Your buddy the King is officially typing away at the computer once again. I apologize for my absence this past week. I was enjoying a very much needed vacation in my hometown, visiting with family and a few old friends that I haven’t seen in well over a year, essentially since I graduated college. Prior to my trip, I was exhausted and worn out, and was desperately in need of a recharge.
And now I’m back, just in time for the Super Bowl. While I was on vacation, I loved soaking in all of the Patriots-Eagles coverage. Sylvester Stallone has been particularly entertaining to follow on Instagram, displaying his hardcore Eagles fandom in every way possible. Even though I’m a Pats fan, I love how Super Bowl week brings out the diehard football fan in everyone.
Ever since the Pats battled back against the Jaguars in the AFC Championship almost two weeks ago to earn their 10th Super Bowl berth in franchise history, I’ve been doing my best to enjoy the hype for New England’s third Super bowl appearance in four years. Tom Brady is 40 years old; who knows how many more of these runs he has in him. Same can be said for Bill Belichick as he inches closer and closer to the big 70. Patriots fans have to bask in every last second of these opportunities.
As for Super Bowl week itself – regardless of who is playing – well, there is no week in all of sports that is more enjoyable. Fans and media members flock to the host city for a week of fun and excitement. In the case of Super Bowl 52, the host city is Minneapolis, Minnesota – not exactly your ideal Super Bowl location considering that it’s snowing and the temperatures are below freezing.
When you think of an exciting place to spend Super Bowl week, you’d generally think of a place like Miami, or New Orleans, or Los Angeles. You know, a city that you would like to vacation in. But despite the cold, Sunday’s game will be played in an almost brand new, state of the art indoor stadium, which has to be one of the best in the league. And that’s why the city of Minneapolis is going to end up pulling this thing off.
In addition to analyzing the host city, we get to enjoy endless coverage of the game from all of your major sports media outlets. Here are a few interesting facts about the Super Bowl 52 matchup that you probably already knew: the last time the Patriots won their third Super Bowl in four years, their opponent was the Philadelphia Eagles (obviously you knew that if you’re a Pats fan). Now they have a chance to once again win their third Super Bowl in four years with a victory over the Eagles. Is that a good omen? We’ll find out on Sunday.
Here’s another interesting, albeit meaningless, fact: the Patriots have never lost to a bird-themed team in the Super Bowl. They beat the Eagles 24-21 in Super Bowl 39, the Seahawks 28-42 in Super Bowl 49, and the Falcons 34-28 in Super Bowl 51. And now, they are playing yet another bird-themed team. Another good omen? OK, yeah I know, that was a dumb argument. But I don’t care though. It’s my column, and it’s Super Bowl week!
Hey, did I mention that it’s Super Bowl week?
Since it’s Super Bowl week (did it again), I’ll be coming at you later in the week with my Super Bowl 52 pregame column, which will include my official pick for the game (I’m a miserable 3-7 in this year’s playoffs, so don’t get too excited about that). And then on Sunday night, once everything is all said and done, I’ll write a postgame column, which will hopefully be happening amidst the celebration of the Patriots winning their third title in four years, and their sixth in franchise history. So stay tuned, and be sure to enjoy every second of Super Bowl week, because there is nothing else in sports quite like it. And if you’re one of the lucky ones that happens to be spending Super Bowl week in Minneapolis, be sure to live it up to the best of your ability.
Alright, I’m out of here for now. See you soon.