Rams win Super Bowl 56. quarter by quarter thoughts and recap

Heading into the game the media made had made the past two weeks The Joe Burrow show on every major news outlet. And rightfully so. He’s been proving that he’s the Big Game Kid!

I know I spew a lot of trash about the burning hell hole that is Los Angeles, but what an awesome stadium. SoFi is truly a site to see that I would risk a trip to Los Angeles for. But without further ado. To the game!

First quarter

Odell Beckham Jr. Grabs the TD from Matthew Stafford to get the score to 7-0. While the Los Angeles offense was kicking off with Matthew Stafford connecting on his first handful of passes in the game.

The Bengals have not been able to piece anything together. At the kick of this game Joe Burrow is running for his life, looking to get it to receivers who’ve barely ran through their routes. Not looking great until Joe was able to piecemeal a drive together painfully culminating in the Evan McPherson kick and bringing the score to 7-3.

Ending score of first quarter: Bengals 3 – Rams 7

BOOOOOOOO!!! OBJ BOO!

2nd Quarter

Big starting grab by Odell Beckham Jr. Leads to a drive resulting in a Cooper Kupp touchdown. Following that is a missed PAT and what appears to be a stubbed toe for LA Rams. Bringing that score to 13-3.

While the Bengals are started less than stellar they have begun to piece together a resistance. During the second half the Bengals run the HB pass and that’ll be 6 points for the Bengals! Score was now 10-13 in favor of the Rams.

Ending score 2nd quarter: Bengals 10-Rams 13.

At halftime it appeared that we had a real contest on our hands. A true battle was taking place much to the surprise of many LA supporters. But not to the surprise of Joe Burrow’s apostles. Second half was looking to be an absolute battle to decide the 2021-2022 NFL season!

Come the opening drive of the 3rd quarter Joe Burrow delivers Higgens a 75 yard strike giving the Rams a 17 to 13 lead. Then following up with a McPherson field goal their next drive it began to look like it was now Bengals game to lose. Then the Rams hit a field goal to bring it to Bengals 20 Rams 16.

End of 3rd quarter score:Bengals 20-Rams 16

4th Quarter

After a back and forth 4th quarter the LA Rams realized they should probably return to what has worked for them all season and Stafford connected with Cooper Kupp to take the lead 23-20 with 1:25 left to play. The magic surrounding Joe Burrow had to persevere for one more drive…..

And it didn’t.

Credit: Rams Twitter

So good for LA. La-di-freaking dah. It’s a wrap! LA wins another championship good for them!

I hate sports.

(Really though props to Aaron Donald. He can’t help he was drafted by them. He is a monster that deserves this. Just wish it was with someone else).

Oh well on to 2022-2023. Go Colts

-Burke

Eminem, Dre, Snoop Dogg. Kendrick Lamar and MJB’s Super Bowl will be the best since Prince in the Purple Rain.

The 2022 Super Bowl is finally here and this year’s halftime show performance is setting up to be one for the ages. Dr. DreSnoop DoggEminemMary J. Blige, and Kendrick Lamar will take the world’s biggest stage and perform at the 2022 Super Bowl halftime showSuper Bowl LVI will air live on NBC and Peacock on Sunday, February 13, 2022 at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles, CA.

-NBC Sports

So here we are. Super Bowl Sunday! Only beat by Christmas, Halloween, and Thanksgiving if you ask me. While many have chosen to root for either Joe Burrow or Matt Stafford come Sunday, there are 30 out of 32 fan bases just watching from the outside. What makes this game so awesome to everyone in America? The pageantry, the grand scale of everything. It’s the best. America at its finest and I will throw hands if you think otherwise.

Dr. DreSnoop DoggEminemMary J. Blige, and Kendrick Lamar

This will be the best show since Prince at the Super Bowl in Miami 07. Colts Bears. We all know how that went don’t we.

Let’s go down the lineup.

Dr. Dre

NWA. The Chronic. No more needed. Educate yourself you dunce.

This guy’s would be one of Dan Carlin’s GREAT Men of Hip Hop. (Shout out Hardcore History). He is as influential as they get. From the music your listening to. To what your listening to them on (Dr. DRE) started Beats and sold it to Apple.

