Super Bowl LII took place on Sunday, February 4, 2018, at the U.S. Bank Statidum in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The contenders for the night were the underdogs, the Philadelphia Eagles, versus the regulars, the New England Patriots.
For both teams, this is a chance to make history. The Philadelphia Eagles are one of 13 NFL teams that have never won the Super Bowl. The Eagles have made it to the Super Bowl twice, losing both appearances. The Eagles’ debut in the championship game came against the Oakland Raiders in Super Bowl XV. The second appearance was at Super Bowl XXXIX in 2004 against the New England Patriots.
At 40 years old, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady will become the oldest quarterback to start in a Super Bowl. However, Brady seeks to further cement his place in history by potentially becoming the first player in NFL history to win six Super Bowl championships, breaking a tie with former NFL player Charles Haley.
The national anthem was performed by singer Pink after overcoming the flu just a few days ago. Despite her recent illness, Pink nailed the performance.
— NFL (@NFL) February 4, 2018
The NFL saluted 15 Medal of Honor recipients during the coin toss. World War II veteran Hershel Woodrow “Woody” Williams, who received the Medal of Honor for his heroism during the Battle of Iwo Jima, headed the coin toss. The Patriots won the coin toss and defer.
The game begins.
- The Eagles are first to score after Jake Elliott’s 25-yard field goal is good.
- New England kicker Stephen Gostkowski matches the Eagles’ kicker and scores, bringing the game 3 to 3.
- Eagles make a touchdown but miss the extra point.
End of First Quarter: Eagles 9, Patriots 3
- A bad snap from Joe Cardona threw off New England’s Gostkowski’s timing, and the 26-yard field goal attempt is a miss.
- Patriots wide receiver Brandin Cooks takes a massive hit from Eagles’ Malcolm Jenkins after a 23-yard gain. Cooks was later ruled out for the game.
— Culler Sports (@CullerSports) February 5, 2018
- Patriots’ quarterback Tom Brady tried his hand at being a receiver and doesn’t quite make the catch. Eagles’ quarterback Nick Foles, on the other hand, makes a touchdown catch.
End of Second Quarter: Eagles 22, Patriots 12
The halftime show featured Justin Timberlake and a number of his hit songs including, “Cry me a River,” “Sexy Back,” and “Suit & Tie.” During the performance, a tribute the late Minneapolis native and iconic singer Prince was held. A video of Prince performing, “I Would Die 4 U,” played on a large projection sheet before Timberlake closed the show with, “Can’t Stop the Feeling!”
Justin Timberlake under fire after giving a tribute to Prince during the SuperBowl Halftime Show despite Prince’s public statements against Timberlake and Prince’s strong beliefs against technology like the one used to present Prince as a hologram. #Prince pic.twitter.com/z1tqRQHPiP
— Music News Facts (@musicnewsfact) February 5, 2018
While the halftime show was not short of energy or enthusiasm, there was some controversy over NFL’s choice of the featured performer. The last time Timberlake performed during the halftime show was Super Bowl XXXVIII, during which a wardrobe malfunction accidentally exposed one of Janet Jackson’s breasts on national television. Some blame Timberlake for Jackson’s fall and damaged career.
- Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski catches four balls for 68 yards on the opening drive of the second half, finishing the eight-play, 75-yard march off with a 5-yard touchdown grab.
- Eagles’ running back LeGarrette Blount has no issues plowing through his former teammates, carrying seven times for a game-high 77 rushing yards.
End of Third Quarter: Eagles 29, Patriots 26
- A few seconds before the final two-minute warning, the first sack and turnover of the game is on Tom Brady. Brady fumbles the ball, and the Eagles gain possession.
- The Eagles push for a touchdown, but don’t quite make it. They opt for a field goal bringing the score to 41-33, Eagles in the lead.
- The Patriots use every second possible to attempt a touchdown. A touchdown and a two-point conversion would bring the game to a tie and into overtime.
- Brady makes one last throw down the field to Gronkowski, but the pass was incomplete. The Philadelphia Eagles win Super Bowl LII.
Final Score: Eagles 41, Patriots 33
— Kimberley A. Martin (@ByKimberleyA) February 5, 2018
UC San Diego Refuses to Cancel Course on Woody Allen Films
University of California, San Diego refused to cancel a course on Woody Allen films despite a petition with over 20,000 signatures.
The University of California, San Diego is refusing to cancel a course on “The Films of Woody Allen” despite a petition with more than 20,000 signatures.
The UC San Diego Academic Senate announced that they “conclude that canceling or removing this or any other course for the reason that it contains the study of controversial material, or even material widely regarded as morally problematic, would undermine both the value of free inquiry and the associated rights of faculty to engage in such inquiry by choosing their course content” in a press release.
