REVIEW: Our national sports holiday, The Super Bowl

The News reviews ads, halftime show and, the game

Rihanna takes center stage at the Super Bowl 57 halftime show performing her greatest hits (photo courtesy of

The News Editorial Board

It’s no surprise that viewers gather and tune in to the big game for a variety of reasons: the pizza, the ads, the halftime show, or the pure cuteness. But this year’s bowl was historic: for the first time in 19 years, Puppy Bowl went into overtime.

After tough defense from Team Ruff, Team Fluff won again, with a late score by Vivianne.

But the series score? 19-0, with all 122 pups from 67 shelters in this year’s bowl adopted. Well done, fans!

On to the humans.

The event made history on many levels, which drew viewers: an all-female aviator flyover, two Black starting quarterbacks, and with 113 million viewers (Fox reports per Nielsen Ratings) it’s the third most watched television show in history and up 1% from last year’s Rams-Bengals game.

Rihanna’s halftime show? Ditto. Second most-watched halftime show in history. And the global superstar is the only halftime performer to appear pregnant

From the desks of the editors:

Dionte Berry, Editor-in-Chief

Rihanna put on a good show, especially while carrying her second child. However, once the show ended I thought it was a bit of a fake out – just a long pause for personnel to be able to change the stage design.

I was also expecting guest acts to join Rihanna. For the 2022 Super Bowl rap dominated featuring Mary J. Blige, Eminem, Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre and guest appearances by 50 cent and Anderson Paak. I wish Rihanna’s show had that same level of collaboration.

In terms of collaborations ,Rihanna has worked with SZA, and that could have been amazing to have her on the stage because SZA just dropped her album, “SOS.” Drake could have made an appearance because he’s featured on “Work.” It would have really been out there if she brought along Tame Impala, since she covered his song, “New Person, Same Old Mistakes.”

But at the end of the day they didn’t necessarily have to be artists that Rihanna worked with. During the 2015 Super Bowl, Coldplay, Bruno Mars, and Beyonce were all on the stage together even though none of them had songs together it still worked and the trio had chemistry.


Jakob Milani, Sports Editor

Super Bowl 57 was one of the best Super Bowls in recent memory. There was plenty of history about the game as it was the first time both teams had a Black quarterback as their starter. The game itself was amazing, as neither team could get a clear lead. It came down to the very end where, with just under 2 minutes to go, the officials made a controversial holding call on Eagles defensive back James Bradberry. It wasn’t controversial because of the call itself, as Bradberry admitted to committing the foul after the game, but it was an issue as it was not called all game until the final 2 minutes.

The call essentially gave the Chiefs the win as the Eagles were left with just 8 seconds left following a Chiefs field goal that put them up 38-35. A phenomenal game that was ruined by a brutal penalty that gave a team the championship.

As for the halftime entertainment, Rhianna killed it. No special guest was needed as Rhi simply went out there, performed 12 of her biggest hits, and just seemed to have the most fun possible. It was one of the best shows at the game over the last decade.The commercials were kinda lackluster this year. There were some fun ones like the PopCorners “Breaking Bad” ad, or the Doritos ad with Jack Harlow and Elton John. But there weren’t a ton that stuck out as super memorable.

In the major categories to rate a Super Bowl (game, halftime, and ads), I’d say they went 2 for 3 this year, hitting on the game and the concert at halftime.