Well just 4 days til the Big Game. Super Bowl is such a national and really an international event and holiday. The funny thing is the gatherings for the game are more the events than the game itself. We go to friends every year and I doubt we see 20% of the actual game. There’s the socializing, the food, the beverages, the wagering and just the general mayhem! Did I mention the beverages? Then you try to catch some of the breaks to see the commercials, which are sometimes more entertaining than the game. Sometimes!! The Patriots have been to 10 Super Bowls, winning 5 and losing 5. This year is # 11 for them. The Los Angeles Rams have been to only 1 Super Bowl losing to Pittsburgh (my only Super appearance 1980 Rose Bowl), however the St. Louis Rams did go to 2 in a row, winning one and losing one (to the Patriots). Rams # 2 now! For the 2019 Super Bowl New England is a 2.5-point favorite in the Patriots vs. Rams odds, while the over-under is 56.5.
Here are a few tidbits from this years Super Bowl:
1. Sean McVay, the Los Angeles Rams head coach who is known for his punctuality, was late for the team bus Tuesday morning, according to Rams defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh. “Yeah, I gave Sean a little crap. … He was late for our bus coming over here for media,’’ Suh said Wednesday during the Rams’ media availability at the Atlanta Marriott Buckhead Hotel. “He said he’ll pay his fine and be happy to do so after we take care of business on Sunday.’’
2. Michael Telek wanted to add a little joke at the end of a Pittsburgh news broadcast, a “wink and nod to Steelers fans” who have long despised New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. So in a story about the Super Bowl that aired on KDKA-TV on Monday, he typed “Known Cheater” under Brady’s name in a graphic — an ode to the “Deflategate” scandal that left the quarterback with a four-game suspension from the NFL in 2016. Telek’s bosses, however, didn’t think the joke was very funny. And less than 24 hours later, he was out of a job. “I feel like they’re acting like I put ‘Tom Brady, child molester’ or ‘Tom Brady, murderer’ or something like that,” Telek told USA TODAY Sports on Wednesday. “I could understand being fired for that. But for this? I was like … when it’s something soft and light, we can be soft and light with it.”
3. When the Patriots and Rams take the field at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Sunday, the players and coaches will command the attention. But there are many people who have worked behind the scenes to help each team reach the Super Bowl. Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Brandin Cooks understands this, and that’s why last week, before he and his teammates left California for Atlanta, he put the wheels in motion for one of those virtually anonymous members of the organization to be on hand for the game. Through the Rams, Cooks arranged for day porter Alfonso Garcia and his son, Josh, to receive two tickets to the Super Bowl, as well as flight and hotel accommodations for the trip.
4. Hating Tom Brady is easy. The deflated footballs. The smug smile. The good looks. The supermodel wife. The yucky diet. The agelessness. And, of course, the rings. So, so, so many rings. For everyone but New England Patriots fans, this is a week to alternate between white-hot rage and grudging respect. But mostly rage. While most other 41-year-olds have resigned themselves to the Rice Krispie-esque symphonies that emanate from their bodies, Brady has dragged a team that was limited throughout the regular season to yet another Super Bowl. New England’s third in a row and fourth in five years, for those who’ve been trapped under a rock without internet for the last 10 days. While fans in Pittsburgh and Kansas City and Baltimore lament another year without a Super Bowl title, the folks in New England have already started mentally making space for yet another Lombardi Trophy, thanks to ol’ Tom Terrific.
Enjoy the Game!!