Super Bowl 50 is expected to attract more than 100 million viewers on Sunday when Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos face off against Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers. At HWS, many members of the campus community will be watching the historic event in Bartlett Hall, Sherrill Hall, Intercultural Affairs and 121 Hamilton Street.
“Everybody wants to watch the game,” says Charlie Debenedetto ’16, a Resident Assistant (RA) for the Small Houses who is hosting a Super Bowl screening for residents. “But not everyone has someone to watch it with.”
Debenedetto says he’s not rooting for any particular team, but is looking forward to the halftime show featuring Grammy award-winning band Coldplay.
Over in Bartlett Hall, RA Tristen Pankake-Sieminski ’18 says “we’ll just be having some free food and hanging out. I wanted to do this as a bonding experience for everyone in the hall.”
Considering the context of the match up and that it will be the 50th Super Bowl, Hobart Football Head Coach Mike Cragg P’13 says it’s going to be a special game.
“It will be Peyton Manning’s last one and he has been one of the faces of the NFL,” Cragg says. “He has had a wonderful career and I would like to see him come out with a win.”
As you get ready to watch, here are a few things to look out for according to Cragg:
1. Carolina’s offense in the spread set
2. How can Denver prevent Cam Newton from running the ball?
3. Will Denver keep an extra man in the box set and force Newton to throw?
4. Can Denver pass rush disrupt Cam Newton like they did to Tom Brady?
Super Bowl 50 will air Sunday, Feb. 7 on CBS. Coverage starts at 6:30 p.m. Eastern Time. This year’s game will be played in Santa Clara, Calif.