Super Bowl LII: Final Thoughts

As the “Hail Mary” pass from Tom Brady to Rob Gronkowski fell incomplete in the end zone with the game clock showing zeros, football season was officially over. The Philadelphia Eagles had just won their first Super Bowl with a 41-33 victory over the New England Patriots.

If you enjoy a lot of offense and little defense then Super Bowl LII was just for you. There was one punt in the whole game. One punt. The Eagles and Patriots combined for a total of 1,151 yards of offense. They scored points like a pinball machine.

Ironically, it was a defensive play – a sack of Tom Brady and his fumble that won it for the Philadelphia Eagles.

I’m a Kansas City Chiefs fan. It was a former Chiefs coach (Doug Pederson) and a former Chiefs backup QB (Nick Foles) for the Eagles that won the Super Bowl. That was something that Andy Reid (former Eagles coach and current Chiefs coach) has never done. The Eagles got rid of Reid because he could not take them to the promise land. Remember that, fellow Chiefs fans.

It’s great for a city to win a big game. Overall it’s probably pretty good for the NFL that a new team won the Super Bowl. The Brady/Belichick haters could not take much more winning from them.

Meanwhile, in the aftermath of the game, the Philly fans decided to burn and destroy things while some were chanting “F–k Tom Brady” in reference to the Patriots quarterback — and “Big d–k Nick” in honor of Philly QB Nick Foles.

Stay classy Philly.

Reminder – Brady has five rings. With another MVP season just completed, there’s no reason he can’t start adding rings to his other hand.

By the way, the Patriots are favored to win the Super Bowl next year with the Eagles the second-most favored.

I have been fortunate in my life to witness three great quarterbacks play in the NFL: Terry Bradshaw, Joe Montana, and the greatest of all time (GOAT), Tom Brady. Nobody else comes close to these three. There’s no reason to hate them because they were great.

It would not be an NFL game without the question being asked, “What is a catch?” There were two issues with that rule during the game – and they both dealt with touchdowns.

Eagles’ rookie Corey Clement did not seem to control the ball before his foot went out of bounds in the third quarter. That touchdown should have been overturned. It was not.

The other one dealt with Eagles’ tight end Zach Ertz. He caught a pass and took a few steps before diving into the end zone, where he lost control of the ball for a moment. I think that one was a touchdown because of the steps he took after the catch and before he crossed the goal line.

Nonetheless, the catch/no catch issue in the NFL is ruining the game. They need to fix this shitty rule.

There were only a few penalties in the game (seven accepted penalties). They let the players play. It’s too bad they don’t do this in every game.

The halftime show was just OK in my opinion. I’m not a big fan of Justin Timberlake, but I am sure others loved it. The NFL should do a classic rock show with REO Speedwagon, Styx, and Cheap Trick performing.

While the game was one of the good ones that was competitive throughout, the commercials are not that great (except for the Amazon Alexa one and maybe the Eli Manning one). Anyone else sick of Manning commercials?

The NBC crew of Al Michaels and Chris Collinsworth once again showed why they are better than the top crews from CBS and FOX. The pre-game shows that I watched (ESPN/NBC) were too long and many of the folks on the shows knew little about football. NBC used their pre-game to promote the Olympics and, yawn, NASCAR.

So now we enter the long off-season. The NFL Scouting Combine is in late February and early March. The NFL draft is in late April. Training camps begin in July. Preseason games begin in August and the regular season begins the first week of September. Check out all the key dates HERE.

Just remember – right now we are all undefeated for the 2018 season!