My 2020 Super Bowl Predictions

A Super Bowl without the Patriots?

It had to happen sometime.  Actually, it happened back in 2016, when the Broncos beat the Panthers.  Still, this is going to be the first Super Bowl since Donald Trump became president that will not feature Tom Brady out on the field.

Instead, it will be the Chiefs vs. the 49ers, two strong teams that have earned their right to play in the biggest game of the year.  It will be Kyle Shanahan vs. Andy Reid, Jimmy Garoppolo vs. Patrick Mahomes.  Everyone will be watching the game.  I remember that, in one of the old editions of Madden, Al Michaels used to describe the Super Bowl as being “an unofficial holiday” and he is right.  With the commercials and the half-time show, even people who hate football will be watching the game.

As far as the game goes, I don’t really have a dog in this hunt.  If the Ravens or the Patriots were appearing in the Super Bowl, I would be excited for the game but the Chiefs and the 49ers are two teams that I don’t really follow.

From what I have seen, I think it’s going to be a close Super Bowl.  It wouldn’t surprise me to see the 49ers jump out to an early lead just to have the Chiefs fight their way back into the game.  But anything could happen.  Both teams seem to be evenly matched.  I’m looking forward to watching Mahomes throw the ball for the Chiefs, just like I’m looking forward to seeing what Richard Sherman does on defense for the 49ers.

My final prediction:

Kansas City Chiefs — 28

San Francisco 49ers — 27

It’s going to be the type of game that we’ll end up telling our children about.

My Super Bowl Predictions

God may hate football but he loves Tom Brady.

Over the past 20 years, while football has struggled, Tom Brady has thrived.  While other quarterbacks have come and gone, Tom Brady probably has the most secure job in the league.  Brady is currently the winningest quarterback in NFL history and he doesn’t appear to be anywhere close to retiring.  If you’re playing against Tom Brady, you better not let the game get into overtime because Brady will come at you like a machine.

It’s interesting to take a look back at the 2000 NFL Draft and see the quarterbacks who were selected before the Patriots finally picked Tom Brady in the 6th round.  Chad Pennington, Giovanni Carmazzi, Chris Redman, Marc Bulger, and Spergon Wynn were all selected before Brady.  Pennington went on to have a successful career but otherwise, they’re a forgettable group of players.  Of the group, only Tom Brady would eventually lead his team to multiple Super Bowl appearances and only Brady is still playing in the NFL.

Tom Brady played in his first Super Bowl on February 3rd, 2002, leading the New England Patriots to a 20-17 victory over the favored St. Louis Rams.  Later today, Brady will again be facing the Rams.  Things are a little different now.  For one thing, the St. Louis Rams are now the Los Angeles Rams.  For another thing, the Patriots are favored to win this time.

People love to hate on Tom Brady and the Patriots.  It’s understandable.  Most NFL quarterbacks are lucky if they’re still playing after their 34th birthday.  Tom Brady is 41 and still going strong.  Ever since Brady took over for Drew Bledsoe, he and the Patriots have played in 8 Super Bowls and they’ve won 5.  People love rooting for the underdog and, when it comes to football, that often means rooting against Brady and the Patriots.

But let’s get real.  The Rams aren’t going to beat the Patriots.  The Rams wouldn’t even be in the Super Bowl if not for a blown pass interference call.  Maybe the Saints could have beaten the Patriots but the Rams?  I don’t think so.

After losing to the Eagles last year, the Patriots have got something to prove this year.  I think they’re going to do just that.

My Super Bowl Prediction:

Patriots — 31

Rams — 17

My Super Bowl Prediction

It’s only a few hours until kickoff so I guess I should make my Super Bowl predictions.

The Eagles are a good team.  Even people who hate Philadelphia have to admit that.  They’ve earned their right to play in the Super Bowl this year.  Ever since he stepped in and replaced the injured Carson Wentz as quarterback, Nick Foles has been defying the odds and proving the haters wrong.

