NFL 2023: Superb Owl LVIII thread

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What: Super Bowl LVIII

Who: Chiefs vs Niners

When: Feb. 11

Where: Vegas baby Vegas!

TV: CBS (Nantz and Romo, sigh)

Referee: Bill Vinovich

Halftime performer: Usher

Last year: Chiefs 38, Eagles 35

Niners open -2.5

Based on the games today, if we have the first half Chiefs (defense forgets to cover Travis Kelce at all), I feel good about KC. If we have second half Chiefs (maybe we should cover Taylor's boyfriend), I feel good about SF.

The one person who really hates this matchup? Mark Davis.

Go Chiefs.

I want the world to burn. Kelce winning MVP and Taylor on the podium with him is maximum bro tears.

I'm sick of the Chiefs but I'm already more sick of the people who are complaining that the NFL is flashing someone on TV that just drives them more eyeballs.

Make them cry! Sorry Legion and Stele.

I wouldn’t expect a Packers fan in particular to do any cheering for the 49ers in the postseason.

Can’t imagine a worse Super Bowl. I may take the prop bet on over under Taylor Swift cutaways.

TheGameguru wrote:

Can’t imagine a worse Super Bowl. I may take the prop bet on over under Taylor Swift cutaways.

She's got a concert in Tokyo like 18 hours before the game. Going to be interesting if she even takes extra flight with jet lag to show up or not.

I like both these teams.

TheGameguru wrote:

Can’t imagine a worse Super Bowl.

It's a good thing then that a Chiefs-49ers Super Bowl has never ever presaged a major global catastrophe in the last 4 years!

Vector wrote:

I like both these teams.

That's like saying "I think the red team is going to win."

Enix wrote:

TV: CBS (Nantz and Romo, sigh)

Don't forget Nickelodeon! Are we getting all four Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on the call for the Super Bowl?

Seriously what happened to Romo? He used to break down plays and sometimes call the play that the team was calling before it happened. And now he just fangirls out over Mahommes and Allen. It's weird as hell.

Stele wrote:

Seriously what happened to Romo? He used to break down plays and sometimes call the play that the team was calling before it happened. And now he just fangirls out over Mahommes and Allen. It's weird as hell.

Are you suggesting Tony Romo started off his career with surprising promise, only to routinely disappoint once he got his big payday and the stakes increased?

Hey, a rematch! Someone remind me what happened a few months after the first time the Niners and Chefs played in the Superb Owl?

Stele wrote:
TheGameguru wrote:

Can’t imagine a worse Super Bowl. I may take the prop bet on over under Taylor Swift cutaways.

She's got a concert in Tokyo like 18 hours before the game. Going to be interesting if she even takes extra flight with jet lag to show up or not.

I would guess the NFL will send Bob Krafts personal jet with the super comfy bedroom and ambien IV to get her to the SB and back.

Stele wrote:

Seriously what happened to Romo? He used to break down plays and sometimes call the play that the team was calling before it happened. And now he just fangirls out over Mahommes and Allen. It's weird as hell.

Gruden was also great when he started out, and then became a cheerleader. Most people don't want the hardcore analysis, and everybody just eventually give up.

Stele wrote:

Seriously what happened to Romo? He used to break down plays and sometimes call the play that the team was calling before it happened. And now he just fangirls out over Mahommes and Allen. It's weird as hell.

I forgot who I heard suggest this, but the theory is the farther away he gets away from the game, the more difficult it is for him to do the prediction thing (both because the game is changing and because his skills are atrophying).

I think he should go back to the field. I volunteer my old team as a team where an elderly QB with risk-management issues could go to resurrect a career.

MilkmanDanimal wrote:

Gruden was also great when he started out, and then became a cheerleader.

Except in his emails!

If/when Ben Johnson leaves Detroit for a head coaching job this offseason, I wonder if the team will look at promoting QB coach and Santa Maria legend Mark Brunell to offensive coordinator.

