A tanned, rested Fat Guy ready for Super Bowl

Fat Guy Corner



The Fat Guy enjoyed some sun and cold barley pops all last week in Mexico and it was a nice getaway. I want to thank my man, Brandon Pope, for filling up my column space with an excellent piece last week while I was gone. It was also nice to not have to crank out a column right before I headed out to catch a flight.

I actually did not get to watch much sports, or football for that matter, which is a very strange feeling for me, actually. I did get to witness the NFC and AFC Championship games on Sunday, though. The Jacksonville Jaguars looked on the verge of a monumental upset on the road against the New England Patriots. I know you New England fans had to be sweating bullets for a while there.

The Jaguars played a perfect first half and I thought the offensive play calling was tremendous. The second half play calling was just the opposite, as I thought it was down-right horrible. The plunging the run play into the line on first down was dumb and it bit them in the tail. That is as nice as I can put it for a family newspaper.

The Jacksonville team still carried a 10-point lead into the fourth quarter. The Patriots have a quarterback walking the sidelines named Tom Brady! Have you heard of him football fans? Yeah, I thought so! How many of us knew what the outcome was going to be for Jacksonville? I knew because I thought a heartbreaking loss was going to be the outcome. Tom Brady took over like the GOAT (Greatest of All Time) that he is and took New England to another Super Bowl.

Tom Brady has won five of these Super Bowls and will attempt for number six in two weeks.

The New England Patriots’ opponent will be the NFC Champions, Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles, the No. 1 seed were listed as three-point home underdogs to the Minnesota Vikings, who won it 38-7. The Vikings, who should have been shoveling snow if not for a miracle win over New Orleans, were dominated by Philadelphia. I believe the Philadelphia Eagles felt disrespected being home underdogs two straight weeks as a No. 1 seed. The Vikings received that wrath from the Eagles. The play of Eagles backup quarterback, Nick Foles, was tremendous in this football game. I thought he played the game of his career, actually. He absolutely shredded a very good Minnesota defense in the process. The Philadelphia Eagles’ offensive line was also stellar the whole game protecting Foles from that awesome Vikings pass rush. The Super Bowl is set for February 4 with the New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles in Minnesota. Good luck getting tickets. Did you see the prices they are charging? Stay home with a big spread of food and barley pops and enjoy the game on televison. These two teams played in a previous Super Bowl with New England winning in 2004, 24-21.

The Fat Guy Super Bowl winning selection will be in next week’s column, so don’t miss it! I am pretty solid in Super Bowl Predictions over the last 15, so stay tuned. By the way, the Patriots chose to wear white jerseys because they are undefeated when wearing white under Coach Bill Belichick in Super Bowls. Tom Brady and Company will be looking for a fourth consecutive Lombardi Trophy in those jerseys. Fun fact: Twelve of the last 13 Super Bowl champions were wearing white when they hoisted the trophy. Just sayin’…

On the fence on Lions coach

The Lions have a new head coach in Matt Patricia, which will be announced after the Super Bowl. Patricia is the current defensive coordinator for the New England Patriots. I have mixed feelings on the new head coach. I am not a fan of coaches who have no head coaching experience at all taking over programs. I also realize that they deserve a chance based on what they have accomplished at the NFL level. I will dig into this hire later after the Super Bowl. thefatguy@mihomepaper.com

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