Many people watched the New England Patriots win its sixth championship against the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday, February 3, and may have recognized a few former Razorback players.
Five former Hogs are on both teams that played in the game. Defensive linemen Trey Flowers and Deatrich Wise both play for the Patriots. This is the second championship win for Flowers and the first for Wise.
Former Razorbacks Cody Hollister and Dan Skipper also got rings as part of the practice squad for the Patriots.
Finally, new hardware for Bret Bielema, former head Hog and current consultant to Patriots head coach Bill Belicheck, who spoke after the game.
“Its just a great day for our football team,” Belicheck said. Obviously, Mr.Kraft put all of this together. But it is all about the players. These guys work so hard all year and they just competed every week.”
For some, the best part of the Big Game had nothing to do with the game itself, but the commercials.
According to CNBC, advertisers spent a record $5.25 million for a 30-second spot. That comes to about 175 thousand a second!
Another big talker was the halftime show when Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine removed his shirt, causing quite the discussion on social media. In 2004, Janet Jackson was forced to apologize after her infamous “wardrobe malfunction” during her halftime show. After Levine’s performance, social media users debated the potential double standard.
Overall, the game had the lowest TV rating in a decade according to the New York Post. It was the worst rated championship game since Super Bowl XLIII where the Steelers beat the Cardinals.