But the New England Patriots are the best team in the league right now.  The Patriots have got Tom Brady, perhaps the greatest quarterback of all time.  I expect the Eagles will put a good fight but my final prediction is:

Patriots — 31

Eagles — 17

As always, the final field goal will be kicked by Gus, the field goal-kicking mule.

The Greatest Football Team Ever!

Radio did not make the team.

With the Super Bowl coming up, I decided to dip into my knowledge of sports movies and assemble the greatest football team ever.  Though this team will not be playing on Sunday night, I think that they could give both the Patriots and the Eagles a run for their money.

I present to you, the greatest football team ever:

Head Coach — Jimmy McGinity (played by Gene Hackman in The Replacements).  It’s not easy being the head coach of an NFL team.  When your team is winning, everyone loves you.  When the team struggles, everyone calls for your head.  But if you’re going to have a winning football team, you have to have a good coach.  (At least, that’s the way it is in the movies.  In real life, even Barry Switzer managed to win a super bowl.)  I considered both Any Given Sunday‘s Tony D’Amato and North Dallas Forty‘s B.A. Strother for this position but I went with Jimmy McGinity because he had more heart than B.A. but he wasn’t as emotionally unstable as Tony.  McGinty led a bunch of replacement players to victory.  Imagine what he can do with a team of movie characters!

Quarterback — Steamin’ Willie Beamen (played by Jamie Foxx in Any Given Sunday).  Quick on his feet and possessing an arm like a rocket, Willie Beamen had what it took to be one of the greats.  He may have let his ego get the better of him but, by the end of the season, he proved that he could be a leader on the field and off.  Assuming Willie doesn’t let his burgeoning musical career distract him, he has what it takes to lead our fictional team to the Super Bowl.

Backup Quarterback — Seth Maxwell (played by Mac Davis in North Dallas Forty).  What if Willie Beamen does let his ego get out of control again?  That’s where the sure hand of veteran quarterback Seth Maxwell comes in.  Seth can keep Willie focused on the field while keeping everyone high off the field.

Running back — Julian Washington (played by LL Cool J in Any Given Sunday).  Julian may spend too much time worrying about his shoe deal but no one can run a ball across the end zone like he can.  Need a second opinion?  Just ask him!

Fullback — Al Bundy (played by Ed O’Neill on Married With Children.)  You may not know it from looking at him but the last time Al Bundy played fullback, he scored four touchdowns in one game.

Wide Receiver — Rod Tidwell (played by Cuba Gooding, Jr. in Jerry Maguire).  You may get sick of him shouting his catch phrase but Rod can still make the big plays.  Just be careful around his agent.  People say that guy never knows when to stop talking.

Wide Receiver — Phil Elliott (played by Nick Nolte in North Dallas Forty.)  Since Phil can catch everything, he’s a natural pick, even if he doesn’t respect the system.

Wide Receiver — Charlie Tweeder (played by Scott Caan in Varsity Blues).  Charlie may be young and he may be wild but he can catch a ball.  Once Phil Elliott gets kicked off the team for not respecting the system, Charlie will easily shift into the 2nd wide receiver spot.

Tight End — Billy Clyde Puckett (played by Burt Reynolds in Semi-Tough).   Billy Clyde might not like being moved from running back to tight end but if anyone can pull off the transition, it’ll be a fun-loving veteran like Billy Clyde.  In the tight end position, Billy Clyde will also be available to prevent any of the players from getting involved in any cult activity.

Left Tackle — Fred O’Bannion (played by Ben Affleck in Dazed and Confused).  To quote Randall “Pink” Floyd, “Yeah, he’s kind of a joke.  Not a bad guy to have blocking for you, though.”

Left Guard — Billy Bob (played by Ron Lester in Varsity Blues.)  Billy Bob might not be the smartest guy on the field but no one’s going to get past him.

Center — Painless Pole Waldowski (played by John Schuck in MASH).  The Painless Pole may have been the best equipped dentist in Korea but he was also a fierce linesman as he proved when he became one of the first characters to drop the F-bomb in a major American motion picture.

