The 2020 NFL Draft is coming up in a couple of days. There has been exciting talks about the top 5 draft picks and something new has come out almost every day questioning where everyone will go. The draft is always an exciting event but something to also look forward too is draft day trades. One that has gained headway is Odell Beckham Jr. There has been several reports saying that he was being shopped and the Browns were listening to offers. The Browns came out and said that these reports had no truth to them. Bleacher Report than came out with reports that Beckham was not a good fit with Mayfield and is fed up with his decline in numbers.
This news was shocking because the Browns were instantly favorites to win the division and Super Bowl contenders. They had, on paper, one of the most explosive offensive QB/RB/WR combo in the league when they traded for OBJ. Obviously they did not live up to the hype and ended up coming in third for the division and missing the playoffs. OBJ frustration rumors have been going on since the season but OBJ has handled the situation very well. He never spoke out about being disappointed and has not caused any distractions.
Another OBJ trade could possibly happen and there are a couple of teams that desperately need a dynamic playmaker outside the lines.
New York Jets
The Jets have several pieces but they desperately needed a playmaker at the receiver position last year. Robby Anderson was a number two receiver playing as the number one for the Jets. He is an explosive player who can blow the top off a defense but is not the guy who can take over a game. OBJ never wanted to leave New York until things turned sour between him and the Giants General Manager, Dave Gettleman. OBJ would probably like the spectacle of returning to New York but playing for the Jets. This would work due to the fact that if Jamal Adams does not reach a contract extension with the Jets, he could very well be on the move as well. The Browns need a safety on the defensive side and why not try to acquire one of the top safeties in the league.
I know that they did this last year with Antonio Brown and it ended horribly, but OBJ has shown he can control his emotions during his stint with the Browns. He would also be a nice piece for whatever quarterback Jay Gruden chooses to draft, unless he decides to go all in on Marcus Mariota. They are rumored to take a receiver from this year’s draft with their first pick, and why not pair him up with one of the best receivers in the league. OBJ has not played very well his last couple of years, whether it was an injury or not a great fit, so the Raiders could possibly get him without giving up a first round pick.
San Francisco 49ers
The 49ers were one completion away from winning the super bowl last year and were waiting for that big play on offense that OBJ could provide. The 49ers lost Emannuel Sanders this off season to the Saints. OBJ would be opposite of the explosive Deebo Samuel and would demand the defense’s best corner or even a double team if he goes back to his old self. He would be playing for one of the best offensive play callers in the game, Kyle Shanahan. The 49ers have shown their run game is good enough to take the pressure off both the quarterback and receivers when needed, and OBJ would help keep eight players out of the box as well. The 49ers have two first round picks this year and could send one of them to the Browns if that’s the asking price for OBJ.
This is one of the least likely landing spots for OBJ due to the fact that the Steelers are rarely in the trade market, and especially since they just traded a 2020 first rounder for Minkah Fitzpatrick. The Steelers were injury prone on offense and relied heavily on their defense last season. The hall of famer, Ben Roethlisberger, was injured for 14 out of the 16 games, James Connor was also injured for the second half of the season. Regardless of the injuries to their starting QB and RB they were still very stagnant on offense. At times they couldn’t pass midfield, or receivers just could not create space. They looked like they missed Antonio Brown. He was not there to draw the defense’s attention every play. Diontae Johnson shown he has the capability to make a play when needed but the Steelers are missing that playmaker who will get open no matter what. OBJ is the guy who could be open even when he’s not. The Steelers seem to finally have figured out the defensive side of the ball but offense needs a little bit of work. This most likely would never happen just due to the Browns being in the same division and the Steelers rather grow through the draft.
Will OBJ actually get traded? It seems that all reports are pointing to no, he will not. Is it fun to speculate? Of course it is. This would be his second trade in two years and he would be out to prove himself if he was traded. There are many teams that can use his talents. Although he may not actually be on the move, he is definitely a name to watch on draft night.
Just when you thought free agency couldn’t get any crazier after the trading of Deondre Hopkins, Tom Brady said “watch this”. Brady officially announced that he would not return to the New England Patriots. He has played in 20 seasons, won six super bowls, four super bowl MVP awards, and three league MVP awards. He achieved all of these feats with the Patriots. Believing that Brady was going to leave the only team he’s played for was almost comical. He was apart of the most successful organizations over the last decade, had arguably the best coach ever, and the best defense in the league last year. Now that he’s no longer a Patriot, where will he go?
