I love fresh matchups in sports championship games. Give me some variety, something we haven’t seen before, with maybe some new stars and new personalities and a franchise that hasn’t won a Super Bowl since before Watergate and another franchise that was once great but has been bad for a while.
In other words, give me the San Francisco 49ers vs. the Kansas City Chiefs.
Oh wait? That’s what we’ve got this year? Outstanding.
After one thrilling and one not-so-thrilling conference championship games Sunday, the Niners and Chiefs have advanced to the Super Bowl, and I for one think it’ll be a doozy.
Two fantastic quarterbacks, men who could be the next Brady-Manning for the next 15 years, in Patrick Mahomes of the Chiefs and Jimmy Garappolo of the 49ers. One great defense (San Francisco) going against one great offense (K.C.).
A grizzled coach trying to finally win the big one that’s eluded him (K.C.’s Andy Reid) against an upstart coach (Kyle Shanahan) having his first real success.
A tortured fan base that’s seen so many close losses in big games over the years but still comes out 80,000 strong every home game (Kansas City) versus a fan base that was so spoiled in the 1980s and ’90s but hasn’t been very good since (the Colin Kaepernick Super Bowl run excepted).
This should be a terrific Super Bowl, that should captivate casual fans and hardcore fans alike. Somehow, we’ll have to survive without the Patriots this year…
Two weeks of hype and then we get the game. Couple quick thoughts on Sunday’s games:
— Mahomes is just sensational. His 27-yard TD run to put the Chiefs ahead in the second quarter was a thing of beauty. He seems like a great kid, from all accounts. He’s easy to root for.
— But then there’s Tyreek Hill, the fastest man in the NFL who should be easy to root for, except he had some serious domestic violence accusations against him that the NFL deemed not serious enough to warrant a suspension. He’s very difficult TO root for.
— I’d say I feel bad for Aaron Rodgers, the Packers’ QB who once again got very close to the Super Bowl before failing (Rodgers, for all his brilliance, has only been to one, and has lost three NFC title games in the past six years), but the guy has a pretty good life.
**Finally, I know this is off-topic, but the Chiefs winning and making it to the Super Bowl made me briefly think about (and laugh at) this old Snickers commercial:
**Next up, today is of course Martin Luther King Jr., Day, the one day a year we get a federal holiday to recognize the greatest civil rights leader of our time.
I will say this year I got a little different feel about today thanks to my 5-year-old son telling me he learned about the great Dr. King in class the other day.
While he couldn’t quite explain all of it, he knew King had something to do with helping people and then got killed, and that Rosa Parks went to the back of the bus “but she really wanted to sit at the front.”
I’m thrilled Dr. King is taught to kids as young as kindergarten, and I hope at least once a year we all stop to watch this magnificent speech. “I Have a Dream,” from Washington, D.C., on August 28, 1963.
**Finally today, I always enjoy reading the stories of strange new products that come out of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) every year. CES is kind of like an inventor nerd convention, and I’m here for all of it.
This year my favorite thing may be the Charmin Rollbot.
What is it, you ask? It’s a small-wheel robot that carries toilet paper to you when you’re in your bathroom, run out, and realize you have none left under the sink!
From this NPR story:
“So you’re on the commode, you look over, oh no, somebody didn’t change the roll. Hello? Nobody home,” explained Gregg Weaver, who works in research and development at Procter & Gamble, Charmin’s parent company.
That’s when you take out your smartphone and summon the RollBot via Bluetooth. It “delivers a fresh roll of Charmin, saves the day,” Weaver says.
That might sound a bit dramatic, but this single-task robot could save you a few uncomfortable steps to retrieve a spare roll.”
This is an incredible invention, though sadly it’s not being sold yet, Procter & Gamble say it’s just a concept.
But I have many questions, of course: How does the RollBot know where your other bathrooms that might have toilet paper are, or where your linen closet is? And can the robot open doors too, or do you have to get up and open the door for it? I mean, the thing appears to have no thumbs or arms.
So many questions. Oh Procter & Gamble, you throw out this brilliant idea, but we can’t buy it yet.
I hope I’m alive when it’s finally available for purchase. Sign me up, baby!