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The Blue & Gray Press | July 20, 2019

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Epic Super Bowl sparks buzz on campus

Epic Super Bowl sparks buzz on campus


It did not matter how much air was in the footballs at the University of Phoenix Stadium this past Sunday in Super Bowl XLVI. Tom Brady and the New England Patriots won the biggest game of the year 28-24, but for some reason nobody can stop talking about Pete Carroll, head coach of the Seattle Seahawks.

Rookie Malcom Butler’s incredible goal-line interception ended Seattle’s last chance at winning the title for the second year in a row, gave Brady a shot at MVP and, most importantly, put a national spot light on Coach Carroll.

Everybody knows that Marshawn Lynch dominated Fantasy Football this past season, so the question on everyone’s mind is, “why in the world didn’t he get the ball handed to him with less than two minutes left in the fourth quarter of the Super Bowl?” We can only hope to gain more insight from Lynch about what happened in his entertaining, yet frustrating press conferences.

This year’s Super Bowl was more entertaining by a long shot compared to last year, when Seattle burned the Denver Broncos 43-8. The University Programming Council hosted a Super Bowl watch party so the University of Mary Washington community could catch all of the action. The digital auditorium in the newly built Information and Technology Convergence Center created an amazing movie theater atmosphere for the nail-biting game.

Students, faculty and even some families came together to watch the game with Sodexo chicken wings and Vocelli pizza provided by UPC. Raffle tickets were also available, and prizes were given away every quarter. The grand prize was a customizable NFL jersey. UPC and the fans that attended, no matter who they rooted for, were extremely satisfied with the success of this year’s Super Bowl Party.

UPC is the main source for on-campus entertainment and events at UMW. With the recent success of the Super Bowl party, Aaron Mahmod, a junior business major, said he is looking forward to the rest of the activities UPC has planned for the year.

“There is always something exciting happening on campus. Keep your eyes open,” said Mahmod.

As Super Bowl memories fade away and the warm spring weather approaches, he encourages the UMW community to come out to future UPC events. Make sure to be on the look out for what they have planned for the UMW community.