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So much for the Super Bowl hype

February 12, 2021

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers pulled off an upset win against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday by the score of 31-9. By the middle of the second quarter, this was not a very competitive game, which sadly, happens more often than not in Super Bowls. I don’t know why this is the case, but here are my two theories for this yearly disappointment. First, the fact that for the past 10 years or more, there have been two weeks in between the conference championship games and the Super Bowl. This is because the NFL wants to have more time to hype up the game. Secondly, for whatever reason, one team is usually overwhelmed by the importance of the game. This time though, I think it was because the Chiefs offensive line was decimated by injuries to both offensive tackles. This definitely made it easier for the Tampa defensive line to pressure quarterback Patrick Mahomes for the entire game. When the Buccaneers offense figured out the Chiefs defense, it was all over. 

The day after the game, the Chiefs announced that Patrick Mahomes was going to have surgery for a turf toe injury that he sustained in a previous playoff game. That clearly affected his performance. Whether you are a huge fan or not, congratulations goes to Tom Brady for winning his seventh Super Bowl out of 10. That is impressive!

Apparently, the Philadelphia Eagles are close to trading quarterback Carson Wentz. This is a good illustration of how fast you can lose favor with a franchise in the NFL. Just a few years ago, Carson was a big reason for the Eagles making it to the Super Bowl, and if he could’ve stayed healthy all year, he probably would’ve won the MVP of the league in 2017. If the Eagles actually decide to trade Wentz, it will put a lot of pressure on quarterback Jalen Hurts and new coach Nick Sirianni to win right away. Jalen is very talented. They must think he could be like Russell Wilson of the Seahawks or another version of prior Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb. That is a lot to live up to for a second year quarterback.

 

  • A 2002 Cape grad and 2007 UD grad, Lewes resident Sumner Spence is one of the Cape area's biggest sports fans. Wheelchair-bound his entire life, he has lived vicariously through his sports-playing father, brother, and friends, who gave him his love of sports. He hopes to provide new and interesting perspectives on the sports stories and issues of the day. Email Sumner at sumspence@gmail.com.

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