5 Reasons To Watch Super Bowl 50
This Sunday, football fans (and even just sports fans in general) will be tuned in to watch the Denver Broncos and the Carolina Panthers battle for the Vince Lombardi Trophy during Super Bowl 50 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California.
There are no shortages in storylines during the NFL playoffs this year, making Super Bowl 50 a MUST WATCH. Take a look at five reasons you should watch the Super Bowl this year.
Peyton Manning's (Potential) Last Rodeo
Peyton Manning is the starting quarterback for the Denver Broncos. Playing over 17 seasons, Manning is one of the most recognizable players in the NFL and is considered one of the all-time greats. He already has a Super Bowl win under his belt, he’s a 5-time NFL MVP winner (a league record), named to 14 Pro-bowls, holds numerous NFL records, named the NFL Player of the Decade (2000’s) by several sources and continues to dominate at the age of 39.
After beating the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship (advancing the Bronco’s to the Super Bowl) Peyton Manning embraced Pat’s coach Bill Belichick and was overheard telling him “this might be my last rodeo” adding speculation to the long-time rumour he would retire after this season. If Manning does decide to throw in the towel after this season, he now has the opportunity to go out as a champion. Talk about a storybook ending.
In addition to going out on top, Manning has the opportunity to break a few records while doing so. He needs 21 passed to move past John Elway with the most career passes in Super Bowl history. He also needs 140 passing yards to join Terry Bradshaw, John Elway, Joe Montana, Kurt Warner and Tom Brady to have at least 1,000 career passing yards in the Super Bowl. What a night it could be for Peyton.
One other record worth mentioning is the age difference between Manning and his Carolina QB counterpart, Cam Newton. 13 years and 48 days separates the two super stars which would be the biggest age difference between starting quarterbacks in Super Bowl history.
The Entertainment Value of Cam Newton
Manning isn’t the only quarterback to keep an eye on this Sunday. The Panther’s Cam Newton is either loved or hated by NFL fans for his cocky on-field demeanour and opponent-annoying touch down dances. He is an athlete with a ton of personality. Take a look of the zebra-printed Versace pants he wore to the airport while catching a flight to Santa Clara in the embedded tweet below. Not exactly subtle.
In addition to his theatrics, Newton is an extremely talented Quarterback with the ability to make a dramatic difference in any game. This guy will be exciting to watch and if Newton’s Panthers win the Super Bowl this year, he will be the first quarterback in history to have won a national championship in college, the Heisman Trophy and a Super Bowl.
The Monday following the Super Bowl, In addition to seeing a lot of tired looking co-workers, you will also be hearing lots of conversation about the commercials playing during the football game. Previous Super Bowls have given us such classics as Coca-Cola’s Mean Joe Green, Budwesiers’s waassssuup, Volkswagen’s The Force, and Apple’s 1984 classic which introduced the Macintosh computer.
The cost for a 30-second ad will cost $5 Million at Super Bowl 50, so you can count on quality and creativeness during this year’s telecast. Below are a few known ads that will be played during Super Bowl 50, including one starring Canadian rap superstar Drake re-creating his ‘Hotline Bling’ masterpiece.
The Halftime Show
The Halftime Show is another non-football portion of the Super Bowl that gets a lot of attention. Fifity years of Super Bowl Halftime Shows have included performances by U2, Madonna, Paul MacCartney, New Kids on the Block, Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake (didn’t include a link for that one for obvious reasons), Bruno Mars , Katy Perry and Michael Jackson.
For the epic 50th anniversary of the Super Bowl, the NFL has enlisted Coldplay to headline this year’s Half Time show. Although I don’t mind some of their new music, Chris Martin & Co. seem like a bit of a letdown for such a milestone event. Luckily, Beyoncé is scheduled to join the British group for a few songs. Not only is Queen Bey one of the most exciting musicians available, but this performance gives her the distinction of being the first female to repeat as a Super Bowl halftime performer. Check out her Super Bowl halftime performance from 2013 below.
50th Anniversary of Superbowl Insanity
This Super Bowl marks the 50th anniversary of the winner-takes-all match that determines the NFL championship.
As a fan of hockey, I’m used to league champions being crowned after a best-of-seven series, but I have to admit, having everything come down to just one game is very appealing. Stakes are high, every single play counts, and when its close – the nail-biting end of the game is guaranteed to keep everyone on the edge of their seats. It’s like the Stanley Cup final going 7 games – EVERY Year.
Despite a few off-years, the Super Bowl is always a thrilling evening of television. Four of the past five Super Bowls have been decided by the last play. Last year, we witnessed the Patriot’s Malcom Butler intercept the Seahawks, in 2012 we saw San Fransico’s Colin Kaepernick barley miss Michael Crabtree in the endzone to lose to the Baltimore Ravens, and in 2011 Tom Brady whips a missed hail mary attempt as the Giants edged out the Patriots in Super Bowl 46. There haven’t been too many 4th quarter dull moment in the past few years-- hopefully this year will be no different.
The Panthers may be a favourite to win this year, but both teams are stacked full of talent. This Panthers-Broncos matchup is only the 2nd time in NFL history where the #1 offence (Panthers) will go up against the #1 defence (Broncos). Also, for the 3rd year in a row, the two #1 seeds will face off in the final – we are seeing the best of both divisions compete for a championship.
Super Bowl 50 starts at 6:30 pm on February 7th, and can be seen on CBS. Execulink customers can watch the game on channel 351 and 225 (in HD).
Andrew Mustard, Marketing Coordinator
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