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Previewing this year’s Super Bowl and other NFL News.

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I know many out there in Broncos Country groaned just as much as I did when the Kansas City Chiefs finally (after 50 long, hard, arduous years) won the trophy named after their original owner.

I also know many out there in Broncos Country were pretty excited to see a branch of the Bronco coaching tree in Kyle Shanahan raise the George Halas trophy after being handed it by Mike Shanahan.

I know I’ll be joined by many of you cheering for the San Francisco 49ers in a couple of weeks, but as a fan of the Broncos, I feel like I may not be the only one needing to unpack some thoughts about this year’s championship that our hapless team came nowhere near even sniffing at a chance to play for.

Can we feel a shred of love for the Chiefs?

After all, the Chiefs are in our division and there’s something to be said for a team from the AFC West making it to the big game, isn’t there?

I also want to point out that at least they aren’t the New England cheatriots Patriots. (Big shout out again to the Tennessee Titans!)

Honestly, for the players, coaches, and front office of the Chiefs, I can concede that if they do indeed win the Super Bowl, I’ll be a little happy for them. I can remember a time not all that long ago in my life where all I knew was our team not being good enough. We lost Super Bowl after Super Bowl in amazing fashion and it just didn’t seem like we’d ever get it done. I was as happy for our players and coaches as I was for me and my family celebrating Super Bowl 32.

But then we turn to the fans...I think I heard it said two different times this past weekend some nonsense about “some of the best fans in the NFL.” To which I call Bull. Sorry, America and not sorry, KC. Of all of the fans I’ve immersed myself with over the years (and that’s pretty much every fan base on SB Nation), the fans of KC are literally in the bottom 3 of the NFL (pats and eagles are in that same mix if anyone is curious).

So at the end of the day, I hope KC gets a forty burger dumped on their heads as they struggle to break 20.

And if they happen to win, don’t forget...you are still 2 behinds us kiddos. ;)

Do the 49ers really need another ring though?

Getting a 6th win is pretty big in the history of the NFL. Should the 49ers win, they would join the Pittsburgh Steelers as the only other team in the NFL to have 6 untarnished wins in Super Bowl history.

I’ve seen them hoist trophies in two different decades already...and back then they were annoyingly always in the dance and a threat to go the distance. Their storied franchise has a lot of history already.

That’s all I got though. How can you hate on a team like the 9ers who have spent 3 long years building a juggernaut team with great talent on both sides of the ball? Other than some of the dumbest play calling in Super Bowl history with an enormous lead, how can you hate on their Head Coach?

They play damned good football and have a ferocious defense. Aside from all the fan hate we may have for the chefs, what’s not to like about the 49ers team?

Let’s hear it from you, though

How do you feel about this Super Bowl match up? Are there any of you out there cheering for the Chiefs? If so, why (honestly)? Anyone really hating the 9ers? Why?

Let us know in the comments what you think.

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Jaguars hiring ex-Redskins coach Jay Gruden as OC - NFL.com
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