“Super Bowl Week-Superceded”
This should be a spectacular game on Sunday, the Kansas City Chiefs big play offense against the San Francisco’s 49ers big boy defense.
Patrick Mahomes and his partners, Tyreek Hill, Sammy Watkins, Mecole Hardman and Travis Kelce.
The 49ers fierce pass rush, led by Nick Boss, a linebacking corps led by Fred Warner. and Richard Sherman and his secondary.
But this Sunday has been overwhelmed by other stories, other places.
The tragic death of Kobe Bryant in the horrific helicopter crash that claimed nine lives. The questions every minute of every day, how could the pilot take off and try to fly thru the fog, the mist, and around all those mountains.
Even the NFL has sub-plot stories that are everywhere.
As soon as the game is over, we head to NFL free agency, in what may be the wildest spring ever. It’s called the Quarterback Quandry.
Where does Philip Rivers, the Chargers icon land? Does Drew Brees retire from the Saints? Is Tom Brady staying in New England? Does Carolina pick up the 18M option in the contract of oft-injured Cam Newton? Does Tampa Bay give up on big play-big turnover Jameis Winston? What becomes of Marcus Mariota? Who wants Teddy Bridgewater?
And if that is not enough, we have all the impending rule changes in the NFL, notably the instant replay experiment that has blown up in the face of those who want a solution to pass interference calls and non-calls.
Across the street in baseball, here comes spring training and we await sanctions against the Red Sox, for doing what the Houston Astros did. Do we get apologies from Houston players? Will they become Public Enemy #1?
Never in all my years as a sports-talk show host, have I seen so many storylines blot out what was always storyline #1…Super Bowl Sunday.
A strange week for sure.