The Senate also defined the subject of the press release as “Academic Freedom at UCSD”.
The petition, which currently has 21,895, was created by theater student Savanah Lyon, who said she “emailed all of the people in charge in an attempt to appeal to their sense of reason, humanity, and morality to stop this class and take it off the books so that no one can teach this class again.” Lyon’s emails have been met with dismissal, unprofessionalism, and dehumanizing rhetoric, according to the petition.
“They believe they have a right to teach this class due to academic freedom. They do not care about the statement it makes to survivors everywhere. They do not care that Woody Allen is on his way out of Hollywood,” Lyon also said in the petition.
“They do not care that the class is less than 1/3 full, making it an unpopular class that has no reason to be taught. They do not care that there are thousands of other directors who could teach the same film basics that they use Woody Allen to teach, directors who haven’t raped seven-year-old girls.”
Dylan Farrow, Woody Allen’s adoptive daughter with Mia Farrow, had accused him of molesting her when she was a seven year old. Allen is currently married to Mia Farrrow’s other adoptive daughter Soon-Yi Previn. He claims the affair with Previn started when she was 21 years old.
In a Facebook post Lyon said she tried as hard as she could but the odds were stacked up against her from the beginning.
I tried, I tried as hard as I could, and the people around me and across the globe tried as well. The odds were stacked…
“It’s hard to believe what would’ve been enough to get them to remove it from the books. Over 3,700 emails weren’t enough. Over 14,500 signatures weren’t enough. Various news clips and articles weren’t enough. The students weren’t enough, but the way the system works, I have a hard time believing we ever will,” she said.
“I don’t know if free speech and academic freedom will ever stop protecting oppressors. But, we can keep trying. Trying is radical and it will make them jump back every time. You get enough people pushing for change, it’ll start to happen. Don’t be discouraged by this.”
The Best Tweets About Fergie’s National Anthem
That was a really, um, interesting version.
Fergie sang the National Anthem at the NBA All-Star Game Sunday and it was, um, a different version.
— Jason Herron (@Jherron84) February 19, 2018
This All Star opening is confusing me. WTF is going on? Anyone?
— Khloé (@khloekardashian) February 19, 2018
Her notifications have got to be a damn disaster. #fergienationalanthem
— Mrs. Saukko🕊 (@firesepticeye) February 19, 2018
That’s all. pic.twitter.com/asSm7xPbxO
— Matt Griffiths (@Griffyboy93) February 19, 2018
— BuckInTennessee (@BuckInTennessee) February 19, 2018
On a positive note, peeing her pants on stage in 2005 is no longer Fergie’s most embarrassing performance. #fergienationalanthem
— Joey W (@snarkyjomama) February 19, 2018
The TRUE heroes of the night? The basketball players who kept straight faces #fergienationalanthem
— Chelsea (@CDallas921) February 19, 2018
— Carey Elizabeth (@itsmeclawry) February 19, 2018
— Dru Gatsby (@AStandUpGuy) February 19, 2018
— Ä̤ℓ вσω⚓️ (@BowersAllie) February 19, 2018
— Shelby Guillory (@ShelbyGuillory1) February 19, 2018
Man Who Tricked Emory University Into Paying for Fake Migos Concert Faces Charges
Emory paid $37,500 to a man who had no connection to the hip hop trio.
26-year-old Octaveon Woods has been arraigned by federal officials for falsely claiming to represent musicians and entertainers, and collecting thousands of dollars for events that never took place. Both Emory University and the University of Missouri fell victim to the scheme.
A U.S. District Court in Georgia handed down five counts of wire fraud and six counts of money laundering.
The Emory Wheel reports that the school paid $37,500 to and organization Woods fronted for a Migos concert last spring. Shortly before the show was to take place, the university realized it had fallen victim to a scam and scrambled to book Ty Dolla Sign as a last-minute replacement.
— HYPEBEAST (@HYPEBEAST) February 17, 2018
According to the indictment, Woods claimed “he was a booking agent for famous musicians such as Migos, Lil Yachty, and Lil Uzi Vert.”
“Woods allegedly convinced others to pay him thousands of dollars to ‘book’ these artists for concerts and festivals—when he had no relationship with the artists at all,” said U.S. Attorney Byung J. “BJay” Pak. “Woods immediately laundered the money to try and conceal his fraud.”
Much of the $66,250 Woods fraudulently collected came from Emory.
Woods pleaded not guilty to all charges and posted a $10,000 bond earlier this week. His fate will decided at a trial later this year. If found guilty, he could face up to 20 years in prison and substantial fines.
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