Tampa Bay Buccaneers Victorious After Super Bowl LV: What Next for Tom Brady?

Tom Brady won his seventh Lombardi Trophy when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers slaughtered the Kansas City Chiefs 31 to 9 on Super Bowl Sunday. The game was also notable because it made history (or in Brady’s case, cemented it — he now has two more trophies than anyone else). But the Bucs were the first team in NFL history to win the Super Bowl in their home stadium. What an exciting game!

The 43-year-old Brady was helped out by Todd Bowles’ defense. The iron quarterback made off with 201 yards and an impressive three touchdowns. Brady ties Gronk with 14 postseason scoring connections. 

This was a hotly anticipated game, as Patrick Mahomes was looking to win his own trophy — but the Buccaneers managed to slash their offensive measures to ribbons. Fans were quick to notice that Tampa’s defense was in control of the line of scrimmage during every single quarter of the game. The pressure on Mahomes was intense, and this is where Brady’s experience over his opposition shone through. 

In the 56 games Mahomes has played for the Chiefs, the Bowl was only the second time he was held without a touchdown. We can only imagine the utter humiliation he must feel at being so outclassed at every level. The game also marked the first double-digit loss of his career. Whoops!

It’s worth noting that Tampa’s Week 12 performance against the Chiefs was miserable, which makes this comeback especially impressive. To say that Tampa learned from its mistakes is a massive understatement. 

Other takeaways:

Home stadium advantage is real, and Tampa certainly benefited from it greatly. The game coordinators showed their top-notch capacity for decision-making as well. Tampa’s defense allowed Brady to work his magic basically unchecked, which pretty much ended the game for the Chiefs.

Super Bowl LV: Tampa Bay Buccaneers VS Kansas City Chiefs

This football season has been surreal, if nothing else. Social distancing guidelines have forced even the most hardcore fans to watch games from home — and even then, it’s impossible not to notice the difference. The crowds, the noise, even the games themselves simply were not the same. Super Bowl LV will be a hard-fought battle between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Kansas City Chiefs. It will be completely different from anything that came before.

Will fans still have the opportunity to answer questions and make predictions prior to the game? Sure. But instead of doing it in person from a roaring stadium, it will be done from the comfort of one’s own home through Zoom. If you’re a fan of Tampa Bay, check out the media on Monday. Kansas will do their own on Tuesday.

You can tune into CBS Sports HQ from Tampa during work week hours every day from Monday, February 1 until Thursday, February 4.

Odds seem to be on the Kansas City Chiefs to win the trophy this year. The game itself will take place on February 7 at 6:30 PM after the Chiefs are flown in the night before to keep testing guidelines true and reduce the chance of coronavirus infection or spread.

7,500 tickets will be offered to vaccinated healthcare workers, which allows only 14,500 tickets to other fans. COVID-19 has placed strain on the numbers that a stadium can safely hold, but also caused fan interest to skyrocket. After all, no one has been out of the house for this type of recreation in a long time.

There’s a reason that so many people are excited for this season’s game. Tom Brady won the Super Bowl for two consecutive seasons nearly two decades ago, while Mahomes won the Bowl last year — and will want to accomplish the same feat this season.

The Most Controversial Part Of Super Bowl LIV Was The Halftime Show

  1. Lo and Shakira have certainly sparked a lot of right-wing controversy since they performed the halftime show wearing about as much as you might expect. The display is hardly controversial by today’s standards, but somehow we’ve managed to turn it into something that it isn’t. 

Alex Abad-Santos for Vox wrote: “Considering the NFL’s contentious relationship with stars like Rihanna and Cardi B — both Rihanna and Cardi, along with other musicians, have said they won’t perform for the league because of its treatment of Colin Kaepernick — it’s something of a marvel that the 2020 Super Bowl halftime show boasted kinetic talent in the form of superstars Jennifer Lopez and Shakira (especially compared to Maroon 5, who headlined the halftime show in 2019). The call to book the duo was facilitated by Jay-Z, through his still relatively new partnership with the NFL; the women made history as the first Latina artists to headline the Super Bowl halftime show.”

And shouldn’t that have been the most important part of the halftime show? That two popular Latina singers have made history at Super Bowl LIV? Maybe, but it wasn’t. Christian activist Dave Daubenmire announced plans to build a lawsuit against the NFL, Pepsi, and a few others because he is now “in danger of hellfire” and eternal damnation because of the show.

Daubenmire said, “I tuned in to watch a football game. I didn’t tune in to watch a porn show.”

We should also mention that Daubenmire hosts a podcast, and might, you know, just be whoring for attention. When asked about the companies he plans to sue, he said, “I’m sure we can dig up a few more.”