Snoop Dogg

Effortless cool

I’m so pumped for a new generation to witness and appreciate SNOOP DOGG for the skills he has as an artist. People can argue his music ain’t the greatest but the vibe you get from seeing snoop on TV of just effortless cool and unrelenting chillness that seeps through his TV appearances is the foundation of all his work. Gin and Juice is the shit. I was even down with most of the Snoop Lion album. “Good Good” is still great from that one

Kendrick Lamar

Ooooooohhhh this gets me pumped. “good kid, m.A.A.d. city” is like 3rd greatest album of all time in my mind behind Cudi’s “man on the moon” and “Runaways” by the Killers. Those are at least the 3 most important to me id say. Kendrick burst on the scene just as I was entering college and I have to say it was perfect timing. His music captures an attitude of “bring the bullshit. I’m gonna push through and come out ballin on the other end”. This guy was Pushin P before there was P to be pushed.

URBAN DICTIONARY:PushinP

Halle Berry?… or Hallelujah?

Even after that incredible debut he dropped the Grammy winning and often argued greatest rap album of all time. “Damn” and although Don Cheedle may very well have been on one of Epsteins plains I need him to not be a creep. Love when Kendrick barks back. Awesome.

Bars. Bars. For days.

Mary J Blige.

Not my jam really. But im here for seeing how the rest of the guys can work off her and use her singing ability throughout the performance.

And last… Eminem.

Say what you think in the comments below, but I think Eminem is the single most talented rapper out there. I mean other artists make bigger hits and have bigger songs (NOT MANY!!!), but no rapper has had me stop listening mid song because he just said something or laid such a line that I had to stop in awe and appreciate what I just heard. I mean “Lose Yourself” is something I still use to this day before anything needing a little pump up. Just had to storm into a dealership to dispute a warranty on our car and you best believe I’m channeling my Lose Yourself persona in that moment!

The single most insane showcase of rap skill, other than Lil Dickey’s Sway Freestyle may be Eminem in “Rap God” The shear audacity of Rap God Alone is an absolute spectacle. If you’ve never sat through this song you absolutely need to put on your best cans and really listen to it. Incredible.

When he hits that 4 min mark and begins just goin at speaking at like 14000 words a minute I just am in awe. Eminem is the best. Owning Rap and owning the spaghetti game now too

Credit:Los Angeles Times

This show is going to be huge. It’s going to be incredible. I’m excited to see if they get any guests to perform as well, what with their already being 5 artists.

Bengals have to defy all logic and analytics for a 3rd time in a row! Super Bowl 56 (opinion piece).

So here we are. The grind that has been the 2021-2022 NFL season gets its bookend tomorrow in Los Angeles. Super Bowl 56 is upon us and the Cincinnatti Bengals are looking to take down the Los Angeles Rams.

Everyone is rooting for the Bengals it seems (unless your in their division or the 4 Rams fans out there). And who could blame them?

Joe Burrow has made his way into everybody’s heart with his playmaking big game abilities. He is the absolute man. Does BIG things in BIG situations, against BIG odds. What’s not to love when your QB is drippin in so much swag he makes O’Dell Beckham Jr. Look like Bernie Sanders

The Bengals took down the Coach of the Year Mike Vrabel’s Tennessee Titans. They then took the Kansas City’s high powered offense, where the Bengals were able to capitalize on Joe Burrow’s gunslinging and their defenses ability to capitalize on the rare Mahommes error. Although, he seemed to be making a large amount of errors, for his quality of course. Now they just need to beat the Los Angeles Rams and Matthew Stafford, arguably the most “due” guy in the NFL.

I will give Matthew Stafford all the credit in the world. He is an absolute Hall of Famer in my opinion. He was just never able to have help in Detroit. The lack of quality in the front office led to his best target,Calvin Johnson heading out to greener pastures. Literally.

Original photo credit: Primitiv

https://www.insider.com/calvin-johnson-started-a-marijuana-business-2021-6

While Matthew Stafford is due and I’m sure more Lions fans will be rooting for the Rams than there are actual true Rams fans. The Los Angeles Rams have the saddest fan base in sports. Yes of course they need to build one. But how uninterested does your new city need to be for your stadium home games to look like this

Sad.