Of course, Brunell could also end up with the same offer from Ben Johnson wherever he ends up, though I imagine Ben Johnson will retain playcalling duties as a head coach, so it'd be like Bieniemy in KC or McDaniel in SF. Still, that's a stepping stone upward.

UpToIsomorphism wrote:

I forgot who I heard suggest this, but the theory is the farther away he gets away from the game, the more difficult it is for him to do the prediction thing (both because the game is changing and because his skills are atrophying).

For a counterpoint, Peyton Manning retired a year before Romo, and his pre-snap recognition doesn't seem to have slipped any.

Yeah Manning Cast is still the best thing on TV

As a Leeds United fan, I suppose I should support the 49ers since they own us these days. Rather Lions had gotten there though, here I just see two teams to feel very meh about.

Harbaugh on Harbaugh crime?

Ravens director of player personnel Joe Hortiz is soon expected to be announced as the new GM of the LA Chargers.

The Panthers' new HC is, ah, something:

'A secret life’: Panthers coach Dave Canales’ book about his marriage is an eye-opener
BY SCOTT FOWLER

New Carolina Panthers head coach Dave Canales is also a published author — but the book he co-wrote is not about football. Instead, Canales and his wife, Lizzy Canales, co-wrote a deeply personal, faith-based book called “This Marriage? The Question That Changed Everything.”

The book was published in September 2022, while Canales was still a fairly obscure assistant coach with the Seattle Seahawks. It contains numerous revelations about Canales’ private life but has gone almost completely unnoticed in NFL circles.

In the book, Canales, 42, admits to having had multiple affairs earlier in his life. A portion of the book concerns his sexual infidelity and how the couple worked their way through it — partly through counseling, which they advocate — and eventually found their way back to a Christian-based marriage.

Canales also described in the book the addictions he once had to both pornography and alcohol. He also wrote that he no longer has any of these issues, that he has stopped drinking completely and that he and Lizzy have resurrected what is now a thriving marriage. The couple has four children.

How they got to that point, though, was quite a journey, and one they shared in vivid and sometimes painful detail. By doing so, they wrote in “This Marriage?”, they hope to help other struggling couples.

Canales was named the Panthers’ new head coach last week but won’t have his introductory press conference in Charlotte until Thursday. He has not yet spoken to Charlotte-area media and the Panthers wouldn’t grant my request to make him available to comment on this story. My understanding, however, is that the Panthers were fully aware of the book and its contents during their head-coaching interview process.

It goes on from there. Far be it from me to throw stones (glass houses and all that), but I think this guy is completely full of sh!t. Doesn't mean he can't be a good foobaw coach. It just means I don't have to buy into him or anything he's trying to sell me.

Edit: As someone on Panthers Reddit put it, he gives off big youth pastor vibes. That seems accurate.

So, how difficult is it to say "Canales" and at what point will Tepper start calling him "Cannolis"?

In the book, Canales, 42, admits to having had multiple affairs earlier in his life. A portion of the book concerns his sexual infidelity and how the couple worked their way through it — partly through counseling, which they advocate — and eventually found their way back to a Christian-based marriage.

Ah yes, the "get out of responsibility by saying Jeebus three times" type.

This could blow up in the Panthers' faces so badly.

Speaking of questionable decisions, the Steelers are hiring Arthur Smith to be their offensive coordinator.

I was disappointed when Canales left Tampa and I am now somewhat less disappointed than I used to be.

Enix wrote:

The Panthers' new HC is, ah, something:

As someone on Panthers Reddit put it, he gives off big youth pastor vibes. That seems accurate.

Right now Cal McNair is a bit disappointed Demeco Ryans worked out to be a good coach, because he is just salivating over the idea of Dave Canales.

Jack Easterby blowing up the phone lines at Panthers HQ to offer up his "consulting" services...

Ben Johnson is staying in Detroit. Pretty big surprise.

Then again, if Adam Schefter is actually reporting fact and not making up more Mac-Jones-to-the-49ers nonsense, this bit's interesting:

@AdamSchefter wrote:

Ben Johnson was not the head-coaching lock that people thought and his asking price spooked some teams, per sources.

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