Several teams were rumored to be pursuing Brady in free agency over the past couple of weeks. These teams included the Las Vegas Raiders, Tennessee Titans, Los Angeles Chargers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Miami Dolphins, Indianapolis Colts, and the San Francisco 49ers. Some of these teams took themselves out of the hunt. The 49ers came out and said they were not going after Brady. The Raiders just acquired Marcus Mariota from the Titans. The Titans were the heavy favorites to land Brady but instead they shocked some by signing Ryan Tannehill to an extension. The start of free agency has left two teams as heavy favorites for Brady, the Chargers and Buccaneers. Who would be a better fit for the 42 year old quarterback?
Brady’s plan isn’t to leave the best team in the NFL for the last ten years to end his career by losing with another team. He is looking to go into a situation that is set up to win and compete for a championship. Both front runners, the Chargers and Buccaneers, fit the description. Both teams are rumored to have already offered him at least 30 million dollars per year, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapaport. I believe the best fit for Brady is the Chargers. The Chargers and Buccaneers both have amazing offensive pieces. They have weapons that Brady lacked last year. Although the Buccaneers have the better receiving core, the Chargers defense is better. The Chargers have a defensive that have the potential to be a top ten defense, even a top five defense. They have two premiere pass rushers in Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram. They also have a top playmaking safety in Derwin James, when he’s fully healthy. Even though the Buccaneers had the best rush defense in the league last year, their defense was 29th in points allowed and 27th in passing yards. The Chargers defense were 14th in points allowed, 6th in yards allowed, 5th in passing yards allowed, and 18th in rushing yards allowed. The Chargers were better all-around than the Buccaneers.
I also believe the Bruce Arians offense in Tampa does not fit Brady’s play style. Arians asks the quarterback to stay in the pocket and sometimes take hits, in order for his plays to develop. Brady has played in an offense that got the ball out quickly which helped Brady avoid contact. This is not me saying that Brady can not win in Tampa. I just believe the Chargers are a better team and better suited for a championship run. The Chargers also have the sure handed Keenan Allen, along the explosive and athletic Mike Williams. Brady will also inherit Austin Ekeler, who Brady can dump it off too when pressure comes like he did with James White. Ekeler is also a dual threat due to his effectiveness on the ground as well.
I do have a dark horse pick for Brady’s landing spot. The Miami Dolphins. The Dolphins have come out hot in free agency by stacking up on the defensive side. They signed CB Byron Jones and LB Kyle Van Noy. They also still have Xavien Howard who is one of the elite cornerbacks in the league. The Dolphins also showed life on the offensive side of the field as well. Devante Parker was able to stay healthy and show his true potential. Parker broke out this season and even had Mike Gesicki join him. The Dolphins ended the season by winning their last two games. One of those games being in Gillette Stadium, costing the Patriots the number two seed and a bye week. Brian Flores has proven he is not here to tank. He wants to win. The Dolphins still have that draft pick as well, with the potential of it being Tua Tagovailoa. They can chose to have Brady mentor him for a couple of years while winning at a high rate. Something worth noting as well, Antonio Brown is still out there and has voiced that he wants to be with Brady. Brown lives in Florida as well. If Brady signs with Miami he could bring a star studded wide receiver with him. Parker and Brown could be a tough duo to stop. Dolphins can potentially be the third man in the race.
As a young man growing up in New York, it is very easy to get distracted from your goals. As time goes on, new people are moving into the city and more and more real New Yorkers are getting pushed out. In this city anything goes. You can have a billion-dollar skyscraper 50 feet from dirt-poor projects. This city almost forces us New Yorkers to make prosperity the goal, not personal achievements, not finding your calling, not working on becoming a better person, but to create wealth in any way possible. We don’t have a choice because as much as we love our city, it can spit you out and never look back. It’s a blessing and a curse. New Yorkers are hustlers; we will do anything to make ends meet from being a zombie in a job we despise to hustling on the streets. No matter how tough it may be or how hard the struggle is, the real ones never leave.
New Yorkers are a different breed.
“In life, you can control two things: your attitude and your effort.” We live in a world where adversity is at the root of all discouragement. When things get hard, it easy to step back and wait for the misfortune to conclude. However, if you want something in this life, you have to go and get it; it is as simple as that. There are people scared to rise to the occasion, but then there are others who fear no challenge. When the going gets tough, the tough get going. The great Kobe Bryant once said, “Rest at the end, not in the middle.” Yes, he may have been alluding to his rigorous work ethic: first one in the gym/last one to leave. But, this very mindset is the formula for success. No matter your race, gender, religion, or creed, if you want to accomplish something big, you better embody the right attitude and give it your all. Life is too short to lack intensity and courage. Be strong, be brave, and shoot for the stars just like Kobe once did.
