By Leif Johnston
The 2013 Super Bowl was full of side stories that just couldn’t be overlooked. Everything from 12-time pro bowler Ray Lewis playing in his last game to the Harbaugh brothers coaching against each other for the first time in Super Bowl history that siblings went face-to-face.
The San Francisco ‘49ers also had their fair share of media coverage coming into the playoffs with changing quarterbacks midway through the season, naming Colin Kaepernick their man.
All of these interesting stories gave the media just what it craved for the two weeks leading up to the Super Bowl…drama.
Both teams were dissected to the point that it felt as though the game would never be played. But, luckily for us, it was.
The much-anticipated contest looked for two quarters that all the hype was for nothing. The Ravens came out and took a 21 to 6 lead at half, and added another on the opening kickoff of the second half.
Spectators have seen this too many times and tend to anticipate all of the festivities of the game rather than the actual game itself.
Sophomore sport management major Victoria Thane said, “I was looking forward to the commercials and halftime show rather than the game. There’s this huge hype over the Super Bowl for about two weeks, and the game never lives up to the hype when game time comes.”
The Super Bowl took a drastic turn a few minutes into the third quarter when over half of the lights in the Superdome cut out, causing a 34-minute delay. This pause in the action stopped Baltimore’s rolling momentum.
“The blackout gave the ‘49ers a chance to regroup and think about a bunch of stuff to figure out how to stop Baltimore,” sophomore education major Stanton Holland said.
Despite the blackouts’ efforts to bring San Francisco, back into the game, the Ravens stingy defense stood strong to stop a late ‘49ers drive down the field.
The game ended with Baltimore on top 34-31.
You can be certain that the halftime show of the Super Bowl will always be controversial.
With so many people watching, there is no way to please every different type of audience. This year’s entertainment seemed to go over better than Madonna’s performance last year.
“Beyonce definitely made up for the last couple years performances. You could tell that everybody liked it by the way Twitter and Facebook exploded after the show,” Holland said.
Everyone was waiting with anticipation to see how John Harbaugh, the coach of the Baltimore Ravens, and Jim Harbaugh of the San Francisco ‘49ers would react after the game.
One of them was going to be overjoyed with victory ,while the other brother would be heartbroken in defeat.
Jim Nantz of CBS asked the Ravens head coach about his handshake after the game with has brother Jim.
“It was really hard. The end of the game was the hardest thing I’ve ever experienced,” John Harbaugh said.
Although this was an emotional and spectacular scene, the emotions displayed by the Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis were equally touching.
“I think Ray Lewis’s situation was the biggest storyline of the Super Bowl. I mean, it was his last game, and he went out on top,” sophomore pre-physical therapy major Jeremy Corbin said.
Not only did the game secure Lewis’s legacy, it helped the Ravens often criticized quarterback Joe Flacco quiet his critics.
Holland said, “This game took Joe from an average quarteback to an elite one.”