Super Bowl marks the latest event to see pioneering women achieve breakthroughs in sports
Line judge Sarah Thomas #53 looks on before Super Bowl LV between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Last month’s Super Bowl LV in Tampa proved to serve as another breakthrough for women in sports, in a stretch of months that’s been full of them. Locust and Javadifar followed in the footsteps of Katie Sowers, an assistant for the San Francisco 49ers who became the first woman to coach in a Super Bowl last year. They’re now added to the list of other women who have broken barriers in sports recently. In January, the Boston Red Sox hired Bianca Smith as a minor league coach, becoming the first Black woman to coach in professional baseball.
NFL increases salary cap minimum to $180 million
(Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)The NFL has increased the salary cap to a minimum of $180 million for the 2021 season. The league and the NFL Players Association had previously set a minimum of $175 million because of revenue losses incurred during the coronavirus pandemic. The final cap number will be determined following further review of revenue figures for 2020 and other accounting. The cap was $198 million last season. Total attendance was 1.2 million, down from 17 million in 2019.
Did you catch these? Here are the Super Bowl commercials we loved
Whether you’re into the big game or not, many of us can agree: The Super Bowl commercials are what make the day extra fun. Here are some of the commercials that stuck with us especially. The commercial was set at the U.S. Center Chapel in Kansas, and spoke about crossing our current divide. This emotional adoption storyJust try not to tear up at this Toyota spot, featuring U.S. Paralympic swimmer Jessica Long. Well, that’s the premise of this GM commercial, starring Will Ferrell, Awkwafina and Kenan Thompson.
Throngs of maskless fans celebrate Tampa’s Super Bowl win
(Photo by Octavio Jones/Getty Images)TAMPA, Fla. – So much for the mayor's order requiring masks at Super Bowl parties. Videos went viral on social media, showing throngs of mostly maskless fans and packed sports bars as the clock inside Raymond James Stadium ticked down on a hometown Super Bowl win for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. “I’m proud to say the majority of individuals that I saw out and about enjoying the festivities associated with the Super Bowl were complying,” she said. White House press secretary Jen Psaki was asked about whether President Joe Biden was concerned over Tampa fans taking to the streets following the Buccaneers Super Bowl. Ad“This isn’t how we should be celebrating the Super Bowl,” the mayor tweeted on Saturday.
LIVE UPDATES: Brady, Gronkowski hook up for TD to give Buccaneers lead over Chiefs after 1st quarter
Tyreek Hill #10 of the Kansas City Chiefs fails to make a catch in the first quarter against Antoine Winfield Jr. #31 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox)TAMPA, Fla. – It was a good first quarter for the Tampa Buccaneers in Super Bowl LV, who took a 7-3 lead over the defending champion Kansas City Chiefs heading into the second quarter. The Chiefs opened the scoring with 5:10 left in the first quarter on a 49-yard field goal by Harrison Butker. But Tampa Bay answered, driving 75 yards down the field and taking a 7-3 lead with 37 seconds left in the first quarter on an 8-yard touchdown pass from Tom Brady to Rob Gronkowski. In his 10th Super Bowl, it was the first time Brady led a touchdown drive in the first quarter in any of those previous Super Bowl appearances.
LIVE UPDATES: Buccaneers extend lead over Chiefs in 3rd quarter, on verge of title
Rob Gronkowski #87 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers spikes the ball after scoring a 17 yard touchdown in the second quarter against the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LV. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers didn’t let up in the third quarter of Super Bowl LV, extending their lead over the Chiefs to 31-9 entering the fourth quarter. But Tampa Bay had an answer. In the second quarter, Brady and Gronkowski hooked up again for a score. The Chiefs answered with another field goal, cutting the Tampa Bay lead to 14-6 with 1:01 left in the second quarter on a 34-yard field goal by Butker.
LIVE UPDATES: Brady, Gronkowski stake Buccaneers to 21-6 halftime lead over Chiefs
Rob Gronkowski #87 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers spikes the ball after scoring a 17 yard touchdown in the second quarter against the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LV. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox)TAMPA, Fla. – Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski revived their old Super Bowl magic for a different team in the first half of Super Bowl LV. The veteran duo that were a part of numerous Super Bowl winning teams for the New England Patriots helped lead the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to a 21-6 halftime lead over the defending champion Kansas City Chiefs. In his 10th Super Bowl, it was the first time Brady led a touchdown drive in the first quarter in any of those previous Super Bowl appearances. In the second quarter, Brady and Gronkowski hooked up again for a score.
