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Things I Don’t Want to Hear About After Super Bowl LVI

There are some things I just don’t think need to be given any focus now that Super Bowl LVI is done and dusted.

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Things I Don’t Want to Hear About After Super Bowl LVI

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Super Bowl LVI has come and gone. The Los Angeles Rams have become the second team in NFL history to win a Super Bowl in their home stadium. And it also happens to be the second straight year that happened. 54 Super bowls and nobody played at home. Now we’ve seen it in back to back years.

Does that mean the Arizona Cardinals are destined to win it next year? I doubt it. But it’s one of the dumb things people will be talking about now that the dust has settled and the Rams have been crowned. So I thought I’d just rail against the things I think we don’t need to give any time to now that the Lombardi Trophy has been raised.

Evan McPherson watching the Halftime Show

The wildly confident Bengals rookie kicker was seen on the field enjoying the epic halftime show at SoFi stadium. I’m seeing a lot of people talking about how it’s a good thing he didn’t have the chance to miss a game tying field goal. And lots of other garbage.

But let’s be clear. Even if he goes into the locker room, how does that change anything? He’s not taking handoffs or defending a post route. He’s staying loose and enjoying himself because he’s a 22 year old kid who made it to the Super Bowl in his rookie year. And he’s a kicker. Ease up. If he had the opportunity to tie or win the game, and made that kick, you’d be talking about how much of a boss he is.

The Refs

Ron Torbert‘s crew worked Super Bowl LVI and, overall, I think they actually did a pretty good job. However many probably wish the Bengals had won. Why? Solely so they could complain about the lack of an OPI on Tee Higgins when he grabbed Jalen Ramsey’s facemask en route to Cincinnati’s second touchdown.

Did the refs miss that call? Absolutely they did. However in real time I genuinely though Ramsey misplayed the ball. And on the first replay I thought the same thing. It wasn’t until I saw a third angle that I realized it was pretty obvious. But if no referee was able to see that angle, it’s easy to see how it was missed.

Should the NFL change its challenge rules? Probably. Should the booth be able to call down to Torbert in that case and inform him of the call? Maybe. But we’d be getting into some iffy territory.

Ultimately, that call didn’t change the face of the game. But if it did, that one mistake would be talked about more than Stafford throwing two picks or the Rams not being able to run. And that’s just dumb.

Anything Spoken by Adam Schefter

Schefty tweeted some dumb photo of OBJ and Stafford celebrating the win, with Calvin Johnson, Jarvis Landry, and Eli Manning in the foreground with their backs to us. The caption was something like “They said it can’t be done”. Or something along those lines. I don’t remember because the ESPN employee then deleted the tweet.

The photo on its own is fine. It’s the choice of caption that sent me over the edge. If you’re trying to call out that OBJ quit on the Browns, fine. But Jarvis Landry is his best friend. He’s the wrong choice. Then if you’re trying to say something about how he couldn’t get it done with Eli? You could make the argument that the New York Giants quit on him. Regardless, both players are elite and that made no sense to me.

Then Megatron? The guy who put his body first and retired before having an opportunity? Get out of here. It’s like people forget that Stafford was traded to LA. I know for a fact that many people in Detroit are celebrating Stafford’s win almost as hard as if it was a Lions win.

This tweet was nonsense. And so is so much more that “could have” come from this game.

It’s time for us to congratulate the LA Rams, keep an eye on how the Bengals bolster their young team in the offseason, and move on from this season.

Kevin is an actor, director, playwright, and musician who works in tech. He is die hard New England sports and an avid Tottenham supporter. His qualifications include scoring 1 point in his elementary school basketball career, 4 years of mixed little league results, and breaking his arm with a skip-it days before pre-season workouts started for Freshman football.

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