Don’t forget Thanksgiving Super Bowl Sunday is America’s true unleashing of its national id, the day the country gorges itself on beer and chicken wings, patriotism, pop culture, hero worship, machismo, fireworks, sanctioned violence and consumerist yearning.
If you were watching on Sunday night — of course you were! — you know all this. There was more going on than you might realize, even within your own living room. Here are some things you might not have noticed as Rihanna sang.
1. Nick Sirianni’s Tears
Chris Stapleton was the singer for country music superstar Chris Stapleton “The Star-Spangled Banner,” Eagles Coach Nick Sirianni wept in his beard. Sirianni was captured by a Fox camera. 10 Just seconds after cutting away. At the start of the third quarter, Fox included Sirianni’s tears in a first-half highlight reel.
(*10*) Eagles offensive tackle Jordan Mailata said last week. He said Sirianni. “you know when he’s happy, you know when he’s angry.”
And you know when he’s listening to the national anthem.
2. Kansas City Fanatics Being Kansas City Lovers
Kansas City fan in Arizona sung the National Anthem at the conclusion of the song. This is an Arrowhead Stadium tradition. “and the home of the Chiefs” Instead of “and the home of the brave.” Before the game, about 50 people protested the name of the team and the fans’ tomahawk chop hand gesture because they see them as disrespectful to Native Americans, but the traditions live on.
3. Serena Williams selling drinks
Williams stated last August, that she was “evolving away from tennis,” continued to evolve as a pitchwoman, appearing in ads for two alcohol brands, Rémy Martin cognac and Michelob Ultra beer.
The Rémy Martin ad cast Williams as a coach exhorting a football team (and, for some reason, dancers and kitchen workers) to “fight our way back into the light one inch at a time.”
The Michelob Ultra commercial features a humorous riff. “Caddyshack,” Williams wins a match against Brian Cox (an actor who plays the part of Judge Smails) by sinking a putt.
4. One of many Tributes
Many honors were given during the Super Bowl It would have been very easy to overlook at least one.
Many tributes were paid to America. running back Walter Payton, to Andrew Whitworth (last year’s winner of the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award), to Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (this year’s winner), to the former N.F.L. linebacker Pat Tillman (who was killed while serving with the Army Rangers in Afghanistan), to the Tillman scholars (veterans who receive scholarships from Tillman’s foundation), to the latest class of Pro Football Hall of Fame inductees, and to Julia Crossley, 12, a sixth-grader from Arizona who was selected The N.F.L. Play 60 Super Kid. Kid.
5. Advertisement for Cryptocurrency
You missed them because they didn’t air. The crypto ads of last year were so prevalent that Super Bowl is now known as Crypto Bowl, with Coinbase, Crypto.com, eToro and FTX — remember the hard-to-impress Larry David? — all buying spots.
Today, FTX has gone bankrupt. Sam Bankman-Fried is being tried on the charges of stealing billions from customers. Other exchanges are insolvent and assets worth $2 trillion have disappeared.
We would love to offer you some cognac.
6. Slipping Players
You It would have been easy to mistake the game for N.H.L. Winter Classic. The painted logos caused players on both sides to lose their grip on State Farm Stadium’s grass.
Halftime: Terry Bradshaw, Hall of Fame quarterback and Fox commentator pointed out that Eagles quarterback Jaleen Hurts was wearing longer cleats. “This field is slippery,” Bradshaw added. After Rihanna’s halftime performance, a legion of groundskeepers worked to fill the divots left by the stage.
In the third quarter, the Eagles’ Jake Elliott slipped while kicking off, just as Kansas City kicker Harrison Butker had done in the first game of the season at the same stadium. Butker was injured and missed four more games.
Deadspin published an article saying, “the N.C.A.A. and N.F.L. should give serious consideration to never playing a critical game in Glendale again.”
George Toma (94), known as God of Sod and the God of Sod who prepared the field as he did for the other 57, must have felt all of this was disturbing. Super Bowls.
7. Gronk’s Field Goal Attempt
Rob Gronkowski’s attempt to kick a field goal in a promotion for the sportsbook FanDuel, mercilessly promoted during the two weeks before the game, unfolded with all the narrative tension of a call from a telemarketer. An onscreen label said the 30-second commercial was live, but it didn’t look live, and it was hard to tell whether Gronkowski, the retired N.F.L. The tight end was there to make the kick. He even collapsed in frustration. later said he missed it.
8. Rihanna’s Tether
Rihanna was suspended from cables on a glowing platform that she floated to the ground. It was a magical — and slightly scary — entrance, given that she appeared to be hovering a few stories above the field. It was scary to think that she might have danced too close, given her appearance to be pregnant.
Don’t worry, Rihanna was held in place by what appeared to be a strong carabiner cable. And doesn’t that look like a safety harness beneath her red jacket?
9. Travis Kelce Yelling
Actually, if you watched the postgame celebration, you couldn’t have missed this. Kelce, Kansas City’s star tight end, answered every interview question as if he were a Marine recruit responding to a drill sergeant.
“Not one of you all said the Chiefs were going to take it home this year,” He hollered at Fox announcers, who had unanimously chosen Philadelphia. “Not one!”