Who would want them to win that isn’t exclusively rooting doe Matthew Stafford!?! They don’t deserve this. Bengals for sure deserve it over the Rams. I want this for the city of Cincinnati.

LOS ANGELES IS LITERALLY ON FIRE but but Merryl Streep wants to tell me I have to use paper straws from her private jet or something. It’s like the whole state is in the spin zone.

So the rest of the country is almost seeking to have the Bengals stop LA for all of us! They can not win in the first year of stadium home games there. There must be some semblance of justice in this world. Although LA is favorited in this one I am all in on the Joe BurSHOW to continue.

#JoeBurShow

Go Bengals.

-Burke

A look at the Madden’s Super Bowl simulations prediction history. Also a tangent on EA.

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow can light up one more victory cigar — at least if the virtual prediction of Sunday’s Super Bowl ends up coming true.

In the official Madden ’22 simulation of Super Bowl LVI, the Bengals knock off the Los Angeles Rams, 24-21, at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles and it is Burrow, the second-year quarterback out of LSU, who becomes the game’s Most Valuable Player.

Burrow, who completed 32 of 44 passes for 317 yards, two touchdowns and an interception, led Cincinnati down the field to set up kicker Evan McPherson for a 49-yard game-winning field goal as time expired to give Cincinnati the win.

credit: EA SPORTS

Well the nerds over at EA have decided the Bengals won the Super Bowl. Great season everybody. That’s a wrap!

But seriously let’s take a look at the simulations pick history…

Super Bowl 54KC 35, SF 31KC 31, SF 20Right!
Super Bowl 53LA 30, NE 27NE 13, LA 3Wrong!
Super Bowl 52NE 24, PHI 20PHI 41, NE 33Wrong!
Super Bowl 51NE 27, ATL 24NE 34, ATL 28Right!
Super Bowl 50CAR 24, DEN 20DEN 24, CAR 10Wrong!
Super Bowl 49NE 28, SEA 24NE 28, SEA 24Spooky Good!
Super Bowl 48DEN 31, SEA 28SEA 43, DEN 8Wrong!
Super Bowl 47BAL 27, SF 24BAL 34, SF 31Right!
Super Bowl 46NYG 27, NE 24NYG 21, NE 17Right!
-credit Eddie Makuch gamespot.com

It is so interesting to see these simulations in a grid like the one above. I was fully ready to get on here and absolute rip the simulations apart for being no real reading or barometer for what will be happening in the Super Bowl, but I got to say, looking at these numbers laid out like this, this thing is actually kind of amazing!

If this simulation were just a mere degenerate gambler, he would be in the black for sure!

Look at the years it was right, It got within a close margin for the actual scores on several occasions. And then there is Super Bowl 49! The simulation predicted New England Patriots 28, Seattle Seahawks 24. I’ll be damned if that wasn’t the score. That being said, 28 to 24 is the one of the more “football score” games (you know games where the numbers are typical integers of 7 and 3). So, not really taking any risks. Had it hit on Super Bowl 54’s prediction of 35 to 31, a far less common “football score” that would have been impressive.

As for 24 to 21 Cincinnati Bengals over Los Angeles Rams, I’m here for it. Not the most risky scoring bet. Honestly 24 to 21 with either team pulling out the win sounds fairly logical and that even sounds like the logical score. But, we aren’t here for logic! We are here for miraculous drives, unlikely heroes, and moments that make you think “Man there was just no predicting that”. So with that I’ve come all the way back around. BOO these nerds.

Also,

side tangent.

EA Sports should be ashamed for the crimes they’ve committed against the public and the American people. By having a monopoly on NFL simulation games, they have stifled game mechanic development and graphic development as well! Their lack of competition in the market is a detriment to the product and gaming culture as a whole. They’ve pumped out the same game, on the same engine since like 2016. It has to stop. Same could be said for NBA 2K22… Complacent. Every last one of them…

Assassins Creed Valhalla is an absolute marvel of modern gaming and everyone who can’t appreciate and enjoy it just has a dump in their shorts.