This is what Super Bowl Sunday looked like in Tampa
A general view of Raymond James Stadium before Super Bowl LV between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Kansas City Chiefs on February 07, 2021 in Tampa, Florida. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s Super Bowl could not look or feel like a Super Bowl that we’re normally used to. A general view of Raymond James Stadium before Super Bowl LV between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Kansas City Chiefs on February 07, 2021 in Tampa, Florida. performs "America The Beautiful" before Super Bowl LV between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Kansas City Chiefs at Raymond James Stadium on February 07, 2021 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images) (2021 Getty Images)Sean Murphy-Bunting #23 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers looks on after winning Super Bowl LV at Raymond James Stadium on February 07, 2021 in Tampa, Florida.
Sun Belt Conference coaches pick their Super Bowl LV winner
It’s time for your relatives, friends and others to give you a lot of unasked Super Bowl takes. Whatever happens in Super Bowl LV on Sunday between Tom Brady and Patrick Mahomes is sure to be an instant classic, regardless of the outcome. You’ve probably heard about who’s going to win the Super Bowl from just about everyone by now, but now, here are some college coaches from the Sun Belt Football Conference explaining their picks. AdGeorgia State University— Shawn ElliotPick: ChiefsThanks to @GeorgiaStateFB head coach Shawn Elliott for breaking down Super Bowl LV and picking a winner. @CoastalFootball head coach Jamey Chadwell breaks down Super Bowl LV.
NFL writes to Biden offering all stadiums as vaccine sites
The seven clubs already using their stadiums as vaccine sites are Arizona, Atlanta, Baltimore, Carolina, Houston, Miami and New England. “We look forward to further discussion with your administration as well as your partners in state and local governments to advance this effort,” Goodell wrote to Biden in a letter dated Thursday. Goodell said the offer on vaccination sites was made in conjunction with the NFL inviting 7,500 vaccinated health care workers to attend the Super Bowl for free Sunday. Ad“Our efforts will not stop there,” Goodell wrote to Biden in extending the offer on stadiums. Biden took office last month with a goal of vaccinating 100 million people in the first 100 days of his administration.
11 (hard!) trivia questions for your socially distanced Super Bowl party
A view of Raymond James Stadium, where Super Bowl LV will be held. It will be the record 10th Super Bowl appearance for the 43-year-old Brady in his remarkable career. In honor of Brady, here are 12 trivia questions and answers to be enjoyed at your socially distanced Super Bowl party. 5. Who is the last non-quarterback Super Bowl MVP? 6. Who is the only Super Bowl MVP from a losing team?
There’s a way for the Buccaneers to beat the favored Chiefs in the Super Bowl. Here’s how.
Jason Pierre-Paul #90 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers celebrates after sacking Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers in the first quarter during the NFC Championship game. Late in Kansas City’s AFC Championship game victory vs. Buffalo, Chiefs starting offensive left tackle Eric Fisher left the game with an injury. Veteran Mike Remmers will likely step into Fisher’s role as the starting left tackle, but no doubt Tampa Bay will view it as a major opportunity. AdSo yes, Tampa Bay has the big-game greatness of Brady and home-field advantage, but that won’t be its biggest chance to win. If the Buccaneers take advantage of it like they did against Green Bay, then the defending champs could end up walking the plank at the end.
It’s been more than 20 years since the regular-season MVP has done this in the Super Bowl
Left: Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers drops back to pass in the first quarter against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the NFC Championship game on Jan. 24, 2021 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)As America collectively gets ramped up for Super Bowl LV, we’re also waiting to hear who will be named MVP of the regular season. Experts’ top two picks are Green Bay Packers’ Aaron Rodgers and Kansas City Chiefs’ Patrick Mahomes. That is, these MVPs don’t go on to win a Super Bowl in the same season -- or at least, they haven’t since the ‘90s. In fact, the last regular-season MVP to win a Super Bowl that year was Rams quarterback Kurt Warner in the 1999 season.
Brady, productive drafts fuel Tampa Bay's run to Super Bowl
Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) runs with a elastic band around his legs during an NFL football workout Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021, in Tampa, Fla. The Buccaneers play the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LV on Feb. 7. 1 overall pick Jameis Winston but dared to dream of signing Brady if the six-time Super Bowl champion decided to leave New England as a free agent. Of course it was Tom Brady, not thinking he would become a free agent,” Arians added. Ad“Naturally, I think you envision every year in the offseason you want to make some moves that hopefully get your team into the Super Bowl.
These are the 7 teams that have repeated as champions in the Super Bowl era
That was last time a team repeated as Super Bowl champs. (Photo by Brian Bahr)If they are victorious against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Super Bowl LV, the Kansas City Chiefs will become the eighth franchise in the Super Bowl era to repeat as NFL champions. Green Bay beat the Kansas City Chiefs, 35-10, at Super Bowl I (1967) in Los Angeles and then the Oakland Raiders, 33-14, at Super Bowl II (1968) that took place in Miami. 12, against the Dallas Cowboys during Super Bowl X on Jan. 18, 1976 at the Orange Bowl in Miami. Pittsburgh then repeated for a second time with a 31-19 victory over the Los Angeles Rams at Super Bowl XIV in Pasadena, California.