The Super Bowl is supposed to be the major headlines this last week of January. However, the tragic death of Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, has stunned the entire world. Let’s also not forget that seven others lost their lives in this tragedy. My heart goes out to all families involved.
I first want to say that Kobe Bryant, the five-time NBA champion, will always be remembered as one of the top 10 NBA players of all time. When I look back at Kobe’s career, the accolades are numerous. Kobe is the fourth-leading scorer in NBA history, an 18-time All Star and two-time gold medalist, to name just a few, as I could go on and on with all his accomplishments.
The fact he played all 20 years as an L.A. Laker, I absolutely love! You just don’t see guys stay with one team for their entire careers anymore. The life of Kobe and all the victims will never be forgotten and all of them left this world all too soon.
As a basketball fan, Kobe was a fierce competitor and one of the best shooters I personally ever watched. Kobe was a plain assassin on the basketball court and refused to be outworked by anyone.
I will end with RIP, Mamba!
49ers to win Super Bowl
Super Bowl LIV will kick off Sunday at 6:30 p.m. on Fox. The Kansas City Chiefs are one-point favorites over the San Francisco Forty-Niners. I really think this will be a battle right down to the last two minutes of this football game. I cannot see a blowout, as I rank both these teams as even. The way these two teams approach the game are different philosophies on winning.
Let’s look at the Kansas City Chiefs, who over the years, have struggled on the defensive side of the football. The Chiefs have shored up the defense to make themselves respectable. The defense has allowed roughly 20 points a game this season with great improvement late in the schedule.
What makes the Chiefs great is an offense with speed and a passing attack lead by one Patrick Mahomes. The Mahomes show passed for 4,646 yards and a stunning 34 touchdowns to only five interceptions. Let’s not forget Patrick can throw the football from any angle and is very mobile and not afraid to run.
The truth be known, I love watching this kid play quarterback. Kansas City does not run the football well, and to be honest, they really don’t try to run it, either.
The quarterback for San Francisco, Jimmy Garoppolo, threw for 4,186 yards with 28 touchdowns and an alarming 14 interceptions. I will warn you, Jimmy can throw a lot of bad interceptions. The majority of them come when he throws to the middle.
The 49ers love to run the football and play solid tough defense. The pass rush of the San Francisco team is fierce and relentless.
The Chiefs and 49ers couldn’t be more opposites competing on the field with their contrasting styles. The one thing both teams have in common is excellent tight ends. The Chiefs’ Travis Kelce and 49ers’ George Kittle are two of the best tight ends in the NFL. This matchup of tight ends will be worth the watch on Sunday.
Coach Andy Reid of the Chiefs will be looking for a Super Bowl victory after falling short when his Philadelphia Eagles lost to New England 15 years ago. The San Francisco coach, Kyle Shanahan, would love to atone for his loss in the Super Bowl as offensive coordinator of the Atlanta Falcons’ epic meltdown against the New England Patriots. The play-calling by Kyle in the fourth quarter was so atrocious and the Falcons ended up blowing a 28-3 lead. Yes, it still hurts, as I picked Atlanta to win that Super Bowl and they should have. I hate being wrong!
The fact remains, one of these coaches will get redemption and Sunday we will know the name of that coach. The time has come for my selection. I have gone 12-5 in Super Bowls since I started writing in this column space in 2003 and Atlanta and Seattle should have won making it 14-3, to be honest. I am picking San Francisco because I believe in defense and that wins championships! $$$9ers 27 and Chefs 24. firstname.lastname@example.org