-Burke

Is anyone other than Steelers fans rooting for the LA Rams this Super Bowl?

Looks like most the country is going to be pulling for Joe Burrow and the Bengals. And why shouldn’t they?! They are a fun, young team, with arguably the biggest swag show in the country under center each snap.

Caption missing… as there is no need for one.

What is not to like when your watching them?while AFC North fans, Detroit fans, and the five Rams fans there are in LA will be rooting for Matthew stafford to get a super bowl in his first year in LA. I think im with the rest of the country in rooting for Joe Burrow and the Bengals, a “team of destiny” who just defeated the evil empire of the Chiefs.
As much as I genuinely like Joe Burrow and company. The fallout from a Bengals win for the rest of the league is far less detrimental then an LA win.
By being in Los Angeles the Rams immediately became a free agent powerhouse. Immediately winning the super bowl will win over a fan base and get ACTUAL Rams fans to the games. And why do they deserve that?!

Sad that this was a Rams home game. Pathetic really…


I would give everything short of my closest(and I MEAN CLOSEST) loved ones for a Super Bowl for the Indianapolis Colts, and next weekend all the Kardashians and all hollywood’s elite who could give two shits about the game get to play dress up in BRAND NEW JERSEYS!!! TAGS STILL ON IM SURE! NO FAMILY HEIRLOOMS PASSED DOWN HERE (they were all burned when the team left the first time) and support the Rams in the Super Bowl! What a fickle bitch life can be…


God, I hope the Bengals get after it Sunday. Can’t say I’m confident that the Bengals will be able to beat the Rams. But I’ve been wrong 3 times this playoffs already with them so here’s to number 4!
-Burke

Joe Burrow vs. Matthew Stafford, so tough to root against one.

Joe Burrow

VS.

Matt Stafford

This has got to be the hardest its been for me to root for one team in the Super Bowl in recent memory.

Matthew Stafford has been an absolute Dawg in Detroit all of his career. He has been put through the most vicious gauntlet their is in the NFL. The gauntlet of having to be drafted by the Detroit Lions. Throughout all the struggles and the inept ownership and management, he laced them up and put up some absolutely bonkers numbers over his career when actually looked over. I am a Colts fan but I have a tremendous amount of respect for Matthew Stafford and his resilience. It’s a lot of the reason I wanted him so badly this previous offseason.

Then we have Joe Burrow. Joe is the new hotness in the NFL, and his swagger is absolutely undeniable. He has a whole city in the midst of a Swagdemic. He has brought to the Bengals an attitude that is feeding into every aspect of the franchise. Him and Chase are aligning themselves to be the premier QB/WR connection in the NFL. How cool is Joe Burrow? Joe Burrow is “Make Cincinnati Cool” Cool.

So what will be my deciding factor this year? I would say I’m rooting for Matthew Stafford because Joe will have plenty of time to get his shot at rings… But moving to LA is unforgivable in my book. Why the hell would I root for a team, who can’t even get their own stadium mostly repping the Rams. LA does not deserve football success. Places like Cincinnati do. Places that are currently snowed in with only the warmth of possible football success to keep us going.

DOWN WITH LA.

I need this pic 2.0

-Burke

Jessie Bates III, the 260 and his home of Fort Wayne.

Listen this is basically a post just absolutely fanboying Jessie Bates III’s forearm ink. But before that I want to give some context to why I think it’s awesome.

I just wanted to take a moment to shine a light on Jessie Bates III and his awesome ink. The piece in particular is found on his forearm. Jessie grew up in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The 260. Now, those of you not acquainted with the flyover reality, might think nothing of the little city I’ve called home for all my life (except for my time at IU). But, Fort Wayne is birthplace of more and more elite level athletes each year. The Summit Athletic Conference that serves the city as the premier high school conference, cranks out both NFL and NBA talent regularly.

Jessie Bates III attended Snider high school, Fort Wayne’s largest and most consistently competitive program. Apart from my small alma mater of Bishop Luers High School and our rival Bishop Dwenger, Snider claims the most SAC titles.

