Spiderfan's Super Bowl LIII Random Thoughts & Stuff Feb 6, 2019 17:29:52 GMT -8
Post by spiderfan on Feb 6, 2019 17:29:52 GMT -8
Hello everyone it is me Spiderfan here and today I bring you the last RT&S of the season, in which I will discuss the final game of the season Super Bowl 53... for the most part. Let us begin!
The Actual Game
Players from the various NCAA teams that SCtoC covers (shoutout to Angi for making this list):
Stephen Anderson, TE, California
Patrick Chung, S, Oregon
Brian Schwerke, OL, California - (Injured Reserve)
C.J. Anderson, RB, California
Samson Ebukam, OLB, Eastern Washington
Jared Goff, QB, California
Troy Hill, CB, Oregon
Johnny Mundt, TE, Oregon
Cooper Kupp, WR, Eastern Washington (Injured Reserve)
Dont'e Deayon, CB, Boise St. (Practice Squad)
Kyle Murphy, OT, Stanford (Practice Squad)
The Super Bowl sucked. I'm not gonna sugarcoat it and say things like "low scoring games are fun" or "high scoring games are lame" or "if you thought the game was boring your stupid" or any other nonsense being put out there. Let us all be real here, having the Super Bowl being 3-3 with less than 10 minutes to go in the game is something that shouldn't happen. These are supposed to be the 2 best franchises in the NFL and both played awful in the biggest game of the season. The Hall of Fame Game, which is a game that no one outside of third and fourth stringers has any desire to play in, was actually a much better game than the Super Bowl. What world are we living in where that is the case?
Before the 4th quarter the only really notable thing was Rams K Greg Zuerlein making a 50+ yard FG. There was the missed FG by Patriots K Stephen Gostkowski, but oddly enough despite being crazy accurate during the regular season, due to his postseason follies the missed FG wasn't as big of a deal as you would think it would be. Gostkowski did make a FG to give the Patriots the early lead, but it was the one of the ugliest made FGs I've ever seen.
With less than 10 minutes to go in the game with the score being 3-3, the Patriots finally got a scoring drive going after either punting or turning over the ball for most of the game. Old faithfuls like Julian Edelman and Rob Gronkowski turned out to still have gas left in the tank as the Patriots finally got into the redzone (the only redzone possession of the entire game for either team) with a Sony Michel rushing TD. That made the game 10-3 and then the Rams finally got a drive going after punting for most of the game. That is when Rams QB Jared Goff throws a beautiful pass to Brandin Cooks which was dropped, costing the Rams a game tying TD that they desperately needed. On the next play, Goff is intercepted. Then the Patriots get the ball, the Rams defense fails to get a stop at the most important time, the Patriots kick a FG (again if it had been 2 yards longer it would have been missed), and the Patriots win their 6th Super Bowl.
The last 10 minutes were actually exciting, the problem was that the previous 50 minutes weren't, so the by the time the actual interesting stuff was happening boredom had already set in. I wouldn't blame Jared Goff for the Rams loss as no one on the Rams offense played well. Outside of Julian Edelman no one on the Patriots offense played well either. That is why Edelman won the Super Bowl MVP by default in my mind. Who else on either team deserved the Super Bowl MVP outside of Edelman? Hence, why I voted for Edelman for Super Bowl MVP.
It is a shame that the world didn't get to see Rams-Chiefs II or Patriots-Saints or even Patriots-Rams being a blowout because at least with a blowout things would be happening.
All in all people would have been better off watching a rerun of Super Bowl 36, pretending that the then St.Louis Rams and for the halftime watching videos of whoever your favorite artists are.
The Halftime Show (Reader discretion is advised if you don't like Spongebob or Maroon 5 or both you can skip this section)
In past years I haven't talked about the halftime show, but considering the game was WAY lame and mostly uninteresting, talking about the halftime show (at least IMO) is more interesting.
There was a movement by fans of Spongebob for Sweet Victory to be played at the Super Bowl in tribute of the late Stephen Hillenburg (the creator of Spongebob). Prior to the Super Bowl various leaks and tweets and things made it look like Maroon 5 was going to preform Sweet Victory. What instead happened was a poorly animated Squidward appearing on the screen introducing a half-muted Travis Scott, because it is totally a great idea to have someone sing explicit rap songs on live broadcast TV. This then caused the Dallas Stars to tweet out this:
Footage of the Stars playing that same Sweet Victory footage on the jumbotron went viral, causing the Dallas Stars fanbase to increase rapidly (Note: I was a Stars fan prior to all this happening). From what I've read the Stars media team has been playing "Sweet Victory" for a while, but due to the Super Bowl controversy it has now become more widely known that it is played at Stars games.
My thoughts on all of this controversy? If Sweet Victory wasn't going to be played, then don't make people think that it is going to get played. Also, Go Stars!
As for Maroon 5 themselves, as someone who likes Maroon 5 it was meh. The problem is that Maroon 5 is a pop band, so when they preform live, it is just Adam Levine doing karaoke to Maroon 5 music. Which ultimately makes the halftime show meh.
My favorite Super Bowl commercial
The rest of them weren't that great, but this one makes me crack up every time.
More Head Coaching Hires
Miami Dolphins hire Brian Flores
As I have talked about before, Belichick pupils aren't exactly the most successful head coaches. Whether Flores bucks the trend or not, I'm not sure. The Dolphins are in for a rebuild after the previous regime's failures and maybe the Patriot Way-lite will work for a team that is going to start from scratch or maybe the Dolphins will fall into an even deeper hole, again I'm not sure. Of all the hires this one will be the most judged by time, so get back to me later.
Cincinnati Bengals hire Zac Taylor
After years and years of the mediocrity produced by Alliance of American Football commentator Marvin Lewis, Bengals Owner and General Manager Mike Brown decided to hire someone from the outside and that person turned out to be Rams QB coach Zac Taylor. Personally, I think Taylor will re-invigorate the franchise and produce the excitement that the Bengals fanbase has not had the past few years. Is he underqualified? Probably, but Taylor is young and his work with Goff was impressive and considering the other choices the Bengals thought about, Taylor is a great hire.
One more thought
-The fact that the Patriots organization blames Alex Guerrero for Gronk's health is hysterical.
With that said I hope you enjoyed this season of Random Thoughts & Stuff. I would like to thank first and foremost Julie who has helped with the format of the column as well as with graphics. I would like to thank Heidi for her support and for the great SB 53 graphic above. I would like to thank the big boss Kasey for having me on the official NFL analyst of SCtoC. I would also like to thank Angi, Bannock, and everyone else who has commented or read this series of mine. I'm glad you have enjoyed. This is spiderfan out.