The Five Best Things About Super Bowl XLVIII

I am not a huge sports fan, but every year, I plop myself in a seat and watch the Super Bowl. From a semi-casual sports fan’s perspective, here are the five highlights from last night’s “big game”:

The Game Itself Was a Certified Hot Mess

Super Bowl XLVIII will go down in history as one of the most disastrous football games ever. I don’t proclaim to know completely how the game works (I still don’t know what 1st & Down means), but I did see multiple touchdowns from the Seattle Seahawks and nada zip boom bah from the Denver Broncos for a good two and half quarters. The game was over before Bruno Mars stepped on stage. Because I didn’t really care who won, I just got to sit back and cackle as the Seahawks racked up point after point after point. Easily one of the worst Super Bowls ever, but definitely the funniest.

Bruno Mars’s Stunning (but Short) Halftime Show

I will admit that I was skeptical about Bruno Mars’s ability to deliver for the halftime show. I mean, he’s a great singer and a certified hitmaker, but I didn’t think he had the catalog to really sustain a full set. Well, I was proven wrong. Mars brought boundless energy and excitement to the stadium, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers appearance ended up making more sense then I thought it would. My only gripe was that it was way too short. He could’ve easily slipped in “Moonshine” or “Gorilla” or something. Other than that, job well done, Bruno.

Tim Tebow’s T-Mobile Commercial

I love a celebrity who can make fun of themselves (and if they make some money doing it, more power to them). Tim Tebow, who has seen his NFL career collapse, played up his off-contract status with a genuinely funny commercial for T-Mobile. As if this game wasn’t Twilight Zone-worthy enough, you have Tim Tebow winning over Peyton Manning.

Peyton Manning Memes

It must really suck to be Peyton Manning right now. Sure, he will always be known as an amazing quarterback, but this will definitely haunt him, as will the huge number of memes flooding the Internet, including this BuzzFeed article. My personal favorite? Peyton on the phone with Olivia Pope. Unfortunately, not even the fixer could fix the mess that was the Broncos last night.

Budweiser’s #BestBuds Puppy Commercial

Budweiser delivered the best commercial of the night, hands down. The beer company presented the story of a puppy and a horse who become best friends, so much so that the puppy keeps escaping to be with the horse, all set to Passenger’s gorgeous single “Let Her Go”. I actually shed a tear watching the commercial. Seriously, if you don’t even feel a bit of a tug on your heart, you are a damn frozen corpse.

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