Notorious BIG among others was spinning in his grave yesterday as the nation got a big fat slice of West Coast rap, what with Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre taking over the world for a little while a few miles from where they both grew up in Compton. Dre’s protege Slim Shady even made an appearance and got in a quick kneel-down in honor of our own Colin Kaepernick.
Funny how the NFL still gets kicked in the balls over their treatment of Kaepernick, even as they do this Super Bowl tribute to the West Coast rap scene. While Brian Flores pulls back the ugly truth over the joke that is the Rooney Rule process of shining on black head coaching candidates. Seeing as Kaepernick is still black-balled by the league, and Nick Mullens has a job, I guess the double-secret probation still applies.
Oh yeah, the game. The Super Bowl. Maybe the Super Bowel. It was a fairly uninspiring game. Both coaches played it not to lose and both nearly lost the game in various ways. Cincy stupidly went for it early on 4th and 1 from midfield, and failed. This gave the Rams a short field and their first TD. Cincy’s O line was pretty much a disaster, but they held together for the first 35 minutes anyway, giving the Bengals a 20-13 lead midway through the 3rd quarter, after pick #2 from Matthew Stafford. Mr. Lucky. Mr. I never met a deep pass I underthrew for a pick in the playoffs. I guess it fits that Kupp gets the MVP as Stafford was unimpressive throughout the playoffs with 6 TDs and 4 picks.
The 2nd half was a punt fest as both teams tried to out-wimp each other. Cincy had a better excuse as their offensive line completely fell apart and allowed 6 sacks in the 2nd half. But still, Cincy faced a 2nd and 1, and tried the home run and failed, tried a run up the middle and failed, and then went for the short pass and failed. Call me crazy, but at that point in the game, down 3, the impetus is to keep the chains moving, not to go for the deep pass. Do that when you GET the 1st down. Everyone in the world, including Kyle Shanahan, knew the 3rd down play would be a run up the middle. If you are gonna go for it on 4th, do something different on 3rd.
Oh well. The pisser to me is this was a truly shitty set of teams in the playoffs, and had we won 2 weeks ago, I think we win this game handily. Neither team looked very good, and at least of the AFC side, KC and Buffalo were better than Cincinnati. Oh well. Another season like this ne and we should be in good shape. Lance should provide a lot of offense and we won;’