Life is way too short. Nothing is promised in this world. There’s not enough time to be lazy and wait around for things. 2020 has brought the untimely deaths of several stars who died well before their time. These include: Kobe Bryant and the other victims of the helicopter crash, Pop Smoke’s murder, and Juice WRLD’s death. These losses show death waits for no one, no matter your status or success. I did not know any of the victims who have died this year but the thing that really impacted me was their age. Pop Smoke was 20, Juice WRLD was 21, Kobe was 41, and the children in the Kobe’s crash were 13 years old. Although Kobe was 41 and was just beginning a career outside of the NBA, these victims weren’t able to reach their full potential. They all had so much more to accomplish and all I keep asking myself is “Would they be content with what they accomplished? Or would they strive for more?” These deaths are impacting so many because of the effect these celebrities had on people. Kobe was an inspiration to many with the “Mamba Mentality”. Pop Smoke and Juice WRLD were using music to reach others, especially kids close in age. The one thing that gives life meaning is death, ironically. It makes life limited, nonrenewable, and precious. These deaths have shown me sometimes life may be taken granted. I’m guilty of it. I find myself doing things without thinking and waiting for things to come to me, when I don’t have the time. After each of these deaths I found myself in bed just thinking. Some thoughts were me questioning myself, and others were pushing me to stop waiting and go. So now I tell you, instead of waiting for opportunities to just magically show up, take advantage of every outlet you have. If something you want to do is within your grasp, grab it.
Take advantage of the time you have, don’t let it waste away.
The 2020 NBA All Star Weekend came to an end February 16th and for the most part was a complete success. Let’s start with the main event of the weekend, the All Star Game. Before we talk about the new format I want to give a quick mention to the incredible performances and tributes given to Kobe Bryant. Jennifer Hudson, Common, and Magic Johnson all gave emotional and touching tributes to Kobe all in their own style. Hudson sang, Common rapped, and Johnson spoke from the heart. They all gave Kobe a tribute he truly deserved.
After the emotional start to the game, Team Giannis faced off against Team Lebron in a brand new format that finally gave fans what they asked for. This is how the new format went:Each quarter was its own game with the winner of each quarter receiving a donation to charity. The score reset to 0-0 for the second and third quarters. The fourth quarter was basically a pickup game. The total score was kept track of throughout the game and posted for the fourth. The cumulative score of the leading team was added with 24, Kobe Bryant’s number, which gave the target score. Once a team reached the target score, 157 in this case, the game was over.
To clear up any confusion, Team Giannis was winning at the end of the third, 133-124. 24 was added to 133 giving a target score of 157. Along with adding 24 to the score to honor Kobe’s death, Team Giannis wore 24 for Kobe and Team Lebron wore 2 for Kobe’s daughter Gianna “Gigi” Bryant. The fourth quarter was also untimed and commercial free. Giannis Antetokounmpo said “The format is amazing”. He continued, “It makes you want to play hard and compete against one another. Each quarter you have the opportunity to win, and it makes it way more competitive.” I completely agree. Watching from afar you were able to tell this game meant more to them than it has in previous years. Not only because of the new format, but you can see they were playing for Kobe. The ending of each quarter almost gave off a playoff type intensity. You can tell that each team wanted to win for their charity. The fourth quarter was the answer to all changes that the fans and media wanted. Unlike the other quarters defensive intensity started from the moment the jump ball was won. The referees were actually calling fouls and players were arguing with referees as if it was the regular season or playoffs. It was great to see players arguing with each other, refs, and even pleading for replays. Physicality, even crept its way into the fourth. Embiid went to the post with Lebron twice, Lebron tried to post up Giannis, and Kyle Lowry even drew two charging fouls… IN AN ALL STAR GAME. The new format created the excitement and suspense that the exhibition game has been lacking for years. I couldn’t look away in the fourth, the only thing I disliked is that we had to wait until the last two minutes of each quarter, and the fourth, to see the intensity we did. I know players don’t want to get hurt. I know it’s tough to get players to play hard for 48 minutes in a game that doesn’t mean anything in terms of winning a championship. I just found myself losing interest in the beginning of the quarters. For the other parts of the weekend it couldn’t have gone better, aside from the celebrity game. The other events brought excitement and suspense from beginning to end. The Rising Stars game showed off just how much young talent the NBA has. It showed fans they have so much to look forward too for the next decade. Ja Morant, Zion Williamson, Luka Doncic, Trae Young, RJ Barrett, and many others stole the show. They gave even gave the fans a surprise dunk contest at the end of the fourth quarter.
