It is reputedly one of the largest single day punting events in the world, the concluding game of the NFL 2018 –2019 season, the Super Bowl.
A more appropriate name would be Super Bore – Bonus Bets.
Following the travesty foisted on the New Orleans Saints, the Los Angeles Rams will be spending the week deflecting questions about the fourth quarter pass interference that not one of the seven on-field officials saw. They were all busy looking at the replay on the jumbo screen and plotting their escape route from the New Orleans Superdome.
The NFL did seem completely okay with continuing the hypocrisy by fining Los Angeles defensive back Nickell Robey-Coleman the odd sum of $US26,379 for his helmet-to-helmet hit on Saints’ receiver Tommylee Lewis. The foul was so flagrant that jail time seems appropriate.
How they came to that figure, rather than calling it an even $27,000 or $26,000, is baffling, but the blown call on the field at the time of the play in all probability cost the Saints a Super Bowl berth.
People are thrown into the pokey for far less egregious assaults.
If this had happened in an AFL game involving Dustin Martin as the offender, Martin would have been waving goodbye to the Charlie as he picked himself up.
The early betting markets show the New England Patriots as 2.5-point favourites.
Super Bowl 53, or LIII as the NFL would prefer, will be played in Atlanta, neutral ground, just in case the AFL is listening. New England would no doubt prefer that the game be held in New England, but the league has yet to concede complete control to Bill Belichick, Tom Brady and the rest of that gang.
That is, there is no Melbourne Cricket Ground in the NFL, although the league does like enclosed stadiums. The Super Bowl has been played in New Orleans, site of another domed stadium, on 10 occasions and the story line that would have made this year’s game compelling, even more compelling than the Maroon 5 halftime show, would have been the Rams and the Patriots squaring off in New Orleans.
No one gets out alive.