While I know that it’s rare that we cover sports here at PCU, for better or for worse, last night’s win was historic for the Eagles. They became one more team after the Seahawks to finally win a Super Bowl. Of course, no game or the things that surround it are perfect. So let’s take a look at some of the winners and losers of the 52nd iteration of “The Big Game”.
Winner (and loser?): Nick Foles
Nick Foles has been with the Eagles for a very long time and has lost playing time to Michael Vick, got traded twice before returning to the Eagles. It’s been widely reported that he was going to walk away from the NFL and came back as Carson Wentz’ backup. Now having won the Super Bowl in a playoff that many thought the Eagles would lose after Wentz went down, there is still speculation that the guy who finally brought home the be biggest NFL prize, still may be traded away. How’s that for a “thank you for your services” package?
Loser: Justin Timberlake
It’s not enough that fans roasted Timberlake for using Prince’s image and music (which the family allegedly didn’t authorize, so…let’s learn the lesson: HAVE A WILL!!), they also went after JT for going afterPrince on ‘Give it To Me’.
One of the most telling portions was a tweet that a fan posted showing the indifference fans had at the halftime performance, which even in my opinion was dull.
Winner: Janet Jackson
So, there was the incident that marred the Super Bowl all those years ago which got Janet banned from ever appearing again. Your miles may vary with Justin’s performance, but #JanetJacksonAppreciation was one of the top trending hashtags Sunday. If you doubt me, hit Twitter up and see for yourself.
Loser: The ad execs at Ram Trucks who thought using MLK’s words was ok.
It was tasteless, it was crass and it was disgusting. It’s bad enough that the NFL itself didn’t take a position regarding the protests of athletes earlier this season, worse is the fact that Colin Kaepernick STILL doesn’t have a job as a QB, but to use the words of MLK was inappropriate. The dragging that social media put on Ram Trucks was swift as it should have been.
Maybe they missed the part where King said,
“Now the presence of this instinct explains why we are so often taken by advertisers. You know, those gentlemen of massive verbal persuasion. And they have a way of saying things to you that kind of gets you into buying. In order to be a man of distinction, you must drink this whiskey. In order to make your neighbors envious, you must drive this type of car. In order to be lovely to love you must wear this kind of lipstick or this kind of perfume. And you know, before you know it, you’re just buying that stuff.”
Winner: Donald Glover
Things have been looking up for Donald Glover. He was passed over to play Spider-man but managed to give him “advice” in Spider-man Homecoming. The snub notwithstanding, Glover has had success with his show Atlanta, and will star as the voice of Simba in the Lion King remake, but it was huge to finally get a glimpse of him as Lando Calrissian in the upcoming Solo movie!
Loser: Donald Trump…if he expects anyone of color from the Eagles to come to the White House.
No matter how you cut it, the Tweeter in Chief has already did more than enough damage by bashing the NFL all season long for the protests. Of course, he had to tweet the Eagles to congratulate them last night. Next of course will be the invite for the Eagles to come to the White House. The question is, who will go? We already know that Malcolm Jenkins and Torrey Smith won’t be in attendance but what about others, including Nick Foles? Better yet, how will Trump handle it? Stay tuned to Twitter and find out.
So, what did we miss? Besides Kevin Hart being drunk and Tom Brady running off the field before shaking hands with the Eagles?
Leave them in the comments below.