The closet I’ve ever been as a fan to watching my team play in the super bowl is getting to this game.
The Vikings did so in ’87, ’98, 2000, 2009, and 2017.
They’re 0 for 5.
It’s an exciting game day. I woke up on January mornings in 2000 and 2009 thinking my team was going to the super bowl.
I had looming thoughts of gloom and doom waking up in ’98 and 2017.
I don’t remember much about the game in ’87, I just remember going over to my dad’s friends house and watching the game with all his buddies. I thought it was the coolest thing in the world.
That game was the first I remember being a part of, and probably the reason I started being a Minnesota Vikings fan in the first place.
They set me up for a life of this bullshit.
Not surprisingly, the Packers have almost doubled up that appearance total in my lifetime.
Partly because they are a well run, stable organization. Partly because they get EVERY SINGLE CALL, EVERY SINGLE GAME.
They’re 3-5 in eight appearances. This Sunday will be their ninth.
I hate them.
So much so they’ve got me rooting for a team quarterbacked by Tom Brady this week. I didn’t think there’d ever be a day.
So here’s to you Tampa. Good Luck.
Give me the Bucs +3.5
Unfortunately I think this is the end of the line for the Bills.
There’s no reason they shouldn’t be in this game off-and-on for many years to come.
But this week I think experience and championship pedigree meets not-quite-ready-yet, and the Chiefs win by 10.
Give me the Chiefs -3.
If you know anything about my picks during the year rush out to your favorite local sportsbook and put a C-note on a Bills-Packers Super Bowl.
Enjoy your Conference Championship Sunday.