The Rams are going to the Super Bowl.
From losing to the Green Bay Packers and looking outmatched on the road to trading for Matthew Stafford, free agency, the draft, the Cam Akers injury, the 7-1 start, the Cooper Kupp historical moments week after week, the three-game losing streak, winning eight of their last nine, and then finally coming from behind to exorcise the 49ers, the Rams are going to the Super Bowl.
The 2021 season has both met and broken expectations for the Los Angeles Rams and Stafford is just one win shy of adding “Super Bowl champion” to his resume, as are Sean McVay, Jalen Ramsey, Aaron Donald, Andrew Whitworth, and so many others.
Now is your time—the Rams fans, the people who they do all of this for—to speak.
In Reverse Q&A, I flip the format and instead of pretending that I am the expert, I go to the REAL RAMS EXPERTS for answers to my questions: The Turf Show Times community, the fans of the Rams, the people who have either been here since the original L.A. days or the St. Louis days or you followed Stafford from Detroit, or maybe you just became a fan this morning. That’s fine too! All are welcome.
I can’t wait to see the L.A. Rams hopefully win Super Bowl LVI at SoFi Stadium against the Cincinnati Bengals on February 13th. There are few teams that I want to see the Rams beat less than the Bengals, but that’s who they’ve got and that’s who needs to go down.
I’ll post my questions for YOU in the comments section below, you write your answers and debate amongst yourselves as we have many more days ahead of Super Bowl coverage. This is only the beginning.
How do I watch it?
You have so many options. It will air on NBC, if you’re into cable, or you can stream it on Peacock; the NBC Sports app; Hulu + Live TV; or FuboTV (?), if you are a viewer of more modern tastes.
How do I watch Friday Night Lights?
Friday Night Lights is not the Super Bowl, though both center around football, so you would be forgiven for confusing these two television events, even if one (Friday Night Lights) is conspicuously superior, not least because it stars Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton, in love. Consider it a compelling and sporty alternative.
All five seasons of Friday Night Lights are currently streaming on Netflix, if you would rather watch the Dillon Panthers and your East Dillon Lions do battle at the Toilet Bowl.
Are there any ethical complexities I should be aware of before I watch the Super Bowl?
Well, yeah: In recent years, there has been some blowback over player safety in this extremely high-contact sport. Specifically, some fans have grown concerned about the neurological effects of constant concussions, particularly after a postmortem study identified CTE — chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a degenerative cognitive disease apparently caused by repeated head trauma — in the brains of more than 100 former NFL players. A separate 2017 study of 202 deceased football players’ brains identified CTE in 90 percent of the sample group overall and in 99 percent of NFL players’ brains. The link between CTE and football isn’t new, but in the past few years it has emerged that the NFL may have sort of swept what it knew under the rug. And although it agreed to a massive concussion settlement in 2013, some former players allege that the league “explicitly and deliberately” discriminated against Black players who filed dementia-related claims. According to these players, the NFL scored their neurocognitive tests along a different curve than they did white players’ in a racist bid to avoid payouts. The NFL denies doing that, but … maybe you can see why some football fans feel conflicted about supporting an organization that appears to exploit players’ physical and mental health for profit.
Is COVID protocol going to change anything about the Super Bowl this year?
As you are aware, the coronavirus pandemic is ongoing, and the extremely contagious Omicron variant has been driving surges in the national case count for months. Officials are reportedly hoping that the open-air nature of SoFi stadium make it less transmission-risky than certain other venues, and under California’s mask mandate, attendees will be required to cover their noses and mouths unless they are eating or drinking. They will also need to show either proof of vaccination or a recent negative COVID test to enter. And! They have a backup stadium, the AT&T Stadium, on deck in case of emergency, for whatever that is worth.
SUPER BOWL XIV (1979-1980 SEASON)
Terry Bradshaw #12 of the Pittsburgh Steelers turns to hand the ball off to a running back against the Los Angeles Rams during Super Bowl XIV on January 20, 1980 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California. The Steelers won the Super Bowl 31-19.
Terry Bradshaw #12 of the Pittsburgh Steelers turns to hand the ball off to a running back against the Los Angeles Rams during Super Bowl XIV on January 20, 1980 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California. The Steelers won the Super Bowl 31-19. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)
The Rams’ first Super Bowl appearance came after a lackluster season that saw the team go 9-7. With the loss of quarterback Pat Haden, the Rams defeated the Cowboys 21-19 to advance to the conference championships where they shut out the Buccaneers, 9-0.
The Pittsburgh Steelers were the favorites to win, making a second consecutive trip to the Super Bowl and their fourth in six seasons. With quarterback Terry Bradshaw under center and the “Steel Curtain” defense at its prime, the Rams were facing an uphill battle.
Los Angeles surprisingly put up a fight, keeping a lead in the second and fourth quarter, but the Steelers put up two more scores to win the game 31-19.
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