EJ’s Notepad: Super Bowl 55 Thoughts, WandaVision, L.A. Dodgers hate, Metallica and more
1. Everyone rambling incessantly about Tom Brady and the fact that he’s the greatest of all time is just amusing to me. Not that I do not agree with them because I actually do. Like completely do. However I will stick with my position I had following the NFC Title game two weeks ago. For me the conversation on Tom Brady’s "GOAT status" ended at a minimum at least five seasons ago. I was screaming this about Brady when he was stuck at 3 rings. Anything else beyond that is more trimmings on top of an already baked cake. Brady’s at age 43 is now just showing off. And the best part is if you look at the rest of the NFC it is entirely possible an 8th ring is on the table. The conference is wide open and the Buccaneers might actually be a better team in 2021 than this year’s Super Bowl winning franchise.
2. While I did lean Kansas City entering the game, it wasn’t as confident a pick as advertised. Their banged up offensive line was a really big concern which honestly ended up being a big part of why the Chiefs ended up losing and losing in embarrassing fashion . Patrick Mahomes was literally running for his life most of the night with an NFL record 25 times under duress. With all that said, barring a seismic move in the offseason I expect the Chiefs to be right back in the Super Bowl for the 3rd straight season. In fact it is entirely possible we may get a rematch. Both Kansas City and Tampa Bay in my opinion are the clear cut best squads in their respective conferences.
3. They won’t get much credit for it but both Buccaneers offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich and defensive coordinator Todd Bowles called a near perfect game. For all the talk about Eric Bienamy and his coaching future, maybe both Leftwich and Bowles drew some more eyeballs after Sunday?
4. If you haven’t seen WandaVision on Disney+, please do so. If you started WandaVision and dropped off after a few episodes, please stick with it. It picks up in a big way starting with episode 4. I will not post any spoilers here obviously but the show is definitely a slow cooker. Yet that’s the genius behind it. Brilliant storytelling. I also love the generation by generation television backdrop from the 50's through the 80's. Absolute genius.
5. While it’s all fun and games, this season there is a baseball team I do hate more than the Yankees. It’s the Los Angeles Dodgers. And if you guess if it is because of the last minute swerve of pitcher Trevor Bauer swerving the Mets in favor of the defending World Series Champs, then your are smarter than the average bear. #LGM
6. Here’s Metallica’s special post Super Bowl performance from ‘The Late Show’ with Stephen Colbert. Speaking as a diehard fan I personally would have preferred they performed either a rarer track or even something off their recent album which is almost five years old. That said, this is one of the performances of Sandman that I have seen in years and fitting considering 2021 is the 30 year anniversary of the both the iconic song and iconic self titled album or universally known as the ‘Black Album’. Still boggles my mind that this album has sold north of 30 million copies worldwide and counting.
7. Though it seems to be is a polarizing subject especially if you digest the ongoing s of social media, I actually enjoyed The Weeknd’s Super Bowl halftime performance. Now I wouldn’t put it in the annals of all time great performances like Michael Jackson’s or Prince, U2, Beyoncé or even Bruno Mars. That said it’s definitely in the top 1/3. Disagree? You be the judge.
8. RIP to ‘The Natural’ Butch Reed who passed away over the weekend due to heart complication. Most of his work in familiar with was with his short run in the WWE in 1986-1988 and then later in WCW as one half of Doom.
9.Earlier this morning we got the news of the passing of former NFL head coach Marty Shottenheimer, aged 77. Marty was one of only 8 coaches in league history to win over 200 games. As a personal favorite of mine despite not winning a Super Bowl, to me is arguably the most underrated coach in the history of the league. No question.
Till the next one,