By: Brianna Lopez and Jimmy Muniz Jr.
The Kansas City Chiefs won the Super Bowl LIV trophy and Miami residents were amazed by the impact it had on the city.
From Shakira and Jennifer Lopez’s legendary half time show to different Super Bowl events throughout the city to even the controversies surrounding sex trafficking at the big games, The Buccaneer is giving you all you need to know about this year’s championship.
The Half-Time Show:
Shakira opened the show with her hit “She Wolf,” followed by “Whenever, Whenever,” and “Hips Don’t Lie.” Fans all around the world were pleasantly surprised when the beat dropped and Shakira began remixing “I Like It,” while bringing out Puerto Rican star Bad Bunny.
Shortly after, cameras focused on Jennifer Lopez and her entourage as she sat at the top of a glowing stripper pole. Lopez began her set by singing “Jenny from the Block,” and subsequently brought out Latin artist J Balvin for “Que Calor.” She gave her daughter the debut of a lifetime, who opened with the song “Let’s Get Loud,” and J.Lo showed her Puerto Rican pride by showcasing the flag on stage.
The two came together just before Shakira sang the final song, “Waka Waka” while performing a Colombian dance called “Champeta,” which originated in Shakira’s hometown, Barranquilla. The dance is respected for its footwork and its important part in Colombian culture.
Although some fans raved about the entertainment appeal of the performance, others recognized the stronger political message. Lopez’s daughter was accompanied by many other children, who were shown singing in cages. In addition, Lopez proudly draped herself in the Puerto Rican flag while singing “Born in the USA,” two messages many people think were directly intended to jab at the Trump administration.
It didn’t take long for social media to be flooded with good and bad opinions. While social media critics thought it was inappropriate, it skewed toward a male audience or focused too much on Hispanic culture, Barry students had good things to say.
Sophomore athletic training major Kayla Padilla appreciated the spotlight on Latinos.
“I loved the fact that the Hispanic community was represented. You don’t see it often, which is unfortunate,” said Padilla.
Grace Pichet, a sophomore athletic training major, agrees, and said that the half-time show was fitting for Miami’s diverse population.
“Miami’s culture is a melting pot,” she said.
Although Super Bowl LIV’s half time show was the event to be at, Miami hosted several Super Bowl events that also had the city getting loud.
Events around Miami:
Fan Fest was the event to be at if you didn’t have Super Bowl tickets but wanted to get the NFL experience. Hard Rock Stadium and the Miami Dolphins Organization provided fans with the ability to do football drills and play interactive games outside the stadium.
Sophomore sports management major Mervin Medina attended Fan Fest and said he really enjoyed the experience.
“It exposed me to different fans and how they react to such an important game,” he said.
Another event was the NFL Experience, which allowed fans to do a variety of hands-on activities that NFL players do at practices, gyms, or games. There were also displays with players’ jerseys, hall of fame awards, and the Super Bowl trophy, with which fans took pictures.