Super Bowl LIV: The Rise of Mahomes

Even though my Seattle Seahawks did not make it to this year’s Super Bowl, I will nevertheless have a team to root for. That will be the Kansas City Chiefs. And the primary reason? They are quarterbacked by the great Patrick Lavon Mahomes II, fellow alumnus of Texas Tech University!

Since taking over starting quarterback duties for the Chiefs, Mahomes has posted amazing statistics. In the 2018 regular season he had a completion rate of 66% with 50 touchdowns and only 12 interceptions, earning him a quarterback rating of 113.8. In 2019, Mahomes posted a completion rate of 65.9% with 26 touchdowns and only 5 interceptions and a quarterback rating of 105.3. Simply phenomenal.

But not surprising to me. Why? Because when Mahomes was at Texas Tech, I already knew he was something special. I had the privilege of seeing Mahomes play in person during the 2014 season. I remember one game in particular – against Oklahoma – where he scored a last-second touchdown. Sadly, Tech still lost.

He did even better against Oklahoma two years later.

Here’s hoping Patrick Mahomes wins a Super Bowl ring in a couple of weeks, and a Super Bowl MVP to go with it.

As for the San Francisco 49ers, the less said by me, the better. Aside from the Texas A&M Aggies, there is no football team I dislike more. And that dislike goes back more than thirty years.

Go Chiefs!

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34 thoughts on “Super Bowl LIV: The Rise of Mahomes”

  1. Obviously, Mahomes is a far better QB than Garoppolo but the Niners have the best defense and running game in the league.

    This will truly be an interesting game; almost new school vs. old. ??

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  2. EThompson:
    Obviously, Mahomes is a far better QB than Garoppolo but the Niners have the best defense and running game in the league.

    This will truly be an interesting game; almost new school vs. old. ??

    I’m hoping it will be “bring out the old, bring in the new”, to use the opening line from one of my favorite songs:

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  3. But yes, I am intrigued to see a top offense play a top defense. I know the old adage “defense wins championships” – and it is valid – but this year could be the exception!

    St. Hank of Stram, pray for us!

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  4. The Chiefs’ playoff performances have been awe-inspiring.  My faves are all gone, and the Chiefs have earned a place in my heart.  Go Chiefs!

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  5. Phil Turmel:
    The Chiefs’ playoff performances have been awe-inspiring.  My faves are all gone, and the Chiefs have earned a place in my heart.  Go Chiefs!

    Since MLR, GA and I take sports seriously, could you give some specifics on why you favor the Chiefs? The NFL is a business like any other so I’m sure we’d enjoy opinions based upon stats rather than personal vendettas or whatever…

    So far on this site, all three of us have given substantial reasons for our picks: MLR- Mahomes, GA-the defense, and I have added the running game. What say you?

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  6. EThompson:

    Phil Turmel:
    The Chiefs’ playoff performances have been awe-inspiring.  My faves are all gone, and the Chiefs have earned a place in my heart.  Go Chiefs!

    Since MLR, GA and I take sports seriously, could you give some specifics on why you favor the Chiefs? The NFL is a business like any other so I’m sure we’d enjoy opinions based upon stats rather than personal vendettas or whatever…

    So far on this site, all three of us have given substantial reasons for our picks: MLR- Mahomes, GA-the defense, and I have added the running game. What say you?

    Sort of agree, but don’t discount the value of a good personal vendetta!  Washington Fuskies, Oregon State Beavers, Montreal Canadians, Seattle Seapigeons- I love to hate em all!  Definitely experiencing schadenfreude when I get to watch some other team crush em!

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  7. EThompson:

    Great Adventure:
    Sort of agree, but don’t discount the value of a good personal vendetta!

    Sure, I hear that- I personally despise the Bosox- but what does that have to do with winning a game?

    Kinda funny how allegiances happen. My family moved to Canada when I was 6 and I can still vividly remember the first time I  saw Hockey Night In Canada. Rookie Bobby Orr was single handedly destroying the Habs and I discovered my bona fide  hero.  Since he played for Boston, the Celtics became my basketball team and the Bosox became my baseball team.

    Understand though, that a kid in Canada having a favorite baseball team is like a kid in the US having a favorite cricket team.  And I can’t be bothered with anything about the NBA anymore.

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  8. Great Adventure:

    EThompson:

    Great Adventure:
    Sort of agree, but don’t discount the value of a good personal vendetta!

    Sure, I hear that- I personally despise the Bosox- but what does that have to do with winning a game?

    Kinda funny how allegiances happen. My family moved to Canada when I was 6 and I can still vividly remember the first time I  saw Hockey Night In Canada. Rookie Bobby Orr was single handedly destroying the Habs and I discovered my bona fide  hero.  Since he played for Boston, the Celtics became my basketball team and the Bosox became my baseball team.

    Understand though, that a kid in Canada having a favorite baseball team is like a kid in the US having a favorite cricket team.  And I can’t be bothered with anything about the NBA anymore.

