Let’s start recapping the week in sports with the second-largest sporting event in the world.(Soccer’s World Cup is #1). Super Bowl LVII was as exciting as predicted. Down 10 points at halftime, and Patrick Mahomes’ ankle hobbled, the Eagles felt in control. The talk all week was that the Eagles might be the more talented team top to bottom, but in the second half, it was Mahomes finding first down after first down as Andy Reid and the Chiefs spearheaded their way back into the game. It was a duplicate performance of the Chiefs’ performance in their Super Bowl win over San Francisco, but the Chiefs should kick it into gear early in the fourth quarter. Three consecutive TD drives to open the second half gave the Chiefs a lead in the game. The Eagles’ fierce defense could not get pressure and didn’t have a sack in the entire game against the Chief’s offensive line. Isiah Pacheco gained plus-13 rushing yards over expected in Super Bowl LVII, continuing his success from this season.
Pacheco ends his rookie year with plus-173 running yards over expected, the most by any rookie over the last two seasons (including playoffs). The Chiefs trailed the Eagles by 10 points at halftime of Super Bowl LVII. Teams that trail by ten or more points at halftime were 1-26 in the Super Bowl entering Sunday — with the only win being the Patriots in Super Bowl LI against the Falcons. The Chiefs made it 2-26. Only Tom Brady has more playoff wins when trailing by double-digits than Mahomes. The MVP QB and the Chiefs earned another epic comeback to hoist their second Lombardi Trophy in four years. Mahomes made the trip to Disney Land with his family and joined his teammates for the parade celebration in KC.
Jalen Hurts put up an MVP-worthy performance in the loss. The Eagles will be kicking
themselves for wasting a historic performance from Hurts. The QB did it all for the Philly offense, making plays with his arm and legs. He set a Super Bowl QB rushing record with 70 yards on 15 carries with three TDs — joining Hall of Famer Broncos running back Terrell Davis (in Super Bowl XXXII) as the only players with three rushing TDs in a Super Bowl in NFL history. He also muscled his way for a big two-point conversion late. Hurts was 27-of-38 passing for 304 yards and a score, with some gorgeous dimes over defenders peppered in. Hurts generated 374 of the Eagles’ 417 total yards. The QB willed his club to a big early lead and, after getting down late, helped tie the game with his powerful deadlift runs. His fumble was huge and kept the Chiefs in the game early, but Hurts played his butt off and was the best player on the field most of the night. If the losing team could have claimed the Super Bowl MVP, Hurts’ performance certainly could have been considered.
Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy has a resume that most NFL head coaches would love to have, two Super Bowl victories in four years. He won his second Super Bowl last week as offensive coordinator but interviewed for only one of the five open head-coaching positions. Bieniemy has been passed over for years as a candidate for a head coaching position. Bieniemy didn’t call plays in Kansas City but was instrumental in how the team game-plans against opponents. What will it take for him to become a head coach? We may find out after the 2023-2024 season. The Washington Commanders and Bieniemy have agreed to a multiyear deal as the assistant head coach/offensive coordinator, according to his agent Jason
The Chiefs wanted Bieniemy back, but he had the opportunity to get an upgraded title,
build his staff, and call the offensive plays. The move brings a high level of risk for Bieniemy. If he fails to build a successful offense with the Commanders, critics will claim his success in Kansas City as being the product of working with an all-time great quarterback-head coach duo. Just when you thought you would have to go without professional football until this summer, the XFL season kicked off with four nationally televised games this weekend. XFL owners Dwayne (The Rock) Johnson and Dany Garcia launched the eight-team league of 10 games, with the XFL Championship being played in San Antonio on May 13th. NBA All-Star Weekend means one thing, Michael Jordan celebrates a birthday (his 60th). The weekend festivities kicked off with
Seattle Seahawks DK Metcalf is winning the MVP for the Celebrity Game, with several crowds cheering dunks. Damian Lillard won his first three-point shootout title, and Team Jazz won the skills competition, but 76ers guard Mac McClung stole the night in the NBA Slam Dunk Contest.
NBA Slam Dunk Champion. McClung is the first G League player to participate in the
competition, and he stole the show in Utah up against Kenyon Martin Jr., Trey Murphy III, and Jericho Sims. Three of McClung’s four dunk attempts were given a perfect score of 50 by the judges, Lisa Leslie, Harold Minor, Dominique Wilkins, and Karl Malone. Magic Johnson proclaimed that McClung had “personally saved the dunk contest”. The NBA All-Star Weekend concluded with Team Giannis vs. Team LeBron. Team LeBron has won this event five straight games. The difference this year was the teams were not picked until 30 minutes before the game tipped off. Team Giannis broke Team LeBron’s winning streak, and Jayson Tatum won this
year’s MVP, scoring 55 points.