Greetings! And welcome to Super Bowl Sunday — a day when sometimes compelling football interrupts commercials that used to be funnier before YouTube and niche culture eroded collective consciousness and “water cooler” moments. Alas, it’s still football.
Super Bowl LV kicks off at 6:30 p.m. ET on CBS, along with just about any streaming service with a live TV component (a list that includes CBSSports.com, CBS All Access, fuboTV, Hulu and Yahoo Sports, among others).
In one corner is the AFC’s Kansas City Chiefs (14-2), who are the defending Super Bowl champs and also find themselves on the brink of a dynasty in the making. In the other is (ugh) Tom Brady and the NFC champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers (11-5). After playing in nine Super Bowls with the Patriots, Brady starts his 10th here with the Bucs. Both teams have won titles before, with the Chiefs winning Super Bowls IV and LIV, while Tampa Bay won Super Bowl XXXVII.
There are no major Syracuse Orange football connections to either team, though it’s worth mentioning that Bucs tight end Rob Gronkowski has long been an SU supporter and has been seen at men’s basketball games from time to time. As Mike McAllister notes, former Orange players Cameron Lynch and Scott Hanson will be in-stadium hosts during the game. Lynch previously played for the Bucs, while Hanson hosts NFL RedZone.
Feel free to chat here throughout the game, or join us on the TNIAAM discord channel, where we’ll have a dedicated area for Super Bowl discussion.