Jennifer Heintzelman, SVM general manager
I must begin by disclosing that I am not a football fan unless it's watching my 11-year-old son play. Super Bowls have never been a big deal to me. I do enjoy the food, gambling, commercials and halftime shows the big day brings.
This year, on a scale of 1 to 10, I would rate the game a 5. I'd give the chicken wings and pico de gallo that I ate (thanks, hubby) 4 points. The commercials were so-so – none come to mind, so I can't give any points there. I wasn't able to get my name on any betting squares this year, so no points there either.
The halftime show was miserable to sit through. I typically like Maroon 5, so I was looking forward to it. I was pretty disappointed with their performance, and what was with the wardrobe reductions from Adam Levine? We could have done without that. No points there either.
I didn't really watch much of the game as it was a snoozer, so no points there. I did, however, enjoy all of the memes that followed the game on social media. My favorite was a comparison of Adam Levine and his "California" tattoo compared with a guy drinking a beer with "Illinois" written in pen across his belly. That gave me a belly laugh, so 1 point there to finish with a grand total of 5 of 10.
Pam Eggemeier, SVM editorial page editor
I'm one of those fans who is usually glued to the TV for the entirety of big sporting events, but the urge to multitask during Super Bowl LIII was strong.
I had even lowered my expectations coming in, believing without a shred of doubt that the Patriots would win another championship. Many fans, however, were looking for a shootout because that's where the evolution of the league has taken us. At halftime, I was thinking of all the angry gamblers stomping to the refrigerator because they had bet the over.
Watching the Rams try to score made me wonder who had kidnapped Sean McVay and replaced him with Lovie Smith or John Fox when we weren't looking. In the fourth quarter, I officially cast my vote for Rams' punter Johnny Hekker as game MVP.
Speaking of the Bears, I couldn't help thinking about how they would have matched up with the Patriots had they been able to sneak in. Teams that win too much eventually annoy us, but that said, I have to respect what Tom Brady and Bill Belichick have accomplished. Come postseason, you can count on Belichick to outcoach his counterparts and Brady to outsmart everyone else.
In addition to admiring Belichick's incredible game plan, the fact that the contest remained close until the last few minutes created some entertainment value.
It was a lot more fun though to watch the Patriots get shellacked 46-10 by the Bears in the 1986 Super Bowl in New Orleans. Here's hoping for a repeat of that game next year.
Peter Shaw, Shaw Media trustee, corporate strategy coordinator
Looking at the four teams left on Championship Sunday, the Rams vs. Pats was my least favorite potential matchup (not to mention the double-doink robbing us of the heavily anticipated, Bears vs. Saints NFC Championship).
I think this game will be remembered as, well ... forgettable. It was a letdown for how exciting this season was.
I know there is a school of thought that tells us if you don’t like low-scoring games, then you don’t like football, but while there was some good defense played, it felt more like poorly executed offense.
I admit, I was in an environment that really was waiting on highlight plays, and those rarely happened, which did influence my opinion of the game.
I have little problem with the Patriots adding to their legacy, however, the (read in an unenthusiastic monotone voice) “Oh great, the Patriots won again” feeling boils this all down to a "Simpsons"-inspired rating of meh.