'Deflategate' builds up Super Bowl buzz, commercial preview

Jan 30, 2015

Earnest Perry

Super Bowl Sunday is a much-anticipated event every year. This year, however, there seems to be more discussion about what happened at conference championships than before. Usually during "dead week," which is the two week between the conference championships and the Super Bowl, the discussion is about the much anticipated commercials. Missouri School of Journalism professors Earnest Perry, Mike McKean and Amy Simons discuss the issue on KBIA-FM's media criticism program, "Views of the News.”


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Even though the score of the New England Patriots and Indianapolis Colts game was 45-7, many news organizations have continually discussed "DeflateGate" 10 days after the conference championships. Perry had his own take on why this story may not be as important as some think.

"They could have been playing with Wiffle balls, and they still would have beat the Colts. And so whether the balls were deflated or not, had very little to do with the outcome of the game."

Even though the Patriots beat the Colts but quite a bit, this is not the first time the Patriots have been in a sticky situation when playing by the rules. McKean discussed how the situation was a little suspicious.

"And it is a little suspicious when, you know, eleven of the twelve balls from the Patriots are deflated, but none of the balls from the Colts were deflated."

Like Perry discussed, we have learned more about the actual football itself and how they work than ever before.

As for those Super Bowl commercials, they have already started appearing on social media and the news. Perry pointed out that the Super Bowl ads have become an industry unto themselves.

"I think that the Super Bowl advertisements have become a, sort of an industry unto themselves and it really, like Mike said, it really gives them a showcase of their product."

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