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LA Rams win Super Bowl LVI but Dre Day stole the show

Aftermath Entertainment ain’t nothing to mess with.

words by: Matt Peng
Feb 14, 2022

After the Tampa Bay Buccaneers won Super Bowl 55 in their home stadium last year, and made history as the first team to ever win a Super Bowl in their home stadium, the LA Rams decided last night to follow suit. Playing in their brand new $5 billion SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California, the Rams (who were actually the “away” team), came back to beat the Cincinnati Bengals in a 23-20 final. The Rams bring home a world championship following the path paved by the Dodgers and Lakers in 2020.

 

 

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The Rams franchise last won a championship in Super Bowl 34 thanks to the offensive juggernaut that was “The Greatest Show on Turf,” comprised of Kurt Warner, Marshall Faulk, Isaac Bruce and Torry Holt. That was in St. Louis. Last night, in LA, they did it with Matthew Stafford, Odell Beckham Jr., Cooper Kupp, Jalen Ramsey and Aaron Donald.

 

LA traded for Matthew Stafford in the offseason just so the big stage, and it paid off. In his first Super Bowl appearance, the veteran QB and his trusted wide receiver Cooper Kupp carried the team in crunch time. His first Super Bowl touchdown pass though went to WR OBJ, who suffered a non-contact knee injury in the 2nd quarter. OBJ also got his first ring last night and the internet made a meme of him after he broke down into tears when the final score was posted.

 

 

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Ramsey was beaten by Bengals WR Tee Higgins on the opening drive of the second half. The controversial play looked like a clear face mask penalty and ended up as the longest TD reception allowed by the defensive back in his career. However, his defense the rest of the night was impeccable. Aaron Donald, a guaranteed first ballot Hall of Fame defensive end whenever he decides to hang up his cleats, had the final sack of the game and immediately pointed to his ring finger – the only hardware he still needed to complete his résumé.

 

 

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Sean McVay, the head coach of the Rams also made history last night as he became the youngest NFL head coach to win and hoist the Lombardy Trophy. At just 36 years old, the head coach clearly has a bright future ahead of him. The previous record belonged to Mike Tomlin, head coach of the Steelers, he won Super Bowl 43.

 

Although the Bengals lost, they have a bright future with NFL Comeback Player of the Year Joe Burrow and their outstanding WR Ja’Marr Chase. We expect that they’ll shore up the offensive line before the start of next season. They gave up a record-tying 7 sacks last night and 9 sacks in the AFC divisional round game against the Tennessee Titans. Protect your QB guys.

 

It’s fair to say, the game itself was mildly entertaining at best compared to all the separate story lines and the much anticipated halftime show. Below we’ve rounded up some of the best highlights off the field for your enjoyment.

 

Heat on Feet

Joe Burrow got a lot of attention pre-game as he entered the arena in a pair of Air Jordan 1 Low “Dior” sneakers.

 

 

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LA’s very own Dominic Ciambrone, known by his Shoe Surgeon moniker, crafted a ton of sick custom cleats for Rams players including a diamond-studded one for OBJ and Dunk Low and KAWS customs for Cooper Kupp.

 

 

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Eminem stole the show for multiple reasons last night and one of them was the crazy Air Shady 3’s he had on. The insane take on the “Fire Red” Air Jordan 3 (expected to retro this year), featured an icy outsole, “HI! MY NAME IS SLIM SHADY” heel tag and the rapper’s backwards “E” logo. I bet I wasn’t the only one hitting refresh on SNKRS app for a good 10 minutes.

 

 

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Dre Day

That segments perfectly into the actual halftime show. LA locals and everyone who grew up in the 2000s vibed out to the entertainment provided by Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, 50 Cent, Mary J. Blige, Eminem, Kendrick Lamar and Anderson .Paak. The visual overhead view of LA combined with the lowriders was a classic set that needed no explanation.

 

 

Dre and Snoop opened up the performance with a goosebumps-inducing rendition of “The Next Episode” before Snoop threw down a huge Crip sign and they transitioned into the remix for “California Love,” where Snoop proceeded to Crip walk. Taking a bow at the end of the clip, the show immediately transitioned into 50 Cent hanging upside-down from the ceiling, which fans immediately knew was a reference to his “In Da Club” music video.

 

 

The memes started here as people commenting on how swole Curtis looked. After that, we were treated to a rendition of “Family Affair” from the queen Mary J. Blige, followed by “No More Drama.” With a surprising (put planned) fall onto her back, we immediately transitioned into Dre Day boxes and Kendrick Lamar’s set. The “M.A.A.D City” intro was probably the sickest performance of the night in terms of its sheer visual creativity and the fact that Kendrick paid tribute to Michael Jackson, did you catch the single black glove on his left hand? Followed by “Alright,” Kendrick’s dancers put in work and showed off some choreographed stepping.

 

Following an explosion, Eminem was revealed on top of the stage and started rapping the lyrics to “Lose Yourself” in the aforementioned Air Shady sneakers. We then get our first shot of Anderson .Paak on the drums mouthing the words to the song and vibing out hard with rapper. With Dre on the boards behind Slim Shady, the dancers on the ground rush towards the elevated setup and start basically a mosh pit. At the end of the song, Eminem immediately takes a knee, showing support for Colin Kaepernick and in protest of racial injustice in the country. With Dr. Dre on the piano playing “Still D.R.E.” the show was rounded out to a close.

 

Celebrities

As LA was the host city, you knew celebrities would be out in force. LeBron showed up looking like Neapolitan ice cream while others like Ludacris, Usher, The Weeknd and more tried to keep a lower profile.

 

 

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Commercials

A separate post is needed for this round up but we’ll leave you with Kanye West rolling up to McDonald’s in his Sherp ATV. Man, what a night. This one will definitely go into the best Super Bowl halftime shows list.

 

 

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