The Chiefs and Bucs Chase History Amid A Very Different Feeling Super Bowl

Oh, what a difference a year makes. A mere 365 days ago, the sports universe happily descended on Miami, with an estimated 150,000 visitors and another several thousand media members spending up to a full week on the ground in preparation for what would turn out to be a 31-20 Kansas City Chiefs triumph over the San Francisco 49ers.

One year and a global pandemic later, a considerably scaled down Super Bowl LV is taking place 250 miles to the northwest in Tampa. In fact, the only thing that even somewhat resembles last year’s game involves the Chiefs once again taking the field, in this case seeking the franchise’s second consecutive and third ever world championship. 

This time around, the Chiefs are -170 favorites to win Super Bowl 55, despite what will essentially be a road game, thanks to Tom Brady and the NFC champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers playing in their home venue of Raymond James Stadium.

Among the many differences of this year’s game, as compared to every other year, involves the competing teams not staying in a designated hotel within the host metro area. In fact, the Chiefs are treating this just like a regular season road game in that they are practicing at home in their Arrowhead Stadium adjacent practice facility, while sleeping in their own beds until Saturday, when they fly down to Florida, just one day before the game.

Meanwhile, the Bucs are operating as they would during a game in October, by simply sleeping at home and reporting to their practice facility for work each day. No airplanes needed here.

Even the CBS announcing crew of Jim Nantz, Tony Romo, Tracy Wolfson and others are not making their way to Tampa until Thursday, as compared to what is normally a Monday arrival.

With all the abnormalities of Super Bowl LV at play, fortunately, fans can count on one very important consideration, Patrick Mahomes and Tom Brady should be one heck of a Super Sunday matchup.