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A 13-minute Usher concert or Super Bowl?


By Zakaiya Williams with SGJC Student News Network

The Anonymous Lounge located on Cathedral Street in Baltimore Sunday held a Super Bowl watch party that offered half-priced chicken wings, themed drinks, and karaoke.

The lounge had many excited fans, but not for either team playing in the game, but for the half time performer, singer Usher.

Susie Carmichael of Baltimore, and a waitress at the lounge, said she was only watching the Super Bowl game because of the half time performance. She was disappointed that the Baltimore Ravens were unable to participate – they lost to the Kansas City Chiefs two weeks ago – and Carmichael said she was “boycotting” the football game.

“Honestly the Ravens losing was very disappointing and put a dent on how I wanted to spend Super Bowl Sunday,” she said, “so I’m here to support Usher, not either team.

Susie Carmichael [Photo by Zakaiya Williams]
Susie Carmichael [Photo by Zakaiya Williams]

“I will be going home immediately after half time.”

Many of the surrounding customers agreed with her statement. Carmichael expressed her excitement during the Usher performance then proceeded to gather her belongings and go home.

Overall, the anticipation at the lounge was strictly for the halftime performance, many of the guests were not interested in either the Chiefs or the San Francisco 49ers.

In a see-saw battle, Kansas City won in overtime 25-22, and repeated as NFL champions.

The writer is a student in the School of Global Journalism and Communication