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Ten Thoughts on the NFL: Super Bowl Week

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1) I’m about to date myself, but I’ve watched every Super Bowl since 1980 when the Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Los Angeles Rams in SBXIV. I remember going to my Dad’s house that weekend and being surprised the game was on. He was a huge baseball fan (White Sox) and this was the first, and only, time I ever saw him watch football.

What is the earliest Super Bowl memory you have?

2) Last week I picked the Los Angeles Rams over the New England Patriots, and after taking some time to think about the match-up, I’m sticking with my pick. I’m also sticking my my prediction that this guy will win the MVP.

Give us your pick for the game and pick for MVP.

3) The Patriots, the greatest dynasty in the history of the NFL, playing the no respect card is comical, but understandable. This is a veteran team that will take any motivation they can get and use it. I remember watching the Michael Jordan led Chicago Bulls do the same thing back in the day.

They may think they’re the underdogs, but Vegas has them as the favorites (-2.5).

FYI: Sam will highlight some interesting Super Bowl prop bets at some point this week.

4) In looking over some Super Bowl records one that stood out to me was fewest passing attempts in a game. In 1973, the Miami Dolphins only tried 7 passes in their 24-7 win against the Minnesota Vikings. Quarterback Bob Griese was 6 of 7 for 73 yards in that game that saw Larry Csonka rumble for 145 yards on 33 rushing attempts while scoring 2 TDs.

Griese wasn’t much more active the previous year when he went 8 of 11 for 88 yards as the Dolphins capped off their undefeated 1972 season with a 14-7 win against the Washington Redskins.

In those two back to back Super Bowl wins, the Dolphins had 18 pass attempts and 90 rushes.

5) NFL.com has a photo essay where they rank every Super Bowl, and their pick for best ever was Super Bowl XIII where the Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Dallas Cowboys 35 to 31.

I can’t objectively pick my favorite Super Bowl because my favorite is always going the only one where my favorite team won.

A couple nuggets I found interesting in that photo essay were them calling the 1985 Chicago Bears “the most fun team in league history,” in ranking that game 27th. The other Super Bowl the Bears were in was ranked 45th, and that game featured the most exciting play I ever saw when Devin Hester took the opening kickoff back for a touchdown. I just knew the Bears were going to win that game...

One more thing about that list. I scoured the entire thing and couldn’t find mention of the Detroit Lions anywhere.

6) I spent a little time looking over some Twitter responses sent to our sister site that covers the Patriots, Pats Pulpit, and I learned a couple interesting things about how some Patriot fans view SBXX. You guys know that one don’t you?

Did you know that if New England would have started Steve Grogan at quarterback instead of Tony Eason, that the Patriots would have won?

Also, if they would have committed to the running game they would have beat the Bears that day.

I learned one more thing looking over those threads, and that is just how delusional those fans are.

7) I’m not excited for this Sunday’s Super Bowl at all and I’m not exactly sure why, but I’ve narrowed it down to three possibilities.

  • I’m sick of the Patriots being in the game.
  • I’m tired of hearing about how the Rams we’re gifted their spot by a bad call.
  • I’m subconsciously still pissed that the Bears aren’t repping the NFC.

I’m still going to watch it, but I’m not going to be as invested in it as I usually am.

8) I will be eating a lot of food however. Regardless if anyone comes over or not, I’ll be doing some sort of tasty vittles for the family.

Chili, wings, dips, various meats and cheeses, are a few things that are possibilities for my *holiday spread.

What is your favorite food item for the big game?

8a*) The Monday after the Super Bowl should be a national holiday.

9) Vote in this poll!

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Do you prefer watching the Super Bowl at home or at a big party?

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I’ve never liked watching any sports in group setting.

10) A quick non Super Bowl thought to close it out.

A lot of Bears’ fans are hoping that they figure out a way to get Robbie Gould back to replace Cody Parkey at kicker, but I don’t think the 49ers are going to let him leave San Francisco. Gould may be open to coming home to Chicago, but Niner GM John Lynch has the option of franchise tagging him if the two sides can’t come to terms.

Gould and his family still lives in Chicago, he’s still a “fan” of the Bears, and he’s been low-keying some social media hints that he’d like to return. He’s yet to make a public statement about his 2019 desires, but Lynch has.

“We’re hopeful to work things out with Robbie,” Lynch said. “He’s kicked unbelievably for us. He’s been incredibly clutch for us, and we’d like to reward him for that.”

The franchise tag for a kicker would be about $5 million if it comes to that, and that would be a significant raise from the $2 million he made in 2018.