With the Patriots not participating in Super Bowl LIV, New England fans have three options to choose from when the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers meet in Miami on February, 2nd.
- Watch the game with no rooting interest. Enjoy the pre-game and halftime shows as well as the commercials on Fox.
- Cheer for the 49ers because former Patriot Jimmy Garoppolo is their starting quarterback.
- Root for the Chiefs. The team representing your conference.
I wouldn’t want to watch the game with anyone who falls into option one. It’s sports. Pick a side. So, let’s turn this into a binary choice between the Chiefs or 49ers.
It appears that the majority of Patriots fans will be pulling for the 49ers because of Jimmy G. If San Francisco wins it would validate Bill Belichick wanting to move on from Tom Brady to Garoppolo a few years ago. As can often be the case. Be careful what you wish for.
If San Francisco wins this Super Bowl, the fragile psyche of New England sports fans could be impaired for a few reasons.
With six each, the Patriots and Steelers have won the most Super Bowl titles. The 49ers and Cowboys are next with five. Could Pats fans deal with another franchise tying them for most Lombardi trophies? By the way, my Green Bay Packers have 13 total championships. I digress.
Another ramification of a 49ers win would be San Francisco being labeled the most successful sports city of the decade. Since 2010 Boston and San Francisco have each won six championships.
(3) Patriots (2) Red Sox
(3) Giants (3) Warriors
Please don’t tell me that the Warriors aren’t a San Francisco team. Steph Curry and the boys are the only team in the Bay Area. If you want to get into technicalities, the Patriots play in Foxboro.
Could New England/Boston sports fans stomach another city having a better decade?
So I have solved your dilemma. Pull for the Chiefs who won their only Super Bowl 50 years ago. Kansas City has football’s best quarterback in Patrick Mahomes Jr. as well as the best head coach to never win a Super Bowl in Andy Reid.
Enjoy the game.
John Sapochetti is co-host of the SAP & KAT SHOW which is heard on FullPress Radio.
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