Most of the time, the Superbowl is more about tailgating, rabid fans screaming, and victory for one lucky, hard-working team. This year, in addition to the thrilling competition of the game, the half-time show and standard perky, sometimes sexy, and outlandish commercials, we were treated to songs of patriotism and advertisements praising our fighting men in uniform.
For example, the singing choir from Sandy Hook Elementary brought tears to a nation once again reminded of the senseless violence in this country. To see those young children performing beautifully, it reminded us of the precious lives lost just before Christmas this year. How appropriate, and frankly surprising, that an event who's soul purpose in the past has been making vast amounts of money for the teams and advertisers, took time out to reflect and draw attention to a national issue like gun control. Hopefully, the parents of the lost children were heartened by the attention the school received after such a horrific loss.
In addition, the heart-rending renditions of "America the Beautiful" and the National Anthem performed by Jennifer Hudson and Alicia Keys lent an air of authenticity and emotion that added to the patriotism of the evening. Even Beyonce entertaining the crowd with lights, dancing, singing, and allure seemed to echo a stance of what it is to be an American: proud and free.
With the blackout in the stadium after her performance adding even more drama to the event, we got back to a thrilling, tight game with the Ravens being the ultimate victor. To look at the players standing there crying when the game was over added to the excitement.
The whole event was life affirming and a great example of the courage and fortitude this nation feels and projects to the entire world. It started at the inaugural address with President Obama speaking to all of us about a new and better nation. The optimistic atmosphere continued throughout January and into the stadium filled with hope, respect, and an undying belief in how strong we are. Let's carry that theme throughout the year 2013- better times are coming.