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Patriots Win Lowest-Scoring Super Bowl of All Time

By Annalece Anhalt-Slaughter

Last night the New England Patriots took home the Vince Lombardi Trophy after defeating the Los Angeles Rams 13-3 in Super Bowl LIII. Yes, you read that right, the score was 13-3. You may have missed this after falling asleep, considering the game was 3-0 until the second half. But, we want to give credit where it is due! Congratulations to these two teams for dethroning the previous record holders, the Miami Dolphins and Washington Redskins, who scored a whopping 21 points combined in Super Bowl VII.

Aside from the injury sustained by Patrick Chung early in the second quarter, there were very few highlights – other than the exploits of both teams’ punters. The Patriots’ Stephen Gostkowski made a 42-yard field goal in the second quarter, which was answered by Rams’ Greg Zuerlein’s own for 53 yards. For a while there, we thought this was going to be a replay of the Tennessee Titans-Jacksonville Jaguars game from September. Luckily, the Patriots scored the only touchdown of the entire game (I can’t believe I actually had to write that) when Sony Michel ran it in for 2 yards in the fourth quarter. We almost saw an onside kick on behalf of the Rams with :08 left on the clock in the fourth quarter, but alas, Zuerlein missed his field goal attempt, turning the ball over to the Patriots. Whomp, whomp.

When NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell presented Pats’ owner Robert Kraft with the Lombardi trophy for the sixth time in the last eighteen years, the crowd erupted in boos. We stand corrected, while Goodell was speaking, there were jeers. When Kraft spoke, there were cheers. While we like to celebrate good sportsmanship, we also value the fans’ expressing themselves – and found it pretty funny too. I mean, anyone else see the mutual daggers in their eyes?

Now, if it had been our fans on the sidelines or in the booth, calling the plays, we think we would have seen a much different outcome. We’re not saying the Rams would have beaten the Patriots, but we ARE saying it would have been an infinitely more exciting game. Our fans would have been taking risks – they would have run when they were expected to pass, and vice versa. They would have pulled out trick plays to keep their opponents on their toes. They would have avoided punting at all costs, which luckily will not be an issue in the FCFL, as there is NO kicking in the league whatsoever. Bottom line: our fans would have kept people from falling asleep before the half time show. Then again, those who did fall asleep before halftime were pret-ty lucky to miss that Maroon Mess.

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Hollywood Says ‘No’ to Super Bowl LII

By Annalece Montgomery

There have been countless people saying they want to boycott the NFL – whether it’s for the treatment of Colin Kaepernick or their lack of enforcement of a National Anthem policy –add two more A-listers to that list: Amy Schumer and Rihanna.

In a post on her Instagram last Friday, Schumer wrote “I personally told my reps I wouldn’t do a Super Bowl commercial this year. I know it must sound like a privilege ass sacrifice but it’s all I got.” She goes on to say that by not kneeling and giving in to the NFL, athletes and other performers are becoming complicit to the inequality and racism prevalent in our country. Schumer last appeared in a Super Bowl ad with Seth Rogen in 2016.

Last month, it was announced that Maroon 5 would be headlining the Super Bowl LII Halftime Show, which garnered A LOT of mixed reactions. However, it was recently reported that the spot was offered up to them after Rihanna turned down the opportunity. Per Rolling Stone, she said no “because of the kneeling controversy. She doesn’t agree with the NFL’s stance.” There have been additional reports that following Rihanna turning the NFL down, P!nk did the same thing.

Bringing it back full circle, in the same Instagram post Amy Schumer challenged Maroon 5 to turn down the offer as well. This is normally the part where we would guess at how the fans would handle the situation, but in this situation, we want to hear from you! How do you feel about artists and actors turning down involvement in Super Bowl LII? Do you think they’re overreacting, or do you appreciate them for sticking up for what they believe in? Let us know!