Reflections on Super Bowl LVI

Super Bowl LVI was a very interesting championship game  played by two average football teams. The LA Rams are a deserving team that fought hard . After star receiver Odell Beckham went down with a knee injury the team regrouped to win Super Bowl LVI with a thrilling late game TD. 

The Cincinnati Bengals were unable to  pull off another upset in a magical season for them.  The game’s MVP, Copper Kupp earned it with 8 receptions for 92 yards. 

I also thought Rams All-Pro Aaron Donald could have easily won the MVP award with 3 tackles, 1 assist, and 2 sacks plus numerous pressures on the Bengals QB Joe Burrows. Donald was the most dominate player on the field. The Bengals QB was sacked a record 7 times along with 11 pressures. That’s almost unheard of – an NFL QB having to run for his life and play under serious duress. You must remember Bengal QB Joe Burrow was sacked 9 times against the Tennessee Titans. But once again the Rams won the game in spite of their QB Matthew Stafford lukewarm performance. Stafford came close to throwing another interception on the final drive but bounced the ball before the defender could get to it. 

This was a fun game to watch and brought excitement to The LA area. Quotes from the players:

Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald: “I always set my goals high and wanted to be the best a NFL Pro Bowler;  I still could not believe the amount of success I have had in this league in such a short period of time. It’s   amazing, but you have to put in a body of work. I work very hard and train year round in order to be the best I can be. 

Former Buffalo Bill LA Rams wide receiver Robert Wood spoke about his teammates:  “At this moment you’re banged up,  gave everything they had and my teammates did just that in order to win and can’t wait to see all of our excitement once the parade rolls down the streets of LA.

Bengals defensive lineman Sam Hubbard: “ We now know what it takes to get here and next year we will be more experienced. 

We went through a lot to get to this point and the future is bright for us.”  

Unfortunately, some so called fans started looting and destroying private property in downtown LA.  There were several people arrested outside of SO Fi stadium as we left to take the shuttle bus back to the hotel. The police had plenty of officers in combat gear riding in open vehicles just to get calm back in the downtown LA. It seemed like in two to three hours after the game calm was restored and the partying continued deep into the night. 

 It’s amazing  how a city of this size had its stadium taken over by Cincinnati Bengals fans. Bengal’s fans were  was dominate and let it be known to anyone within ear shot of them that this is now the lion’s den known as “The Jungle.”  Everyone out  in LA says the former Oakland Raiders are the team of choice in the City of Angels. I was right with my prediction of taking the four points and Bengals to cover the point spread along with the Rams winning the game. I hope you won yourself some money on that one and now we look to next season. I especially see Free Agency coming up shortly. I hope you enjoyed the game. Take care and stay safe.      

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