The most convoluted, crazy football season in the whole history of the NFL has finally concluded with Super Bowl LV down in Tampa Bay. The weather was perfect and they actually let 25,000 fans into the stands, including 2500 vaccinated health care workers who were invited on an all-expenses paid day at the Super Bowl. The outcome, however, was not what most people expected.
Super Bowl LV Makes History
Oddsmakers had the Kansas City Chiefs as 3-point favorites all week long before the Big Game with the Over/Under set at 56, and it stayed there right up until kickoff. In the end, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers won the contest by a final score of 31-9. The Under bet won the day and Kansas City never even scored a touchdown.
Shortly after kickoff, if became obvious that the oddsmakers had somehow missed the boat on this game. The favored Chiefs simply did not show up looking anything like defending Super Bowl LIV Champions. If there was a prop offered that the Chiefs would not score a touchdown during the entire game, it is doubtful that many bettors were interested.
Brady The Undisputable GOAT
But, of course, the story of the day was all about a GOAT. A 43-year-old GOAT that just collected his seventh Super Bowl Ring while appearing in his 11th Super Bowl. So, like him or not, you have to give credit where credit is due and finally admit that Tom Brady really is the greatest of all time. He earned that title over the years and he put a ribbon and a bow on it down at Super Bowl LV.
Brady passed for 201 yards and three touchdowns on the road to collecting his fifth Super Bowl MVP Award. No one else has ever done that, no one has even come close. So, Brady is the undisputed GOAT. in the NFL, and that’s about as tough a place to earn your strips as exists on the planet.
Long-time Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans said of Brady after the game, “When we got Tom that makes you a contender. He’s like LeBron. Whatever team you put him on, they’re going to be a contender. They’re going to be a tough team to beat.”
Belichick Probably Not Pleased
Although New England head coach Bill Belichick didn’t enjoy it very much, Patriot fans were thrilled to see Brady connect with Rob Gronkowski for two touchdowns. Antonio Brown got his moment in the sun, as well, when Brady tossed him an easy catch for a touchdown late in the first half. Gronkowski had retired, left football, until he got the call from Brady to come down to Tampa Bay, and the rest is Super Bowl history. Leonard Fournette, picked up from the Jacksonville Jaguars, caught 4 of 4 passes thrown to him for 46 yards, and also rushed for 89 yards and one touchdown.
On the lighter side, there is a guy down in Houston, TX, who is a huge sports fan and an even bigger sports betting fan. He is known as “Mattress Mack,” and he likes the Bucs so much that he made a moneyline bet at -127 to get the Bucs at +3.5. The Bucs covered, and then some, and he won $2.72 million on his $3.46-million bet. He was in the minority, though, as over 80% of the sportsbook wagers had gone for the Chiefs.
A Game Of Firsts
This was a game of firsts for the NFL. Brady is the first player to pick up seven Super Bowl rings and the first to be chosen five times as the game’s MVP. It was also the first time in a Super Bowl game that he scored a touchdown. The participation of a female referee, with Sarah Thomas suiting up as the down judge, marked the first time a female ref helped keep the Super Bowl in order, as well. There were two female coaches making the first list, with Tampa Bay’s Maral Javadifar and Lori Locust becoming the first two female coaches to win a Super Bowl title.