Saturday night started off with the Skills Challenge. The contestants were headlined by Jayson Tatum and Spencer Dinwiddie, previous winners of the challenge. The challenge is usually decided by who can make an accurate pass and who can make a three point shot. This immediately led me to believe Domantas Sabonis and Bam Adebayo to be first round exist. They went up against quicker guards and small forwards who are used to handling the ball. I couldn’t have been more wrong. Sabonis and Abedayo were the two finalists and gave fans an thrilling final round. It ended with Abedayo hitting a three on his third three point shot attempt.
The Three Point Contest added two more shots which were six feet behind the three point line. The contest ended in dramatic fashion between Devin Booker and Buddy Hield. Booker scored 26 points in the final round. Buddy Hield made it a nail biting finish. He had 25 points going into his final shot and made it look effortless. The ball hit only net. The Dunk Contest ended with Aaron Gordon and Derrick Jones Jr. The two battled with ultimately Jones winning the event. Both participants were creative and it seemed evenly matched. Personally, I think Gordon got robbed. Jones was very good and showed he can dunk with the best of them, but he continued to do the same dunk in different ways. He was going between the legs, impressive, but was repetitive. Jones’ last dunk was very similar to Zach Lavine’s dunk which I didn’t think deserved a better score than Gordon jumping over a 7 foot 5 inch Tacko Fall.
All in all this year, each event all succeeded without much criticism. The weekend showed that the NBA is in fact listening to fans and trying to make the All Star spectacle that much more thrilling.
The Houston Astros cannot seem to handle the 2017 cheating scandal correctly from the top of the organization, all the way to the bottom. This organization is becoming more and more of a joke. The Astros were proven to have technology feeding opposing teams’ signs to a TV in the their dugout. They would then relay the incoming pitch to the batter by banging a pattern loud enough for the batter hear. This would tell the batter what pitch was coming. Jim Crane, owner of the Astros, promised an apologetic press conference at the start of spring training a couple weeks ago.
Today, February 13, 2020, the Houston Astros held this press conference that was supposed to be an apology to all MLB teams and fans. Instead, it was more of a fake apology to try and appease the league. Crane spoke along with Alex Bregman and Jose Altuve, two of their best players in the league for the past few years. Crane said, “we do not think it impacted the game.” He followed that by saying it may have or may not have impacted the game. Crane continued by saying “we are apologizing for breaking the rules,” not for negatively impacting the game. Crane was all over the place during the press conference, having trouble saying the right things. Negligence and unpreparedness by the Astros organization was my takeaway throughout the conference.
Let’s talk about the impact that Crane believes was not apparent during their 2017 title run. It is extremely difficult to be sitting on a 95+ mph fastball and suddenly adjust to a 75-80 mph off speed pitch. Batters have less than a second to see the baseball once it leaves the pitchers hand. Knowing that an off speed pitch is coming allows the batter to sit back and wait on it. Regardless, let’s look at numbers to see how the 2017 ALCS was impacted. The first two games took place in Houston, where the Astros scored four runs combined. The Yankees only scored two. The series then came to New York for three games. The Astros scored one, four, and zero runs in Games three, four, and five. The series returned to Houston for the last two games where Astros went from scoring a combined five runs in New York, to scoring 11 in the last two games. The Astros somehow went from scoring zero in game five, to scoring seven and four in the last two games. Something seems off here but apparently there’s no impact on the game.Alex Bregman is usually arrogant and cocky when speaking to the media, but seemed to be the only one taking responsibility for the scandal. He apologized saying he was sorry for what the team, organization, and he did. Although he actually said sorry for what he did and including himself as an individual in his apology, it still seemed like it was for show. None of the Astros organization seems truly sorry for what they did. You almost feel as if they think it was fair of them to do. Jose Altuve spoke after him and was a complete joke. Instead of taking responsibility, Altuve put it on the entire team and reflected any blame from himself. He spoke about the “whole organization” being remorseful for what they did, and that they felt "bad." Thank you Altuve for your organization feeling “bad”. This press conference took the already defamed Astros and made them look like a classless joke of a franchise.
Around the league players are speaking up and people are questioning the Astros. New reports are coming out about how a new team suspected the Astros cheating but weren’t listened too until now. Mike Clevinger has even hinted at throwing at Astros batters due to their lack of punishment.
