Weekend Plans Post: The Big Game
Super Bowl LIV is happening THIS SUNDAY. The San Francisco 49ers are playing against the Kansas City Chiefs at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida.
I understand that this Super Bowl matchup is notable because neither the Broncos nor the Patriots are playing. The last time that happened was 2013. Coincidentally, that year was the last time that the 49ers were in the Super Bowl (they lost). The Chiefs, by comparison, haven’t been in the Super Bowl since… Jeez. Since music was good. The last time they were there was 1970 (when, I’m sure they’d point out, they won it). (They were in it only once before that, in the first one, but they lost it.)
By comparison, the 49ers have been in the Super Bowl six times and they won five of them.
But the 49ers lost the last Super Bowl they were in and that was in living memory. The Chiefs won the last Super Bowl they were in but that was 50 years ago!
So the question is “WHO IS THIRSTIER!?” and the answer is probably Kansas City.
So let’s pick Kansas City to win. And let’s give it a good score. A fun one. 27-23. And let’s say that the 49ers will be ahead for 3 of those 4 quarters.
If your preferred predictions come to you via Videogamomancy rather than from numbers chosen ex rectum from a guy who hasn’t watched a football game since last year’s Super Bowl, know that a guy at CBS put the 49ers up against the Chiefs in his Madden game and the 49ers won, 20 to 7.
I know that the best game of the year is only very rarely the Super Bowl (for example, the last time the best game of the year was the Super Bowl was 1998 when Elway defeated Favre) but this looks like this is going to be…huh. I googled “best defense in the league” and that got me here. I fiddled with the knobs and saw that, in the regular season, the 49ers appear on the Best Total Offense and Best Rushing Offense lists, they’re 2nd on the Best Total Defense list and at the top of the Best Passing Offense list. The Chiefs, by comparison, are only barely on the Best Passing Offense list (#5, to be exact).
So looking at those numbers, the 49ers are going to slaughter the Chiefs.
But, hey, it’s about more than just looking at the stats. That’s why they play the games, after all.
Wait, what does Vegas say?
I don’t understand any of this terminology. I think it means that everybody in Vegas is betting on the Chiefs but everybody everywhere else is betting on the 49ers. And they all seem to be betting that this won’t be a Defensive Struggle but an Offensive Blowout.
Which would be good, I think. Those are fun.
The Halftime Show will have J-Lo and Shakira and, surely, a bunch of people that I’ve never heard of. Huh. Wikipedia points out that Dee Snider has complained about the Super Bowl ignoring hard rock. Well, he shouldn’t be willing to put up with that anymore. But I doubt he’ll get on the stage next year.
All that to say: Man. I’m going to watch the Super Bowl this weekend.
So… what’s on your docket?