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Marshall students react to Superbowl XLVII

The Parthenon

Published: Monday, February 4, 2013

Updated: Monday, February 4, 2013 12:02

The Baltimore Ravens defeated the San Francisco 49ers 34-31 in Super Bowl XLVII Sunday.

According to ABC News, the most popular Super Bowl Sunday rituals were football, commercials, home cooked food and being around family and friends. Marshall students had the same favorite Super Bowl activities.

Jennifer Webb, junior nursing major, said she watched the Super Bowl for the entire experience, which included food, football, friends and the commercials.

“I always watch it with friends,” Webb said. “Everybody brings snacks and everyone talks smack and argues over plays regardless of the team they’re pulling for.”

Ashley Willis, junior political science major, said she also watches the Super Bowl for the whole experience.

Willis said she was rooting for the 49ers and that she enjoys her mother’s cooking and being around the rest of her family for a fun evening of enjoying the game.

“I’m a big Randy Moss fan, plus I think Colin Kaepernick is a great quarterback,” Willis said.

Super Bowl XLVII featured four former Marshall football players in Randy Moss and C.J. Spillman for the 49ers and Albert McClellan and Omar Brown for the Baltimore Ravens.

Keith Queen, junior Medical Laboratory Science major, said he was rooting for the 49ers because of Randy Moss.

Queen said he would have loved for Moss to finally get a Super Bowl ring.

“I’m such a big fan of Moss because he is just a blast to watch. He’s the type of player that makes a difference on the field without putting out any effort,” Queen said. “Him being a son of Marshall and staying true to his West Virginia roots is something I admire.”

Tyler Wilson, senior finance and accounting major, said he watches the game every year and rooted for the 49ers because of their quarterback, Colin Kaepernick.

“I want to see a quarterback like Colin Kaepernick win a ring after only playing in ten games,” Wilson said.

David Belville, senior Regents Bachelor of the Arts major, said he watches the Super Bowl completely for the game.

Belville said he loves football and watching the Super Bowl is a yearly tradition for him.    
“It’s usually a low-key event,” Belville said. “I’ll watch it with friends or family, but I really just watch it for the game. I don’t care about the commercials.”

While some students watched the Super Bowl for the game, Samantha Winnings, senior psychology major, said she enjoyed being around her friends and family.

Winnings said she usually does not watch the game each year but when she does she likes watching the half time performance and commercials in addition to the game.

Before a 34-minute power outage, the 49ers were trailing the Ravens 28-6. Shortly after the game resumed, the 49ers scored two touchdowns and a field goal, making the game 28-23. The 49ers came back within three points after the outage, which caused quite a stir.

 “I think the outage definitely helped the 49ers refocus. I don’t think the Ravens played worse. I just think the 49ers played better,” Wilson said.    
The Baltimore Ravens went on to defeat the San Francisco 49ers 34-31.

Willis said she wishes the 49ers would have won, but loved the close game.

“There were four Marshall players in the game and the coaches were brothers,” Willis said. “It was a great ball game; they both played hard.”

Willis said she was happy to see Destiny’s Child reunited during the half time performance.

Queen said he was really disappointed the 49ers didn’t defeat the Ravens.

With the Ravens’ victory, Albert McClellan and Omar Brown became Marshall alumni with a Super Bowl ring and gave Marshall something to be proud of.

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