There are many reasons to tune into this Sunday’s much anticipated Super Bowl 50. For the avid sports fan, the reasons I need not list here. Even for the reluctant, but socially obligated, sports fan I need not list many of these forthcoming reasons. As the Super Bowl has become as much a cultural institution as any holiday or tradition I can think of. With TV ratings that transcend the popularity of football (and TV itself one feels like), as well as consumption rates that rival the diets of a nation of Sumo Wrestlers on one glorious day each year, this weekend’s Super Bowl is a must watch for four reasons you may not have thought of.
First, this will in all likelihood be our last chance to watch a legendary athlete and icon that has dominated our most prominent sporting institution for the past near two decades. He has stolen the hearts and minds of sports fans and his peers from all over our country with his omniscient grasp of the game, unwielding leadership on and off the field, and marksmen-like ability to throw the football. From his birthplace in Mississippi, to his volunteering days at Tennessee, to America’s heartland in Indiana, and his final destination In Colorado. Peyton Manning is an American Icon and anyone who can appreciate a career of his proportion and length coming to an end, should feel grateful and obliged to tune in.
Second, If you haven’t gotten a chance to watch the 2016 Carolina Panthers play football this year, then you are quite simply missing out. The Panthers, led by the young, versatile, and MVP Cameron Newton, are as likely to rack up 450 yards of total offense and 5 touchdowns as Newton is to hit his tokened dab gesture in this game (Very likely). Here are some other things to keep in mind about the Panthers: They are 17-1 this season after jumping out to a 14-0 start. Both their offense and defense rank among the top 10 in the league. They have 8 all-pro players on their team, that’s alot. Oh, and I assure you you will be entertained by their relentlessly varied and fast-paced offense headed by their 6-5, 250 pound quarterback that will out run anyone in the stadium that day.
Third, if you aren’t in it for all the athletic minutia that everyone is ranting and raving about than you surely will be entertained, borderline flummoxed, by the combination of half time artists performing in what is always a unrivaled show in regards to theatrics and resources used. At halftime Coldplay, Bruno Mars, and Beyonce will all team up to give us what I assure you will be a show for the ages.
Lastly, what the heck else are you going to do from 5:30 PM to 9 PM Sunday Evening? So tune in, and keep some of these aforementioned aspects in mind!
SUPER BOWL INFORMATION Carolina Panthers VS Denver Broncos
Time: Sunday, February 7th, 6:30 PM Eastern Time. Aired on CBS.
Location: Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, California.