Anyone not from Fort Wayne wouldn’t get it. High school football in this city is king. It’s on some Texas scale intensity for the more successful programs. So, someone who finds success in Fort Wayne, can definitely come to love it. Just wanted to give a little background to Jessie Bates home town before describing the tattoo.

On the Tattoo outlined by the state of Indiana we see 4 major items. Let’s break them down.

The Building

This building in the tattoo is the Allen County Court House.

Another protest taking place outside the Allen County Courthouse – WOWO  1190 AM | 107.5 FM
Found in the heart of downtown, and a stones throw from the main street of night life in Fort Wayne, the courthouse has stood as the center of the city since 1902. The stonework found along the side of it is some actually great work. I graduated with a history degree from Indiana so old buildings get me going, but I really dig this icons place in Bates’ sleeve.

The Cheeky Apple

The smart ass apple found within the outline of Indiana on the tattoo is the logo of the local single A team, the Fort Wayne Tincaps.

Minor League Baseball has the absolute best logos and nicknames. It’s the reason I have a minor league hat collection.

Now when you hear single A. I can see you writing a team off. But this is consistently voted the #1 minor league experience in the country. Fort Wayne, being the unnoticed gem it is sprung for a world class facility for our team.

Also, every thursday is dollar beers. So…. Yeah. It gets to be a pretty great time, in a pretty packed stadium. Let that sink in you coastal dipshits…. $1 for a beer. EVERY THURSDAY. I’m just fine here everybody!

The Snider Script

Snider High School
This again is Snider High School. The powerhouse where Jesse Bates III developed his game, lays claim to 17 Summit Athletic Conference titles.
Jessie Bates - Hudl
^Bates III

The 69

I don’t really know what this is about…..

Just playing. I-69 is the highway to pretty much anywhere from Fort Wayne. A sign that this man was going places.

Love to see my hometown get love whenever I can. REEAALLLLYYYY love to see my hometown get love during Super Bowl week. Here’s rooting for Jesse Bates III and the Bengals next weekend!

-Burke

Pro Bowlers think that Jonathon Taylor should be League MVP, as his biggest fan I have to disagree.

“Rodgers or Brady for offensive MVP? How about neither?

We asked players to name their offensive and defensive MVPs for the 2021 season, and though the overall honor has been publicly debated between Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and Bucs quarterback Tom Brady, neither won the players’ vote.

Colts running back Jonathan Taylor, who led the NFL with 1,811 rushing yards and 18 touchdowns, took that honor easily, getting eight votes, twice as many as any other player before the final ballot was cast. Rodgers took second with five votes, and Brady took third with three votes, with Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow next with two votes.”

-Greg Auman, The Athletic

Jonathon Taylor has been an absolute monster for the Indianapolis Colts, and this year has been an unquestionably historic outing for the every down back that any team would kill for. JT23 has come into the league and set it on fire behind the blocking of a tight knit line that can dominate the trenches when healthy and at full force.

All this being said, there is no way in hell I believe the writers award the MVP to Taylor and in all fairness I can’t blame them. I bleed blue and I have got to say there’s no way he actually deserves the MVP. Show him consideration as a nod for an undeniably historic and record setting season, but he can’t be given it.

The MVP is supposed to be the single most valuable individual to a teams success, with the degree of success also being considered. Jonathon Taylor is the best running back in the league in my opinion. He has a patience and slipperyness (that’s a word right?) that Derrick Henry doesn’t possess. They do play different games, but I’m taking Taylors game all day. The guy takes the softest hits. Somehow positions himself to be laid down like he’s being tucked in bed by momma each time he isn’t just evading or trucking someone. But that’s beside the point. MY POINT IS!!!! Jonathon Taylor, while the best running back in the league was also aided by a line full of potential HOFers. HOFers people. This must be considered.

In my honest opinion, the MVP award should go to Joe Burrow. This guy is going to drag the Bengals to a Super Bowl victory in spite of themselves. He has brought a swagger and attitude of winning to a franchise that was lacking any identity whatsoever. Joe Burrow is the Truth. He’s here to stay.

And Damn it… I wish he was a Colt.

Set phasers to… stunt.

-Burke

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