We’re down to the final two teams for the biggest championship in American sport: The Super Bowl.
If you’ve been following along the past few NFL playoff weekends, you know I’ve been picking the winners “by better uniform,” against the spread. After a successful first weekend, where I went 4-2 in the Wild Card games, I followed that up by going 1-3 in the Divisional Round. I entered the Conference Championships at .500 (5-5). During those games, I went 1-1 (correctly picking San Francisco and Kansas City), but I didn’t cover the Niners/Lions final score. So, I’ll either finish 6-7, or 7-6 this year (after having gone 8-5 the past two seasons). Oh well.
In most years, picking the better uni for the Supe is usually pretty easy, but not this time around. I really like both KC and SF’s uniforms — though my preference for this game would be SF in gold/red/gold and KC in red/white/white. But KC is the designated home team, and like in Super Bowl 54, when these same two teams met, KC will wear red. We know how that worked out.
So…who to choose…who to choose…
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2024
Super Bowl: San Francisco at Kansas City
Time: 6:30 pm ET
SPREAD: 49ers -1.5
This is actually going to be a very tough decision for me. My rooting interest is for the 49ers for sure, but I don’t pick these games based on which team I prefer. It comes down to the unis. And all things being equal, the unis for this game are almost equal too — I think the 49ers have a great looking uni — their home uniform is easily Top 10, maybe even Top 5 in the league. I’m not as big a fan of their roads, especially since some players eschew red socks for white tights. But it’s still a fine kit.
KC also has one of the better home uniforms in the league. I don’t think it’s as good as SF’s home uni, but SF isn’t in their home outfits. SF’s got the helmets and pants matching perfectly (always a plus), and their helmets have a gray facemask, which is also a plus for me. But is it “better” than KC’s home uni? It’s literally going to be a coin flip here. Heads for KC, Tails for SF…
It came up heads.
Yes, after a full set of playoffs where picking the winner by better uni was always a pretty easy call, the biggest game of the year comes down to a coin flip.
THE PICK AGAINST THE SPREAD: KC +1.5
I’ll still be pulling hard for the Niners, but when picking by better uni … it’s KC, by the absolute smallest of margins.