Casual fans’ guide to watching Super Bowl LV – Orange County Register

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A lack of Super Bowl parties is simply the excuse some folks wanted.

They don’t care about soccer and solely gathered with individuals who did as a result of it was the social factor to do, but not this year. So relatively than fried meals, beer and a recreation that might appear so long as a month within the pandemic, they’ll go for a charcuterie unfold, a Napa Valley cab and a marathon of “The Nice British Bake-Off.”

Others, nonetheless, want a guide to the NFL showdown between the defending champion Kansas City Chiefs and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who face one another in Tampa, Florida, Sunday at 3:30 p.m.

Because you in all probability haven’t spent the previous 5 months glued to the video games and ignoring your loved ones, we’re not going to trouble with a lot of the soccer stuff. We’ll stick to what actually issues to most: the issues that occur earlier than and between the performs.

And contemplating you may wager on most issues involving the Super Bowl, let’s take a look at the positive issues, solid bets and longshots that may occur on the Super Bowl.

The positive issues

Nation star Eric Church and soul singer Jazmine Sullivan will sing the nationwide anthem. It is not going to be nearly as good as Whitney Houston’s model in 1991.

In case you missed the Pepsi commercials selling his look throughout each playoff recreation, The Weeknd is performing the halftime show. He mentioned there might be no friends, breaking with a latest pattern. He additionally is just not anticipated to pole dance the best way Jennifer Lopez did final yr.

CBS announcers Jim Nantz and Tony Romo, extensively thought of the perfect crew in broadcasting, will discuss rather a lot in regards to the document age distinction between the beginning quarterbacks: 18 years. ESPN identified final week that the No.1 music when the Buccaneers’ Tom Brady was born in 1977 was Andy Gibb’s “I Simply Need To Be Your All the things,” and the highest title when the Chiefs’ Patrick Mahomes arrived in 1995 was Coolio’s “Gangsta’s Paradise.”

A little bit greater than 22,000 followers are anticipated to attend the sport – together with 7,500 frontline staff who’ve been vaccinated – in a stadium with a capability of 65,890, however seeing even that many individuals may carry on a case of the heebie-jeebies.

Stable bets

Many of the commercials will make you assume the reported $5.5 million to air a 30-second spot may have gone to one thing much more helpful, and a few acquainted manufacturers sat this one out. The Anheuser-Busch providing from famend director David Fincher, nonetheless, goes longer and deeper than most with its tribute to household and buddies. Its tagline: “It’s by no means simply in regards to the beer. It’s about being collectively.”

The Chiefs’ high-powered scoring present ought to immediate the dialog about how their offensive coordinator, Southern California native Eric Bieniemy, was ignored once more within the newest cycle of teaching hires and the way no Black coaches have been employed for this yr’s seven openings. Roughly 70 % of the NFL’s gamers are Black, by the best way.