinion Writer at 1World Online – America’s Fastest Growing Social Research Engine.