Not really much of a "preview" there's no real statistical analysis or breakdowns in this blog. All emotions and opinions.
Honestly, I'm not super pumped to be writing a blog about a Super Bowl that features Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski playing for a team that is not the New England Patriots. 2020 has been the worst year of my life and my one of my favorite escapes from reality, sports, has not made it any easier to deal with (respect the league year).
I've been sitting/laying at my laptop for the last threeish hours getting in my own head every time I punch a key; debating how to attack this blog, while trying to avoid all the emotions that this game brings up and how my weird brain is making this shit so much bigger than what it actually is. Knowing that going deep into my emotions will lead to better writing, but wanting to avoid doing so because I'm really not trying to unearth all that right now.
I've been pretty vocal from the start of the season that I am not rooting for the Bucs to win the Super Bowl. I've made fun of Pats fans who bought Bucs jerseys; it's embarrassing. Then again maybe there's people who think it's embarrassing I abandoned my love of the Red Sox after they traded Mookie Betts? Who's to say what is really "right"?
Going into the playoffs, I posted a blog about my personal power rankings going in postseason and had the Chiefs at #11 and the Bucs at #12 out the 14 team playoff field for who I'd most like to see hoist the Lombardi. Based off those rankings you'd think I'd be rooting for the Chiefs today, but I've had aChange of Heart like The 1975. Mainly because I think I Mandela Effected myself. I thought for sure I had the Bucs at 11 and Chiefs at 12 and was shocked when I reread that blog last night to see I wrote it the opposite way. My hatred of Travis Kelce outweighs my heartbreak of seeing Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski in Tampa. I cannot root for the Chiefs in this game, even though I know it will be painful af to see two of my favorite athletes of all time win a ring elsewhere. Here's why I'm betting on the Buccaneers and genuinely want them to win today even if I wasn't wagering.
For one thing, the Bucs are an underdog. I love home dogs and this is the first time a home team is hosted the Super Bowl incase you haven't watched a second of football coverage this season and didn't already know that. I fucking crushed #TooManyLegs this season, but have been on an arctic cold streak and am using the Bucs +135 or whatever it will be when I punch it in to try and make up for an 0 for that dates back to possibly 2020. Keep chasin! I love the opening kickoff not being a touchback at +190 too.
Also, I saw a sign in the shower yesterday.
There's a difference between what I'm doing and Pats fans that were rooting for the Bucs all season. Had it been Bucs vs Bills, Colts, Browns or Titans I'd be leaning AFC, but when it's Brady vs. Mahomes, I'm going Brady every time. He's still my guy. The main reasons I've gone full Matty Healy and "changed" my choice based on the power rankings is exactly what I wrote in that blog.
I love Tom Brady and truly appreciate all the great years and memories he provided me, and a lot of my family/friends. Maybe I'm being selfish. I had him from 4th grade til I was 28. Perhaps he has earned the right to do what it best for him. Even though I do believe Super Bowls are a team accomplishment and it may be a little unfair to grade QBs solely off something that takes an entire team, I do think QBs have more to do with the outcome than any other position. That being said. I do not want to see Patrick Mahomes already get to 1/3 of Brady's rings before his 5th season in the league. If the Bucs win this game and Brady gets to 7 it would seemingly be almost impossible for Mahomes to surpass him. If the Chiefs win today it becomes low key likely or at the very least mathematically obtainable.
Plus the more I think about it, it's wicked selfish of me to root against these guys for doing something I'd probably do if I was in their spot. Brady took team-friendly deals his entire career and If Bob Kraft is putting out ads like this I think it's clear he didn't want to lose him.
I get why they both left. This is all about Bill Belichick never giving Brady the love and praise he deserves and wanted. Had the Pats drafted better and there was a better offense around Tom maybe he's still a Patriot? They were in cap hell because they drafted so poorly and had to try to patch things up with free agents.
I just had to get the record straight. I'm rooting for the Bucs because they're playing the Chiefs. It's like if I had 14 options for dinner, but was ultimately left between brussels sprouts and motor oil. I don't want to eat either, but there's an obvious choice.
I cannot wait for The Weeknd's halftime show. He's probably my favorite non-rock artist in music right now. Dude's voice is like velvt. (I added my personal favorite Weeknd song)