Right Tackle — Joe Bob Priddy (played by Bo Svenson in North Dallas Forty).  Joe Bob was a good old boy racist and didn’t have much going on in the brains department but he understood the system.

Right Guard — O.W. Shaddock (played by John Matuszak in North Dallas Forty).  You can’t have Joe Bob Priddy without his partner in crime, O.W. Shaddock.

Left End — Steve Lattimer (played by Andrew Byniarski in The Program).  Just be careful about the roid rage.

Right End — Clubber Lang (played by Mr. T in Rocky III).  Clubber may have been a boxer but if Tim Tebow can play baseball after football, Clubber can follow his stint as heavyweight champion with a defensive position on the greatest football team ever.

Defensive Tackle — Samson (played by Richard Kiel in The Longest Yard).  Samson was a linebacker in the movie but I’m moving him to defensive tackle.  It doesn’t matter what position he plays.  No one is going to mess with Richard Kiel.

Defensive Tackle — “Terrible” Terry Tate (played by Lester Speight in several Reebok commercials).  Hey, the office linebacker had some moves on him!

LOLB — Charles Jefferson (played by Forrest Whitaker in Fast Times At Ridgemont High).  A great defensive player already, just check out what Charles Jefferson is capable of if he thinks someone has messed with his new car.

MLB —General Zod (played by Terrence Stamp in Superman II).  Every defensive unit needs a ruthless strategist who will do what it takes to destroy the other team.  Everyone on that field will bow before Zod.

ROLB — Ogre (played by Donald Gibb in Revenge of the Nerds).  His real name may have been Frederick Palowaski but he’ll always be Ogre to me.

Cornerback — Vontae Mack (played by Chadwick Boseman in Draft Day).  For some reason, Vontae was happy to be drafted by the Cleveland Browns in Draft Day.  After playing for a season, he hopefully saw the error of his ways and demanded to be traded to the greatest football team ever!

Cornerback — Johnny Lawrence (played by William Zabka in The Karate Kid).  Let’s see if Johnny can bring the same skill to the football field that he previously brought to cheating in the All Valley Tournament.

Free Safety — Non (played by Jack O’Hallaron in Superman II).  Non might not be able to speak but as long as General Zod’s playing linebacker, Non will know what to do.

Short Safety — Benny O’Donnell (played by Cole Hauser in Dazed and Confused).  No one’s going to get away with not signing their pledge as long as Benny is on the team.

Punter — Gus (played by several uncredited donkeys in Gus) — That donkey can really kick!

Kicker — Lucy Draper (played by Kathy Ireland in Necessary Roughness).  Did you see that field goal she kicked in the South Texas/Kansas game?  Three points can be the difference between a victory and a loss.

Kick Returner — The Freshman (played by Harold Lloyd in The Freshman).  He may not have a name or much ability but he’s got enough heart and gumption to lead a team to victory!

Waterboy — Robert “Bobby” Boucher, Jr (played by Adam Sandler in The Waterboy).  Someone’s got to keep the team hydrated!

Now, hit the field and make us proud!

As for the Super Bowl, I’m predicting the Patriots will win, 28-3.

Congrats to the Super Bowl Champion LI New England Patriots!

Around here, we celebrate the championships of the teams that us editors are super stoked about.  Anyone that has been following this blog for more than 1 year knows that I’ve been a New England Patriots fan since 1985.  So, now that the New England Patriots have won the first Super Bowl to ever go into overtime, and also have won the Super Bowl from the biggest deficit, 25 points, I, pantsukudasai56, aka Zachary Boucher, can yell and scream and enjoy all this, and there’s one thing I have to post.  I don’t know whether or not this has ever been our song of the day, but if I had to say a song that should be played all I can think is that we should all be listening to Pantera’s Walk.

To all the haters out there, RE-SPECT, WALK.   Walk on home boy.  You don’t have to like them, but you have to respect them.  The Drive for 5 is over, the New England Patriots are the greatest football team ever, and Tom Brady is better than Joe Montana.  Sorry Arleigh, it’s true.