Who To Root For: Championship Sunday Part I

Happy Friday everyone, congrats on making it through another week in the cube. It is time to focus in and enjoy our night and head into the weekend with a clear focus on Championship Sunday. This is a huge watch party weekend so I am here to help you determine where your allegiance should be if you don’t have a dog in the fight.

We can’t over-emphasize the importance of your food choices this week. If you have a bad selection of snacks and food then people might conveniently have an excuse for your party on Super Sunday. Fire off every last bullet you have in the chamber this weekend, whatever you have been saving or the recipe you have had in your back pocket, now is the time to unleash it on your party guests and make it impossible for them to go anywhere else for the Super Bowl.

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If you get invited to a watch this party, make sure you bring something to the table, literally and figuratively. You are being tested, will you get the Super Bowl invite if you get too drunk, fart into the couch cushions too much or bring some prepackaged stale cheese and crackers plate. Don’t be the fart guy and if you are going to unleash the beast onto the party then either attempt a bathroom run or you BETTER be the guy that brings the chicken wings, or some essential part of the party that can’t be left out.

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This is the final walk-through before we celebrate Super Bowl 54 together, one of our nations greatest holidays. Championship Sunday is a wonderful day, top of the line competition, two games in one day, the perfect way to not overwhelm yourself and be red-dead focused on football for 7-8 hours this Sunday.

So lets get to the games, first up is the AFC Championship. The Tennessee Titans vs The Kansas City Chiefs at 3:05pm. We will have the Packers vs 49ers blog following this one before the kickoff on Sunday.

The Coaches Two of my favorite coaches in the league. You have Mike Vrabel, Head Coach of the Tennessee Titans. The former Super Bowl Champion player with the New England Patriots. He is the definition of a players coach and in the off-season he famously said that he would cut off his hoo-ha to win a Super Bowl. Well Mike, you are two wins away from permanently being a Ken doll.

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Vrabel is going up against the ultimate sex symbol that is NFL coaches, Andy Reid, the Head Coach of the Chiefs. The ideal male body, the mustache, the stature, the girth, the full package. He is the lovable loser who has never won the biggest game. He is one of the greatest coaches of my generation and he deserves another chance at capturing the Lombardi Trophy.

Edge: Kansas City Chiefs

The Battle of the BBQ’s
Sweet Mother Cabrini, this is a battle royale. Kansas City style BBQ vs Nashville/Memphis style BBQ. I wish we could get Coach Reid’s opinion on this one, but until then you guys will need to take my word for it.

We have the KC style which is rubbed with spices, slow-smoked over a variety of woods and served with a thick tomato-based barbecue sauce. Then we have the Memphis style which is slow cooked in a pit and ribs can be prepared either “dry” or “wet”. “Dry” ribs are covered with a dry rub consisting of salt and various spices before cooking and are normally eaten without sauce. “Wet” ribs are brushed with sauce before, during, and after cooking.

This to me is an easy choice. Nashville/Memphis style brings the versatility you need in your BBQ, it gives you choices and it can become nearly impossible to get sick of this style of food. If you want to live life on the edge and be sauced up from lips to elbows then KC style is probably right up your alley, but I am a simple man who is an anxious, paranoid, pansy, mama’s boy. The KC BBQ is simply too messy and dangerous for me.

Edge: Tennessee Titans

Famous Faces
While you are sitting at your party or in the comfort of your own home, some famous people from these respected cities will be cheering on their home town team. Perhaps the famous athletes, actors, musicians who have passed on will be with the Chiefs and Titans in spirit, cheering them on from beyond the grave. So here we go, lets start with Nashville, Tennessee:

Nashville has three former Presidents, Andrew Jackson, Andrew Johnson and James Polk. Pretty impressive to have three former Commanders In Chiefs coming from one city. We also got Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash, Miley Cyrus and Shania Twain, what a lineup. That is a lot of star power, lots of pipes among these star studded crew. Rounding out Nashville’s superstars we have the greatest NFL Coach of all-time in Bill Bellichick and the greatest pup ever, Doug The Pug. Going to be tough to beat when you got Bill and Doug bringing up the rear on this freight train.

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Now onto Kansas City, Missouri. KC brings the presidential stature as well, Harry Truman, the man who brought down the hammer and ending WW2, that is big time type of stuff. Then they bring the thunder with the man who created the happiest place on earth, Walt Disney and KC ain’t done yet, Ernest Hemingway, literary genius. You want Oscar winners? We got Oscar winners, Joan Crawford, “Mommie Dearest” herself, so that’s a bit od a downer but hey, this is what KC has to offer.

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This is tough in all honesty. I think with Truman and Disney the name recognition is huge for KC but with Bellichick on a football weekend, you got to go with Nashville here, sprinkle in some Doug The Pug and you have some nice anecdotal conversation starters with guests at the party.

Edge: Tennessee Titans

Rooting for the underdog is always fun, so do it here. Root for the Titans and make sure you know Derrick Henry, the superstar running back, the Ken Doll bet, Ryan Tan A Hill, sounded it out for you. Don’t forget to bring up the celebrities and do a little background research on the great state of Tennessee and Nashville specifically.

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