Ever since San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick first kneeled for the national anthem, the NFL has struggled to keep blue-collar American fans from turning their televisions off and watching something else.
But anthem kneeling isn’t the only reason why many people are fed up with football; other reasons include the ongoing domestic violence issues, habitual drug offenders and chronic traumatic encephalopathy CTE amongst players.
Now the NFL has a new reason why people are turned off by this upcoming Super Bowl.
Super Bowl LIII is less than a week away and the matchup is set in stone between the almighty New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Rams.
Championship Sunday was a little over a week ago and it was the first time in the Super Bowl era that the four most potent offenses in the league played each other for a chance to go to the big game. That means the little old saying that defense wins championships did not apply this year.
Those four teams were the New Orleans Saints, the Kansas City Chiefs, the New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Rams. So that means we were left with only four options.
Most people wanted to see the Kansas City Chiefs versus the New Orleans Saints or the Los Angeles Rams versus the Kansas City Chiefs. The reason why was because both of those matchups had already been played during the regular season and they turned out to be two intense nail biters and most agreed that either one of those would’ve been the most ideal Super Bowl.
Almost nobody predicted that the Rams and Patriots would go to the big dance. But now that they’ve both made it, unless you’re diehard fan of either team, most people are less than thrilled about matchup.
In fact, a spokesman for TicketIQ – a very large event tickets search engine – claims that this matchup was a “worst-case scenario.”
They said, “Tickets for Super Bowl LIII have begun to come down from over $8,000. Last year, prices dipped significantly one week before the game, to $5,339, before jumping up to $7,277 on game day. The trend was similar, but even more pronounced in 2017.”
And this means it’s likely that this will also translate to a decreased viewership, especially when you consider the musicians involved with the halftime show and the significant drop of commercial quality.
Now the question becomes why is the worst-case scenario?
There are many reasons. One of the biggest and most obvious is that the New England Patriots go to the Super Bowl so often it’s like the Boston Celtics in the 1960s. They are always there and unless you are a diehard fan then you’re most likely sick to death of seeing them go again.
Anybody who says the Tom Brady isn’t the greatest quarterback in NFL history is just a hater, but on the other hand, he get to this level so often that it’s become painfully annoying to non-Patriots fans, and especially even to casual fans.
However, if Drew Brees and his New Orleans Saints played Tom Brady’s Patriots then there would’ve been awesome narrative – two all-time unprecedented aging quarterbacks at the twilight of their careers (and both over 40 years old) – duke it out for what could be their last trip to this game.
And then you have the Kansas City Chiefs, led by the explosive regular season MVP favorite Patrick Mahomes. Seeing this young savant who can seemingly make every throw in the book, and then some, would’ve made for an incredibly exciting Super Bowl – regardless if it was against the Saints or Rams.
As for the Los Angeles Rams, we truly don’t know what team we’re getting. They started off hot and heavy but towards the end of the regular season they drifted off and became only slightly above-average.
If you saw the NFC championship game, then you can make the case that they probably shouldn’t be in this Sunday’s game anyway.
But what’s done is done and the Patriots and Rams are facing off against each other whether you like it or not. You don’t need to spend any money on it and that’s apparently what a lot of people are thinking.