“Why’s everyone so down on the Super Bowl?” our associate editor Samantha Jones asked me on Monday. “Was it bad?”
Well, no, it wasn’t bad. It’s the Super Bowl. It can’t be bad. But it wasn’t great.
In case you missed it, the New England Patriots beat the Los Angeles Ram 13-3 in the big game on Sunday. It was the sixth Super Bowl victory for the Patriots with coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady. It was also the lowest-scoring Super Bowl ever, which I suspect is why most people weren’t too excited about it.
I wasn’t surprised by the low score. I expected the final score to be well under the “over-under,” which was 56 or 56.5 depending on which betting line you were looking at before the game. I didn’t expect the Patriots to make many big offensive plays against a Rams defense anchored by Aaron Donald and Ndamukong Suh and I had zero faith in the Rams’ ability to move the football consistently against the Patriots. I expected the Patriots to run more than they passed, to try to control the football and the tempo. Essentially that’s what happened. (Actually the Patriots ran 32 times and passed 35 times, but close enough). It wasn’t pretty, it wasn’t a big margin of victory, but it certainly was efficient.
My Super Bowl “party” was a bit of a letdown, too. Traditionally, the newsroom crew from Carroll County News gathers to watch the game at my place. But our crew is a little smaller this year, and when both Sam and reporter Kelby Newcomb called in sick for the party, it left just me and photographer David Bell to watch the game by ourselves.
Still, we enjoyed it. David brought over a pot of beans and I cooked cornbread and potatoes. Even though the red velvet cupcakes that David brought for dessert were lost in a tragic accident, we made do.
By the end of the game, however, I could feel a fever coming on and today I’ve joined the ranks of the sickly here at the paper.
So, the game wasn’t terribly exciting, my party was a dud and I wound up feeling rotten. Still, I can’t say it was bad. It was the Super Bowl, after all.
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Scott Loftis is managing editor for Carroll County Newspapers. His email address is CarrollCountyNews@cox-internet.com.