Ian on the street: Super Bowl LI
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Super Bowl LI was the deciding game to see whether the New England Patriots or the Atlanta Falcons would be the best team in the NFL. Although it was a very tough game for both sides, the Patriots ended up winning in overtime, 34 to 28.
Super Bowl LI was the fifth most-watched Super Bowl ever, according to The Wall Street Journal. Many football fans, including Patriots fan and former alumni Alex Rappé were watching the game in suspense. Rappé has a very particular pre-game ritual. “I usually spend the whole day alone in my Tom Brady jersey until kickoff,” said Rappé. “I only watch the game with a limited amount of people because I don’t carry myself well when the Patriots are losing.”
At the halftime mark, the Patriots were losing 21 to 3 to the Falcons. Spencer Litteral, junior and rooting for the Falcons, thought that Atlanta had it locked up, but that a comeback was possible. “Atlanta had it in the bag,” said Litteral.
After overtime, the Patriots had won with a score of 34-28 and Mrs. Sheila Rappé, teacher, Patriots fan, and mother to Alex Rappe, had some thoughts of her own. “I was very hopeful as they successfully completed each drive that led them to tie the game,” said Mrs. Rappé. “They have been my son’s favorite team for 14 years, so I was happy when they won.”
The next NFL season will start on September 7, 2017.