Greetings sports fans and welcome to a very special post-Super Bowl Monday addition of Vegas Valley Sports Beat. That crazy little Super Bowl 54 bringing sports column that now not only brings you the world but makes mounds and mounds of creamy, delicious coleslaw in seconds.
It is what Winnie the Pooh would call a blustery day today here in the Las Vegas Valley region and quite so. Starting last night the wind has come whipping down the plains quite briskly. It is a great day for sailing, but unless you’re headed due South I would postpone that trip until another day.
Let us turn our attention now to the wonderfully Wide World of Sports and talk a bit about last night’s Super Bowl in Miami, Florida. There the underdog Kansas City Chiefs led by 24-year-old quarterback Patrick Mahomes opened up a can of ass whip on the heavily favored and highly vaunted San Francisco 49ers and hosed them down with it. To end the contest and silence all of the hater’s and critics, Mahomes put a cherry on top by sealing the victory in the final 2 minutes of the game.
Much ado was made in the press leading up to the game about the fact that San Francisco has a great deal more Super Bowl experience than the Kansas City Chiefs and blah, blah, blah ad absurdum, but, as was demonstrated last night, that could not be more meaningless even if someone in Congress had said it. Perhaps someone should have explained that concept to Kansas City, and to their Quarterback, Patrick Mahomes. Named the youngest Super Bowl MVP in the 54-year history of the contest.
From the opening kickoff, it was plain to see that this was not going to be any humdrum or lopsided game but a battle of wits and will power between two very closely matched teams. It would have to be determined by who executed better, and who paid, and who profited the most from penalties and turnovers cashed in for points. I’m not going to go into specifics here, you either saw the game or you didn’t. If it’s a play by play analysis you want, you need to watch the videotape for that. I did not take notes this time.
Down by 10 points late in the second half, it seemed like the Kansas City Chiefs we’re going home with Super Bowl loser faces, but Mahomes had already won two previous games by overcoming a 10-point deficit in the second half and I knew he could do it again. The two most critical plays of the game were the two 4th Down stops the Chief’s defensive line stopped San Francisco from converting turnovers into points for the win.
Nothing can be taken away from the performance of the San Francisco 49ers, but the fact is they were outgunned in the final showdown as the last minutes of the fourth quarter wound down. What they thought for a minute was going to be a certain easy victory was snatched out of their hands at the last second by the same Lady Luck that brought them to the big dance and she went home with the Kansas City Chiefs for the first time in 50 years.
Much to do was also made about the halftime show with JLo and whoever. That is a subject I cannot speak on because when you are sitting down watching a game for 1 and 1/2 hours and intermission comes around, maybe you want to sit there and watch it, but I’m going outside to have a smoke and a pancake. I did not watch a single minute of the pre-game BS either so don’t feel picked on Jlo and whoever.
As always the best part of the Super Bowl, outside of the game itself, are the Super Bowl commercials. The priciest commodity on the planet at $5.6 million for a 30-second spot. Do the math. I haven’t earned a second of that in my lifetime so it’s nice to know that with so many people living in poverty and in the not-so-great outdoors these days that companies have that kind of money to blow. But I digress.
Congratulations are in order for the people of Kansas City, Missouri the home of the Kansas City Chiefs-your Super Bowl 54 World Champions. 50 years in the making but well worth the wait. It was a magnificent game and all of the players should be proud of their individual, and team performances.
The final score:
San Francisco 49ers 20
Kansas City Chiefs 31
P.S. Congratulations also go out to the great state of Kansas, President Trump wants you to know that he is very proud of you too.