Photo: We tried to work a Pats/Saints logo, but had to settle for this. The Rams don’t deserve to be a part of that piece of hardware.
By Mark Smith
Editor in Chief
I got inspired by BV Tonight’s video. So I’ll add a few Super Bowl quick takes before hearing all the other analysis and checking my prop bets. I’m not the first with the following, but:
— For anyone who had never watched an NFL game until Sunday, chances are they might not ever watch one again. At least not until next year’s Super Bowl.
— My wife, Robyn, tried hard to keep up with the game — despite her admitted lack of interest in sports: “I would get bored and start doing something else. And every time I back to the TV, and it was still 3-0. Why do people put down soccer? This was the same thing.”
— While my mind wandered during the first half, I pondered what the Saints, Chiefs and all of their fans were saying?
— Why don’t I hear the SI folks — or any media or fans — yakking about the demise of the Patriots any more? Didn’t they guarantee the Belichick-Brady-Kraft trio was done?
Then again, wasn’t all that all reporting based on unnamed sources? Chalk up yet another one for great reporting.
— It’s not like it will be “Black Sunday II,” but I can’t imagine that any casino in the country made much, if any, money off of this one. Going into the weekend, I was told (unnamed source, hee-hee) that 81.3 percent of the wagers placed — just on the game with the spread — were on the Pats.
There are hundreds of different bets that can be made on the game (over/under, parlays, teasers, props, etc.), but it’s hard to imagine all of the losing tickets will make up for the public actually calling the spread correctly.
The opening line was Los Angeles -1. It ended up as New England -3. It takes a whole lot of coin to move a Super Bowl line four points, which shows how much was being wagered on the Pats.
— Turning Point?: Other than the Goff-to-Cooks blown TDs, it’s hard to use the “turning point” in a game that never turned the corner. But there was one play that might have changed the outcome. It came with 11:29 left, the score 3-3 and the Rams having picked up back-to-back first downs (albeit one by penalty to keep the drive alive).
Running back Todd Gurley raced from his 44 to the Pats’ 43, but Rams’ center John Sullivan was called for holding. The replay made that a questionable call. “Not a call I would make,” Tony Romo said.
Of course, Goff blew a possible TD two plays later when he didn’t throw to either of two open receivers on second down. Goff instead threw deep into double-coverage and out of bounds.
On the next possession, it was Brady Time. Over.
— Rams kicker Greg Zuerlein helped me win a fantasy football title this year. He’s probably going to be a recurring nightmare for the millions who had numbers 3 and 6 for their squares. But Z-Man will be the all-time fantasy for those who had 3-3 and were in a $1,000-a-square pool.
— The Rams’ coach-QB tandem of Goff and McVay have a combined age that is about a decade younger than Belichick. There was no way that Belichick wasn’t going to outsmart the youngsters. Especially when given two weeks.
Remember when Goff was a flop? Belichick certainly did. And he made sure to let the QB remember.
Mark Smith has worked in New Mexico sports media for four decades, and is one of the most decorated sports journalists in state history. Smith has won more than 30 combined awards in print, television and radio. He is the editor in chief of Enchantment Sports. Contact him at mark.enchantmentsportsNM@gmail.com.