By: Owen Ebner (10th Grade)
On Sunday, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers defeated the Kansas City Chiefs 31-9 to win Super Bowl LV. The Buccaneers became the first team in NFL history to host a Super Bowl, as the game was in Tampa this year. The win marked the franchise’s second Super Bowl title.
During the highly anticipated game, students traded in exciting group gatherings for a quiet night at home during a Super Bowl weekend like no other during a pandemic.
Football fans were ecstatic about the matchup for Super Bowl LV because it featured the NFL's best current quarterback, Patrick Mahomes, against the greatest quarterback of all time, Tom Brady. However, per school COVID-19 rules, social gatherings of over five people are prohibited, so no one could host the usual grade-wide Super Bowl parties. Although excited for the game, students were dismayed with having to watch at home alone instead of with their peers.
“I am disappointed that I had to watch the Super Bowl alone as I’m sure everyone else is,” said Dovid Leubitz (11th Grade) via text. "But I completely understand the school not allowing Super Bowl parties, as we are in the middle of a worldwide pandemic.”
Much like many current events over the past year, the game did not live up to expectations and was a complete blowout. The Buccaneers easily captured the win and the Chiefs scored no touchdowns.
"People usually do Super Bowl watch parties, but given the circumstances that's not really possible," said Yehuda Cohen (12th). "But it's okay because this year's Super Bowl was really underwhelming. Everyone thought that it would be a lot more interesting, but it was kind of a blowout, so we didn't really miss much."
Whether it is because of the absence of parties or Tom Brady's greatness, Super Bowl LV will surely be remembered as a very unique one. Students look forward to Super Bowl LVI when they will hopefully be allowed to reunite and enjoy the game with friends.