    Allegiances are very quirky things and all of mine are based upon individual players/coaches.

    Pats: Brady and Belichick

    Yanks : Jeter and Rivera (even now)

    Red Wings: Steve Yzerman and the late, great Gordie Howe

    I’m with you re: the NBA  after reading a book about the way in which the Bulls treated Phil Jackson, how Scotty Pippen benched himself for a critical game-winning 2 minutes, Magic and Kobe’s sexual escapades that distracted from the team, and Allen Iverson in general. I did admire Larry Bird who was actually a neighbor in my old hood but we all knew better to keep our distance. Meh…

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  9. I have nothing in the game.

    I will go in with a longstanding sympathy in favor of the Chiefs, on account of a college pal whose dad used to work for Lamar Hunt.

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  10. EThompson:

    Great Adventure:

    EThompson:

    Great Adventure:
    Sort of agree, but don’t discount the value of a good personal vendetta!

    Sure, I hear that- I personally despise the Bosox- but what does that have to do with winning a game?

    Kinda funny how allegiances happen. My family moved to Canada when I was 6 and I can still vividly remember the first time I  saw Hockey Night In Canada. Rookie Bobby Orr was single handedly destroying the Habs and I discovered my bona fide  hero.  Since he played for Boston, the Celtics became my basketball team and the Bosox became my baseball team.

    Understand though, that a kid in Canada having a favorite baseball team is like a kid in the US having a favorite cricket team.  And I can’t be bothered with anything about the NBA anymore.

    Allegiances are very quirky things and all of mine are based upon individual players/coaches.

    Pats: Brady and Belichick

    Yanks : Jeter and Rivera (even now)

    Red Wings: Steve Yzerman and the late, great Gordie Howe

    I’m with you re: the NBA  after reading a book about the way in which the Bulls treated Phil Jackson, how Scotty Pippen benched himself for a critical game-winning 2 minutes, Magic and Kobe’s sexual escapades that distracted from the team, and Allen Iverson in general. I did admire Larry Bird who was actually a neighbor in my old hood but we all knew better to keep our distance. Meh…

    Stevie Y was born in my Canadian hometown!  And the Niedermayer bros grew up there.

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  11. Great Adventure:

    EThompson:

    Phil Turmel:
    The Chiefs’ playoff performances have been awe-inspiring.  My faves are all gone, and the Chiefs have earned a place in my heart.  Go Chiefs!

    Since MLR, GA and I take sports seriously, could you give some specifics on why you favor the Chiefs? The NFL is a business like any other so I’m sure we’d enjoy opinions based upon stats rather than personal vendettas or whatever…

    So far on this site, all three of us have given substantial reasons for our picks: MLR- Mahomes, GA-the defense, and I have added the running game. What say you?

    Sort of agree, but don’t discount the value of a good personal vendetta!  Washington Fuskies, Oregon State Beavers, Montreal Canadians, Seattle Seapigeons- I love to hate em all!  Definitely experiencing schadenfreude when I get to watch some other team crush em!

    It’s true! Nothing brings out the fan in me like rooting against the SEC even when I know the opponent is inferior. Vendettas are great motivators.

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  12. EThompson:

    Phil Turmel:
    The Chiefs’ playoff performances have been awe-inspiring.  My faves are all gone, and the Chiefs have earned a place in my heart.  Go Chiefs!

    Since MLR, GA and I take sports seriously, could you give some specifics on why you favor the Chiefs? The NFL is a business like any other so I’m sure we’d enjoy opinions based upon stats rather than personal vendettas or whatever…

    So far on this site, all three of us have given substantial reasons for our picks: MLR- Mahomes, GA-the defense, and I have added the running game. What say you?

    No stats to offer.  Subjective opinions only.  My affinity for KC is purely based on the emotional high they generated in the playoffs.  Their come-from-behind wins were a delight to watch, and Mahomes is spectacular under pressure.

    This is sport.  Aside from betting, emotion should rule.

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  13. Hey!  I just noticed that Mike hasn’t commented on his own post for almost a couple of days.  He might have contracted the coronavirus or something!  We have to revive him!  Quick, it’s time for the Ratfibulator!

    Let’s see if that works!

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  14. Great Adventure:
    Hey!  I just noticed that Mike hasn’t commented on his own post for almost a couple of days.  He might have contracted the coronavirus or something!  We have to revive him!  Quick, it’s time for the Ratfibulator!

    Let’s see if that works!

    Now that is an Oregon team I could get behind.

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  15. Phil Turmel:
    This is sport.  Aside from betting, emotion should rule.

    Sports revenue in 2019 was almost $74 billion so I shall have to disagree here. Babe Ruth’s annual salary adjusted to current numbers was $1.1 million; barely a third of what mediocre players make now.

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  16. Great Adventure:
    Hey!  I just noticed that Mike hasn’t commented on his own post for almost a couple of days.  He might have contracted the coronavirus or something!  We have to revive him!  Quick, it’s time for the Ratfibulator!

    Let’s see if that works!

    It worked. 😎

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