Multiple Yankees have spoken out about the Astros. Aroldis Chapman has said he suspected something whenever he pitched against them. Aaron Judge deleted an Instagram picture he posted of Altuve congratulating him for the 2017 MVP. Gary Sanchez might have won quote of the year before the regular season even started. The Yankees catcher was asked about Altuve not wanting his teammates to rip off his jersey due a buzzer being beneath it. Sanchez said that if he ever hit a homerun to send his team to the World Series; he would let them rip off anything they wanted.
Rob Manfred has also been the center of attention due to role in punishing the Astros. Trevor Bauer has been very vocal about the MLB Commissioner’s lack of action towards the players and organization. He’s been on several radio shows and has been very active on twitter attacking the commissioner. People are even questioning how the Astros players were given complete immunity for their statements about the scandal. These players are allowed to get off without any consequence yet Pete Rose is banned from the MLB for life due to him betting on games. Player that cheated in order to have an unfair advantage are still allowed to get paid and play, but Pete Rose can’t even be inducted into the Hall of Fame. The entire situation makes Major League Baseball look soft.
The MVP race isn't a race anymore. Giannis Antetokounmpo should already receive his award. Not only is the freak averaging 30 points, 13.5 rebounds, 5.8 assists, 1.1 steals, 1.1 blocks, shooting 54.9% from the field in just over 30 minutes a game, but his team currently has the best record in the league with 46 wins and 8 losses. This stat line has not been reached by any player since 1966. Giannis' stats would be much higher if they didn't average a +12.1 point difference versus opponents. The 73 win Golden State Warriors team only had a +10.8 point difference in 2015-2016. The scary part is that he is only getting better. Giannis is not a great 3pt shooter currently shooting 31.2%, which is still an improvement from last year which was 25.6%. One of the main concerns from Giannis and Budenholzer is the chance that he might get injured being the #1 target in the league. Being that no one in the league can currently guard him, Giannis thinks his advantage turns into a disadvantage more often then not. Instead of contesting Giannis, players are flopping underneath him for foul calls because they know they aren't stopping him at the rim.
"I've been watching a lot of clips and I've seen a lot of plays where guys try to take a charge but they fall down before [contact]," Antetkounmpo said. "That's really dangerous because I could sprain my ankle. Especially when I'm about to spin, they can trip me."
Giannis is an NBA talent that the league has never seen before. He is a 6'11 guard through forward with the bounce of Zion and explosiveness of 2012 Lebron with a 7'3 wingspan. The freak is unstoppable and I don't see him slowing down one bit for the second half of the season. Hopefully Antetkounmpo can stay healthy and continue his dominance into the post season.
On January 26th, a Sikorsky S-76B helicopter crashed just before 10 a.m. PT near Calabasas, California. The world stopped.
The helicopter was carrying Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, John Altobelli, a champion baseball coach at Orange Coast College, and his wife Keri and daughter Alyssa. Christina Mauser, Sarah Chester, Payton Chester, Ara Zobayan were also on the helicopter as it went down. They were headed to Mamba Sports Academy in Thousand Oaks, California, for a youth basketball event.
A post by TMZ was circulating on Twitter that Kobe Bryant had died in a helicopter crash. A friend sent me the post and I immediately thought TMZ was hacked. There was no way this was real. As a bunch of friends and I argued whether or not this was fake I receive a text that says “turn your TV onto Fox News.” I turn the TV on and it reads “Kobe Bryant and others dead from helicopter crash.” It was real.
Tears started uncontrollably running down my face. There was just no way. I was still in disbelief. Every news station ran the same story, it was true. People everywhere started posting about Kobe Bryant. The news got out to other athletes and in under 10 minutes, the whole world knew. He was gone.
As you can already tell by the outreach and millions of people in grief over his death, Kobe Bryant was much more than just a basketball mogul and the second best player to ever play the game, but he was someone to look up to. Personally he was an idol and an inspiration of mine, not just for sports, but for everything I do in life. Kobe Bryant, from the beginning of his amazing, long career always put hard work over everything he did. No matter how old he was or how established Kobe was as a player, he was always that guy that was in the gym 6 hours before his games putting up shots all alone to prepare. He was that guy that never took a moment of his life for granted, and people envied that. He changed the way I think about anything I do, whether it be a major life decision or a simple decision as much as whether or not to go to the gym.
