Another Bucs vs Chiefs clash excites the world - this time it is the US Superbowl

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Tom Brady. Picture: Getty Images
Tom Brady. Picture: Getty Images

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Much like with the recent presidential elections in the US, the world has again caught American fever – this time, sports fans are anticipating the Super Bowl final, which will pit two sides whose names resonate with South African football followers against each other.

You’ll have to get up early to catch the action, though.

At 1.30am tomorrow, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers take on the Kansas City Chiefs in the grand finale of the American football spectacle, the National Football League (NFL).

To those who are simply going along with the frenzy while not sure what the fuss is all about, the NFL is considered the wealthiest professional sports league in terms of revenue, and it accounts for most of the world’s highest-paid athletes.

Upon the grandest stage in sports, the past and future will collide in the present, the greatest of all time clashing with the greatest of what lies ahead
Grant Gordon, NFL.com digital content editor

Yes, those guys with “broad shoulders” – which are in fact cushioned pads that protect them from impact.

The Super Bowl final – not to be confused with Mzansi’s defunct Bob Save Super Bowl – is also known as Super Bowl Sunday because it is traditionally played on the first Sunday in February.

The final is played between the champions of the National Football Conference (NFC) and the American Football Conference (AFC), in this case the Buccaneers and Chiefs, respectively.

It goes without saying that any mention of the Buccaneers and Chiefs will tickle the fancy of those who swear by the skull and crossbones and those who love Glamour Boys from Phefeni, Soweto.

READ: Pirates rule Soweto - again

But tomorrow’s fixture is not about Thembinkosi Lorch going head-to-head with Bernard Parker eSigodini sikamaminzela (Orlando Stadium).

Talk leading up to the Super Bowl decider has been centred on two quarterbacks – Tampa Buccaneers’ legendary Tom Brady (43) and Kansas Chiefs rising star Patrick Mahomes (25). This will be Brady’s 10th final.

Patrick Mahomes
Patrick Mahomes. Picture: Getty Images

The quarterbacks, or “QB” as they are commonly referred to in the sport, are considered the leaders of the offence, kind of like the playmakers in this other football or soccer that we follow.

In his preview of the game this week, NFL.com digital content editor Grant Gordon wrote: “Upon the grandest stage in sports, the past and future will collide in the present, the greatest of all time clashing with the greatest of what lies ahead.

“One of the most ballyhooed young arms in NFL chronicle, Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, is looking to lead his squad to a repeat Super Bowl championship and into the realm of becoming the NFL’s next dynasty.

“Opposing him on Sunday will be the man many deem the greatest QB ever, Tom Brady, who’s aiming to captain the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to becoming the first franchise to win a Super Bowl in its home stadium, while collecting an improbable seventh Super Bowl ring [gold medal] for himself.”

Also, history will be made with match referee Sarah Thomas set to be the first woman to officiate a Super Bowl game.

That’s the long and short of this latest Bucs versus Chiefs clash. Daniel Mothowagae

Local fans of the Super Bowl can watch the game live on DStv channel 218


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