That should tell you all you need to know about the point of his lawsuit. It’s not about what he saw. He’s suing Pepsi because they sponsored the show. He’s also trying to get the lawsuit class-action status, which would allow anyone who watched the Super Bowl — and certainly those who actually attended — to attach their names to the litigation. Sounds crazy? Well, it’s 2020. We’re getting used to it.

He said that the show was especially insulting to Christians. Daubenmire said, “That’s discriminatory against the values I have in my house — you can’t just do that. I want to sue them. I want to sue them for about 867 trillion dollars.”

We can only say: “Good luck.” You chose to turn the TV on to watch the show, and you chose to turn it off. No one chose for you. And that’s exactly the way a judge will see it. You can’t claim someone discriminated against your values when they didn’t chain you down to watch.

Super Bowl LIV: San Francisco 49ers VS Kansas City Chiefs

It’s not exactly what we expected when the season first started, is it? But it’s how the season will finish, and we’re thrilled — primarily because so much of what will happen is a mystery. Both teams have their flaws and both teams have their merits. It’s anyone’s guess which team will thrive against the other team’s strengths and weaknesses. 

Mike Sielski tweeted about some of the skewed expectations some fans have: “If you’re still hoping Andy Reid and the #Chiefs fall on their faces in two weeks, you’re so tribal and blinkered in your allegiance to the #Eagles and so attuned to his shortcomings and imperfections that you can’t see him for what he is: a genuinely great coach.”

This is an especially poignant statement since Andy Reid has racked up a whopping 221 wins in his time with the NFL, which is more than any other coach — who hasn’t won a Super Bowl. He last stepped foot in that arena with the Eagles in 2004, but couldn’t seal the deal. Should he lose this time too, it will be a heavy blow to face.

The Chiefs haven’t played in the Super Bowl since their 1969-1970 win in Super Bowl IV. That year marked the last time that a season ran while two distinct organizations — the NFL and AFL — duked it out. They merged into one before the 1970-1971 season.

Meanwhile, while San Francisco has a better overall record of making it to the Super Bowl, it’s worth pointing out that the 49ers were a trainwreck last year. The team actually made it into the history books alongside the Benagals and Rams, having successfully powered their way into the Super Bowl after having won four or fewer matches the season prior.

The 49ers, should they come out victorious, will tie the Steelers and Patriots for the most Lombardi Trophies won in the history of the Super Bowl.

Who do you think will win? Kansas City is known for its “quick-strike” offensive plays while the 49ers are known for an insanely successful throwback through balanced defense and offense. We’re not sure how this formula will play out during a Super Bowl matchup. Both teams, their coaches, and their fans are motivated to get out there and win. It could go either way, and it could be tremendously exciting no matter which way it goes!

No matter who you’re rooting for, one thing is for certain: we’re all sick of the Patriots and it’s about time!

Football Season Is Here: Who Will Come Out On Top?

We’re sure everyone is ready to vegetate on the couch with a cold beer in hand as often as possible over the next few months, which means everyone’s favorite game is already in full swing. It also means the guessing game has begun. Everyone is busy making their best-guess fantasy football picks. Who will win? Who will lose? It’s time to lay out the 2019 season the best we can.

That means breaking down each team individually. The Oakland Raiders have been amidst a great deal of chaos and controversy lately, especially when considering Antonio Brown’s request to be released from the team this past Saturday at the end of a long bout of drama — which the team later granted.

Head Coach Jon Gruden said, “We just have exhausted everything. We tried every way possible to make it work. And all I’m gonna say is it’s disappointing. I’m really proud of our players, our coaches, our owner, our front office. We did everything we could to make this work and I’m sorry it didn’t. I apologize, but I’ll tell you, I’m very proud of what we did as an organization to try.”

Meanwhile, Brown is just happy to be up for grabs again.

Gruden said of the departure: “I wish Antonio the best. I’m sorry we never got a chance to see him in silver and black. Very disappointing in my career as a coach. I looked forward to coaching him but it’s not going to happen. I’m not going to sit here and talk about it all day. We’ve got 12 rookies, we’ve got a lot to be excited about.”

That begs the question: where do the Raiders stand this year? The gambling world isn’t giving the team glowing odds — instead, the favorite for this Monday night are the Denver Broncos. No surprise there. The Broncos have rivaled the Raiders for a long while, but Denver usually comes out on top, and the same result is expected tomorrow night.

The total betting pool for Monday night stands at 43 points with the under at 9-0 for Denver. Both teams have a long hard road if they want to make it to the end.

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Odell Beckham JR Traded To The Browns?

According to NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo, for The Cleveland Browns 2019 first-round, second-round, and third-round draft pick plus their safety Jabril Peppers the New York Giants traded Odell Beckham Jr. It is a moved that stunned Football fans across the country.