“So if I can be remembered as the person that was born with a lot of talent, but did everything he could to try to overachieve, and lived every day as if he was the 12th guy on the bench. I think that’s a very powerful message to have and something that hopefully the players that are now and that players that will come later will choose to embody as well.” (Kobe Bryant)
People nowadays are always saying time feels like it got faster, days are getting shorter, where did my time go? Kobe made sure he never let a second go by that he wasn’t using that time to become a better person, whether it was a better athlete, father, husband, or mentor.
“Have a good time. Enjoy life. Life is too short to get bogged down or get discouraged. You have to keep moving. You have to keep going. Put one foot in front of the other, smile, and just keep on rolling.” (Kobe Bryant)
Everyone always attributed having the “Mamba Mentality” to just basketball, but I do not think this was his message. Throughout Kobe’s career he always supported other professional athletes, artists, and people in all different professions. Having the “Mamba Mentality,” is much more than sports. It’s about never giving up, no matter what life throws at you. It’s about pushing through those tough times and coming out as a better person. It’s about that extra 30 seconds of whatever you are doing where your body is telling you to quit, but your mind tells you to keep going. It’s about the blood, sweat, and tears you put into your life’s work whatever it may be. Even after his 20 year career as a Los Angeles Laker, he dedicated a lot of his time to writing. He then went on to win the 2018 Academy Award for best animated short film for “Dear Basketball,” about his love for the game after he retired after his 2015-16 season.
“Hard work outweighs talent — every time,” he continued. “Mamba mentality is about 4 a.m. workouts, doing more than the next guy and then trusting in the work you’ve put in when it’s time to perform. Without studying, preparation and practice, you’re leaving the outcome to fate. I don’t do fate.” (Kobe Bryant)
Throughout Kobe’s life, he was always trying to help and mentor anyone in anyway he could. Helping people will always attribute to becoming a better person yourself. He always pushed everyone around him to be better and to never slack off. The most important thing is to try and inspire people so that they can be great at whatever they want to do. We only live one short life and everyone was placed on this Earth for a reason. Why waste it?
And we both know, no matter what I do next
I’ll always be that kid
With the rolled up socks
Garbage can in the corner
:05 seconds on the clock
Ball in my hands.
5 … 4 … 3 … 2 … 1
Love you always,
Rest in peace Kobe. You are gone, but you will most certainly never be forgotten. Mamba Mentality and your legacy will live on forever.
Patrick Mahomes proves no stage is too big and no light is too bright. The 24 year-old quarterback for the Kansas City Chiefs came back from another double digit deficit for the third straight game. This led the Chiefs to their first Super Bowl win in 50 years.
The first half seemed to be a win for the 49ers. They were containing Mahomes for the most part, holding him to 0 passing touchdowns. Other than a debatable offensive pass interference call on George Kittle, things were going their way. They went into halftime tied with the most potent offense in the league, what more could you ask for. The second half was a different story.
Down 10, with 7:13 left on the clock, Mahomes was facing a third-and-15 after throwing his second interception on the previous drive. The Chiefs desperately needed their star-studded quarterback to execute a big play. Anything less then a first down potentially would have allowed the 49ers to burn clock or even worse, score a game-securing touchdown. The 49ers sent a four-man rush, and forced Mahomes to throw flat footed and across his body. The pass soared through the air for what seemed like minutes. As the pass spiraled downwards, a red jersey entered the television screen. Who else but the cheetah, Tyreek Hill, to catch the 44-yard pass to breathe life back into the Chiefs. This pass led to the Chiefs first points since the first half. It led to the Chiefs scoring 21 unanswered points.
The 49ers blew a chance to score the go ahead touchdown with a 1:40 left in the fourth. After two incompletions, one almost being an interception, the 49ers faced a third-and-10. Jimmy Garrapolo, the 49ers quarterback, needed to pull off his best Mahomes impression to give his team any chance of winning the game. Kyle Shanahan dialed up a deep post route, ran by Emannuel Sanders, and a crossing route, ran by Kendrick Bourne. Off the line of scrimmage Sanders seemed to be doubled, but somehow snuck his way behind his defenders. Garrapolo noticed Sanders had a step on the secondary and went for it all. Garropolo threw it as Sanders came out of his break but overthrew the biggest pass of his life by 2 yards.
This eventually left to a turnover on downs and a game sealing touchdown leading to the score of 31-20. Patrick Mahomes won Super Bowl MVP for his late-game heroics, and near perfect 4th quarter. He is now the youngest Super Bowl MVP in history.
With the Patriots dynasty seemingly coming to an end, did the Chiefs victory guarantee the start of their own dynasty?