I never liked the idea of watching the Super Bowl in Las Vegas. No matter what bar, casino, or viewing party you were at there would be too many people, too many distractions and simply too much noise. I always held to that concept until I decided to try it this year. The verdict? Thumbs up.
In a ballroom at the South Point Casino that held about 2,000 people sitting at round tables the noise wasn’t a factor because there were four TVs about the size of a living room wall in the front. Although I could have done without the lady shrieking at the top of her lungs every time Julian Edelman caught a pass, the Rams fans outnumbered the Patriot fans 2 to 1 making it tolerable.
The food was cheap ($1.00 hot dogs and popcorn and $3.00 loaded nachos) and was easily accessible out in the lobby right outside the ballroom doors. Drinks were within the budget as well with sodas at $2.00 and if you needed some alcohol to get you through, beers were $5.00.
The only real distraction was when MVS staffer Rich Whittington did his best Adam Levine impression at halftime, sans t-shirt and all. Someone asked me if there was any photographic evidence of this event but fortunately there’s not. This performance absolutely, positively had to stay in Vegas.
The outcome of the contest obviously wasn’t what I wanted with the aforementioned woman dropping to one knee and throwing both arms in the air as the clock hit zeroes sending Patriot fans into an uproarious celebration. But the good thing is I was in Vegas. A couple of cold ones, and a few pulls (taps) on the slot machine over the next few hours helped to ease the pain of the Rams defeat. Great time overall. Looking forward to next year.
Montebello OC Pete Gonzalez Jr. seemed to think so to when I ran into him in the Casino. He said he and his dad, Montebello HC Pete Gonzalez, have been coming to Vegas for years to watch the big game and it was always a blast. Of course this was the night before the game.
Speaking of the game itself, did it bother anybody else that Edelman was suspended for the first four games of the season for PEDs and ended up winning the Super Bowl MVP? The Patriots won the game, no doubt about that. No bad calls, no disputes, no doubt. The Rams just didn’t perform offensively. But Edelman winning the MVP just didn’t sit right given his recent history. Especially since the New England defense completely shut down the Rams offense, the award should have gone to a Patriot defensive player. Stephon Gilmore?
Sean McVay can talk until he’s Ram blue in the face about Todd Gurley being healthy and the game plan “not allowing” for him to get more touches but make no mistake, he’s hurt. No way Gurley is such a big part of the offense the entire season and then disappears in the two biggest games of the year. Either Gurley’s hurt or McVay has no clue what he’s doing as a play caller. Given how the Rams have thrived under McVay the last two years, Gurley has to be hurt.
That being said how many coaches have gotten their teams into the Super Bowl in their second year on the job? The Rams made a great hire in McVay and will be a Super Bowl contender for years to come.
Breaking news: The Lakers have offered their entire roster, all of Magic Johnson’s championship rings, all of their draft picks for the next 30 years, and the Staples Center to New Orleans for Anthony Davis. The Pelicans are currently weighing the offer but have not yet responded.
By the way, do the Lakers realize that Davis has won one playoff series in seven years?
Have the Clippers lined themselves up to get Kawhi Leonard and Kyrie Irving after their recent big deal? With Jerry West pulling the strings it wouldn’t surprise me.
Have the Dodgers signed Bryce Harper yet? Have the Dodgers signed anybody? Sorry, Joe Kelly just doesn’t get the blood pumping.
Warren has hired a head football coach. They are just waiting for board approval. And as Forrest Gump once said “That’s all I have to say about that.”
One last thing about the Super Bowl in Vegas. In a ballroom filled with probably 2,000 people that just watched the Patriots beat the Rams, the overriding chant heard throughout the lobby was “RAIDERS! RAIDERS!”
That’s my principle.
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