Sports activities are enjoyable.
A minimum of, they’re alleged to be.
With the 2023 NFL Playoffs about to get underway, we thought it was an excellent second to throw the deep evaluation outdoors, and ask this easy query:
What staff could be essentially the most enjoyable to see win the Super Bowl?
Full disclosure, there was a normal consensus amongst us as to the proper reply to this query, however worry not! We made a case for numerous totally different groups, even some that is perhaps a bit stunning.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Placing apart the ideas of what Tom Brady profitable his eighth Tremendous Bowl would do for his legacy — and for any ideas he might need of retirement — however the Tampa Bay Buccaneers profitable the Tremendous Bowl this season could be unbelievable because of this:
They’d grow to be the primary time that completed the common season with a dropping report to win the Tremendous Bowl.
The closest we now have come to a Tremendous Bowl-winning staff with a dropping report within the common season got here again through the 2011-2012 season, when the fourth seed within the NFC completed with a 9-7 report. Nonetheless, that staff caught fireplace over the playoffs, profitable three-straight video games — together with the NFC Championship Sport in extra time — to advance to the Tremendous Bowl.
That’s when the 9-7 New York Giants defeated Tom Brady and the New England Patriots for the Tremendous Bowl for the second time in 5 years.
Seeing the primary NFL staff to win a Tremendous Bowl regardless of ending the common season with a dropping report seems like enjoyable to me. — Mark Schofield
San Francisco 49ers
The 49ers are the most well liked staff within the league heading into the playoffs they usually convey loads of leisure on either side of the ball. Kyle Shanahan has designed an offense that may be unstoppable when it’s on a roll, and it’s paired with a ferocious protection.
However the actual cause it could be enjoyable to see the 49ers win Tremendous Bowl 57 could be summed up in two phrases: Brock Purdy.
No Tremendous Bowl champion has had a rookie beginning quarterback. Extra importantly, previous to Purdy, no Mr. Irrelevant quarterback had accomplished a ahead cross in an everyday season recreation! There have been seven QBs drafted with the ultimate decide within the draft, with Chad Kelly being the latest. Kicker Ryan Succop is essentially the most adorned Mr. Irrelevant, remaining energetic since 2009 and being persistently one of many higher kickers within the league.
But when Purdy and the 49ers win the Tremendous Bowl, he’d be able to stake his declare as the very best Mr. Irrelevant ever. No offense to Succop and kickers, however the studying curve for QB is drastically totally different than that of kicker. The truth that Purdy would have come off the bench and helped information the 49ers to a Tremendous Bowl would converse volumes. — David Fucillo
Do we actually want to clarify this one? Earlier than this season ever started the Payments had been many of the nation’s second staff. Older followers bear in mind their crushing three-peat Tremendous Bowl losses from 91-93 — punctuated by “huge proper,” essentially the most notorious area aim miss in NFL historical past. Youthful followers solely know the Payments because the lovable losers swallowed alive by twenty years of Patriots’ greatness and wild followers keen to throw themselves by flaming tables.
A Payments win would have been the last word underdog comeback story, finishing this staff’s rebuild and ascension years within the making. Now we now have Damar Hamlin’s unbelievable story so as to add to the tapestry of this season. Hamlin collapsing on the sector won’t ever be forgotten for individuals who watched it reside. Waking up from a coma and asking whether or not the Payments gained solely added to the story. Now he’s recovering there’s completely nothing that will be higher than seeing Buffalo hoist the Lombardi Trophy and win a hoop for Damar.
The emotion, the drama, and the story make the Payments the last word enjoyable story to shut out the 2022 season. — James Dator
Sensible NFL analysts have spent this season making an attempt to persuade the general public that the Vikings aren’t practically nearly as good as their report. Minnesota pulled off the practically unattainable feat of ending 13-4 total however nonetheless getting out-scored by their opponents. Quarterback Kirk Cousins continues to place up strong statistical seasons, however usually seems like his subsequent back-breaking mistake is simply across the nook. The Vikings’ protection was additionally a disappointment, giving up the fifth most factors within the league.
Nonetheless, Minnesota simply discovered a means win nearly each week, even when it required the biggest comeback in NFL history. Someway, the Vikings saved pulling Ws out of skinny air, and it principally simply made everybody mad. Now think about how baffled the general public could be if the horseshoe up Minnesota’s behind led all of them the way in which to the Tremendous Bowl.
I’m saying this could be essentially the most enjoyable final result as a result of it could be the one that will make individuals essentially the most upset. And hey, if we get some cool Justin Jefferson performs sprinkled in, that’s even higher. The Vikings really feel much more more likely to lose within the first spherical to the Giants than to win the entire thing, however I can’t think about an final result that will be extra puzzling to the very vivid individuals protecting this sport on the each day foundation. — Ricky O’Donnell
Some males simply wish to watch North Florida burn.
I don’t suppose that anybody is ready for what would occur if the Jacksonville Jaguars made gained the Tremendous Bowl. Not solely wouldn’t it be essentially the most unbelievable rebound story within the historical past of the NFL, making City Meyer appear like a complete fraud within the course of — however we’d get to witness Duval social gathering prefer it by no means has earlier than.
That’s … really terrifying.
One of the simplest ways I can think about a Jacksonville Tremendous Bowl could be these scenes from Woodstock ‘99 when everybody misplaced it and began setting fires all over the place simply because they might. You already know what began all that? Limp Bizkit. Know the place Fred Durst is from?
Everybody has their very own definition of “enjoyable,” however I want to see what the hell would occur if the Jags handle to tug this off after nearly twenty years of pent up rage and frustration. — James Dator