Familiar teams face off in Super Bowl

by Gary Shelton on January 29, 2024

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John Lynch is going to win a Super Bowl.

Either that, or Donovan Smith is going to.

Patrick Mahomes, the best quarterback you’ll ever seen on the field or in a relentless commercial, is playing in the big game.

So is Brock Purdy, the best story of any quarterback playing in the league.

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Travis Kelce, who is dating someone or other, will be there.

Hristian McCaffrey, one of the main reasons so many Carolina Panthers are sitting in the corner wearing dunce caps, will be there, too.

Yeah, the sides are set, and guess what? We have a final showdown between two teams that are fairly regularly to the Super Bowl. The 49ers will go there eight times, tied for second most in the league. The Chiefs will have been there six times.;

lBoth franchises are rich. They are Joe Montana and Jerry Rice and Ronnie Lott. They are Len Dawson and Willie Lanier and Curly Culp.

Hey, we all say we want to see an underdog, but parts of us long for the familiar faces. And yeah, we’ve grown up on teams like the 49ers and Chiefs (and Patriots and Steelers and Broncos)-

Even if you aren’t a Swifty, you have to admire the path the Chiefs took to get here. Suddenly, they are road warriors, going into Buffalo and Baltimore to win. They shut down Lamar Jackson to a great degree. You could almost imagine Hank Stram, with that Astroturf on his head, yelling “whee.”

Then there was the 49ers, who had one foot in the grave before a second-half comeback (the Lions helped).

The 49ers are the franchise that gave us Bill Walsh and Steve Young and Fred Dean. Now they have Kyle Shanahan and McCaffrey and Nick Bosa.

The Chiefs gave us Tony Gonzalez and Buck Buchanan and Derrick Thomas. Now they have Kelce and Chris Jones and Isiah Pacheco.

In other words, it’s going to be fun.

You’ll pay attention, won’t you?

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