"I need 15,000 words on this relationship," tweets Star Tribune's Colleen Kelly of the Vine showing Eli Manning looking "SO EXCITED" for his brother, Peyton, after watching his brother earn his second championship ring yesterday (at 13,000+ shares right now and showing no signs of stopping). Best theory for pulling this face: it was the exact moment Eli realized he had to win a third Super Bowl. And everyone had an apt analogy, of course: "I think this is sort of what Bill Clinton will be like if Hillary wins," theorizes The New Yorker's Nicholas Thompson. "When your boss gives you a promotion that doesn't include a raise," suggests ESPN's Jemele Hill. "Any sports reporter when colleges allow boosters in the working press box," offers Diamond Leung at the Bay Area News Group. Even Banksy got in on it: "when ur brother wins the super bowl but then u remember that bees are dying globally at an alarming rate."
Yes, despite being written off as underdogs, the Denver Broncos prevailed over the Carolina Panthers yesterday by winning the Super Bowl 24-10. The Panthers put up a good fight but eventually fell apart in the fourth quarter when QB Cam Newton fumbled to give the Broncos the ball, setting Denver up for their game-winning touchdown. During the halftime show, Beyoncé channeled civil rights movements and '90s Michael Jackson while a dejected Newton left a lasting impression at a presser that has everyone flipping out for some reason and the New York Times claiming he fell short on leadership. "What happens when you buy into your own hype--and reality hits," explains Atlanta Magazine's Steve Fennessy. Although, The New Republic's Jamil Smith quibbles with NYT's Michael Powell on this: "Unsure how @CameronNewton's big moment of truth came before the media, @powellnyt, and not on the playing field." Newton's teammate, however, is trending for a very different reason. "What?!? @Panthers LB Thomas Davis played in the #SuperBowl with his arm like this," realizes Andy McDonnell at NBC 26 Green Bay. And we can thank Beyoncé for proving during the halftime show that she is here for black women, making her the true winner of Super Bowl 50. "Already getting emails talking about msicar esrever. Protest pop is good and necessary for our world," asserts Washington Post's Chris Rivers. Meanwhile, The Onion had a bit of fun pointing out the halftime show was marred by a functioning sound system. No malfunctions this year? Such a shame.
But let's go back to Bill Clinton, again. After months of holding back, Bill has unleashed a stinging attack on Bernie Sanders. "Bill Clinton has forgotten more about politics than I’ll ever know, but this just seems tactically stupid to me," muses Chris Churchill at Albany Times Union. Relatedly, Patrick Healy dissects how New Hampshire saved the 1992 Clinton campaign. "Bill Clinton may have been the Comeback Kid in '92 N.H. primary, but it was @HillaryClinton who saved him," Healy observes. Strangely, though, the feminist appeal isn’t working for Hillary in New Hampshire. And over on the GOP side, Marco Rubio is nursing a long feud with MSNBC's "Morning Joe" show. "Things I have in common with Rubio: love of football, extreme need for hydration, haven't appeared on Morning Joe," shares New York Magazine's Jonathan Chait. And while all of that is going on, Donald Trump is becoming increasingly radical. Author Byron York with the Washington Post explains, "In Trump piece, I didn't offer judgment on whether current GOP needs to be blown up, just that Trump would do it."