News Response 1/7/18

Super Bowl Sunday is already a big day in America, but it is made even bigger by the media attention it attracts. Fox News reports that the game was available to watch both online and on the television. The game was broadcasted on NBC and was also made available through the NBC Sports app and through their website.

This coverage, on top of the typical sports coverage by ESPN, FOX Sports, Bleacher Report, Sports Center, etc., resulted in 103.4 million people who watched the game this past Sunday in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Underdog Eagles quarterback Nick Foles, who stepped in this season upon the injury of starting quarterback Carson Wentz, was victorious over Patriots quarterback and five-time Super Bowl champion, Tom Brady.

The New York Times interviewed both Brady and Foles after the big game and Foles stated that he had been extremely nervous as he had never played in a Super Bowl game before. Brady, the notoriously talented and exponentially experienced quarterback, admitted that his team never gained control of the game and they were outplayed by the Eagles.

The big performances that were a part of the Super Bowl excitement also drew media attention. Before the game, Pink tweeted about the Eagles and her upcoming national anthem performance, and she posted to Instagram. Leslie Odom, who sang “America the Beautiful” at the game, also responded to Pink’s tweet about the Eagles.  Justin Timberlake also tweeted to draw attention to headline performance at the Pepsi Halftime Show.

Schallhorn, Kaitlyn. “Super Bowl LII: How to Watch and What to Know.” Fox News, 18 Jan. 2018, http://www.foxnews.com/sports/2018/02/04/super-bowl-lii-how-to-watch-and-what-to-know.html.

Drape, Joe. “This Is Not Tom Brady’s Epilogue.” The New York Times, 5 Feb. 2018, http://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/05/sports/football/tom-brady-nick-foles-super-bowl-lii.html.