Bummed out that the Rams did not get to Super Bowl LV? You are in good company but do not fret, there are several reasons for you to tune in even if you may not have a rooting interest. By the end of this article, I might give you one or two.
The Kansas City Chiefs travel to Raymond James Stadium in Tampa Bay on Sunday at 6:30 PM ET on CBS to play the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Super Bowl LV. This is the first time that a team will be playing in the Super Bowl at their home stadium. The Chiefs are a 3.5 point favorite with an over/under at 56.5 according to MGM.
If the greatest, most watched annual television event of the year does not draw you in, think of the other perks: a chance to eat good (but bad for you) food, have your favorite beverage with some friends, funny commercials and a, hopefully, good half-time show (this is where I make a second food run). All these things are enough to make an unofficial holiday out of it, but there is more:
DYK: Three Current Coaches Connected to the Rams are in Super Bowl LV
David Toub – Kansas City Assistant Head Coach and Special Teams Coordinator: Toub attended Los Angeles Rams Training camp as an Offensive lineman twice in the late 80s but did not make the squad.
Brendan Daly – Kansas City Run Game Coordinator and Defensive Line Coach: Daly was the St Louis Rams defensive line coach in 2009.
Steve Spagnuolo – Kansas City Defensive Coordinator: Spagnuolo was the Head Coach of the St Louis Rams 2009-2012; his overall record in 3 years was 10-38 and he has the dubious tag of having the worst season in Rams history and a league worst record of 1-15 in his first season.
If you are looking for a Rams slant to this game, maybe this will entice you to cheer for the Chiefs. If you still have a bad taste in your mouth from the Spagnuolo days, this could be a good reason to cheer for the Bucs.
DYK: Three Players Connected to the Rams are in Super Bowl LV
Mike Remmers (T): Remmers was on the Rams practice squad in 2014 and never saw the field in a Rams uniform. He went from the Rams to Carolina and became a starter for two seasons. He spent two seasons with Minnesota for another two seasons, playing Guard and Tackle. Last season he was with the New York Giants and then came to Kansas City this season, playing in 13 games. Remmers will start this game in place of starting LT Eric Fisher; this could have two former Rams lining up across from each other.
Ndamukong Suh (DT): Suh played for the Rams in the 2018 season and was on the team that went to the Super Bowl that season. He has really helped the Bucs run defense in addition to having 6 sacks, his most since the 2015 season. His one season with the Rams he had 4.5 sacks, 59 tackles (4 for a loss) and 19 QB hits. He should be looking to push Remmers often during the game.
Sammy Watkins (WR): Watkins came to the Rams for the 2017 season from Buffalo and the hopes were high upon arrival. His time in LA was not a great fit but his presence did help the Rams go from last to best in scoring that season. Watkins has been with the Chiefs since then and he still seems to be an odd fit with the organization that features and favors Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce in the pass game.
Again, if you are looking for a Rams slant to this game, this Chiefs have double the number of former Rams as the Buccaneers, but you may have been a fan of Suh. Pick a side and have some fun!
A QB Matchup for the Ages in Super Bowl LV
This matchup features the old versus the new, but do not be fooled by age. The saying goes that Father Time is undefeated, but Tom Brady (at 43 years old) is giving him a run for his money. Patrick Mahomes, at the ripe old age of 25, is still looking to reach his peak – and that peak is still years away.
The 🐐 vs. the MVP.
Tom Brady and Patrick Mahomes have put on a show every time they meet 😎 pic.twitter.com/z9p1mpRHyk
— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) January 26, 2021
Here is what is at stake for each:
Patrick Mahomes: In his third year in the league, Mahomes is already making his second Super Bowl appearance and a win in this game could signal a page turn on the Brady death grip that has spanned four sitting presidents. He is special, he is electric, and his time is either coming, or it is now.
Tom Brady: Without going into all of the impressive stats that Brady has compiled over the years, this thought goes out to Rams fans: Tom Brady won his first Super Bowl against the Rams and the Rams last loss in the Super Bowl decades later came to those same hands.
Rams fans – do you cheer for Tom Brady in this situation knowing that the Rams beat him this season and you can gloat on the “at least we beat the Super Bowl champs last year” rant or do you cheer against Brady as you ALWAYS HAVE.
Interesting History Being Made in Super Bowl LV
Trailblazers – This game will feature three women in prominent roles:
Sarah Thomas: Sarah becomes the first female official to ever be selected to work a Super Bowl, and it is well-deserved. She became an NFL official in 2015 and is well respected by players and coaches alike.
Lori Locust: Lori is the assistant defensive line coach and works closely with defensive line coach Kacy Rodgers. She is the NFL’s first woman position coach. Rodgers states that Locust has fit in from day one and that “we don’t see her as a woman, we only see her as Coach Lo and she steps in and performs her role admirably”
Maral Javadifar: Maral, or MJ, is the assistant strength and conditioning coach and her unique background in this area has made her successful in the role. In addition to being incredibly qualified by experience and background, she also brings a doctorate in physical therapy – very uncommon in the field.
Roger Kingdom (Tampa Bay speed and conditioning coach) has 6 gold medals:
- Olympics 1984 and 1988 in the 110m hurdles
- PanAm Games 1983 PanAm Games in the 110m hurdles
- Goodwill Games 1990 in the 110m hurdles
- IAAF World Cup 1989 in the 110m hurdles
- IAAF World Indoor Championships 1989 in 60M hurdles
- Set a world record on Aug 16, 1989 to beat Renaldo Nehemiah (former 49er) in the 110m hurdles.
As pointed out earlier, the Buccaneers will be the first team to play in their home stadium in the Super Bowl but will not be the first to play in their host city. Super Bowl XIV (1980) had the Pittsburgh Steelers travel to Los Angeles to play the Rams, but the game was at the Rose Bowl and not at the Memorial Coliseum. But this is NOT a home game for Tampa Bay:
While the cannons may not fire in their typical fashion, we look forward to showcasing parts of our tradition while working within the league’s guidelines. pic.twitter.com/HOxqtZj6kQ
— Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@Buccaneers) February 2, 2021
Have some fun, watch the game and look forward to next year with Matthew Stafford coming into LA – as always, next year is our year! As for my house, everyone will be cheering for Tom Brady but I’ve yet to decide and it will be a game time decision for me.