Sunday, February 7, 2021

Super Bowl Prediction Post

It's that time of year where I make my annual post about the Super Bowl and connect it to some cards depicting the cities involved.

Let's start with the defending champs, the Kansas City Chiefs.  Similar to last year's post I can show off a card from the 2012 All-Star Game which was held in Kansas City.

Cutch participated in the Home Run Derby that year and Topps released a lot of cards from the annual event.  I already showed off my 2012 Topps Update Black parallel with a serial number prefix of 15 (Patrick Mahomes jersey number) last year.  

This year I am going to go with a much bigger card from the collection that I didn't own at the time of last year's Super Bowl.
Above is a 2013 Triple Threads laundry tag booklet card 1/1 featuring the jersey worn during batting practice and on field events for the 2012 All-Star Game, held in Kansas City.

Now for Tampa Bay.  The Buccaneers haven't been in the Super Bowl for nearly two decades.  Tom Brady left the New England Patriots last off season and there was many conversations about who was the most valuable asset to the New England Patriots dynasty.  Was it Tom Brady, the quarterback, or the mastermind coach, Bill Belichek?

Well, as the Patriots missed the playoffs and the Buccaneers are in the Super Bowl, it should be obvious that the guys who play the game often are the ones who win the games.  

This is true for nearly all sports.  In baseball, Joe Maddon In is often regarded as one of the most innovative and strategic managers in the game, yet he only won 1 World Series (thanks in large part to a late inning rainshower in Game 7).

Maddon got a lot of recognition for his time in Tampa Bay when he took a team with a bottom 5 payroll year after year to the Postseason year after year. 
Maddon is a Superstar coach and recognized a Superstar impression on the back of this 2013 Prizm Cutch card.
As you can see the Tampa Bay coach was impressed by another player.

I have a feeling another Tampa Bay will be admiring the player on the other side of the field today.

My prediction KC over TB 30-28


  1. It's great to see these short stories on the backs of cards that most of us wouldn't know - the fact that Cutch would run out a grounder in that situation just reminds you what he's all about. Same for the guys in the Super Bowl. I hope you're right about KC but I really hope Brady gets blown out for once. Why does it always have to be a nail biter?

    1. I can remember a time when the Super Bowl was rarely a nail-biter. From 1977 through 1981, for example, only one game was closer than 12 points at the end. From 1984 through 1988, nothing was closer than 19 points! I'm rooting for KC, too, but I'd be happy to get a nice close game with some excitement at the end.

  2. Nice cards. Maddon is an overrated manager to me. I can't stand him. His voice and smug face and stupid glasses are like nails on a chalkboard. These cards are very nice though.

  3. That is one big slab! What does something like that measure out to?

  4. That booklet is insane (in the most positive way possible)... just like Brady's career.