Regardless of who your favorite NFL team is, all Jayhawks have an opportunity to watch TWO Kansas Jayhawks START tonight's Super Bowl. Unfortunately for those of us who are Chiefs fans, they play for the evil Denver Broncos. Great googly moogly.
Anyway, this is the last football game of this season, and it's highly likely that even if you're not home alone with your mom's cat, you're watching the game somewhere.
Now, in a perfect world, the Broncos would win the game 28-0 with Talib and Harris each getting two pick-sixes and sharing MVP honors. But unfortunately, it's not a perfect world. After all, Missouruh exists. What a train wreck that is. I mean seriously, you just can't avert your eyes. Just look at this. I kid, I kid. It's actually more like this.
ANYWAY, I digress.
Join us in the comments as the pregame, game, and halftime all unfold. But first, a quick preview:
Why you should root for Carolina:
Dude has been amazing this year. And not just for those of you who were lucky enough to have him on your fantasy team. Newton is one of the NFL's most exciting players to watch, and the Super Bowl is the perfect stage for all of America to see just how far he's come since buying a national championship for Auburn five years ago. Newton has been filling up the stat sheet ever since he entered the league, but took a step forward this year with his TD/INT ratio of 35/10.
The Panthers are the new kids on the block, but damn they were good this year. I don't care who was on your schedule, 15-1 in the NFL is 15-1. Yeah they've made the playoffs three years in a row now, but hadn't advanced past the Divisional Round since 2005. Also, this is only Carolina's second Super Bowl appearance as a franchise (2003). The Panthers are young and hip, they're cocky and confident, and they're hella fun to watch.
You're a Chiefs Fan
Sometimes, you just can't let go of the rivalry. You love seeing Denver lose. You want Peyton Manning to get sacked 10 times and throw 10 picks. It's OK if Harris and Talib have good games, but they're Broncos. They're the enemy now. They must suffer. They must lose. You can't stand the thought of Manning going out the same way Elway did - as a Super Bowl champion.
Why you should root for Denver:
I mean, come on. Love him or hate him, he's one of the most entertaining personalities in sports. "I throw, you catch, it's not that hard, OK?" Dude is probably at his last rodeo. It would be pretty cool for him to go out with his second Super Bowl ring. It probably won't silence the "Manning is a choker" crowd, but that's OK. He'll still have two more rings than any of them.
Harris and Talib
If you're reading this, you're probably a Kansas fan. That means it would be super cool for two KU football players to pick up some Super Bowl rings to show recruits that come in for visits. DBU, baby. Also, how cool would it be for Talib to get MVP and be all like, "I felt like Deion!"
You're a Chiefs Fan
Hear me out now. Yeah, you hate the Broncos. But you love KU. And Chris Harris is one of the most likable guys in the NFL. And he's a JAYHAWK! But consider this: My money says that Peyton Manning retires if the Broncos win this game. He's old. He's beat up. Yeah, Peyton practically handed the Chiefs a win in Denver back in Week 10. But he also practically ate Andy Reid's dinner on Thursday night in Week 2. Then, the Broncos have all kinds of offseason questions. Von Miller, Malik Jackson, Danny Trevathan, and Brock Osweiler are all unrestricted free agents. If the Broncos win, they may have to go into rebuilding mode. If they lose, they may push all their chips in to reload.
Feb. 7, 5:30 p.m. CST
Santa Clara, CA: Levi's Stadium (68,500)
Odds: Carolina -6.0, o/u 44.5
TV: CBS - Jim Nantz (Play-by-Play), Phil Simms (Analyst), Tracy Wolfson and Evan Washburn (Sidelines)
Radio: Westwood One - Kevin Harlan (Play-by-Play), Boomer Esiason and Dan Fouts (Color), James Lofton and Mark Malone (Sidelines)
Online: CBS will stream the entire broadcast live on the CBS Sports app and at CBSSports.com. Only Verizon wireless customers (via the NFL Mobile app) will be able to stream the game on their phone.