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Mahomes And The Mamba

30 January 2020 Views From The Booth Sports

Greetings From The Booth,

Super Bowl Week is finally here, and after a week of watching all the NFL Films highlights from Super Bowls 1 through 53 (I’m sorry, Roman numerals confuse me), not to mention a week filled with every human-interest nugget imaginable, I am ready for The Big Game.

Once again my team is not in the Super Bowl and hasn’t been since the 1991 season, so I don’t have a horse in the race. But, like most Americans, I treat “Super Sunday” like the event it is and load up on meatballs, little smokies, and 7 layer dip, and settle in for what should be a great matchup between the Chiefs and 49ers.

I’m not going to do a detailed breakdown of the contest. You can get that anywhere. I will say that the game looks like a toss-up. The 49ers have a terrific defense, while the Chiefs are an offensive juggernaut. That makes for a great contrast in styles.

The difference maker on Sunday will be Kansas City QB Patrick Mahomes. He plays a style of football that is a blend of schoolyard and playbook. Athletically, Mahomes does things on the field that make you do a double take. He is almost impossible to defend. Combine that with an array of receivers who create more separation than any WR corps in the NFL, and you’ve got an offense that the ‘Niners might slow down at times, but won’t completely stop. On Sunday, Andy Reid will finally get his ring.

Changing gears, the sports world (and beyond) is still in a state of shock and disbelief over the tragic and sudden death of NBA legend Kobe Bryant this past Sunday. The last time I followed the NBA closely was when he and Shaquille O’Neal were teammates with the LA Lakers. I have always been somewhat of a Lakers fan because of their connection with a great West Virginian, Jerry West. Even so, Kobe was off my radar in recent years, so Sunday’s news was a sucker punch that left a palpable pall over the afternoon.

Even if you are not a fan of basketball or Kobe, what we can take away from his death is this: life is such a fragile thing, and regardless of how much wealth or fame we’ve accumulated, it can all end in the blink of an eye. That said, each day should be lived like it’s our last, because it might be. Hug your kids every day, call your mom or dad if they’re still around and say “I love you.” We are not promised tomorrow, all we have is the present.

In basketball, Kobe Bryant left everything on the court. We all should do the same in life.

Until the next visit from The Booth, enjoy The Big Game and…


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