Odell famous for his one-handed catch had moments of glory with The NY Giants, however, despite his great playing did not bring them any true victories. It also didn’t help that he was injury prone. But Cleveland Brown fans who are notorious for supporting the worst team in the league should be jumping for joy. Breakout QB Baker Mayfield and other additions to the team such as Javris Landy, Nick Chubb, and Kareem Hunt will give the Browns a fighting chance this year. But as previously mentioned, Odell has spent a lot of time on the injury reserve list. He missed 12 games in 2017 with a broken ankle and he missed the final four games in 2018 with an injury to his quad.

As upset as Giants fans are, Odell leaving the Giants was inevitable. Odell was very vocal about how dissatisfied he was with the new head coach Pat Shurmur often throwing temper tantrums and storming off the field during right before halftime. He was also caught criticizing his team in front of celebrities. We hope the change of scenery is good for Odell who can hopefully get the Browns to an over 500 record, something that has not been accomplished since 2007.

It also does help that LeBron James (if you don’t know who he is why are you reading a sports website) is friends with Odell. After hearing the news the basketball player tweeted “OH MY!!!! S*#% just got REAL!!” There are already rumors that Odell will be crashing with James at his mansion while he gets settled.

With this trade, it feels that the New York Giants have accepted a bad season for 2019 and are focusing on 2020. Let’s hope one of these three draft picks they get a quarterback they so desperately need.

NFL Injuries Taking A Toll on Fantasy Football

Fantasy football is simple in theory. You build a team made up of real players in real leagues and your performance is dictated by how well those players do on a week to week basis during the regular NFL season. Unfortunately a string of recent injuries has put a dampener on the outlook of many who take part in these fantasy football leagues. A lot of people were unhappy on the outcome. Here are a few of the early injuries that plagued this football season by week four.

Alshon Jeffery of the Eagles hadn’t even played a game before his status was put in doubt by an illness.

Alvin Kamara of the New Orleans Saints obtained a knee injury that limited his ability to play during the pregame injury report, but he was eventually removed from the list.

LeSean McCoy of Bills fame incurred an injury to his ribs and Marcus Murphy was also in dire shape. Both were listed as questionable to play in games, putting a lot of pressure on other players after the team smashed the Vikings.

The Texans were in trouble after their receiver DeAndre Hopkins landed a slew of injuries–hamstring, thumb and ankle–that earned him a questionable to play listing. Will Fuller’s status was also limited.

Keenan Allen of the Chargers was also having trouble keeping the pace when the team was poised to face the 49ers.

Case Keenum of the Denver Broncos injured his knee during a pregame injury report.

Leonary Fournette of the Jacksonville Jaguars fell to a right hamstring strain after a week one game.

Aaron Rodgers of the Packers was listed as questionable to play in week four after a knee injury took him out. Randall Cobb had a hamstring injury, and Jimmy Graham also turned up on the injury report early on.

Ryan Tannehill of the Miami Dolphins injured his right shoulder.

Marcus Mariota of the Tennessee Titans injured his right elbow.

Perhaps the Patriots had the most to overcome early on in the season with a wave of players falling to questionable status on the injury report–eleven in all. Josh Gordon and Rob Gronkowski were among those whose ability to play was in doubt. That’s bad timing since Julian Edelman was still suspended at the time.

Of course some of these players would inevitably make it off the injury list and continue to play, but the early injuries took their toll on fantasy football.

Trump Tweets That NFL Players Must Stand During National Anthem

The National Football League’s preseason officially started on August 2nd. However, a majority of teams played their first preseason game yesterday, August 9th. It did not go without controversy as many players either knelt or held their fist in the air while the National Anthem played. And the President has some harsh criticism in a series of two tweets.

The NFL players are at it again – taking a knee when they should be standing proudly for the National Anthem. Numerous players, from different teams, wanted to show their “outrage” at something that most of them are unable to define. They make a fortune doing what they love………..Be happy, be cool! A football game, that fans are paying soooo much money to watch and enjoy, is no place to protest. Most of that money goes to the players anyway. Find another way to protest. Stand proudly for your National Anthem or be Suspended Without Pay!

Recently, Commissioner Roger Goodell introduced a new policy that requires players to stand during the National Anthem but gives them the choice to wait in the locker room during the pregame ceremony. It also says that the team will be fined if anyone chooses not to stand and that the team will face disciplinary actions.

The NFL however, announced today, that they have agreed with the NFL Players Association to delay implementing the punishments as the league and union continue to work on negotiations regarding proper protocol during the National Anthem.

Back in May, Trump during an interview with Fox & Friends stated that players who do not stand during the National Anthem should not be playing nor should they be in the country. Only time will tell if the NFL follows President Trump’s orders.