LIV and let LIV: A Viewer's Guide to 49ers-Chiefs Super Bowl

Herb Gould

Once we cut through all the hype—which isn’t easy to do with Super Bowls—I’m kind of looking forward to this LIVth playing of the Ultimate Game.

For one thing, it looks like Super Bowl LIV will be competitive. Kansas City was a 1½-point favorite when I looked.

For another, both teams have their appeals. They are newbies at this level. (Regular readers will know I’m a populist who likes to see championship joy spread around.)

And no problem with either city. San Francisco? Wonderful city in every way. Grateful Dead and Chinatown. K.C.? Solid, Midwestern town. Awesome blues and barbecue.

Even when the 49ers were a big Bears rival back in the Bill Walsh/Mike Ditka days, I wasn’t down on them. Who didn’t like Jerry Rice? But that was a long time ago.

And the Chiefs? I was a fan when they were the Dallas Texans, before they moved to Kansas City. They were my AFL team. But that was Jurassic, to borrow a word from Blaudschun.

Both QBs have Chicago connections. The Niners' Jimmy Garoppolo is from suburban Rolling Meadows. And the Chiefs' Patrick Mohomes will forever be ``the one who got away'' in the minds of Bears fans dismayed that the Bears took Mitchell Trubisky second in the 2017 draft, leaving Mahomes for the Chiefs at No. 10.

I still find it strange that the Chiefs get to do stuff that's objectionable to Native Americans. Illinois’ Chief Illiniwek was banished from his reverent halftime dance, but the Kansas City Chiefs can still do the chop? And Florida State can have a guy ride around on a horse with a spear? (We won’t even go into the Washington Redskins.)

Let’s just say there are things I don’t understand. But given that the Chiefs keep politically incorrect stuff to a minimum, not gonna be a deal-breaker for me.

Whether Kansas City or San Francisco, I am OK with either at this point. Although that’s liable to change, depending on how the game develops. During the course of any game where I don't have a dog in the hunt, I inevitably get a feeling that one team is more deserving than the other.

Further evidence that it looks like it will be a competitive game comes from our friends at APBA.

Eight veteran dice-rollers played this Super Bowl. Four came away with a Chiefs win. The other four had the Niners winning.

Doesn’t get any closer than that.

Another reason I expect to enjoy this game. I don’t have any squares this year.

No rooting for safeties or missed extra points.

Enjoy LIV!

Here are the eight APBA outcomes. If these guys each threw $5 into a winnter-take-all pot, that would be as much fun as a Puppy Bowl.

Chuck Halling had the 49ers winning 33-27, with Raheem Mostert hauling in a Jimmy Garoppolo pass in overtime for the winning TD!

Doug Reese, on the other hand, had the most lopsided victory, with Patrick Mahomes tossing 5 touchdowns for a 44-20 Chiefs' victory.

Ray Dunlap saw San Francisco score 21 points in the final two minutes of the game to come from behind to win 31-24.

Denny Hodge saw the Kansas City Chiefs' defense stop San Francisco on a 2nd and goal from the one-yard line with three straight runs for no-gain in KC's 26-20 victory.

Greg "Oguard" Barath had the closest game with San Francisco holding on for a 3-point victory, 30-27 after dominating time of possession.

Roy Langhans could not stop rolling double numbers, especially 66's! As a consequence, his was the highest scoring contest, with the Chiefs rolling to a 54-48 victory!

Bob Corsarie saw Raheem Mostart rush for 245 yards on 30 carries, while quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo only threw two incompletions on 20 passes in leading their 49ers to a 37-30 win.

A late eighth game was played with Kansas City winning on a last second field goal 48-45.

Kansas City 4, San Francisco 4. But the average score was Kansas City 35, San Francisco 33.


Herb Gould