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A Newbie Sports Fan’s Guide to Super Bowl LII

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Leading up to Sun., Feb. 2, all over the news and in classrooms, the conversation will be  a heated debate over who will win the Super Bowl. The game will be decided between the dynasty super power of the New England Patriots or the defensive powerhouse of the Philadelphia Eagles. You may not care who wins, but that doesn’t give you a free pass to be that person at the party who doesn’t even know which team is which. Whether or not we want to accept it or not, our society is obsessed with competition and sport. So, here is everything a sports newbie should know about the 2018 Super Bowl.

What exactly is the Super Bowl?

This is the 52nd Super Bowl. Every year, the Super Bowl is held at the end of the NFL regular Season and is the last game. The best teams are placed in a ‘win or go home’ elimination bracket called the Playoffs, with only the two best teams moving on to the Super Bowl. During the Playoff final, the champion of the National Football Conference faces off against the American Football Conference champion. The game is held in a different NFL team host city every year. This year, the Super Bowl will be held in Minneapolis, Minn., home of the Vikings. The game is always heavily marketed with other events surrounding the Super Bowl. The Pro Bowl, Halftime show and even the commercials during the game are seen as staples and traditions of the game. Last year, Super Bowl 51 brought in an audience of around 111 million viewers, becoming the second-largest sporting event in the world.

Who is playing in Super Bowl LII?

Last year, the AFC champion New England Patriots (who will also be playing in Super Bowl LII), defeated the NFC champions Atlanta Falcons in an epic 25-point crusade after being behind 28-3. This year, the Patriots return to reclaim the prize led by star quarterback Tom Brady. Brady is considered the “greatest quarterback of all time” by many sports fans. The Patriots have won five Super Bowls since 2002, all with Tom Brady as the leader of their offense. They are definitely favorites going into the Super Bowl, but they will have to face the third, least-scored on team in the league, the Philadelphia Eagles. Even with a solid defense, the Eagles are without their first-choice quarterback Carson Wentz, who was injured Dec. 10 with a torn ACL. The Eagles did manage to find a solid second choice, however, in Nick Foles, their former starting quarterback, before Wentz was drafted in 2016. Although the quarterback is not the only position on the team, it is by far the most important and is the most responsible for a team’s success.

Which team should I cheer for?

Of course, which team you cheer for will come down to preference. If you’re a sucker for a good underdog story, then you would want to favor the Eagles to win. However, if you’re a realist and someone who likes to follow stats, the Patriots do have a very good chance of rolling to their sixth Super Bowl title. If you’re a fan of team colors or who has the prettiest jerseys (yes, that is a thing) the Patriots will be wearing white jerseys, blue pants and silver helmets, while the Eagles will be wearing green jerseys with a wing design, white pants and green helmets. If you choose to not cheer for a specific team, you can always just cheer on both. Of course, this is a good way to annoy everyone at your party.

All around, Super Bowl LII will prove to be legendary regardless of which team does end up winning. We will either see Brady help justify his “Greatest of All Time” title, or the Eagles will show that even though a team faces adversity, a team can still come together and pull off an upset. Regardless of who does win, it will be a hard fought battle for both sides and will definitely be worth taking the time to watch.

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  1. Rowdy Baribeau on February 2nd, 2018 10:11 pm

    Great article Chris. Keep up the great work I can tell a lot of dedication was put into this one.

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